So you are coming to the Quinte area and you are looking for a world class golf experience? Well if that is the case you have to add Black Bear Ridge GC to your list of courses you have played. Designed by owner Brian Magee, the course, since its opening in 2005, has consistently been recognized by all Ontario and Canadian course ranking panels as one of the best in Ontario and Canada. When you play there you might even find Brian sitting outside the pro shop offering his insights into the course design and the state of the golf industry.
Bill Fach – the BBR Golf Course Superintendent – is a past recipient of the Score Award as the Top Golf Course Superintendent in Canada and Director of Golf – Bill Kerr – comes from a famous Canadian golf family, with his grandfather having been inducted into the Quebec Golf Hall of Fame.
The course conditions are immaculate and with the course only taking up a “portion” of the over 900 acres on the property you are truly at one with nature and away from the hustle and bustle of the big – or small – city.
The views – particularly once the leave take on their fall display – from the 1st, 10th and 17th holes are truly spectacular. The 11th hole – playing as a par 6 from the back tees – will offer a challenge to any calibre of golfer. It is a hole that “has my number” and has cost me a few bucks when playing with a few of the locals.
The opening hole, in addition to offering a tremendous vista, offers an early challenge to your game. A par or better and you are on your way to what will hopefully be a good day. But something more than par is always possible.
The 18th hole is famous in my circles for my personal collapse in the 2010 Wesley Cup (more details perhaps in a future story) when my partner and I came to that hole with the Wesley Cup in our grasp, only to see it slip away when my wedge to the green decided to “keep rising” and came to rest well beyond the green. The subsequent playoff ended on the first hole and the boys have called me “Still rising” ever since.
Black Bear Ridge GC is scheduled to host the PGA Tour Canada Great Waterway Classic in 2015 and I have no doubt that it will give the Tour Players everything they can handle.
So make this a must stop on your visit to our area. It will be a golfing experience you won’t forget.