Quarry Oaks is a 27-hole golf facility featuring three distinct nines, with the Quarry and Oak loops comprising the original course – that’s not to say the newer Desert nine should be disregarded as it’s a fine alternative option.
As its name suggests, holes on the Quarry nine are routed around old quarry workings which have since flooded to form a chain of small lakes running through the property. Most of the holes on this loop are affected either by water (the par three 6th, for instance, plays to an island green) or a large sandy waste area that separates the 1st and 7th fairways.
After the aquatic rigours of the Quarry nine, the Oak nine is a complete contrast, with fairways carved through wooded terrain to the east of the property. This loop is configured with three par threes, three par fours and three par fives and golfers don’t play the same par consecutively at any point on this nine.
The Links at Quarry Oaks is another great design by Canadian architect Les Ferber. There are three distinctively different 9-hole routings. The Oak Course is a more traditional, tree-lined layout with three par-3s. The Desert features waste-bunkers and two lakes. The Quarry is the toughest of the three and includes an island green. Unfortunately, we only had a chance to play the Oak and Quarry.
The most unique element here was the par-3, 6th hole on the Quarry with two greens, one of which is over a pond. They rotate between the two depending on the mood of the Superintendent. As well the Quarry and Dessert 9th holes share the same green.
The 8th on the Quarry is their signature hole, a dogleg right over water with a pond crossing in front of the green.
The 1st and 9th holes on the Oak Course have a tree in the centre of the fairway making your drive more critical to score well.
The greens are in great shape, roll true but were somewhat slow on the day we played. There are only 60 members here and the rest of the tee times are dedicated to public play making it very accessible. Definitely one of my favourite golf facilities in Manitoba.