As the saying goes, good things come in small packages. And, Wellington on the Lake is the epitome of that.
Built in 2001 by Jed Azinger – former PGA Champion Paul Azinger’s brother – the nine-hole layout offers a little something for everyone in The Great Waterway’s fabulous wine region.
Just 20 minutes from Sandbanks in Prince Edward County, it’s a fine mix of links-style golf and tree-lined holes.
To continue the wine theme, the golf course compares itself to that of a bottle of red (or white, whatever you prefer). “A fine golf course, like a fine wine, must have distinct character, a good body and a great finish,” writes owner and general manager Paul Farquhar on the club’s website.
“There are 23 wineries within 10 kilometers of the golf course now,” says Farquhar. “When I bought the property ten years ago, there were five.”
This increase in wineries in The Great Waterway region has helped bring more people out to the golf course, continues Farquhar.
“We know our customers personally, and we get a ton of repeat business from tourists,” he says. “They have fun and they like the challenge”
The golf course, despite being only a nine-hole track, certainly doesn’t play like it. It’s a full golf experience, and one that should be mandatory on a trip through The Great Waterway.
Even if you don’t have the capacity on your trip to play golf – although, Wellington on the Lake is proud to proclaim: “there’s always time for nine!” – you must check out the practice facility that the people of Wellington can access at any time, one that rivals the best courses in the province.
It’s a 120,000 square foot bent grass teeing area, with an aquatic(!) driving range. There’s always a 5,000 square foot putting green and bunker. Truly an unbelievable addition to The Great Waterway region.
Between the adjacent wineries and the pristine practice facility, it’s easy to forget that there’s a great golf course at Wellington on the Lake as well.
It has an easy enough start, with the aforementioned links-style holes to begin the round (they’re long, but there is room, according to Farquhar) and then you get to the par-5 sixth, and the course really shows its teeth.
“It’s tough,” says Farquhar. “Some shots are phenomenal, like the tee-shot. You have to hit through a shoot with pinpoint accuracy. The green is protected by a pond and wall-to-wall trees.”
Don’t be intimated, though. There are four sets of tees to challenge all levels of golfers.
The course also features a state of the art irrigation system that keeps the conditioning of the golf course in top shape.
Just 30 minutes from Wellington lays another gem in Prince Edward County, the Picton Golf & Country Club. It was established in 1907 as a nine-hole club but has since expanded to a full 18-hole facility.
Although wine may be on top of your mind when arriving in Prince Edward County, it may be golf that you leave remembering the most!