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During my holidays I had the pleasure of enjoying three different golf courses in the area. Read below for more on my fall golf getaway and learn about what’s included to ensure your day on the course is one to remember in the Bay of Quinte region.
We started off by staying at Fairfield Inn Suites located on North Front Street. It’s just off the 401, minutes away from a few nearby golf courses. I had a great stay and felt comfortable with the hotel’s protocols: masks were worn everywhere and staff do not come to your room until you have checked out. If you want to spend some time at the pool, check with staff about scheduling a time for your group. Breakfast was included daily, and guests were offered a to-go bag to take to their room instead of the usual buffet.
Our first course was a historic golfing experience built in 1921! The Bay of Quinte Golf and Country Club provided a challenging experience for me and my husband, but it’s made for golfers of all levels. It’s a par-71 championship, 18-hole course featuring well-maintained bunkers and six large ponds that come into play on eight different holes over the 6,000+ yards of this beautifully manicured course. The people that worked there were very professional and friendly.
For dinner that night we went to Chilangos Mexican Restaurant located in downtown Belleville for authentic Mexican food. It was very reasonable in price and my tacos were very good.
The next morning we were off to Black Bear Ridge Golf Club, located in the town of Corbyville just north of Belleville. It’s a traditional parkland layout designed with sweeping vistas, natural water features, and superior conditioning. It had five sets of tees from 5,167 to 7,071 yards, so golfers of any skill level will find a distance that provides them with a pleasant experience. I was really amazed at how all divots in the fairway were filled in with sand and they had someone doing this while we were there. There are really some spectacular views — I felt pretty special golfing at this course.
After golf we stopped for lunch at Signal Brewing Co, which is located just down the road from Black Bear Ridge. We were lucky enough to sit outside on the patio and see fantastic views of the Moira River. The food and beverages were great and there are tours of the brewery, if you’re interested.
Our last morning of our vacation we went to Trillium Wood, which is adjacent to the Black Bear Ridge GC, rated number 87 out of 100 for top golf courses in Ontario. Built in 1990, it has gone through extensive construction and has had notable reviews, including:
– a “Hidden Gem” in Ontario Golf News
– being nominated for Golf Digest’s “Best New Canadian Golf Course”
– listed as a “must play” in Toronto Life Magazine
The layout of the course — in my mind — is one of the best. It offers nothing less than eighteen holes of breathtaking beauty.
Being an avid golfer I was so happy to get the chance to visit this beautiful area and what a great way to social distance in this time of COVID by golfing. With tee times every 15 minutes, cleaning of the golf carts, and masks to go in the pro shop or bathrooms, every course felt very professional, safe and fun.