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Quesnel Golf Club 1800 Blackwater Rd Quesnel BC (250) 249-5296

Every so often you poke your nose into the bushes and find a beautiful rose. That is how I felt after I the played Quesnel G&CC. Following the signs through town and taking the West Quesnel exit (remembering to turn left when you get to the T intersection) you come across what looks to be a flat and uninteresting little golf club. Yes it has the range, the bar and grill and the clubhouse, but man it's flat and boring. Ah, don't let your eyes fool you. Once you get your spikes into the Quesnel Club you may never want to leave. The first few holes are flat but never dull. Number one is a par five measuring 528 yards long. About 250 yards off of the tee box, on both the left and right hand side of the fairway, are a pair of deep bunkers. Spray a little and you'll pay a lot. There is only 1 bunker and that is greenside on the right hand side. The rough is heavy duty, the greens can be a little grainy but are perfect and fast and you have just started on your Cariboo adventure.


The number 1 handicap hole is number 2. At 429 yards long this par four plays as hard as it looks. Again there is rough that will take away any chance you have of reaching this green in regulation. No bunkers on the fairway or green but the up long slightly dogleg hole plays much longer than it looks or reads. I believe it is shear length that has earned this hole as the #1 handicap hole. To my eye one of the toughest holes is number 9. A 423 par 4 that has water on both sides of the fairway and about a 15-foot wide path way between them. The 150-yard marker sits in this little grass bridge between the water hazards and the green is a small target way out on the horizon. Roll it through this bridge and go buy a lottery ticket immediately. On the backside you start climbing up and down hills, in and out of trees and you start seeing lots of nature (deer are common as are foxes and the occasional moose.) The par 3 holes range from 121 to 182 yards and all are demanding. Going to the Cariboo to play golf? Do not pass go do not collect $200.00 go straight to Quesnel. The course is a rose and you'll want to pick it and take it home with you.

Player's Tip

Do not let the flat opening holes fool you. You will be climbing some major hills. Take a power cart if you are even slightly concerned about holding up for the round and pack a camera and lots of film. You will need it. The greens are all in great shape and the rough is a challenge. Perhaps the most difficult thing for a tourist is finding the hidden hazards. Play with somebody if you can or at least take long looks down the fairways. It isn't always a simple as it looks

Accommodations

While in Quesnel The Sandman Inn, located at 10 minutes from the course seems to be the best place in town. They have very clean rooms and a restaurant and most important a very friendly staff. Look up this Sandman and all the rest of the Sandman chain at: www.sandmanhotels.com
 
 

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