Of the near fifty North American golf course projects that Walter J Travis was involved in during his relatively short career as an architect, only three took place north of the International Boundary that separates Canada from the USA – a Grand 'Mere redesign in 1911 plus new courses for Lookout Point in 1921 and Cherry Hill a year later.
As the name suggests, Lookout Point lies at one of the most elevated local positions on the Niagara Escarpment, just ten miles west of the world famous Niagara Falls, and its imposing new clubhouse offers panoramic views of the surrounding forested terrain and the distant Niagara Falls skyline.
This parkland course measures a modest 6,617 yards from the back pegs, configured with four par threes and four par fives. These short and long holes are all played during the opening twelve holes – an indication of the fairways fitting into the landscape instead of conforming to a preordained formula – so a round at Lookout Point concludes with half a dozen par fours.
The opening hole of each nine falls over 120 feet from the escarpment and mounds of between 6 and 8 feet in height then separate fairways on the lower level. Respected Canadian architect Ian Andrew has restored greens at holes 7 to 9, 10, 12, 16 and 18 in recent years.
May 03, 2012