When driving north on Highway 37 from the 401, Trillium Wood Golf Club is the first golf course you see. And, more often than not, the allure of the two holes you can see from the road – no’s 16 and 17 – are enough to bring you in to the Steven Ward-designed layout
But, President Stephen McCurdy says those two holes are actually quite different than what the rest of the course has to offer. According to McCurdy, there is much more than the eye can see.
“You don’t get a good sense of golf course from the road,” he says. “Most people don’t realize it has some hills in it, it’s mainly cut through the woods.”
That seclusion is what makes Trillium Wood such a fine addition to the golf landscape in The Great Waterway region, and why golfers from across the area – and as far as Ottawa and Montreal – repeatedly visit each year.
“Golfers quite often say that every time they’re on a hole, they feel like they’re by themselves” McCurdy explains. “They like the service too. They keep coming back because we treat them well.”
Although not overly long by today’s standards, Trillium Wood is a stern test of golf from the back tees. And that’s why it was selected as the host course for the Monday Qualifier of this year’s Great Waterway Classic on Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada.
“We are pleased to be able to work with a venue such as Trillium Wood, and incorporate them into this year’s tournament,” said Brad Parkins, tournament director of The Great Waterway Classic, earlier in 2015. “The course will be a great test for those looking to qualify for this year’s event.”
The course, which has hosted some Golf Association of Ontario championships before, along with a Great Lakes Tour event, will continue to be open for public play until the Monday Qualifier, and then immediately afterwards. It would be a great opportunity to play where the pros played.
And, according to McCurdy, the conditions will be top-notch.
“We have a great superintendent and a great team who are always up for a challenge,” he says. “I think the course is in great shape and that is always one of our no.1 goals. People are here for four hours and we want to make sure they’re playing on a great golf course.”
McCurdy continues to explain that the challenge at Trillium Wood lies in the approaches to the greens. Off-the-tee is also important, and it will be no surprise to see some of the world’s best golfers need to use every club in their bag later this summer.
However, with four tee decks, the course is accessible for golfers of all ages and skill-levels.
“We have a par five, a par three and then an uphill par four as our first three holes. They kind of ease you into the course,” McCurdy states. “Then you get into the real teeth of the course after that.”
The par-4 4th is the signature hole at Trillium Wood. With mature trees lining the fairway on both sides, the approach shot to a large, undulating green has to carry a picturesque pond lined with some unique limestone boulders.
With such elegant conditioning, a friendly staff and a unique set of holes, it’s no wonder that Trillium Wood remains one of the most-visited courses in The Great Waterway.
“For a golf course, location is a really important part of your strategy and success,” says McCurdy. “I think the Belleville/Trenton/Picton/Napanee area has a large enough population to support a golf course like ours. However, our location between Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa has actually turned out to be one of our benefits.”
As with many spots in The Great Waterway, the area is a tremendous meeting place for friends and families.
“People want to meet their friends from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal so they usually say, ‘let’s meet halfway.’ We’re a pretty good location for that,” explains McCurdy. “And, from a value standpoint – for accommodations and quality – I don’t think there is better value anywhere in Ontario.”
So, for Trillium Wood, seeing is believing.