Piper’s Heath is a stunning18-hole championship course designed by renowned golf course architect Graham Cooke that’s strategically located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Piper’s Heath was named to ScoreGOLF Magazine’s list of Top 100 Golf Courses in Ontario in 2011.
Golfers will quickly notice that Piper’s Heath is a golf course that’s different from most that are being built today. Cooke has handcrafted a walkable 5,200 to 7,054-yard, par-72 layout that has its own Old World Charm. There is a spiritual quality at Piper’s Heath that connects the ebb and flow of the rumpled landscape from hole to hole.
“This is a course to be played with imagination and enjoyed for its challenge and beauty,” Cooke says. “It’s designed to be a golf course of anticipation with changing looks and scenes around every corner.”
The journey takes the golfer back to the days of the sport’s first combatants; tight-angled, windswept mounds shelter the course and isolate the golf holes. Fairways rise and fall and green-site hollows ring the greens; deep, straight-faced bunkers frame greens and hide in unsuspecting corners. True to a links course, square tee boxes, innovative linear bunker lines, wide, generous golf corridors and elegant plateaued greens are all found throughout the site. Three watercourses thread their way into play adding drama and allure.
Playing Piper’s Heath
Sculptured and grassed, the course both looks and plays as if it were nestled into the sweeping, rugged Scottish Highlands. Four-hundred-year-old ancient Oaks, which Cooke calls “Friendly Giants,” greet golfers along the way. His deep respect for the environment and its ecosystems is reflected in preserved wetlands and meadows that accent the landscape.
Cooke has captured the site’s natural beauty blending those features into a challenging layout that is distinctive and captivating from start to finish. “It’s my hope that Piper’s Heath will challenge golfers of all abilities and at the end of the day everyone will walk away with a memorable golf experience and a desire to return,” he says.
Piper’s Heath also features a 20-acre double-ended practice academy with a large two-tiered tee deck for every-day use and a smaller teeing area some 350 yards away at the other end for lessons and larger clinics. Cooke incorporated a series of target greens and traps into the design to allow golfers to focus on their shots. There’s also a chipping green with a sand bunker and a separate practice putting area.
“We’re really trying to create a first class family-oriented facility for the public to enjoy,” says GM Marc Gruehl. “We hope you’ll make time to visit Piper’s Heath to see why we’re so excited about the future. Please drop by the web site from time to time for updates on our progress.”