“Craigowan is an 18-hole, semi-private club that seeks to provide Oxford County’s premier golf and social experience by consistently delivering exceptional value to members, their families and guests.”
- Craigowan Mission Statement
Often referred to as Robbie Robinson's best design, our 18-hole parkland-style golf course was designed by the Canadian Hall of Famer in 1959 with emphasis on the natural lay of the land, rather than artificially created hazards. Robinson returned to the club every year and was always pleased to see how the course was maturing.
The course plays 6,728 yards from the back tees. A unique feature of Craigowan is that we offer nine possible tee deck combinations with a variety of combo tees. Our Standard tee deck starting from back to front is Black, Gold, Green, Silver and Red.
"I love how big the greens are here. That's why I love this golf course. It never gets old. When you have big greens and big tees a golf course can always play different. It can test everyone from the casual golfer to the best amateurs. That's a good golf course."
Cared for by Golf Course Superintendent, Jerry Richard, and renowned Weir Golf Design architect Ian Andrew, Craigowan is a golf course that will keep you coming back for more.
"If you play well and manage your game you can score. It compels you to think, to play shots. That's always a sign of a good golf course. It has to be played and felt, not seen. It doesn't wow you or overwhelm you, but will catch your attention and keep it over the long run. This is a golf course meant to be played."
-Ian Andrew, Architect, Weir Golf Design
We aerate twice a year: during the third week of May and the third week of August, with little to no interruption to the enjoyment of your rounds.
We have a complete hole-by-hole review of the course (below), but here’s a quick “cheat sheet” to check out before you hit the course:
Craigowan provides the perfect mix of elevation changes and rolling terrain. The fairways are perfectly manicured and the rough is a fair test for all levels of play. The greens are large and undulating providing one of the purest tests in Southwestern Ontario.
The greens are a mixture of bent and Poa. The tees are bent. The fairways are dwarf bluegrass — and the rough is Kentucky blue grass and fescue.
The course is outlined with tall maple trees that are absolutely stunning in the spring and fall. The changes in seasons develop a breathtaking variety of colours that is visually pleasing to all members and guests.
With a fantastic elevated tee shot that will leave even the regular golfing member in awe, Number 1 at Craigowan will test golfers of all skill levels.
At 508 yards from the back tees, this gentle dog leg right to left is guarded by bunkers on the left and the right. Those looking for a risk/reward element are greeted with the possibility of cutting the corner on the left, while the smart play is a nice drive up the right side. A creek 125 yards from the green will test players looking to get closer to the green on their second shot. The smart play is to lay up to the 150 yard marker. The green is protected by bunkers on the right while the front of the green is open, allowing players to run the ball up with their approach shots. The green is large, allowing for several exciting and challenging pin positions.
Number 4. It’s highlighted by the large maple tree which stands on the right-hand side of the fairway. You must play your drive against the tree line on the left side to give yourself a shot at the green or a properly positioned second shot. This short Par-5 (485 yards) provides all golfers with an excellent opportunity to score. The green is excellent as it incorporates a large swale in the middle and the high and low portions on the back and front respectively.
At 192 yards from the back tees, Number 9 provides a great test with an even better backdrop. The tee shot is slightly downhill with a deep valley in front. The green is protect by four bunkers and offers fantastic subtleties and movements. The tee shot is challenging enough; however the beautiful backdrop of the clubhouse will put your mind at ease.
Number 2. Our “Signature” hole. After a generous starting hole, Robbie Robinson struck gold with this amazingly challenging second hole! At 453 yards from the back tees, the hole is tight and tree-lined, putting a premium on accuracy and distance. Most members and guests will hit their approach shot from 180 to 200 yards to this elevated green. Typically, a player will need to play for an additional 20 yards due to the severity of the elevation. A challenging green that falls off quite hard to the front and actually feels like a double green due to the swale in the middle. Par is an exceptional score any day of the week.
The 17th green is always giving members and guests problems. The green is incredibly hard to read, as most putts will break towards the clubhouse.
The last three holes at Craigowan provide players looking to break personal best the chance to do just that.
Number 16 is a short Par-4 dogleg left to right that requires ideal placement with your tee shot. The green is the longest from front to back and usually sees approach shots regularly from 150 down to 80 yards.
Number 17 is a great left-to-right dogleg with a perfectly-placed bunker 200-220 yards off of the tee. Shorter in distance, 17 allows golfers of all levels to utilize their scoring clubs creating a great chance at birdie or par.
The 18th hole is a long Par-5 where golfers will be well tested with this extraordinary uphill hole. The green sits halfway up the hill with the clubhouse on an angle offering a stunning panoramic view from the fairway below. There’s a large tier at the back of the green that will funnel balls back towards the pin placements in the middle and front of the green.
“As an experienced player, I’ve been fortunate to travel and play a great variety of courses, not only in Ontario but in Canada. In my opinion, Craigowan has everything I look for in a GREAT member’s course!
“The conditions of the fairways and greens are top notch. The challenge of the course is exceptional and very playable for all levels of players.
Then to top it all off, Craigowan has a positive, friendly, down-to-earth staff that want to make my day!”
- Marg Matthews, 2015 Women’s Club Champion