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.
The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.