Media and Customer Reviews:
September 1, 2015
Last week, along with the usual suspects, S. Mortimer & M.
Chapman, we were joined by Kent. It was a really positive experience
to have Kent play with us; not only to see someone hit the ball so
well with such ease, but also to have a chance to talk with Kent for a
while. He’s a very easy-going person, supportive and generous in his
approach to duffers (i.e., like me). He’s a terrific choice for a pro and a real asset to Pheasant Run.
Wedding’s at Pheasant Run
We have new artwork on display, come and check it out.
“Each one of the photos that he’s taken seems to tell a story in itself. They all have something different in each picture, something special…”
– Past bride Kate Flemister
THE PRO’S TOUR: Mature Pheasant Run a romp through the woods
Peering out over the Highlands No. 4 fairway is one of the many great views at Pheasant Run.
East Gwillimbury Express
By John Cudmore
Pheasant Run Golf Club
HEAD PRO: Kent Maxwell
SIGNATURE HOLE: Midlands, No. 8
Perhaps the most picturesque hole on a course cut through mature forest proves beauty is in the eye of the player with a well-placed tee shot, for that is the key to this downhill par-4, 346-yard (white tees) test.
“You have to pick the club that gives you enough distance to reach the top of the hill (150 yards out) and have a chance into the green,” said director of golf Kent Maxwell.
From an elevated tee, keep in mind the fairways falls to the right and shorter drives will bring into play trees lining the fairway and block out an approach to the green.
CLAIM TO FAME: Served as a location for the 2004 feature-length film Welcome To Mooseport starring Gene Hackman and Ray Romano.
TROUBLE AWAITS: Highlands, No. 1
Welcome to Pheasant Run.
Hope you took time to warm up.
Otherwise, your introduction to the 27-hole facility via the 521-yard opening hole on The Highlands course could be one that you’ll have branded into your ego for a while.
The par-5 starting hole demands accuracy through a tree-lined fairway.
To the left, a hillside offers relief to some errant shots and a friendly bounce brings them back into play.
Too tight to the right, however, brings forest into play and the dogleg right setup eliminates a view to the elevated green for a third shot.
It’s a considerable climb to the green from the fairway and impossible to know whether your approach shot is on the hourglass-shaped putting surface until you get there.
CURSE OF THE COURSE: Uneven lies and tight fairways make placing shots in the optimum position critical to scoring well. “Even though you hit it in the middle of the fairway, the undulating fairways could cause a problem,” Maxwell noted.
GIMME A LIFE MEMBERSHIP: From the moment you arrive on the property and drive up to the log cabin clubhouse, Pheasant Run oozes, “Relax! You’re going golfing!”
The seclusion on many holes is a characteristic few courses can match.
There’s also something neat about watching drives from elevated tees on holes such as Highlands No. 4 and Midlands No. 6 plop nicely onto fairways 40 feet below.
CLUB-TOSSING TIME: Midlands, No. 9
This menacing hole often serves as the end to an 18-hole round and has the ability to disrupt what has been achieved over the previous 17.
At 503 yards, the hole is full of frightening possibilities. It’s two shots to clear the end of a pond shouldering the entire left side of the fairway and before making a run into an elevated green.
“You see a lot of strategies on this hole,” said Maxwell. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done after 17 holes, this is a killer and hard. It has broken and made a lot of rounds.”
Par is well-earned.
THE PRO’S VIEW: “The course definitely puts you in mind for how you have to play the next shot,” said Maxwell, now in his third year at Pheasant Run. “You have to be in position for the next shot, so it’s accuracy over length.”
GENERAL INFO: The 27-hole facility situated on 300 acres is in its 35th season of operations … Playing to a par-73, the Highlands (37)/Midlands (36) is the most popular combination … Plays 6,563 from the blue tees; 5,985 from the whites.
LOCATION: 18033 Warden Avenue, Sharon (One kilometer north of Davis Drive) … Website: pheasantrungolf.com … Tel: 905-898-3917 or 907-773-8475.