Friday, September 19, 2014

Cam's Clam Chowder: A Spring Creek Classic

Located in the quiet southern Ontario community of Claremont in north Pickering, Spring Creek Golf Club is a charming 9-hole executive golf course set amid a lush landscape of lovely mature trees, rolling greens and challenging water features, attractively landscaped with indigenous Southern Ontario wildflowers, grasses and cultivated shrubs. With four par 4's and five par 3's Spring Creek is a course designed for novice and intermediate golfers, which is ideally suited to my calibre of play, having just started playing last year. One of the highlights of our weekly golf game is meeting an hour or so before tee-off to have lunch in Spring Creek's flagstone clad clubhouse and chat about the week's past events. 

Spring Creek's oversized chalkboard in the dining room with highlights of the daily menu

Chef Cam's thick and creamy Clam Chowder

The healthy and delicious Toasted Tuna Sandwich

The menu, which is highlighted on an oversized chalkboard in the main dining room, features a tempting selection of delicious deli-style sandwiches ranging from Smoked Pastrami on Rye, Toasted Westerns and Tuna Salad to foot-long Whistledogs topped with melted cheese and crispy bacon served with optional sides of fresh cut French Fries or heaping baskets of golden brown Onion Rings. Each day, Chef Cam also features one of his daily specials, with none more popular than his famous Clam Chowder. Thick and creamy, Chef Cam's chowder is full to brimming with whole baby clams, finely chopped locally grown vegetables and hot morsels of diced potato. Fortified with a soul satisfying homemade lunch and with the promise of a beautiful afternoon on Spring Creek's picturesque course, all seems right with the world. Unless we happen to play abysmally, in which case we head back to the clubhouse where Cathy always has a big smile, offers encouraging words and has a cold beer waiting for us. Again, all seems right with the world, and we optimistically sign up for next week's tee time.