See a Masterpiece in the Making And Play a Little Guessing Game to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Deerhurst Highlands
How many holes on the Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course can you identify from their construction photos taken back in 1989?
The name Muskoka quickly conjures the romance of a rustic vacation, a getaway in cottage land, a retreat to the harmony of nature. With its clear crystal lakes, neat green forests and also sunny summer weather, Muskoka remains one of the favourite destinations for Canadians in the past century and it’s still as appealing and untouched as it is always has been and lost none of its appeal.
The spectacular resort golf courses in Muskoka make the region a premier golf destination too.
There is such a wide variety of excellent golf courses in the Muskoka Region. Some are more difficult than others, some are more scenic, some more relaxed and perfect for the family, others are perfect for you and your golfing buddies (enemies)to have a great day out and challenge your skills. We thought we would just put together a short but not conclusive list of golf courses in Muskoka, no matter your level you should make a point to play at one point as they will leave you with fond memories no matter how you played!
Deerhurst was among Muskoka’s earliest resorts commissioned in 1896 and has two beautiful courses for you to come and see. Deerhurst has ranked as the second best in Canada by Score magazine in the “Best Golf Resort” category for several reasons such as the views, the facilities, the scenery and also the demanding Deerhurst Highlands golf course. The resorts title course is from architects Robert Cupp and also Thomas McBroom.
Carved from the rugged hills and dense forestry, it presents the golfer with hazards to challenge every aspect of ones game. The Deerhurst Lakeside course is perhaps a little more forgiving and is a par 65 offering a gentler layout and provides a very enjoyable track in excellent condition to still offer variety and many skill testing holes for golfers.
Grandview Golf Club
The Mark O’Meara Course at Grandview opened in May 2001. This course was the debut of the PGA Tour star in the golf course design arena. O’Meara wanted his first design to be on a beautiful piece of property, and he has made excellent use of the natural settings that the Muskoka region affords. The golf course course sprawls across gorgeous, rugged terrain with plenty of elevation changes, trees and encroaching granite outcroppings to give you the views and golf holes you dream of in and reminds us why Muskoka Golf is famous the world over.
Rocky Crest Golf Club
At Rocky Crest Golf Club, situated at the north of Lake Joseph, McBroom designed yet another magnificent course out of the Canadian Shield of Muskoka. Wonderfully framed by forest of light hemlock and pine and birch, the fairways are accented by granite outcroppings and deep bunkers that supply definition and challenge.
Rocky Crest Golf Club is aptly named for the appearance of the Canadian Shield on no less than 15 of its holes. This feature hole is a par 5 measuring 569 yards from the back tee with a forced carry over a smooth and beautiful granite ravine that requires your tee shot to carry 180 yards to reach the fairway.
The Lake Joseph Club
The Lake Joseph Club golf course has been framed by dense forest and also granite from the Canadian shield, with spectacular landscapes of the picturesque Lake Joseph in the heart of the the region. The beauty and the challenge around this rugged setting will leave you satisfied and craving to play another 18 holes. The course is known for many great views but course design it’s really as strategic and challenging as it is panoramic.
So there you have four excellent golf courses in Muskoka you really should go and see this season.
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There are many incredible holes to capture your imagination and challenge every area of your game on all the golf courses in Muskoka, but here are 9 that we think you should be on the look out for.
Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course – 10th hole.
Muskoka’s golf boom began while using the 1990 opening of Deerhurst Highlands Course, where the par-four dog leg 10th commences at a towering granite-slab tee box just before twisting right toward a multi-tiered green to challenge even the best of putters.
The Ridge At Manitou Golf Club – 18th hole
Awaits you at the end of the fairway is a green at the par-five final hole that appears to be suspended by an emerald infinity pool above Manitous body of water. The Ridge at Manitou’s clubhouse as an additional backdrop provide a magical ending to every round.
Bigwin Island Golf Club – 6th hole
The Affording panoramic vistas of the surrounding Lake of Bays, the par-four sixth at Bigwin Island Club has been renowned as one of the Canada’s best scenic holes and deservedly so.
North Granite Ridge Golf Club – 6th hole
High-handicappers beware: the carry required from off the tee to just get over bedrock and water from your back tees at North Granite Ridge Golf Club’ s par-five 6th hole can be a drive too far unless you catch your driver well, with a knee-buckling 220 yards carry, it will test your resolve.
The Rock Golf Club – 9th hole
A thrilling challenge that concludes to the roller-coaster-ride front nine, The Rock Golf Club’s dogleg par-five 9th hole challenges every golfers to attempt to bite away as much off the corner as they dare.
Muskoka Bay Golf Club – 1st hole
The opening hole is strikingly beautiful, but it’s not crazily prolonged or overly hard, Muskoka Bay Golf Club’ s 441-yard first hole tee box is at a rocky perch high above the fairway is a great opener to every round to smash one down the fairway.
South Muskoka Curling and Golf – 16th hole
Perhaps Muskoka’s most feared hole will be the 16th at South Muskoka Golf and Curling Club , a par four requiring you to perform a pinpoint approach on the ball-hungry gully to an undulating environment friendly green.
Taboo Resort Golf and Spa– 7th hole
The par-three seventh at Taboo Course is chiseled from a craggy chute and long striated white and grey granite. Miss right or left and your ball move into orbit.
There are dozens of other great golf courses in Muskoka all with memrable holes and views. Muskoka is a perfect destination for your golf vacation.