Five Vancouver-Area Golf Courses For Short Hitters

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Written by Marke Andrews posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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For the first few years we swing a club, we all think we can be the next Golf Phenom, a Jack-Nicklaus-of-all-trades who can drive, chip and putt with the best of them. Then reality bites, and we realize our shortcomings. Literally.

Coming up short off the tee is a common affliction, one which stretches the scores of even the best short-game players. Rather than balloon the scorecard on a 7,500-yard course with uphill greens and cavernous bunkers, you have other options. You can play a Par-60 executive course, or one with relatively flat terrain, or another that has firm fairways that let the ball travel farther along the ground.

If your drives aren’t your strong point, here are some forgiving Vancouver-area golf courses.

1) Mylora Golf Course, Richmond, B.C.

Mylora Golf Course actually consists of two Par-57 executive courses, Mylora on Sidaway and Mylora on Five. Richmond, a short bridge ride south from Vancouver, sits on the Fraser River Delta, and is basically without hills. So the short hitter has two advantages here: shorter holes and flat terrain. Sidaway (3006 yards, 56.3 rating, 84 slope) is a bit more challenging, with its longest hole running 320 yards. Mylora on Five (2,547 yards, 55.3 rating, 80 slope) has one 310-yard hole.

2) Country Meadows, Richmond, B.C.

Speaking of Richmond, BC, not far from Mylora is another relatively short (3,157 yards, par 58) course that has flat a flat surface and good sight lines. Country Meadows golf has fewer tree obstacles than most courses. One note of caution, however, is that Richmond, BC land rarely rises more than 10 feet above sea level, so the low water table makes for softer fairways. Rating: 57.2. Slope: 8.3.

3) Langara Golf Course, Vancouver, B.C.

Looking for something longer? Located in southern Vancouver, BC, just a few blocks from the Canada Line rail line that connects to the downtown core, Langara golf is a Par 71, 6,100-yard paradise with soft, rolling hills and little in the way of water hazards. The 11th hole runs 518 yards, but there are only five other holes exceeding 400 yards from the blue tees. Rating: 68.2. Slope: 128.

4) Tall Timbers Golf Course, Langley, B.C.

At 5,805 yards, Tall Timbers Golf Course gives the short hitter a chance to make par on a full-size playing field. The course has four par-five holes, but only two of these exceed 500 yards from the back tee. As you can expect from the name of the course, there are a lot of big trees, but if you drive short but straight, you’ll be just fine. Rating: 68.1. Slope: 116.

5) Cedar Ridge Golf Course, Mission, B.C.

Okay, say you hit really short. If you don’t mind driving an hour from Vancouver, BC, then you’ll want to try the Cedar Ridge Golf Course. Hole lengths, from 76 to 137 yards, are in the pitch-and-putt range, but there are still some challenges; on holes 6 and 13 you have to cross ponds that lie lengthwise from tee to flag. Rating: 54. Slope: 0.

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