DaveFinn review of Bayview Golf Club

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  • Bayview Golf Club Bayview golf course9
  • Clubhouse9.5
  • Facilities8
  • General impression9.5
  • Hospitality9
  • Maintenance9.5
  • Value for money8.5
  • Surroundings8
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9.1
About the review
Written on: 29 September 2020Played on: 24 September 2020Handicap while playing: 22.1
DaveFinn review

Located in the heart of a quiet residential neighbourhood in north Toronto, Bayview Golf & Country Club is a hidden gem. The course is in impeccable shape. From tee to green, you can feel a sense of pride. Designed in 1960, by Canadian Architect Robbie Robinson and renovated by Doug Carrick, this mature layout offers wider fairways that are well-defined. Like most private courses, the rough, in and around the large deciduous trees, is well-manicured, making it easier to escape. The sand is soft and consistent. The large greens are fast and run true with minimal undulations. Many of the putting surfaces are raised and as my kind host, Toby, wisely advised, ‘most putts slope to the west'. There is no easing into your round as, contrary to standard practices, as the first two holes as par-5s. Bring out the big guns but be careful of the green-side bunkers. In contrast, the picturesque 3rd hole is only 311 yards, but your approach shot needs to stay left to avoid the giant willow tree, the pond plus the two bunkers protect the large, raised green. #7 is a 419-yard dogleg left par-4 that is ranked #1 on the course. Beware, if you hit your drive left, you will be blocked by another formidable willow tree. Your long approach is to a raised green is made more challenging with two bunkers left and right. As we turn, I soon realize the front nine has a subtly contoured terrain, whereas the back nine offers many more elevation changes. The 10th sets the pace. This unique hole is only 325 yards but do not be fooled; you will need to hit a hybrid downhill to clear the corner, but not too far on this severe dogleg left. From there, you face an extreme uphill approach guarded by two bunkers. 11 is a tough,452-yard par-5 that plays all uphill protected by two large bunkers on your approach shot. 17th is only 150 yards but plays straight downhill with a river on the right and a bunker of the left. The 18th is a great finishing hole. It is only 332 yards, but you must stay right of the pond - trying to carry it is very risky. Be prepared to take a straight uphill approach. Anything short or left will funnel back towards you. I’d suggest you take at least three extra clubs. The GPS equipped carts speed up play, but I noticed that most of the members were using pushcarts. Overall, the layout is easy to walk except when you have to climb the 18th. I guarantee it will leave you puffing yet wanting for more. Bayview Golf & Country Club is just one of those golf courses where you wish you could be a member. Not only does it have a championship golf course, but the sprawling recently renovated clubhouse has enough room for any meeting or event. They also offer members curling and tennis and access to a gigantic swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness facility that includes a golf simulator. If I had one negative, the driving range is short and awkward to get to.

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9.1
About the review
Written on: 29 September 2020Played on: 24 September 2020Handicap while playing: 22.1
  • Bayview Golf Club Bayview golf course9
  • Clubhouse9.5
  • Facilities8
  • General impression9.5
  • Hospitality9
  • Maintenance9.5
  • Value for money8.5
  • Surroundings8
DaveFinn review

Located in the heart of a quiet residential neighbourhood in north Toronto, Bayview Golf & Country Club is a hidden gem. The course is in impeccable shape. From tee to green, you can feel a sense of pride. Designed in 1960, by Canadian Architect Robbie Robinson and renovated by Doug Carrick, this mature layout offers wider fairways that are well-defined. Like most private courses, the rough, in and around the large deciduous trees, is well-manicured, making it easier to escape. The sand is soft and consistent. The large greens are fast and run true with minimal undulations. Many of the putting surfaces are raised and as my kind host, Toby, wisely advised, ‘most putts slope to the west'. There is no easing into your round as, contrary to standard practices, as the first two holes as par-5s. Bring out the big guns but be careful of the green-side bunkers. In contrast, the picturesque 3rd hole is only 311 yards, but your approach shot needs to stay left to avoid the giant willow tree, the pond plus the two bunkers protect the large, raised green. #7 is a 419-yard dogleg left par-4 that is ranked #1 on the course. Beware, if you hit your drive left, you will be blocked by another formidable willow tree. Your long approach is to a raised green is made more challenging with two bunkers left and right. As we turn, I soon realize the front nine has a subtly contoured terrain, whereas the back nine offers many more elevation changes. The 10th sets the pace. This unique hole is only 325 yards but do not be fooled; you will need to hit a hybrid downhill to clear the corner, but not too far on this severe dogleg left. From there, you face an extreme uphill approach guarded by two bunkers. 11 is a tough,452-yard par-5 that plays all uphill protected by two large bunkers on your approach shot. 17th is only 150 yards but plays straight downhill with a river on the right and a bunker of the left. The 18th is a great finishing hole. It is only 332 yards, but you must stay right of the pond - trying to carry it is very risky. Be prepared to take a straight uphill approach. Anything short or left will funnel back towards you. I’d suggest you take at least three extra clubs. The GPS equipped carts speed up play, but I noticed that most of the members were using pushcarts. Overall, the layout is easy to walk except when you have to climb the 18th. I guarantee it will leave you puffing yet wanting for more. Bayview Golf & Country Club is just one of those golf courses where you wish you could be a member. Not only does it have a championship golf course, but the sprawling recently renovated clubhouse has enough room for any meeting or event. They also offer members curling and tennis and access to a gigantic swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness facility that includes a golf simulator. If I had one negative, the driving range is short and awkward to get to.

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