Whirlpool Golf Course

4.3994235294 4.4 stars from 5 (650)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7019 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7019 yards 73.3 126
Blue 72 6701 yards 71.9 123
White 72 6292 yards 75.9 126
Red 72 5702 yards 67.3 115
Yellow 72 5203 yards 65.1 109

Located in a spectacular natural setting against the backdrop of the Niagara River whirlpool and gorge, this magnificent and challenging championship course was designed by the legendary golf architect Stanley Thompson. Owned and operated by The Niagara Parks Commission since 1951, Whirlpool is considered as one of the Top 100 Courses in Canada.

Directions: From Toronto: Approach Niagara Falls on the QEW. Just after crossing the St. Catharines Skyway, take the 405 exit towards the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge to the USA. Just before the bridge, take the last exit to the Niagara Parkway. Turn right off the ramp onto the Niagara Parkway. Whirlpool Golf Course is 4km down the road on the right hand side

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 650 Reviews
5 stars:
302
4 stars:
268
3 stars:
56
2 stars:
15
1 stars:
9

recommend this course

606 out of 649 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near local attractions worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge locals   Challenges include bunkers plays long elevation changes   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Terrible Course Conditions"


Scott2515077's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My playing partner and I could not believe the terrible course conditions. There was water everywhere. There were places where the water blocked the cart path several times. The fairways were soaked and the carts made tire marks everywhere as the cart continually sunk into the fairway.

A few of the greens were in very poor condition with dead spots and holes made from insects or animals.

We couldn’t understand why there were four work crews on one hole while there was so much work to be done elsewhere.

I would recommend everyone to avoid this course until late July.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"A True Gem"


RandiandNikki's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fabulous course, fairways were a bit wet and the rough was a bit long, but no fault of the course. The weather has been wet and there some of the rough has been unable to be mowed. Love the course, another great Stanley Thompson design. Staff are super friendly and helpful. Great course to play, highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Wet"


u00000817303's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played 6 holes heavy rain play stoped Greens soaked etc no further play I bought a hot deal the course was very nice but they stated they can t help with a hot deal only g n Can help Called to see if g n would provide any compensation Told wait time to speak to a rep 3 hours U kiddin Won’t buy this again a hot deal was a bad deal Be careful Ps the course is beautiful staff great


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


HellyWest's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Very pretty location, beautiful and very near the falls


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Very Nice"


u000001105150's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We all enjoyed the golf course. Found the greens a little slower than we would have liked but in good condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"good layout"


lshedden's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Wet in places but generally good considering the amount of rain we've had.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice but VERY wet."


bigbob0817's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always fun, great layout on tree lined fairways. First time ever 'cart path only' was in effect. Good value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

Thank you for visiting us at Whirlpool Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.


"Whirlpool Golf"


u661080640's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a beautiful sunny day, but the course itself was extremely wet due to three severe storms the day before. The cart rule for the day was " Cart Path Only". This led to a slightly slower than normal pace of play.

Once we were on the course we did find that there was a fair amount of standing water on the fairways and the cart paths.

Other than that, the course was very good. The layout is fun, the par 3's are long and overall, the day was enjoyable.

All the staff and starters conduct themselves well and contributed to a very good day with our golfing friends.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fairways finally playable"


Zman28's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played several rounds in the last couple of weeks atl Whirlpool and both Legends courses. With all the rain the fairways were so soft with plugged balls and negative roll out, it made them almost unplayable. Today was much better. It was still cartt path only but no balls plugged and the ball actally had some roll out. The starter let me go out by myself and with only a threesome 2 holes ahead of me I was able to catch them at the turn and they let me play through. Other than the 5 deer on 15th hole I had the whole back nine to myself. The greens were very fast with sone remnants of sanding. They are in really good shape for early season. All in all a good day at a great course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



JohnAFowler's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Embarrassing"


steve1562518's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I would have been embarrassed to have been the one to say the course is open for the day we played. To charge what they did with the course in the condition it was. Some fairways were cut but many were not. You could not tell if you were on the fairway or the rough. At many holes the rough was mowed before the fairway. I get it that we had much rain but to open and charge as much as they did is embarrassing. Generally a great course but not that day.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry you didn't have a positive experience with us. We will make sure this gets passed to the appropriate teams so we can improve moving forward.


"Brutal"


Robert6398187's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

While I can understand the weather hasn’t been kind, it’s frustrating when you lose your ball in the middle of fairway because the grass hasn’t been cut. Forget it in the rough. Even 3 feet in rough it was like a forest. Played this course over the last 25 years and never saw it like today. Just brutal.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Whirlpool Golf Course. We hope to see you again in the future.


"Soaked"


boomer1960's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course should not have been open for play, realistically everyone who played that day should all be refunded their money, i have never seen a golf course allowing play that was that soaked. Every shot was almost under water, ridiculous play was even considered. The warning from the pro shop was cart paths only, so we walked, and i hope you have waterproof shoes, complete understatement....very, very disappointed to say the least.....


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Whirlpool/swampool"


Jason6087766's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is underwater and severely soaked throughout. Cart paths have been washed out in spots. 12” deep pools that were the cart paths. Every step/swing was wet, muddy, and not enjoyable. This course needs Caribbean heat for months to dry out. Was really looking forward to playing this course for the first time, disappointed due to all the water.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are sorry to see that you did not fully enjoy your time with us. We are always looking to improve, so we appreciate you taking the time to give us some feedback. We hope to have you back in the future.



JohnAFowler's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2019
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"May 2019"


gordpetrie's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very very soggy

Cart path only makes a long trek

Great course when-the weather is better and course is dryer


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Slow play"


u000001792524's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our foursome play behind 2 twosome and playing very slow, the course is good condition for spring golf.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"First time"


u173247621's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got a great deal do enjoyed it. Not sure it would be as good full price.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u634024273's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2019
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great conditio"


sutherl's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Can’t believe the conditions for this time of year. Beautiful and green.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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