Well, after a brutally long winter spring and the golf season did finally arrive. And the good news for golfers heading to the Quinte Region is that the golf courses generally escaped the problems they’ve experienced in the GTA and further west. A combination of tree damage and severely damaged greens due to ice in those regions has left golfers looking for early season alternatives – and we have them in the Bay of Quinte.
One of the current trends – which may or may not continue – is for golfers to spend less time playing golf. Alternatives include 9 holes, 9 and dine or even 12 holes. The newly formed KwikLinks Golf company is actually in the process of identifying clubs in Ontario that are suitable for 12-hole play and have indicated that Jack Nicklaus is a supporter of the concept.
Here in the Quinte Region, clubs such as the West Highlands GC, near Madoc and Camden Braes GC, in Napanee, are offering a 12-hole experience, with Camden also promoting a 9 and dine option. The 12-hole option at Camden is priced so that golfers just add $1/hole after the first 9. Murray Hills GC and Frankford GC both offer enjoyable short course experiences and even the highly ranked Black Bear Ridge GC has a 9-hole short course within the championship layout. Most importantly, checking out the rates for any of these clubs, you will find that Bay of Quinte golf is very affordable, while still testing your game.
If you are looking for the traditional golf experience, it is also waiting for you here in the region, with 23 golf courses to play. In 2014, Bath’s Loyalist Golf in Country Club is hosting PGA Tour Canada’s The Great Waterway Classic, with the Monday qualifier at Bay of Quinte Golf and Country Club (who are also hosting the newly formed Mandarin Tour August 14-15). You can play them both right now before the Pros arrive.
While you may not know them now, you can be assured that at some point in the not-so-distant-future, a number of the players in these events will be moving up to the Web.Com or PGA Tour levels, so come out and see them on their journey; it’s great golf for a fraction of the price.
We look forward to seeing you on one of our 23 golf courses this season. If you’re travelling from outside of the Bay of Quiinte region, check out our Stay & Play packages for as low as $133 at www.bayofquinte.ca/golf.