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Pros: This course offers a nice blend of the terrain from the other two courses. Like the others it begins and ends in the open field, though the first two holes offer a protected pin and a fun island green with a small moat around it. The majority of the course plays through the woods, with a few holes up and down the steep ridges and ravines offering some fun elevation and tricky greens. A few others play down by the stream, offering some water hazards and nice views in the river valley.
This course has a really nice mix of hole lengths, with some nice short technical shots and some longer holes with wider throwing lanes. There is a good balance of left and right turning holes that make you throw all kinds of different shots. The concrete tees are in nice shape, as are the color coded baskets to differentiate the different courses. The signage is excellent, with hole layout and distance at each tee. The brooms at each pad are a nice touch as well.
Cons: As on the Ridge course, people with mobility issues might struggle with some of the steep fairways and even steeper ravines around some of the holes. This course doesn't have quite the wow factor of either of the others, with more typical wooded holes and fewer exciting elevation shots or risky water holes.
Other Thoughts: This course offers a nice challenge level between the other two onsite. It's not so long or punishing that newer players will find it too frustrating, though true beginners will find the technical shots and areas of rough pretty tough. Experienced players won't find it quite as challenging as the Streamside course, but it still offers a nice mix of different challenges and enough variety to keep it fun.
I really enjoyed this whole complex, and I think $10 to play all day is a great deal. There are three courses with different terrain and challenge levels, and all are easy to follow and well maintained. There are apparently plans to add a layout using the existing holes in the upper meadow that will be a little easier to access for families with young children or strollers and people who struggle with the steep slopes in the woods.
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On same site as two other 18=hole courses, all sharing a common tee-1 and tee-18 area. Colour-coded baskets and natural flow made the course easy to navigate. Tee areas containing all the essentials - flat, concrete teepads, signs, benches, trash receptacles.
Some tee locations very close to the previous basket, and blind from the tee fairway - throwing down to blind basket-9, with blind tee-10 just to the right, is particularly dangerous. Straight-up #14, followed immediately by straight-down #15, followed by straight-up #16 is a bit tough on the knees.
Lacking the oscillating shortness of Ridgeline, and the water-potential and length of Streamside, the more-typical-but-still-varied Riverview is neatly tucked between its sister courses, which all share the open space and tree-filled ridge sitting above the Togus. After the initial hole requires you to avoid a small grouping of trees/brush on the way to a basket neatly-placed amid a stone formation, the second hole offers you the opportunity to play towards a moated-basket - or kindly provides the option to play to an alternate basket away from the water. The course then heads towards the top of the tree-filled ridge, over slightly-undulating land, fairways beginning to be formed by the scattered trees and brush. Holes 8-10 take you, initially gently, then steeply, downward across the slope of the ridge via a broad path defined by the ever-thickening woods. Several holes play through fair throwing lanes formed by the trees towards/at the bottom of the ridge, then comes steeply sinusoidal 14-16 in rapid succession. Exit out the back of tight #17, and open-18 leads back to the tee-1 area shared by all the courses.
The complex is still a work in progress - trees were being cut-n-cleared the day I was playing. While mulch and wood chips have been laid down in many areas, much more needs to be placed on the damp areas near/at the bottom of the ridge. Certainly worth a visit, and $10 to play the three courses all day seems reasonable.
Good all-around course with plenty of variation to it.
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Pros: Once again, excellent tee pads, landscaping, benches, and baskets that flow through a mix of meadows and forests. Exciting elevation and small streams come into play quite regularly. Good mix of play with shots that vary from short to long, left to right to straight, and up to down to level. A perfect blend of both "Ridgeline" and "Streamside".
Cons: Not many to be said. One tee pad seemed to be slightly angled in the wrong direction in respects to the basket, but still minor con.
Other Thoughts: This course was the last of the three 18 hole courses that my friend and I played at Lavalle Links; and it did not disappoint. After playing all that both LaValle links and Sabbuttus has to offer, my vote goes toward LaValle. It may have lack the 'over-the-top' Pro shop and other introduction pieces, but as far as general play of the courses go, LaValle is superior. I am still haunted by it's grandeur. My only regret is that my camera ran out of memory. It plays about 2:30 hours long with two people and no competing traffic. Bring bug spray as always. Besides the actual 18 hole courses, James has some cool ideas to spice up the overall experience. Can't wait to see!
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