Located in the heart of the picturesque Red Hill Valley at the foot of the scenic Niagara Escarpment, King’s Forest GC is without a doubt one of the premier public golf courses in Canada. Its 2010 ranking by SCOREGolf magazine as one of the Top-100 Courses in Canada to play put it among the elite courses in the country – the only municipally owned and operated course to ever make the list!

HOLE
OUT
Men’s Par
4
4
4
5
3
5
3
4
4
36
Black – 74.3/129
455
407
437
503
248
525
192
407
424
3,598
Blue – 72.7/120
436
389
411
480
224
504
171
378
398
3,391
White – 70.4/120
432
369
346
460
203
473
150
358
376
3,167
Red – 67.3/111
414
358
331
390
191
451
136
347
312
2,930
Women’s Par
5
4
4
5
3
5
3
4
4
37
HOLE
OUT
Men’s Par
4
4
4
4
3
5
4
3
5
36
Black
448
395
405
453
182
491
420
203
555
3,552
Blue
426
371
385
436
165
468
404
185
534
3,374
White
398
361
364
411
145
425
387
168
496
3,155
Red
308
256
311
367
125
413
273
157
440
2,650
Women’s Par
4
4
4
4
3
5
4
3
5
36

Word is getting out about King’s Forest, but for the most part it still remains Hamilton’s “little secret”. Perhaps its low profile can be attributed to the fact it is a classic design, filled with wonderful options and strategy. There are plenty of places at King’s Forest where you have to make strategic decisions, go over a creek for the green or play it safe for a wedge shot on your next swing. You need to think your way around the course.

Designed by former parks foreman Matt Broman, with input from Chedoke Head Professional Rod Goodes, the course opened for play in the fall of 1973. It measures 7,150 yards, par-72 from the tips with a rolling layout that features some terrific elevated tee shots, lots of challenging doglegs and six holes cross the Red Hill Creek. The addition of irrigation ponds and significant improvements to the Red Hill Creek that winds its way through the property over the last 12 months have only added to the challenge.

While there are some wonderful holes at King’s Forest the highlight of the round is usually the par-4 11th. There’s a towering tee shot with a 100-foot drop to the tree-lined fairway below. It takes a second perfect shot over Red Hill Creek to a medium green that’s tucked into the surrounding forest with a menacing trap on the right side that is visible from the tee.

Those who make it past this one surely should have a smile on their face when posting a three or four on the scorecard. Achievements don’t come easy when playing King’s Forest because there is a lot more roll and elevation change than one might think for this walk in the park – and yes, many people do walk it.