Herring Cove Provincial
to the Herring Cove Provincial Park Golf Course. We are located some
what off the beaten trail, on beautiful Campobello Island , New Brunswick,
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name is Bruce van Tassel. I am the Head
Professional and I thought that you might enjoy a guided
tour of our golf course. This is a Geoffrey Cornish design;
it is considered by some to be one of the most challenging
tracks in the Province. We have nine, chalenging double
tee holes that will bring even the best, back to play
we have nine holes we use two sets of tee
markers for the men. Players drive from the blue markers
on the front nine and use the white markers on the back
nine. As I'm sure you will notice, there could be a sixty
yard difference, on some holes, between the blues and the
whites. We also use one set of gold tees as our front tees.
on the first
tee you will enjoy the view looking back over Herring Cove,
not get distracted. From the blue tees the hole is a straight
407 yard par four, from the whites it's 388 yards. There are
fairway traps guarding the left side at about 230 yard out. Now
be a good time to mention that the course was cut out of a
and that you can not see any other fairway as you play. This
course means that if you hit a slice or a hook you are in the trees,
the exception of the 8th hole, but we will get there soon enough.
green slopes toward you and is slightly two tiered. There is a
sloping trap about six feet from the left side of the green, a
guarding the back and another trap wraping around the right
This is typical of our lay out. Large traps with high banks cut
to the greens. To make pars and birdies you have to have a
mid and short iron game. Hitting it straight off the tee helps too.
is another straightaway par four: 392 from the blues, 341
the whites. There are two traps sitting out at about 230 on the
right side. A good drive will leave you with
an uphill lie. Now the
tricky part: the green is again well bunkered. One
the right and
one on the left that wraps around to guard the front
right side of
the green. Both traps are only
three feet from the putting surface.
Just to make it interesting, after that
good drive that left you with
an up hill lie....it's a blind shot to the green.
our first par five. It's 528 yards from the blues but 550 yards
from the whites, dog leg left. The first leg is strait out with a
trap on the left corner of the leg. A big hitter can drive it over
this trap and get a good look at the green, but you would have
to hit it on the fly 240 yards. Most people hit it down the right
side, this leaves them with a shot up the second leg, but no
chance of hitting the green in two. Now to hit the green, good
luck. This green is narrow and long. It is elevated about five
feet off the ground with traps on the right and left side as well
as in the back. The right and left traps are built on the sides
of the green with only two to three feet between them
and the green.
my favorite hole. This is a short par four, straight away. There
is a pond that runs down the left side of the fairway that stops
about 180 yards from the blue tees and about 210 yards from
the white tees. There is a landing area that stops about 230
out and is about 70 yards wide. Many golfers hit a long iron to
play safe. This leaves them with a short iron to a large green
that slopes toward you. There are traps left and right cut close
to the green and a large trap right in front. If you want
bride or drive this green you must hit the big stick.
landing area at 230 yards the fairway narrows
to about 40 yards
and anything that lands right of center with a fade (going
will bounce into the woods, but
the reward for hitting a good drive
is a pitch of less than 30 yards or a put for eagle.
our first par three. Our par fours may not be long but our par
threes are killers. From the blue tees this
hole is 227 yards and
from the white tees it is 195 yards. This hole was built over
small valley and from the blue tees you can't
see the large pond
at the bottom. The green is about 20
yards from the pond slightly
up the other side of the valley. This green
is also well bunkered.
One on the right one on the left and one in back, as always
they are cut close to the green.
is a par four, 374 from the blue tees and 352 from the white.
The tee is in a small valley so the first 200 yards are up hill.
The fairway then levels out and your second shot is to an
elevated green that slopes sharply from back to front. This
hole has only one trap, but dont let that fool you. Your
must carry 200 yards on the fly or you will be faced with an
uphill lie to a blind green.
to our next
and last par three. From the blue markers its 177 yards.
the white tees its 235 yards,
also keep in mind that we are on an
island in the Bay of Fundy, so
we almost always have wind, and it
is almost always in your face on this
hole. The green, however is
the most forgiving on the
golf course. Its flat, not much break and
large. There are traps
on the right and left sides and large mounds
in the back.
our signature hole.The blue tees 297, the white 261. This is
a reachable par four. From the elevated tees you look
three fairway bunkers placed about 100 yards from the green
dead center of the fairway. The green is protected by
and right as well as a trap on the front middle. The green is
elevated in the back so a shot that is to long will bounce
steep bank into the woods. This is a birdie hole, a par here will
lose you a shot to the field.
straightaway par five: 493 yard from the blues, 522 yards
whites. No tricks here, hit it hard
from the tees and you get a chance
to hit this green in two. There are two fairway
bunkers placed about
200 yards from the
blue tees on the right side of the fairway, no sweat.
There is another fairway bunker placed about 50 yards from the
green on the left side of the fairway, no sweat. There are two very
large traps guarding the entrance to this green one left, one right,
sweating a little. From 250 yards out you have a target of about
fifteen feet across........what the hell, keep your left arm straight
and swing hard just in case you hit it.
/ Pro-Shop / Restuarant
I hope that you enjoyed your round of golf. We have
a restaurant and a bar so that you may tell your war stories
in comfort. I hope to see you soon.
Bruce van Tassel
Canadian Professional Golfers Association
Herring Cove Provincial Park
New Brunswick, Canada