The Great Waterway is home to many fabulous Fall activities. When the leaves change, a road trip along the towns – both small and more robust – is equal parts exciting and beautiful. But through it all, the golf courses of The Great Waterway are experiencing their best conditions of the entire year, and the rippling terrain and elegant tree-lined fairways and greens give way to bright hues of orange, red and yellow, causing golfers who come from both near and far to pause, reflect, and slow themselves down.
As most golf courses begin their final month of service in October, there’s no better time to take advantage of the best views (and rates!) of the season across The Great Waterway. It’s a haven for golfers, and its ready to welcome you soon.
At the most Westward tip of The Great Waterway, the area of Belleville and Trenton are chalk full of great golf courses that have been featured on this blog before. However, when the seasons change and you meander along at places like Timber Ridge or Trillium Wood, you get a whole new appreciate of the masterful links.
Timber Ridge, nominated for Best New Canadian Golf Course by Golf Digest in 2002, remains one of the strongest clubs in the entire region. At just over 6,600 yards, the course doesn’t require length to challenge its players. The four sets of tee-blocks give golfers of all levels an opportunity to enjoy themselves. And, with the course designed through a dense forest, the opportunity to take in some beautiful fall foliage is too good to pass up.
For Trillium Wood and Black Bear Ridge, two courses where the forest plays a central role in its design, the look-and-feel of both layouts change as the leaves do, too.
“Most people don’t realize the course has some hills in it, and it’s mainly cut through the woods,” explains Trillium Wood’s President Stephen McCurdy.
Black Bear Ridge, just a few minutes down the road from Trillium Wood, has a comparable layout in terms of setting, but, the award-winning club has been attracting numerous accolades from around the world since its opening in 2005. Black Bear Ridge is a traditional parkland course known for its top-notch conditioning that winds through an expansive property.
With five sets of tees that range from 5100 to 7200 yards, golfers of all skill levels can find a distance that gives them a wonderful experience. It’s another course that provides golfers with incredible rates for golf during the last month of the season, with a setting of pure golf that is nearly unmatched.
Another great track in the Belleville area made even better in the Fall is the Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club. The host of the Monday Qualifier for The Great Waterway Classic in 2014, Bay of Quinte’s first nine holes were designed in 1921 and was made an 18-hole facility in 1950.
The course got a facelift in 2009 after some new owners stepped in. Marc Ray, the General Manager, says Bay of Quinte was known as an ‘exclusive’ club for a number of years, but it’s more known as a public course now. The new players who try Bay of Quinte are pleasantly surprised.
But if you visit The Great Waterway region this Fall, you won’t be surprised at the wonderful vistas each of the excellent golf courses offer you!