Great play, touch of nostalgia
Leduc Golf Club showcased in Inside Golf article
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Leduc Golf Club is pleased to share this article about our beautiful course, written by Gord Montgomery, who is the sports editor of two weekly newspapers in the Edmonton area and a member of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada. He has written for Inside Golf for the past four years with the majority of his coverage in north and central Alberta.
Leduc Golf Club offers great play with touch of nostalgia
By Gord Montgomery
While there’s nothing at all wrong with the golf course designs of today – tracks built in the last decade or so – there remains in all our hearts the love with things from the past. After all, how do you explain the passion of collectors for nostalgia compared to items of today and with golfers that love is harboured in stately courses designed 30 or 40 years ago.
Such is the case with the love affair Edmonton-area golfers have forged with the Leduc Golf Club. Here, a trio of tree-lined opening holes – nothing fancy or dramatic about them, calling ‘only’ for precision off the tee and with approach shots – set you up for a memorable round of golf on an often overlooked layout for a casual, fun, challenging round that harkens back to how courses used to be.
“It actually goes both ways here. We have some modern elements,” following a few major renovations over the past while, the course’s Director of Golf, Dave Robert, who prefers to refer to the track as the Leduc Golf Course pointed out, “but we also have old-school elements as well.
“Each hole has something to it you have to be careful about,” as 13 of 18 holes have water in play. “There’s no hole out here where you get to go, ‘Oh, thank God. A birdie hole!’ There are no easy ones.”
While the front nine is tree-lined and stately in its aging majesty, what really comes into play on the back nine, as opposed to the front half, is that things do open up but that’s tempered by more water and more wind. Combined, those golfing foes can make scoring well on this track a tricky thing.
Even though Leduc GC is flat that doesn’t mean there aren’t peaks and valleys within the games played. There are no easy holes to score on here, including the short 12th at 294-yards from the blue deck or the 16th at 310 yards.
To that, Class A Pro Jeff Sveen notes, “What I really enjoy are the two risk/reward holes on the back nine. No. 12 can be driven but look out for OB left and the greenside bunkers. You can take out the driver on No. 16 as well though you must clear the water at about 250 yards and there are trees right. The lay up might be the smarter shot so make the right decision depending on wind direction and your abilities.”
Tagged as a semi-private club that plays home to about 300 members. Robert noted there is lots of room for public tee times, emphasizing this is not a private country club operation. “We’ve really turned the corner over the last few years with that. People are starting to realize they are allowed to come out here and play here and are remembering we are a good golf course.”
The facility offers a large driving range deck to warm up prior to a round or to work on your game instead of playing, and there is also a new putting green. As well, there is a short practice hole for chipping and bunker play.
“It’s a 19th hole that’s never been used,” Robert explained of the spare that sits alongside the course’s sixth hole. “It’s about 100 yards, with a tiny green,” where work can be done on one’s short game’s shortcomings.
While the course harkens back to its roots in the 1960s, that doesn’t mean it looks like something from that time. The conditions at the Leduc Golf Course are superb, even in mid-June, with lush fairways, thick rough (yes, we tried that out several times!) and greens that run fast and true with rarely a blemish to be seen.
So, if you haven’t been to the Leduc Golf Course in a while, or ever, now is the time to pick up the phone and book a spot to play this beauty. What makes that even better is right now the course is offering a great Early Bird play rate from Monday to Thursday from opening until 11 a.m. at $100 for two players and a power cart, and in a market that’s beginning to see rates rise, that’s a great deal for trying your skill on a great track.
Regular green fees at the Leduc Golf Course Monday to Thursday are $51 (see early bird specials) while on weekends (Friday through Sunday) they are $63.