Your golfing dollar is a hotly contested prize, destined only for the establishments most willing to earn the respect it deserves. Ottawa’s Anderson Links fits the bill perfectly
Don't let the precious name fool you. There’s nothing pretentious about Anderson Links, the latest addition to the Ottawa golf scene from the well-known Patterson family. A pared-down, family-friendly facility, Anderson Links is the perfect place if you spray the ball or have a family in tow. It’s a fun Graham Cooke layout—“a feel-good golf course,” says proprietor Martin Patterson—that measures 6,500 yards from the back tees, and yet boasts a number of reachable par-5s and short par-4s to keep things fresh and interesting.
On the par-3 167-yard 3rd, you’re faced with a challenging iron to a well-guarded green that’s as tough an approach as any you’ll find on far pricier courses. And the longer-knockers can get home in two on the 485-yard, par-5 closer, provided they can keep it out of the lake that guards the left side of the green.
Why Go Now
Ottawa’s not just for insurance brokers and civil servants anymore. If you’ve never checked out the rich history of Canada’s national capital, now’s the time. Democracy’s not a spectator sport… and neither is golf. Ottawa’s the perfect place to get involved in both. “We’re not trying to gouge people,” Patterson says. “We’re trying to give people an experience.”
$49 Fri. through Sun. and holidays; $43 Mon. through Thu.; Twilight rates start at 2 p.m. and start at $28, depending on day and time; nine holes cost $27 on weekdays and $33 on weekends; power carts $27 or $18 for a single rider.
The Pattersons are all about saving you money. You can get bulk discounts on books of 10 or 50 green-fee tickets, or books of 12 or 24 with fully transferable tickets. Join the frequent-player program for guaranteed prizes that include bonus reward points, two-for-one green-fee coupons and even a free round of golf. And if it’s stay-and-play you’re looking for, Patterson House—a five-room bed and breakfast at the family’s Emerald course—is just $114 per night, double occupancy, with golf and breakfast included.
Broke Local Secrets
Patterson recommends the free Rideau-Carleton Raceway in nearby Gloucester for rides and people watching from 4 p.m. until dark.
This story was originally published in the April 2009 issue of up! magazine as part of The Great Canadian Value Golf Guide, profiling the country’s 10 best courses for spend your golfing money. Check out other value golf spots in The Great Canadian Value Golf Guide 2009.
James McCarten is a Toronto-based journalist with the Canadian Press and is up! magazine's golf writer.