Score Golf Course Review - Morgan Creek Golf Course
Architect: Tom McBroom
Par 72, 6041 - 6968 yards
Date Played: July 2015
Peak Rate $95 - $105
For over twenty years, Morgan Creek Golf Course continues to impress and has carved out its place as one of premier public golf courses located in the Lower Mainland. Located in South Surrey, not far from Highway 99 and a little North of the Canada-US border, Morgan Creek is easily accessible, thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the drive.
Built in 1995 by renowned Canadian golf course architect, Thomas McBroom, Morgan Creek consistently delivers an exceptional public golf experience, year round. While the layout and hole designs are good (more on this later), it is really the entire experience from check-in and warm up, through all eighteen holes and a post round meal, which speak to the quality of Morgan Creek.
The course is easy to walk, relatively flat, and the layout meanders throughout an attractive residential community of the same name. Conditioning is top notch, and the size, scale and presentation of holes make sense to the eye and to your golf game, no matter the skill. Unlike some other McBroom layouts I have played, all of which are visually very spectacular, Morgan Creek seems to offer a greater level of playability for higher handicaps.
The opening hole is a dog-leg right par-4, which plays slightly downhill to a fairway guarded on both sides, before requiring an approach to a green located across a pond. Two strong shots are required to reach this green and while it is a good hole, I do wonder about the degree of difficulty for the first. The second is an inviting par-5, reachable by long hitters, with a great saddled green, which slopes towards you at the front and away from you at the rear. When going for the green, beware of the deep green side bunker located to the low and left, as a miss here, will force an long uphill bunker shot, over or around a tree, to a putting surface you cannot see. Birdies are possible, par is a good score.
As you move further into the layout, the design and style of the holes unfolds in a enjoyable and consistent manner. McBroom has shaped fairways and positioned hazards in a manner which clearly define the correct tee shot. Greens are appropriately sized and almost always provide a option to bounce the ball onto the surface. The bunkering is large, well positioned and at times messes with your distance perception.
Concluding the front nine is a strong par-3 and great long par-4 combo. The eighth plays across a large wetland area, to a green positioned diagonally with bunkering short left and pin-high right. It is a great test of your longer irons and one you’ll look forward to each time you play. The ninth requires an accurate and well struck drive, setting up a mid-length approach to a green nestled into a hill. Guarding the right side of the green is a steeply banked pond which seems to gather many an errant shot. The smart play is to take one more club and aim for the left half of the green and play for a two putt. Beware of a pin tucked on the right side, it is ever so inviting and one you’ll surely want to play for, just don’t be short.
The back nine features some strong par-4‘s (10, 11 and 15), two fun downhill par-5‘s (13 and 17), and a couple of good par-3‘s (14 and 16). The uphill 15th is perhaps the toughest hole on the course (handicap two) and the approach across a creek to a sloped green, always plays longer than you think. Many a round has derailed here, and all your focus and wits are needed to first get your tee shot in play and secondly, leave an uphill putt.
Concluding your round is a long straight-away par-4 playing uphill towards the clubhouse. McBroom has positioned deep bunker’s on both sides of the fairway and your secondly plays uphill to a deep green with lots of slope. Commitment to target and club selection is a must on this worthy finishing hole.
Morgan Creek Golf Course is an enjoyable layout, always in great condition and the experience and service lives up to some high expectations.