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Eagles Nest Golf Course started as the dream of some Toronto real estate developers to build a Modern Public golf course fit to host the Canadian Open. The dream was to use an expanse of land, on an old mine, next to a landfill site. The land was located in Maple just outside the city of Toronto.
The course was designed by Canada’s renowned Golf Architect Doug Carrick. Eagles Nest championship layout opened for play on May 17 2004 to Rave Reviews. Carrick’s masterstroke was to use the existing terrain and move an additional 1.4 million cubic yards of earth to help sculpt out magnificent highland links. Eagles Nest was born. A Traditional links-style course with wonderful elevation changes, magnificent views, and of course almost 100 unforgiving Pot Bunkers.
In classic Scottish style, the course features rugged sand dunes, pot and sod wall bunkers, deep unforgiving fescue, expansive waste bunkers, huge firm undulating greens. The elevation helps nature to add unpredictable wind gusts to the course’s defences.
The course, which plays to 7,476 yards from the back tees can be a tough test for all golfers. Memorable holes include the short, 164-yard 8th, the long 14th with its split fairway, and the back-to-back par fives at 16 and 17.
When the project was completed, Carrick was quoted as saying, “the course evolved out of the rugged landscape left behind from the former sand and gravel operation. Many of the spoil banks were left intact and form the backdrop and framework for holes 12 through 15. We carried this theme onto other holes to create the links land experience.” He also said “I think it (Eagles Nest) is maybe my best work,” When you take into account the amazing list of courses he has already created in Ontario, This provides some perspective to what was achieved here. The previous courses designed by Carrick include Angus Glen, Osprey Valley, King Valley, Copper Creek, and Battlefield in Niagara.
Carrick Design Team provided the following article:
At Eagles Nest, our design team transformed an otherwise uninteresting former sand and gravel pit just north of Toronto into a stunning links-style golf course. In order to make the most out of the site the developers, York Major Holdings gave us the green light to hold nothing back when it came to using our imaginations to create a bold and distinctive design.
They also asked us to draw on our creativity to use as much imported fill from some of their other construction sites to assist them in other development projects where they had excess fill.
Eagles Nest is also the longest and most challenging course we have designed to date.
What you’re most likely to remember about a day on the links at Eagles Nest are its dramatic elevation changes, undulating fairways, uneven lies, distinctive revetted pot bunkers, large rolling greens as well as its massive sand scars and wild fescued dunes. If there had been a coastline nearby, Eagles Nest would look and feel as though you were playing golf on natural links setting in Scotland or Ireland.
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