The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
GOLF & LEISURE 161 CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP: Coloured lights add to the spectacle of the falls after dark; Whirlpool Golf Club; the Niagara River whirlpool and gorge provide a stunning backdrop for the aptly named Whirlpool course; a great way to see all three cascades; cable car across the gorge. uninteresting tourist town. Better to take a leisurely stroll on the pedestrian path that starts just past the bridge and loops along the fast-charging upper Niagara River and through the meadows of Niagara Falls State Park. About a fifth of all the fresh water on the continent eventually tumbles over Niagara Falls, shaping both the landscape and the visitor’s experience in so many ways. At the aptly named Whirlpool Golf Club, the Niagara River whirlpool and gorge provide a stunning backdrop for a brilliant 18-hole design by the legendary Stanley Thompson. Opened a short distance downriver from the falls in 1951, Whirlpool was one of the last courses built by the designer of such iconic Canadian courses as Highlands Links in Nova Scotia and the Banff Springs in Alberta. Thompson’s layout features tree-lined fairways, his trademark linked bunker complexes, and greens left open at the front in the classic style. Deciding where to tee off next gets tougher as your schedule tightens. Royal Niagara Golf Club, The Rees Jones Course at Grand Niagara, Peninsula Lakes Golf Club and Hunters Pointe Golf Course all number among Ontario’s most popular public courses. But impossible to resist is Thundering Waters Golf Club, the course made famous when John Daly tried mightily to drive a golf ball 315m across the misty gorge to Goat Island in the United States. A mere kilometre of so from Horseshoe Falls, Daly’s layout is a mix of parkland and links-style holes that together make a formidable test of golf. Daly, who had once hit a shot with a 1-iron some 283m over the Grand Canyon, thoroughly enjoyed himself despite falling short. “It was like coming down the home stretch winning a PGA Tour event,” he said. Best of all was the sudden and awe-inspiring appearance of a rainbow over the Horseshoe Falls – yet another of Niagara’s signature attractions.
The Cut - Spring 2016