The King’s Forest layout was designed by former parks foreman Matt Broman, who was 76 years of age at the time, and Rod Goodes, Head Professional at Chedoke Civic Golf Club from 1965 to 1990. Laid out on a rolling 250-acre landscape, the course measures just over 7,000 yards from the back markers, which was a monumentally long municipal course to construct back in the early 1970s.
Featuring a number of elevated tee shots, several challenging doglegged fairways and half a dozen holes that cross the Red Hill Creek, the course is nestled in the foot of the scenic Niagara Escarpment, close to downtown Hamilton. The addition of irrigation ponds and other course improvements in recent times has brought this municipally owned and operated layout to national prominence.
The signature hole on the layout is the 395-yard 11th, where the tee shot at this spectacular par four hole drops more than a hundred feet from the tee box to a tree-lined fairway that bends slightly left to the green. This visually stunning hole is also the shortest of the ten two-shotters on the scorecard, with each of the other nine holes on this parkland track measuring in excess of 400 yards off the tee.
Best value in Southern Ontario. Very challenging course off the tee. Many tight driving holes. Lots of elevation change and many interesting holes because of it. Rounds can be slow due to the crowds and the challenging nature of the course.