Northland Signature Holes: Fort William CC

By KBJR News 1

June 27, 2014 Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 9:48 PM CDT

Thunder Bay, Ontario (NNCNOW.com) --- NNCNOW.com is conducting a summer-long tour of some of the area's best golf courses and introducing you to the signature hole at these courses --- up this week is Fort William Country Club in Thunder Bay, Ont.

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Ask any regular golfer around Thunder Bay, they'll likely tell you the view from the 12th tee at Fort William Country Club is second to none.

"Hole number 12 is nice," general manager Bill French said. "You tee off, you shoot up against the big, granite wall that's there. You see when the ball takes off and there's this white dot against the granite wall is really nice to see. The left side of number 12, there's no houses or other course there, so you're sort of secluded along number 12."

The picturesque tee shot, though, can turn ugly in a hurry if you're unlucky enough to play into one of two ponds protecting the 530-yard par 5.

"You have to make sure when you're hitting that your drive and your second shot put you in a good position to get on the green," French said, "because if you're short, you're going to be in the water."

Keep your ball dry, though, and you'll most likely be able to find it.
That's a user-friendly feature of the 12th that is consistent throughout the Fort William course.

"We mow almost all the grass," French said. "The rough is mowed down low. In between the fairways is mowed down low, so you can spray your ball a little easier around here, and you still get away with it where you don't lose it."

Posted by Zach Schneider
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