Fall leafs that make it tough to leave.
Fall is a beautiful time of year for golf in the Muskoka region – the ancient woodland scenery routinely roars to life with explosive vistas beginning late September all the way through until winter starts knocking on mother nature’s door. The radiant treetops never fail to create beautiful backdrops across the region, and even more notably on the already impressive golf courses the area has to offer. If you’ve had the privilege of playing here this time of year, you know the electric feeling that takes hold of you when looking up to admire a perfectly struck tee-ball bombed over the illuminating trees of a dogleg right. Here are just a few pictures that will provide a taste of what to expect when heading out for a round of fall golf in beautiful cottage country.
North Granite Ridge – Port Sydney
Hole #18 at North Granite Ridge is a 426 yard par 4 from the tips – handicapped as the 4th toughest hole on the track. The challenge here is finding the fairway on the left side so you’re not blocked with your approach by the tall pine on the right. Be sure to avoid the fairway bunker on the left though, or else you’ll find yourself with a lengthy second shot to the dance floor.
Muskoka Bay Club Resort – Gravenhurst
Hole #6 at Muskoka Bay Club Resort is a 221 yard par 3 from the tips – handicapped as the 17th toughest hole on the track. Make sure to dial one in on this tee ball since there’s plenty of trouble on either side of the green. Hit the ball left and you’ll be happy finding one of the three bunkers – hit one right and watch the ball kick in any direction it wants after connecting with a piece of the Canadian Shield.
Bigwin Island Golf Course – Baysville
Hole #6 at Bigwin Island Golf Club is a 462 yard par 4 from the tips – handicapped as the 9th hardest hole on the track. This is the obvious choice since it’s nicknamed ‘The Look Out’, but you’ll find equally impressive views around the property. Be sure to keep the pace of play as it’s easy to lose sense of time when taking in the breathtaking scenery.
Huntsville Downs Golf Course – Huntsville
#5 at Huntsville Downs Golf Course is a 178 yard par 3 from the tips – handicapped as the toughest hole on the track. You don’t want to be struggling with distance control on this one, that’s for sure. Massive bunkers are strategically placed all around the green forcing you with one option – hit your target.
South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club – Bracebridge
#15 at South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club is a 476 yard par 5 from the tips – handicapped as the 9th toughest hole on the track. A very reachable dogleg right with two options, shape it or airmail it over the trees – both will work. Hitting into a front pin on your approach is the most favorable pin location since being long of the green will result in a lost ball in almost every scenario.
Seguin Valley Golf Club – Parry Sound
#7 at Seguin Valley Golf Club is a 212 yard par 3 from the tips – handicapped as the 7th toughest hole on the track. Being anything but perfect on this tee ball can result in a pit-stop at the drop zone halfway over the bridge.
Deerhurst Highlands Golf Resort – Huntsville
#3 at Deerhurst Highlands Golf Resort is a 201 yard par 3 from the tips- handicapped as the 15th toughest hole on the track. If you find your ball diverting from your intended path, just hope it ends up left. There’s plenty of trouble right with a severe slope and two bunkers waiting to take your ball hostage.
Eagle Lake Golf Course – South River
#2 at Eagle Lake Golf Course is a 476 yard par 5 from the tips – handicapped as the 8th toughest hole on the track. A reachable straight par 5 with room to miss left, but trouble to the right. Be cautious when hitting your approach as the green takes a severe drop from the fairway requiring you to carefully smooth one in.
The Rock Golf Club – Minett
#5 at The Rock Golf Club is a 155 yard par 3 from the tips – handicapped as the 17th toughest hole on the track. With such a massive green your strategy can drastically change given the pin location – best case scenario being a front and centre pin location that favorably takes the beach out of play.
Deer Run Golf Course – McDougall
Hole #12 at Deer Run Golf Course a 393 yard par 4 from the tips – handicapped as the 8th toughest hole on the track. A very intimidating tee shot if you find yourself spraying anything but straight – in which case club down and just get one in play because it does open up, making a longer iron into the green not as difficult as it looks.
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