Bay of Quinte Golf Club, situated just west of Belleville overlooking the Bay of Quinte boasts a golf history that is unmatched in the Quinte region.
The first 9 holes were built in 1921 under the direction of Architect Howard Watson. The second 9 holes were the creation of famed architect Robbie Robinson. Over the years some of the original holes have departed the scene – including the original opening and closing holes and more recently the 9th (or 18th depending on the routing) hole, but the course still retains most of its design history and over the years has built an impressive history of developing players and hosting championships.
No less than 8 Junior Golfers from the Bay of Quinte GC have been awarded golf scholarships at Universities in the United States. Perhaps the best known is Jon Mills who attended Kent State University and has gone on to a professional career that has included 2 years on the PGA Tour and 8 years on the web.com tour. His brother Jeff attended Jacksonville University before playing on the Canadian Tour and eventually taking over as Director of Golf at the Wildfire GC.
Between 1970 and 1976, Gary Bowerman also claimed the BQGC as his home while he competed on the PGA Tour. Unfortunately we lost Gary at an early age.
The message here is that if the Bay of Quinte GC has provided the opportunity for many young players to develop their games then the club can offer you an enjoyable, yet challenging golf experience.
The course has also hosted Provincial Championships for all age groups – Juniors up to Seniors. No less than 7 major Provincial Championships have been held at the BQGC since 1989.
In recent years the course has undergone a major renovation, including major work on the bunkers, the tees, addition of a few new tees and the addition of 2 new holes. Future plans include a new club house, with construction scheduled to begin this fall.
Three of the Par 3’s at the BQGC – #’s 5, 8 and 12 provide a stern test for any golfer. And if you happen to play the course when the winds come out of the north it will take all that you have to make a par on the 6th and 10th holes.
The excellent putting surfaces will play a significant role in helping to define the success of your day on the course. The roll true and fast, but be advised that getting “above the pin” on #’s 7, 9, 10 and especially 14 quickly introduces the possibility of 3 putting.
So enjoy your visit to the Bay of Quinte GC. It is a pleasant walk – or ride – and will offer you a challenging experience while taking in the proud history that it has established.