The secluded fairways of The Wilds course at Salmonier River form a challenging layout that’s set within the Avalon Wilderness Reserve, a 1,000-square kilometre wildlife conservation area comprising one of North America’s most unspoilt barren regions.
Designed by Robert Heaslip and opened for play in the late 1990s, the course extends to just over 6,500 yards from the back markers, with holes arranged as two returning nines. Water comes into play on several holes: ponds to the right of the fairway threaten approach shots to the par five 2nd and par four 12th, whilst a creek runs across the fairway on both the par four 15th and par three 17th.
Highlight holes include the left doglegging short par four 3rd in the north east corner of the course, along with the longest of the par fives at the 542-yard 8th. On the back nine, the 507-yard 18th is a tough 3-shot proposition (rated stroke index 2) to encounter at the end of the round, with its fairway split into two distinct portions before reaching the home green.