We had our first opportunity to play Peace Portal Golf Course last week. The course is on the White Rock/Surrey/Canada-U.S. Border, in fact the second hole fence that protects the end of the property is about 20 yards from U.S. soil. The night before we were out for dinner with a group of friends and mentioned we were playing it the next day, which lead to a discussion on what a great property it is. We have to admit having not heard a lot about the course we were surprised at the positive reviews.
Jeff’s Opinion: Going in I wasn’t sure what to expect from the golf course, but after the positive feedback from friends I was looking forward to playing. Upon arrival, everything was neat and clean, but with a “one man” show in the Golf Shop and a cafeteria style front area to the restaurant my expectations became lower. However that changed after the tee shot off number one, the undulation changes became evident starting with the second shot into the Par 5 first hole. The course was in great shape overall and I really enjoyed playing it. Fairways, rough, bunkers and greens were in excellent condition, but the significant Poa seed heads cropping out of the greens made them roll a little less then true in my opinion. The elevation changes made for some great holes and each fairway is lined by large redwood trees but the landing areas were wide enough to allow for the odd bad tee shot. I would happily play this course again as it was well worth the visit.
Tara’s Opinion: I also was encouraged by the first impression, with planted and well manicured areas surrounding the parking lot and the clubhouse. However, I was disappointed in the limited ladies wear selection in the golf shop and the limited snack options with the only service being a cashier/cook that helped us get a snack prior to tee off. From the red tees the course was 5621 yards, right in my comfort zone and very enjoyable. The elevation changes made for some difficult lies but the mature trees with the lower branches trimmed off allowed me to play the same ball for the whole round. It is a very scenic property and the raised tee boxes give good views and make most shots visible. Other than a few blind second shots I really enjoyed the layout and my impression of the golf course overall was a good one.
Take the time to get out and enjoy a round a Peace Portal this season, we think you’ll enjoy it!