ARCHITECT: ROBERT HEASLIP
Robert Heaslip is best known for building straight-forward, affordable golf courses throughout Canada.
At Eaglepoint Golf Resort Heaslip definitely utilized the natural terrain to his advantage. The Golf Course was built in 1991 through a thick stand of Pines creating a world of its own as each hole was played. Now that the majority of trees are gone due to a Pine beetle infestation, golfers are treated to open rolling terrain and fantastic views at every turn. Shot making is still a critical component of the game as the new owner, Dennis Hong, has introduced native Fescues to areas that were once bare or treed. Thus, there is always a demand on shot making.
Each hole is unique giving the golfer a moment to pause and reflect on the task at hand or what was. The strength and signature of the golf course are the four par threes.
With four sets of tees, Eaglepoint Golf Resort is fun and a challenge for all levels of golfers.
“Once you’ve worked in Newfoundland, you can build a golf course on asphalt.” – Robert Heaslip
PRO TIPS: BASED OFF OF GOLD RATINGS
Hole #1: The starting hole at Eaglepoint is a slightly down hill tee shot with bunkers on the right hand side approximately 215 yard carry off the gold tees. Your second shot up to an elevated green will require you to hit an extra club or two.
Hole #2: Dogleg right with the fairway running away this requires a tee shot favoring the left hand side with a hidden sand trap at the (right) inside corner. 230yards off the tee will give a nice second shot in.
Hole #3: No hidden trick on this hole. This hole favours the long ball hitter to grip it and ripe it. This par five 477yards from the gold can be reachable in two with a nice drive.
Hole #4: This is a slightly down hill par 3 where club selection is key. This hole could play half a club less. Players tend to fall short and into the green side bunker.
Hole #5: Take this time to view the fairway and see that it’s clear, while doing so you will notice OB left with a sloping fairway. Favour centre-right and you will leave yourself in great shape. A tight second shot might have you layup over the pond or a chance to get there in two.
Hole #6: The most challenging hole on the front 9 and some say on the course. Tee shot requires you to hit a 215 yard tee shot to lay up before the pond. Make sure to favour the right side. Sloping fairways will toss your ball to the left side and sometimes down the hill. Your second shot will require long iron shot to an elevated green surrounded by bunkers. Par or bogey is a good score here.
Hole #7: This is a long narrow hole with the green surrounded by bunkers and a steep bank on the right side. Green is sloped back to front.
Hole #8: Don’t be fooled by this little par 4 with bunkers up the right side of the fairway and a pond to the left. Hitting this fairway will result in a good score. Second shot will require you to hit half a club less as the ball will release you on. Don’t go long as behind the green is a steep drop into dense rough.
Hole #9: This is a dogleg left. Playing center of the fairway is key as OB left and trees/ Driving range could block you out. Aim for the big Pine tree centre of the fairway and it will leave you 150 out.
Take this time to enjoy something from the snack shack and make sure the hidden fairway is clear.
Hole #10: A difficult driving hole to a hidden sloping fairway There is OB left and for the long hitters you could run out of the fairway. A long iron or hybrid might be the play. With an elevated green you will need to club up 1-2 clubs. The green slopes slightly back to front.
Hole #11: This is a dogleg right. Playing 220 yards off the tee (gold) will take you to the corner and give a nice look into the green. (Long ball hitters can reach or scare groups ahead be aware) Second shot requires half club less as the green slopes front to back and will release.
Hole #12: This long uphill par 3 requires an extra club. The green is protected by big bunkers on the left side. Aim for centre/right and par will be a good score.
Hole #13: Don’t be fooled by this short dogleg left. It is reachable for the long ball hitters but is risk reward as a pond and bunkers surround the green. A safe shot will be straight away 230yards off the tee and leave a wedge in. The green is sloped back to front.
Hole #14: This is a great par 5. With a great drive you can set yourself up for success. OB Left and downhill fairway slopping left to right. Second shot from the top of the hill can reach the green (200yards out) or could be laid up below the green. Don’t get swallowed up by the 3 pot bunkers on the right side.
Hole #15: This is a spectacular par 3 over the water to an uphill green. There are bunkers left so favor the centre right part of the green. This will require 1-2 clubs depending on the placement of tee markers.
Hole #16: This is a neat hole with upper and lower tee boxes- Depending on the Day of Rotation
Upper Tee: A downhill Dogleg right will require an accurate tee shot. The right side of the hole tends to eat up a lot of balls. Cutting the corner will give you a short iron into an elevated green. Second shot will require a club up with the green having a false front.
Lower Tee: This is a neat hole from down here. With a tee shot across the water the hills left and right the hole seems narrower then it is. An uphill second shot will require extra 1-2 clubs as the green side bunker looks at you in the eyes.
Hole #17: Take a deep breath and get ready to play the most challenging hole on the course. An accurate dive is required as you face this narrow par 4 with a steep bank left and OB right. Second Shot will require you to hit a mid iron to a narrow green. The green is surrounded by 3 bunkers. A Par or Bogey would be a good score.
Hole #18: This spectacular finishing hole is a very reachable Par 5 down hill dogleg right. A long tee shot before the pond below will set up for a birdie or eagle chance. Second shot is setting you up for a risk reward shot. You will need to club up 1-2 clubs and make sure the green is clear. The green is surrounded by tall grass, a pot bunker left and a deep front bunker. There is also a clubhouse patio overseeing the green which can get the nerves up as people tend to watch golfers try to navigate the most difficult green on the course which slopes hard from back to front. Many people have been seen to 3 putt for par to triple bogey.