Annandale Golf and Country Club: Nestled in the Valley of Duffin's Creek
AJAX, ONTARIO - Annandale Golf and Country Club is nestled in beautiful valley of Duffin's Creek in the town of Ajax, Ontario. This is not a very long course but can bring challenge because of its great design.
You choose from three tee boxes with the back playing at approximately 6000 yards, middle tee at 5750 yards and the front tees at 5400 yards. Its fairways play on both sides of the Creek's valley that is responsible for much of its challenge.
Some of the fairways are wide in places, but the creek acts as a magnet for errant shots. If it is your first time playing the course, we advise you to pay close attention to the score card which offers tips for each hole. They offer Membership and cater to tournaments. They have complete facilities from driving range, snack bar, dining lounge & tavern.
One thing we enjoyed was the 4-hole practice course that was next to the driving range. It has short par 3's where you can get into the groove before your round and its use is complimentary.
The course may be short, but it opens with some punch. Their first hole is a long 415-yard par 4 and is their number one handicap. You have a lot of landing area for your first shot.
If you can place it around the 150-yard marker you will be sitting pretty; go farther and you will have a down hill lie with a pond in front of the green which can come into play with one wrong swing. Hole 2, the # 3 handicap is a 450-yard par 5. A straight tee shot is essential to score on this hole.
Beware of Duffin's Creek on the right side and in front of the green. Also watch out for the falcon who makes this hole his favorite haunt (we found him sitting on the rail of the bridge that goes to the green). Holes # 3, 4, 5, and 6 are all short par 4's, each with their own unique twists and turns, but fairly straightforward playing.
Number 7 is a bit longer and water again comes into play if you're not careful. Number 8 hole is a very picturesque hole: a long par 5 - 520 yds. To reach this green in two you must get your tee shot up on the flat.
An accurate second shot may leave you with an eagle opportunity. It plays uphill a bit, is guarded by sand and a mature tree to its right all combine to make this hole challenging. The # 9 hole is a pretty hole to look at, but make sure you have the right club in your hands as the wind above the tree line will play games with your ball.
Number 10 is short but can give you problems. The fairway is expansive but you won't find too many even lies. If you par this one, by happy. The eleventh hole is a very long par 3 at 225 yards. The creek is in front of the tees but proper club selection should get you over it and onto the green.
No. 12 an easy par 5 at 466 yards should keep you in the game. The 13th hole, their number two handicap, can be lucky or not. Everything must be right here. This par 3 is 195-yards of very narrow fairway with the wood guarding both sides, Good luck! It's the toughest par three Tigger has ever done, and he felt lucky to bogey this one.
After # 13 your round should be back on track until you come to hole # 17. It may be only a short 285-yard par 4, but an elevated green and creek in front can play tricks on you. Don't be short. After that, coming home is easy but keep focused and use this finishing hole as a final birdie opportunity.
If you are a newbie to this course course, we advise you to pay close attention to the score card which offers tips for each hole. They offer memberships and cater to tournaments. Complete facilities are on site including a driving range, snack bar, dining lounge & tavern.
We also enjoyed the complimentary 4-hole practice course that was next to the driving range. It has short par 3's where you can get into the groove before your round. All in all, a great day of golf can be had at Annandale - its character, maturity, reasonable price and the chance to view wildlife up close make this course one to put on your list!