Northern Dunes’ front nine holes follow the curves of natural sand dunes in the manner of an original Scottish links course. Casual and avid golfing duos tangle with a par 72, 18-hole course (up to a $55 value per player), exchanging ball banter with trees, fescue, water hazards, and bunkers filled with natural sand in short par 3s and wordy par 4s. Pairs drive between fairways in an included power cart (an $18.50 value per player), navigating the greens' lulls, rises, and ghosts of squirrels past with GolfLogix GPS. The clubhouse nestles its rustic walls between the front and back nine, welcoming hungered putters to the 70-seat Dunes Bar and Grill. The pub proffers breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a list spanning wine, beer, and mixed drinks. Club-less golfers may rent a set for an additional $12.50 fee.
Nestled in the Blue Mountains and overlooking Georgian Bay, The Golf Club at Lora Bay challenges golfers with a championship-style course that honours the area's history and dynamic terrain. Co-designed by PGA tour pro Tom Lehman and Canadian course architect Thomas McBroom, the 18-hole, 7,200-yard course frames undulating fairways with the abutting shoreline and several wildlife preserves. Each hole confronts club-swingers with new challenges, from bunkers filled with local crushed limestone to fairways disguised as two-dimensional Christmas trees, and the layout integrates standing structures such as apple orchards and 100-year-old barns. Intensive maintenance keeps the course compliant with Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, and the course's combination of play and design has attracted premier competitions including the TELUS Skins Game, the Nationwide Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic and Celebrity Pro-Am, and the William Shatner Ultimate Frisbee and Barbecue Bash.
Golfers could spend a whole day at Brooklea Golf & Country Club without hitting the same shot twice. With 27 holes of tee-to-green terrain and a practice facility with a 300-yard driving range, a 6,000-square-foot chipping and putting green, and a short-game area with practice bunker, the complex gives golfers the chance to work on all facets of their game. As the course's grassy centerpiece, the 18-hole championship course unrolls 6,587 yards of tree-lined fairways and fast, bent-grass greens pinched by the occasional water hazard or bunker filled with silica sand. Measuring 1,750 yards, the 9-hole West course packs four par 4s and five par 3s into an abbreviated layout so players can conveniently squeeze a quick round into their schedule without drilling holes into their office floors. Head teaching professional Daryl Cramm helms the Brooklea Golf & Country Club academy, where students of all ages and abilities hone their par-hunting skills.
Championship Course at a Glance: