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By Design

Photos: Clive Barber


Aurora, Ontario

Golf course architect:

Doug Carrick, ASGCA Past President

Carrick Golf Design


Colin Young

Project summary:

Lebovic Golf Club forms part

of a residential community of

75 homes on the Oak Ridges

Moraine, an ecologically

important landform. The new golf

course was created with extensive

consideration to environmental

factors, including forest, wetlands,

aquifers and wildlife.


Evansgolf (construction);

Turfcare–Toro (irrigation);

Silicorp (bunker sand);

Ontario Seed Corporation (seed);

ADS Canada (drainage)

Lebovic Golf Club


ituated on approximately 260

acres of environmentally sensitive

land on the Oak Ridges Moraine

near Toronto, Canada, Lebovic Golf

Club required 20 years of rigorous

planning, environmental study and

construction to complete.

Designing a workable golf course

layout along with 75 housing lots on

the compact site required a sensitive

design that preserved important natural

features, including 45 acres of forest,

kettle wetlands, a stream tributary and

the natural terrain character of the Oak

Ridges Moraine.

Restrictions placed on the use of

ground water meant the design had to

rely solely on storm water runoff and

treated effluent as the sources of water

for irrigation.

The course design for Lebovic Golf Club

sees the first seven holes located on the

west side of a heavily travelled regional

road, and the remaining 11 holes on the

east side. The ninth and eighteenth greens

are situated relatively close to a tunnel

crossing under the road that connects

the finishing holes to the clubhouse on

the west side of the road. A single long

cul-de-sac extends eastward from the road

providing every one of the 75 homes with

a direct view of the golf course.

The environmentally sensitive

design channels water runoff from

the residential development into a

series of ponds, where it is recycled for

irrigation purposes. All of the ponds are

interconnected, allowing the levels to be

controlled for water storage and use. The

main irrigation pond, located adjacent

to the seventh green and maintenance

facility, blends the treated effluent with

storm water runoff before being applied

to the golf course.

The course layout preserves and

integrates a number of natural features

into the individual hole designs,

including four kettle wetlands, a newly

created wetland, a naturalized stream

corridor and 45 acres of protected forest.

Environmental design

A new golf development in Aurora, Ontario, was designed with extensive

consideration to environmental factors