|Review by: Drew McAnulty
||Every year we head down from Ottawa and Toronto to Syracuse for the FGC Spring Open, which is now in it 15th year. Because of where the course is situated, it is protected from the winter lake effect, meaning Foxfire is usually open three to four weeks ahead of our own courses and is always in excellent condition thanks to its great drainage.
The generous fairways and large greens make it an excellent course for mid to high handicappers, especially at the beginning of the season. In no way, however, does that mean this course is a walk.
The second hole, with trees lining both sides of the fairway and slight dogleg left, can easily put you back into the hole after the easy opener. A tricky little Par 3 follows and then rolls in to an uphill dogleg Par 4. Fail to play those three holes well and your round can get off to a very shaky start.
Even more challenging are the 13th, 14th and 15th, two Par 4s and a Par 5 that will either make or break your round.
For our group, each hole on this course holds a personal history that makes it that much more pleasant to play. While the four-star rating I've given might seem a bit high, there are few courses any of us have played -- public or private -- that we enjoy as much as Foxfire.
Throw into the mix the unbeatable spring prices (two rounds, cart and lunch with a beer for under $50 Canadian) and the wonderful staff and you'll understand why we keep coming back for more every year.