Turning the Scenery Up to Eleven
Muskoka can definitely boast of being home to truly scenic golf experiences. From dogleg lefts carved from century-old trees to the Canadian Shield splitting fairways in two, its basically impossible to complain about the view when you play here. World famous golf architects such as Thomas McBroom and Sir Nick Faldo have used Ontario’s cottage country as their creative canvas to develop spectacular tracks, within which you’ll encounter breathtaking holes that are transcendent in their design. Here are some epic holes to check out to really encounter the best of this unique landscape:
Bigwin Island Golf Club – 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. Rightfully nicknamed ‘The Lookout’, this hole provides a beautiful vista of the Lake of Bays through its elevated tee deck. Click here to check out pictures of ‘The Lookout’ and each of the other 17 stunning holes at the beautiful Bigwin Island Golf Club.
Deerhurst Highlands Golf Resort – Huntsville
Hole #1 at Deerhurst Highlands Golf Resort is a 374 yard par 4 from the tips – handicapped as the 13th hardest hole on the track. The elevated tee box on this downhill dogleg right provides a stunning view of Peninsula Lake. Setting yourself up in good position for the second shot is key on this hole as the fairway is almost entirely sloped to the green creating an uneven lie.
North Granite Ridge Golf Club – Port Sydney
Hole #5 at North Granite Ridge Golf Club is a 372 yard par 4 from the tips – handicapped as the 9th hardest hole on the track. An elevated tee deck provides a remarkable view of the treetops – even more notably in the fall. With the approach shot into an elevated two-tier green, distance control in company of ball placement is key.
The Lake Joseph Club – Port Carling
Hole #9 at The Lake Joseph Club is a 475 yard par 4 – handicapped as the hardest hole on the track. A downhill dogleg right with a view of Lake Joseph, the tee shot requires you to thread the needle with your drive to be left with a position ‘A’ approach shot.
Oak Bay Golf Club – Port Severn
Hole #6 at Oak Bay Golf Club is a 167 yard par 3 from the tips – handicapped as the 5th hardest hole on the track. With a body of water separating the green from the tee blocks, a rock face emerging from the water to the rough, and the inclusion of two bunkers on either side of the green – #6 at Oak Bay Golf Club deserves the title of both a scenic and placement shot hole.
The Ridge at Manitou Golf Club – McKellar
Hole #18 at The Ridge at Manitou is a 503 yard par 5 from the tips – handicapped as the 8th hardest hole on the track. This downhill dogleg left is the definition of a picturesque finishing hole with the backdrop of the 18th green looking over Lake Manitouwabing and the alluring clubhouse to the right.
The Rock Golf Club – Minett
Hole #12 at The Rock Golf Course is a 422 yard par 4 from the tips – handicapped as the 8th hardest hole on the track. This Sir Nick Faldo design is a dogleg right over a cliff with a downhill approach shot into a welcoming green with room to miss on the right, distance and placement control on this hole will be rewarded.
Rocky Crest Golf Club – MacTier
Hole #6 at Rocky Crest Golf Club is a 569 yard par 5 from the tips – handicapped as the 3rd hardest hole on the track. This hole requires a tee ball that carries over 180 yards to clear the magnificent granite ravine that separates the tee block from the fairway. It isn’t difficult to remember you’re golfing within the Canadian Shield on a golf course such as Rocky Crest, and even more so when on a hole such as #6 since the green’s protected by rock on the right and a steep drop off to the left.
Seguin Valley Golf Club – Parry Sound
Hole #7 at Seguin Valley Golf Club is a 212 yard par 3 from the tips – handicapped as the 11th hardest hole on the track. This hole is unlike any other in the region as the tee box and the green are connected by a long winding bridge; and to go one step further, the drop zone is placed halfway on the bridge that crosses McCrae Lake. To see more of Seguin Valley Golf Club check out the virtual tour of their 18 unforgettable holes.
South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club – Bracebridge
Hole #14 at South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club is a 152 yard par 3 from the tips – handicapped as the 17th hardest hole on the track. A relatively short par 3 in comparison to most, the tee box to green is separated by a little pond with a fountain in the middle making for a nice view and a constant sound of pouring water. Taking note of pin position is critical on this severely sloped two-tier green. To view aerial footage of #14 click here.
Taboo Muskoka – Gravenhurst
Hole #7 at Taboo Muskoka is a 218 yard par 3 from the tips – handicapped as the 11th hardest hole on the track. This par 3 is chiseled between two immense walls of pink granite, meaning if you miss just slightly left or right your ball can take a very unpredictable kick – not to mention the road-rash it’ll likely acquire!
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