MBN – West Course
MBN is an older course in the area. Having played here some 20 years ago I was eager to see what I had forgotten.
First off the entrance to the golf course off of the main highway is odd as it connects onto a side street before reaching the main road to the golf course. This "false entrance" was once impressive but now it looks neglected. The main road to the clubhouse winds through a nice residential neighbourhood.
When you arrive at the course it's clubhouse is impressive in size but does look a bit tired on the outside. The pro shop is large, well stocked and the staff were friendly.
The day we played the west course was completely vacant possibly the result of warmer than normal weather and the fact that it was Mother's Day. The starter was chatty and offered sugestions on sister courses to play.
This course has very wide and level fairways lined with large pines throughout. Precision off the tee is not necessary and in many spots the tees and parts of the fairways were "baked". The greens were green and receptive but many were pot marked. Almost all of the greens are slanted in one direction or another so choosing the right line and pace is needed in order to get your first put in the hole. This course has a number of parallel holes but doesn't not wind amongst the neighbourhood homes. Overall the course layout is good however you can tell this course is aged and has not been updated (I.e. Washrooms dated, sand trap rakes were damaged, and cart paths were uneven and spotty). We paid $40 to play on a Sunday afternoon and finished in just over 3 hours so not complaining.
Overall I'd say this course is well priced for what you get. However, with the name "Palmer" associated to it one would expect a bit more TLC.
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