The River Course, Humber Valley Resort, Western Newfoundland

Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group-Capital Realty Ltd.

For golf enthusiasts who are looking for a golfing experience that offers a real challenge mingled with beautiful vistas, a tranquil environment and an attractive layout, the River Course at the Humber Valley Resort, Western Newfoundland, stands out as one of the best places in the province to play a round of 18 holes.

The course is spread out over the beautiful terrain of Western Newfoundland winding its way along the serene Humber Valley.  It captures the beauty of the Humber River, the quiet shores of Deer Lake and the towering elevations of the adjacent mountains. 

It has been voted Canada’s Best New Course 2007 by SCORE Golf Magazine.  It is an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course measuring 7,199 yards.  It offers the experienced golfer the workout of any pro-course that demands long drives and careful accuracy yet the budding amateur will enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the place without feeling heavy playing pressure from others.

My wife and I played a round at the River Course at the Humber Valley Resort this past August.  We were both very impressed with the grandeur of the place!  The fairways are overseen by beautiful estate homes, most of them belonging to residents who visit for short periods during the summer or guests who rent them on a daily or weekly basis.  We enjoyed the spectacular view of the Humber River from the river side fairways (especially the 14th hole) and we were impressed with the shelter of trees around several others fairways.

The operator Mr. Gary Oak has been managing the golf course and Eagles Perch this year and is doing a great job keeping it open to the public, playable for its patrons and attractive for everyone.  Even though the Humber Valley Resort has been suffering from financial troubles, Gary has been dedicated to maintaining the course in excellent condition so that the surrounding communities and golfers throughout the province can continue to enjoy its unique beauty.  It really is a destination worth finding!

I love to walk when I play golf so initially we intended to skip the cart rental.  However, the elevations were so extreme that we were well advised to take the cart.  Having played it now, I would heartily concur!  The cart was essential equipment for this one.  Happily the green fees at $75.00 each are significantly reduced from previous years and a modern and well maintained cart is included in the fee.

If you love to golf, I would highly recommend you pay a visit to the River Course at the Humber Valley Resort sometime soon.  It will definitely impress you and your golfing will be wonderful no matter what your final score.  I still endeavor to break 90 when I play but in this case, I was more than happy with my 96.  I hope to better it some next summer.

R. Greg Osmond is a Platinum Award winning Realtor serving St. John’s and surrounding areas, Newfoundland and Labrador for over 20 years and can be reached at 709-895-2500. Visit for further information.

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By R. Greg Osmond, MBA

About the Author: R. Greg Osmond, MBA is a Platinum Award winning Realtor dedicated to serving the people of St. John's, Mount Pearl, Paradise, Kilbride, Goulds, Conception Bay South (CBS), Portugal Cove-St. Philips, Torbay- Flatrock- Pouch Cove, and Logy Bay - Middle Cove - Outer Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador. For over 24 years Greg has been practicing in Real Estate. He is also president of Red Maple Development Inc., a firm focused on new home construction and existing home renovations, for Greg's clients and the market.  Greg can be reached at 709-682-9670.  Greg's Associate Realtor, Andrew Macdonald BBA, may be reached at 709-749-8879.

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Comments (4)

John MacArthur
Century 21 Redwood - Washington, DC
Licensed Maryland/DC Realtor, Metro DC Homes

What a beautiful course. Should I ever show up, I will pay my money and head to the first tee. Thank you for sharing this information about a game I love.

Sep 24, 2009 05:06 AM
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

The 4th photo with the river, tee box and green looks a bit challenging; bet there are a lot of water balls on that hole!

Sep 26, 2009 12:47 AM
Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Broker, Toronto Real Estate

Absolutely beautiful scenery.  I am not a golfer (yet), but I think I would still love to walk the course... and the fact that there's water nearby is good enough for me. :)

I do plan on seeing Newfoundland soon, and Labrador as well.  I'm making a list of all the places you write about. :)


Oct 04, 2009 01:53 PM
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

What beautiful pictures of Newfoundland!  The view from those homes must be amazing.

Oct 12, 2009 11:12 PM