Despite a long and wet winter, Candle Lake Golf Resort is the third course to tell The Herald their greens are in the best shape they‚Äôve seen in years.
With all 18 holes at the championship course ready to go, course professional and director of golf Dean Jackson said the links are in spectacular mid-spring shape.
‚ÄúThis is the best the greens have looked in over 10 years in the spring,‚ÄĚ Jackson said, attributing the course‚Äôs stellar condition to the diligence of the resort‚Äôs superintendent.
Sitting right on the shore of Candle Lake about 77 km northeast of Prince Albert, the 6,502-yard (from the tips), par-72 course features three tee-boxes per hole, five par-fives, eight par-fours and five par-threes.
Jackson boasted the course‚Äôs signature 16, 17 and 18 holes which are placed right on Candle Lake‚Äôs shoreline, offering a scenic view as golfers finish off their rounds.
‚ÄúWe have three of the nicest finishing holes I would say in the province,‚ÄĚ Jackson said. ‚ÄúThey line up with Candle Lake and the scenic views are spectacular.‚ÄĚ
Green fees are priced at $38 per round on weekdays and $49 on weekends between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. After 1 p.m. on weekends, green fees drop back to $38.
For juniors, the course offers free play between Monday and Thursday when accompanied by a paying adult after 1 p.m., while Tuesday mornings allow seniors to golf nine holes with a power cart for $25.
Jackson, a PGA professional, explained that although the course is challenging, it is accommodating to golfers of all skill levels.
‚ÄúThe course is very user friendly,‚ÄĚ Jackson said. ‚ÄúThe advanced golfer is still going to find a challenge, but it‚Äôs definitely forgiving for beginners as well.‚ÄĚ
Situated on the lake, the resort does not limit visitors to golf as they offer hiking trails and boat rentals as they are equipped with a 200-slip marina.
Candle Lake Resort is also home to rental cabins, townhouses, a fully stocked pro shop and a 300 patron capacity convention centre.
Golfers returning to Candle Lake can expect some minor tweaks to the course, Jackson explained.
The course‚Äôs opening hole has been converted form a par four to a par five with a brand new green and their fourth hole, previously a par four, has been converted to a par five.
Jackson said the course‚Äôs biggest defense is its undulating greens.
‚ÄúI wouldn‚Äôt call them fast or slow,‚ÄĚ Jack said of the course‚Äôs greens. ‚ÄúThey are right in between and there are some subtleties in the break and line.‚ÄĚ
The resort is wasting little time in getting its tournaments going, as they are set to host the Ladies Golf For the Cure event on May 31.
Candle Lake Golf Resort is about a 45-minute drive from Prince Albert traveling north on Highway 55.
For more information and to book tee times, call 306-929-2666 or visit the resort‚Äôs website at candlelakegolfresort.com.