Granite Hills Golf Club Offers Spectacular Water Settings
by Scott A. Sumner
It was my pleasure to play Granite Hills Golf Club located some 1 and 1/2 hours from downtown Winnipeg. This Les Furber designed course with its water setting on several holes and large granite rock outcrops is destined to be one of Manitoba’s top golf courses.
Granite Hills Golf Club officially opened August 2007 and this year is its third full year of operation. “It was a great piece of property with lots of trees and rock and we have water on a number of holes including 16, 17 and 18. We are located northeast of Las Du Bonnet
cottage country but most of our players come from Winnipeg,” said Sarah MacKenzie Assistant Manager at Granite Hills Golf Club. The general public can play Granite Hills with an annual membership fee at $1200 plus cart package or green fees of $34 weekdays and
weekend $40 with a power cart for two at $34. The courseopened early this year in April and have had a good season which should go to Thanksgiving. You can go online 7 days in advance to book tee times. Larger groups can book further ahead. Granite Hills will get
20,000 rounds of play this season.
“I like everything about the course. It is very scenic, each hole is different and the rock outcrops are in play and there to see. The stands of trees are staying and the water comes into play. We
have wildlife including deer and bear. There is also cottage development in the area.” said MacKenzie.
“It was fantastic to play and the scenery unbelievable. The granite hills were very scenic and being right on the water is quite rare,” said Monty Miller, manager of Sports and Special Events for Winnipeg Tourism and my golf playing partner at Granite Hills. “We have 48 courses in and around the city in a 45 minute drive. There are lots of good courses in the city of Winnipeg. Many are city owned except for St Charles which is private where the CN Women’s Open is being held as well as Niakwa, another fantastic course. You also have Steinback, La
Salle, Starbuck, Selkirk and Falcon Lake which are a bit farther out. If you want to use Winnipeg as your centre you have a lot of choices. You can get green fees anywhere from $40 to $65 here, which is quite reasonable.
I enjoyed my day at Granite Hills Golf Club and was especially impressed with both the waterfront setting of many of the holes and the great conditioning of the holes. It really is a pretty course to play. If you hit some good shots you have the opportunity to make a birdie which I did for my first in Manitoba! Be sure to check out Granite Hills and other Manitoba golf courses.