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.
Through the Eastern part of The Great Waterway region, golfers who reside near Canada’s capital have a plethora of options for Fall golf. Two highways – the 401 and 416 – connect numerous layouts that, once again, only get better when the crisp air of the year’s third season arrives.
Upper Canada Golf Course, located adjacent to the family-friendly Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, hosted the 2013 edition of The Great Waterway Classic. Allen McNairn, the General Manager, explained then that the players who come out really enjoy the challenge – “it’s demanding but fair,” he stated.
Then there’s Cornwall Golf and Country Club, and Brockville Country Club – about equidistant from Upper Canada on the West and East sides. Brockville, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014, is a storied club that features tremendous elevation changes and is deceptively challenging. The practice facility, which was improved as part of the club’s 100th-anniversary “Legacy Project” is now one of Eastern Ontario’s very best.
Cornwall, meanwhile, is situated right on the St. Lawrence River, and was established in 1896 – making it one of Canada’s oldest golf clubs! Long recognized as the Seaway Valley’s premier golf course, the 18-hole layout features tree-lined fairways and numerous (yet strategically-placed) hazards. During the Fall, those trees turn breath-taking colours. Course representatives proclaim Cornwall to be a ‘tranquil’ experience, and it’s hard to argue with that!
Finally, eQuinelle Golf Club in Kemptville is likely the most Northern of all The Great Waterway golf courses, however, it just announced that its new clubhouse was open to the public in mid-September, giving the most award-winning course thanks to readers of Flagstick Golf Magazine over the last five years something even more special. Through the fall, eQuinelle is usually in the best condition of the season, and it’s tree-lined fairways turn elegant colours for those hoping for a top-tier golf experience.
All that said, The Great Waterway is known for many things, and golf is near the top of that list. There are a ton of courses available for public play in locations from Brighton to Kemptville, and, each are enjoying the conditions the Fall brings to them.
Golfers too, can get out and enjoy it in The Great Waterway… there’s no shortage of great places to play!