Mississaugua Golf & Country Club

Mississaugua Golf & Country Club – July 2017 – Yesterday I was up and at the airport in Charlottetown before the clock said 5am. I was off to Toronto for a week filled of fantastic golf starting with the AGM of GJAC (Golf Journalists Association of Canada).

While I am quite new to golf I am interested and keen to help grow golf in any way I can, so I put my hand up and will be joining a membership subcommittee.

Post meeting we headed off to the range to be fitted for a new 3w from TaylorMade. It is an awesome club but instead of me adding it to my kit and using it, I decided that I would auction it off at our Fairways fundraiser we have in August on PEI.

I had an hour before my group was teeing off so I caught up with some of the journalists I met at the RBC Canadian Open last year while hitting balls on the range.

I also had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Canadian golf legend, Marlene Streit.

The clubhouse at Mississaugua Golf & Country Club is a stunning Tudor style building that sits perched on a hill overlooking the course and the Credit River that meanders through the valley.

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It wasn’t until I was leaving that I was informed that there is a full size curling rink in the basement of the clubhouse. I would have loved to see that.

I was playing with Jon McCarthy, Bruce Dowbiggin and Claudio DeMarchi and we had plenty of laughs out there – quite a few at my golf.

I did have moments of greatness but ended up playing quite a bit of rubbish on the back nine, donating three balls to the course.

The boys were taking turns throwing darts.

I threw one dart on the par 3, 10th and while I dropped a nice close putt for a birdie, Bruce holed a near 30 foot putt for his birdie.

The first couple of holes are played on the same level as the clubhouse and then the course dips into the valley where the next dozen or so holes border and cross over the river – a river teeming with salmon and trout so I was told yesterday.

Claudio and I shared a cart and we laughed and snacked and hit some good balls. He more so than me.

It was great to get to know Jon and Bruce and have a good golf chat. Bruce’s father was a longstanding member at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club and he told us a story about when his father first joined the club.

He had entered his first golf competition and wanted to keep a little profile but instead got a hole in 1 on the 10th and won a first class round the world trip for two with Air Canada. Needless to say everyone quickly knew who the new guy was.

The course is in superb condition and some of the greens were very quick so my aggressive putting it made a long way to putt back.

While I carded a couple pars and a birdie I did have doubles and triples and even a 9 on the 12th after dropkicking my 3w then dropping one in the river.

My mediocre golf did not detract from the amazing surroundings. While I am not a twitcher, I do enjoy the birds and butterflies, of which there were many.

As we got to the 14th I hit the wall and got very tired. My swing became lazy and I was looking forward to having a shower. I couldn’t stop yawning as my early start caught up with me. I donated another ball to the water and continued on my merry way.

Water teases you often on this course and the bunkers are well placed to suck your ball if  you are off line. There are so many beautiful holes on this course and I love the way the river has been incorporated seamlessly into the design of the course.

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Four men have been involved in the design of the course from initial concept to the redesign of the greens and with names like George Cumming, Donald Ross, Stanley Thompson and Doug Carrick is it any wonder the course is stunning?

Post round we washed off the golf and enjoyed a delicious meal and the GJAC Annual Golf Journalist Awards.

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I had a wonderful day with fantastic people and am already looking forward to teeing it up again with the GJAC crew next year.

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With Bruce, Jon and Claudio

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