Ontario`s Fire Rock - Good golf courses don`t have to come from pristine nature
Released on = March 16, 2007, 9:35 am
Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = Fire Rock Golf Club, Komoka, Ontario. Read more golf course reviews at GolfCanada.com
Press Release Body = By Tim McDonald, National Golf Editor, Golf Publisher Syndications
(LONDON, Ontario, Canada, March 15, 2007) - The remnants of human refuse can make for worthwhile golf course, and not just for the environmentally obvious reason of putting once-rancid public land to good use.
The excellent Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga., was carved from an old borrow pit. Houston\'s Wildcat Golf Club was built over a former city dump, and the River Golf Club in North Augusta, S.C., sits on the site of an abandoned rail yard.
Add to that collection Fire Rock Golf Club in Komoka, Ontario, on the outskirts of London. This relatively new golf course (now in its second full season) was laid on top of an old sand and gravel mine. Most of the mounds you see along the course were gravel dumps.
\"One of the first elements that struck me at Fire Rock was the nature of the disturbed land - it had a really fascinating feel to it for us to explore,\" architect Tom McBroom says on the course Web site.
It\'s true - you don\'t necessarily need pristine nature to build an interesting golf course. McBroom did it here by following the natural lay of the old pit in the Oxbow River Valley and leaving the savannah grasses and trees, mainly spruce and poplars. Small creeks flow through the layout, which shows off some moderate elevation changes, and there are plenty of \"environmentally sensitive\" areas - don\'t want to disturb that old gravel.
Nor would you want to disturb the Indian artifacts that lay alongside the 10th fairway. The hole doglegs left around a field where pottery and other items have been uncovered. Since you run out of fairway 200 yards in, most golfers try to carry the field toward a blind landing area on a fairway that slopes sharply down toward the green.
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March 15, 2007 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.