Humber Valley Resort is situated in the Appalachian Mountain range, on the northern side of the Humber River and Deer Lake in western Newfoundland, and it opened for business in 2006. The River Course, an 18-hole, par 72 championship layout followed two years later and it’s a Doug Carrick design routed across forested, gently rolling terrain with water coming into play at several holes alongside the river or lake.
A couple of holes stand out on the front nine. The par three 5th hole plays across a small inlet to a green protected by the lake and a large waste area that’s merely an extension of the beach whilst the 8th is an intriguing short par four where the approach shot must find a raised green guarded by bunkers to the left.
On the back nine, the 10th is a very strong par four that’s often played into the prevailing wind, starting from an elevated tee position high above the fairway and ending with a severely contoured green. The 15th is a great short par four with water hazards - river right, pond left and creek behind - surrounding a driveable green that entices big hitters to reach it in one mighty blow.
Carrick Design provided the following article:
Those willing to venture east to one of the furthest golf outposts in Canada are rewarded with The River Course, a raw and rugged wilderness layout. The land around Humber Valley Resort is astonishing and the course speaks for itself with over 300 feet of elevation change. Cut through vast forests, in a surprisingly mountainous region, our design team drew upon the land’s high points for dramatic tee shots, of which No.10 is one of the most spectacular in Canada. Other holes follow the majestic Humber River and weave seamlessly through wooded valleys. It’s the simple natural diversity of the land that defines the Humber Valley experience – a course that is enjoyable to play every day with a welcoming resort course feel.
While Humber Valley’s remote location may be somewhat challenging to get to for many Canadians, the $1 billion, = 1,000-home development with sales aimed at those living in Britain, Ireland and Europe has been a huge homerun for the owners. In working closely with Newfound Developers, our design team seamlessly integrated the homes into the site so homeowners can enjoy one-of-a-kind views from their chalets, while golfers enjoy a natural environment.
March 15, 2011