While in Newfoundland last month I had the pleasure of playing a quick 18 at Gander Golf Club during a stop over on my way to St.John’s from Deer Lake.
After a day of driving from Deer Lake in the rain we pulled into Gander around dinner time and with the rain stopped I headed over to the course to see if I could get in a quick 18. Luckily the pro shop was still open and the course was dead, so I had the course to myself.
Gander is a 6137 yard par 71 situated on Gander Lake. The course is kept in good shape (it is not a high end course), the greens were soft (hard rain for 10 hours prior to round) and rolled true. The course featured a fair amount of elevation change, leading to some great views of Gander Lake.
The front 9, the more undulating of the two nines, starts with a long, uphill, par 4 and then follows the water for a couple holes before finishing with back to back par 5s. The front is the harder of the 2 9s playing around 400 yards longer than the back.
The back 9 starts with a 200 yard par 3 that features a drastic downhill tee shot (ones tee shot seems to hang in the air forever). A couple of short par 4s and another par 3 give you a chance before facing a long uphill par 4 in 14, a long downhill par 3 in 15 and a downhill par 4 in 16. 18 is a short par 5 that gives you a chance to finish strong.
If I had to pick a signature hole it would be the par 3 second, a 200 yard downhill tee shot with Gander Lake in the background.
My game that day was better than expected, a season best 75.
See you at the turn,