I played Greenacres for the first time last year and was quite impressed with the overall golf facility. A year ago going in, Greenacres did not have the best reputation amongst our golfing friends and associates. However since being purchased by Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club about three years ago, new management and a commitment to capital improvements have dramatically improved this golf facility. I had the opportunity to play it again this year as part of the schedule for the Club Pro / CK Golf Solutions Skins Game Series.
Jeff’s Opinion: Greenacres was in good shape and considering the recent heat in Vancouver, was, as the name states, very green overall. The green speeds were good, not overly fast, but they ran very true. You really don’t have to overplay any of the breaks. It is not overly long but the back 9 does play longer than the front 9. The fairways were in great shape, very closely mown and the underbrush well cleaned out making the errant shot usually playable. Greenacres will yield some birdies, but the final few holes place an emphasis on driving accuracy.
Tara’s Opinion: While I did not play golf this time around I did join the group for lunch. The renovations to the clubhouse have made the space very inviting with a variety of seating options in the lounge, dining area or on the spacious patio. The menu has lots of options, not your typical golf course fare and the weekly fresh sheet is an added bonus. Both the food and the service were great. The updated washrooms are also a nice touch.
Overall, it was a fun day and the feedback from the Professionals in the Skins Game was also very positive. There is certainly value in the green fee for the quality of conditions you get. I should also mention, the restaurant has a great menu selection, comfortable seating and numerous flat screen t.v.’s to watch the currently playing sporting event. Definitely worth stopping in for a bite after a game of golf. Oh, and I should mention I won a $60 skin in the event!