At one point, Uplands Golf & Ski Area was one of Canada’s premiere golf courses from a then-budding architect Stanley Thompson. It was often referred to as the “Blue Collar St. George’s,” featuring similar design elements.
Unfortunately, the club sold off 10 of their holes and added a short par 3 at the top of the property in the 1980’s, and the acclaimed reputation was lost.
Thankfully, the Thompson holes that remain show the exciting architecture found in this still-excellent nine hole course, and one of the true standouts is the 391-yard par 4, 5th.
The abundance of interesting landforms makes this a hole to remember.
The fairway, weaving up the hill, reminds us of the nickname Uplands rightfully wore for years: the Blue Collar St. George’s. In fact, macro-undulations like this are hard to find in Canada, and thus should be treasured.
The approach continues to climb up the hill, to a plateau green site sitting on a knob, but rather gentle contours graze. To illustrate how good this hole is, a single bunker was needed to be interesting, and I’d even argue it’s redundant at the back of the green.
A closer look at the tame green complex.
After navigating the slopes, the golfer is greeted with a wonderful view back down the hole, with the land movement in full force showing off.
For the golfer who has been lucky enough to play both Uplands and St. George’s, they will reminisce of the 15th at St. George’s looking back, with the
view of the city, the steep climb and the sidewinding fairway through some intense contours.
The 5th at Uplands is a stunning hole, and one that reminds us that architecture at its best is simple with restrain to let the land do the talking.