Kingswood Park - New Brunswick - Canada

Kingswood Golf,
31 Kingswood Park,
Hanwell Road,
Fredericton,
New Brunswick,
E3C 2L4,
Canada


  • +1 506 443 3333

  • Kevin Johnston

  • Darrell Huxham and Graham Cooke

  • Chris Billings

Designed by award winning architects Darrell Huxham and Graham Cooke, New Brunswick’s Kingswood was widely regarded as the best newly constructed Canadian course when it opened in 2002. There are 27 holes on the property – the 18-hole, par 72, Signature course, which measures more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, and the 9-hole, 3,980-yard Executive course.

The course layout had to be altered during construction when a major road was routed through the property, requiring the purchase of additional land to compensate. A deal was then struck with the highways department which allowed them to blast rock for building the road from certain parts on the course, leaving behind some sculpted walls that were astutely brought into the design as interesting stone features.

Graham Cooke is well used to creating superior courses in the Atlantic Provinces and he feels Kingswood is one of the very best that he has been involved with – “There are some beautiful ponds, natural marshland and the course is framed by stands of beautiful white pines. The thirty foot waterfall we carved out of a rock wall… is one of the more spectacular features we've ever incorporated into a hole design" – and the signature 14th is certainly one of the most visually stunning holes to be found on any course.

Featuring a number of risk/reward design opportunities, Kingswood's visual appeal is emphasized with traditional revetted bunkering, beautifully contoured greens and dramatic changes in elevation.

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Description: Designed by award winning architects Darrell Huxham and Graham Cooke, New Brunswick’s Kingswood was widely regarded as the best newly constructed Canadian course when it opened in 2002. Rating: 4 out of 10 Reviews: 1
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CanSco

With such a high ranking in the Top100 could I fail to be disappointed? First, the good stuff. It is a well designed and challenging layout where positioning is important. Lovely luxurious clubhouse. Great place for corporate golf. Staff are friendly as were a couple of regular players, nice young guys who caught up to me playing as a singleton. How would that happen you ask? ... now the bad stuff. I teed off with the 1st clear. By hole 2 I bumped up to a group of four young guys who were obviously out to have a party on a golf course, not to play golf. Result, a long wait on every single shot watching them blast the ball in every which direction. A course marshall to intervene you ask? None, not one the whole round. After playing two balls for several holes, and still waiting every shot, the nice young guys came along (who told me they teed off almost an hour after me!) and we had lots of chat. Thank goodness!

A suggestion for the club restaurant. Put goose on the menu. There is a large, ready free supply of the beasts on the 16th and 17 holes.

Finally, and this I know bothers some like me but not others, the course is unfortunately right next to a major highway so there is the unrelenting noise of vehicles whooshing by for many holes. I contrast this to the wild beauty of courses like Machrihanish and Royal Dornoch.

All in all, a been-there, done-that course. Once is enough.

August 05, 2022
4 / 10
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