It's no secret the Eagle Creek Golf Course is the best golf course -- however you want to measure it -- in the National Capital Region. Whatever your measure, conditioning, the memorability of the holes, the risk-vs.-reward strategy on just about every tee, it's just a great golf experience.
Maybe there are courses with nicer clubhouses or fancier service, but for a pure golf course experience, Eagle Creek is at the top of the list.
It might not be a secret here, but it is apparently in the rest of Canada when you consider Eagle Creek was ranked 52nd in ScoreGolf magazine's Top 100 courses in Canada.
That's not a slight on the courses ranked ahead of Eagle Creek, just a plug for a track that I don't think gets its share of notice in this country.
Maybe that's because it's tucked away in Dunrobin, a little ways off the beaten track when it comes to Canada's premier golfing destinations.
It's just interesting to note that when the pros on the Canadian Tour came here a few years ago, many of them said Eagle Creek was the best track they played and that included a few of the courses rated ahead of Eagle Creek in ScoreGolf's Top 100.
The list -- same as my opinion -- is totally subjective. The only other local course to make the list is Royal Ottawa (76th).
Watch for The Marshes, the Robert Trent Jones III design brought to life by Terry Matthews, to start getting some recognition.
It didn't even get a mention in ScoreGolf, but it is another sleeper in this country. Its mix of six par-3s, six par-5s and six par-4s might be a bit much for traditionalists, but its variety makes for a great test.
As far as lists go, whatever course you enjoy the most is your No. 1 and that's pretty much all that matters.
HEAR AND THERE: Only a few details need to be worked out before it will be announced the Quebec Amateur will be coming to the Camelot Golf and Country Club in Cumberland in 2006. The tournament will coincide with some modifications to the course which were going to be undertaken anyway, said head pro Barry Laphen. "We changed the drainage system over the years and it's firmed up the course," he said. "Combined with the new equipment and balls, it had gotten shorter, so we're going to lengthen it here and there." The much-feared fescue, which had been cut back in some areas, will be allowed to grow back, narrowing some holes ... Mike Dagenais was always known for his booming tee shots, but it was his putter that made the most noise as he won the Cisco Systems Summer Open, the second event on the Cisco Systems Players Tour. Dagenais had a 3-under-par 69 at Hylands to win for the fifth time on the local tour. He won $2,000 for the victory. In second spot was Darrell Buchanan of The Meadows with a 70. Tim Sewter and Dwight Reinhart tied for third at 71, while The Meadows' Roger Beale, Graham Gunn and John Watson, who won the season-opening event, tied for fifth at 72. Laphen won the Seniors' division with a 71.
JUNIOR ROUNDUP: Bowie Abbis-Mills continues to rip it up on the Cisco Systems Junior Challenge Tour as he once again led the boys' under-14 division at this week's event at Mountain Creek. Abbis-Mills had a fine 71 to win the U14 division and finished second overall at the event. The main event was won by Corey Willard with a 69. That's some good golf. Finishing tied for third in the main event at 73 were John Bongers, Matthew Dozois, Scott Kiser and Pascal Lacroix. Joshua Cooper finished second to Abbis-Mills in the U14 and was seventh overall with a 74. Rounding out the Top 10 at 75 were Christopher Bennett, Dan Clancy, Adam Glofcheskie, Gregory Quaile, Matthew Rice and Nicolas Vaillancourt, who was also third in the U14 ... In the girls' division, Kate Burnett topped the field with an 81, three shots better than Kelly Ann Hutchison. Emily Milito was third with an 87 and five players tied at 88: Marie-Andree Cadieux, Alexandra Heyes, Brooke Mallory, Meagan Zalewski and Breanne Williams. The next event on the Cisco Sytems Junior Challenge Tour is July 26 at Tecumseh.
CHIP-INS: Longtime Hylands pro Al Jensen has had his amateur status reinstated and will be eligible to participate in events as of Sept. 1.
HOLE-IN-ONE CLUB: Dean Dicioccio added his name to the dream list at Canadian when his 8-iron found the hole on the 110-yard ninth hole. It was witnessed by Jay Weatherbie and Colin Brian.
FROM THE FRINGE: Brad Fritsch of Manotick will attend Monday's qualifying to try and gain a spot in the Samsung Canadian PGA Championship next week at the Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge. Fritsch was 54th on the Canadian Tour's Order of Merit heading into this weekend with $8,079. Ottawa's Lee Curry is 50th with $8,868. Scott Hawley is 99th with $2,687, while Julian James is still looking to cash his first cheque. Kingston's Matt McQuillan is 36th on the list with $13,140.