Lowville Golf Club is a great little course just outside of Burlington Ontario. The course goes up and down the Niagara Escarpment, making for some great views and also a good walk.
The par 5s are all uphill holes. None of them are overly long as far as actual yardage, but they all play a decent length.
Conversely, some of the par 4s play downhill, so they play shorter than their yardage, but you get to feel good about yourself because your drives seem to go forever down the escarpment.
There were only a couple of holes where you don’t want to hit driver. The par 4 sixth was a short par 4, about 300 yards, that got more narrow the further you hit it. The 14th was the other hole I elected to hit hybrid off of the tee. It is a downhill par 4 that bends more than doglegs, and not really knowing the course I elected to play safe. I would probably play the hole the same way again.
The greens were not overly fast, but they were fast enough. And remember, everything breaks away from the escarpment. I had a couple of putts that looked like they definitely would break toward the escarpment and they just ran straight. Many of the greens were also tiered or sloped.
There were no holes that seemed too easy or gimmicky, and none of the holes seemed overly difficult either. It was just a nice all around golf course.
When given a choice, I always prefer to walk the course and carry. I am not sure how many times you climb the escarpment, but by the time you get to the 16th green (the last time big climb of the day) you are starting to feel a little winded.
We teed off at 7am, and even when finished (in under 3 hours) the course still did not seem to be very busy.
Lowville is my favourite new course that I have played so far this year (and by new, I mean new to me).