Best New International Course Humber Valley Resort (River Course)
7,199 yards, par 72
Green fee: $50-$100
Humber Valley Resort's River Course is reason
enough for golfers to keep an eye on the Weather
Channel to see when the snows melt to the north.
Architect Doug Carrick infused this layout with
sufficient length and mettle to challenge the serious
stick, as shown by his artfully sectionalized greens
and the deft risk/reward test posed by such holes as
the downhill par-5 13th, where bunkers narrow the
target for long hitters.
Perhaps Carrick's greatest feat, however, was
allowing a stunning piece of property to yield one
spectacular, fun-to-play hole after another. Particularly
unforgettable is the par-4 10th, which plunges 180 feet
from tee to fairway. The par-3 5th calls for a long carry
over the lakeshore, and the par-3 14th perilously skirts
the riveranother two holes that make this out-of-theway
journey well worth the effort.