Northwestern Ontario is dotted with excellent golf courses, many of which give a whole new meaning to the saying "play it as it lies". With our Canadian Shield topography, the courses wind through craggy rocks, pine trees and border the boreal forest with all it's potential hazards. You may take a swing from the tee and not see where your ball landed because of a large rolling hill. Here's an overview of some of the Sunset Country Golf Courses:
Red Lake Area Golf and Country Club
Known as the most northerly 18 Hole golf course in Ontario, the Red Lake Golf and Country Club will challenge the most accomplished golfer. The course measures 6359 yards from the blue tees and has a slope rating of 68.8. The course is situated on the scenic shores of beautiful McNeely Bay on Red Lake. The course is a great combination of rolling hills, tree-lined fairways and breathtaking lake vistas.
Red Lake Area Golf and Country Club
Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club
This beautiful and strategic 9 hole course has stunning visuals and some very challenging holes. The most challenging hole is also the most scenic, the par three 8th at 181 yards. This tee shot is over water to a large green and plays longer than the length on the score card as it is uphill and into the prevailing wind. Water will come into play on 3 holes and the greens roll between 8.5 and 9 on the stimp meter. The Club dates back to the early 60s.
Beauty Bay Golf Course, Kenora
Known locally as the "Diamond in the Rough", Beauty Bay is located along the shores of Black Sturgeon Lake and offers a real challenge. Over the last several years the golf has been nurtured into of of Northwest Ontario's best 18 holes golf courses. It's rolling terrain and water hazards combine to make breathtaking scenery. Carved out of the Canadian Shield, this course is a true test for golfers of all levels. This Par 72 golf course is located just 15 minutes from downtown Kenora, Ontario.
Kenora Golf and Country Club
Situated only minutes from downtown Kenora on the shores of Lake of the Woods, the Kenora Golf and Country Club boasts a challenging 18 hole course accessible by land or water. From the higher elevated holes, you can see beautiful views of the lake as you play. Don't be surprised if you see wildlife on the course. The course's terrain varies from level to hilly. Tall, mature trees outline the fairways and water comes into play on 7 holes. There are 3 sets of tees with distances ranging from 5206 to 6333 yards.
Dryden Area Courses
Dryden has three courses you can choose from. Eagle's Landing is located on the shores of Wabigoon Lake. The 9 hole, Par 36 course is set in scenic surroundings. Every hole has at least one sand trap and 4 of the holes contain water hazards. The Evergreen Golf Course on Wabigoon Lake Road is a fully licensed 9 hole golf course. It is an excellent facility to host golf tournaments for 35-70 people. Anderson's Homestead Golf Course is the third golf course in Dryden.
White Moose Golf Course, Sioux Narrows
The White Moose Golf Course is a 9 hole, Par 35 course and is located about 7 kms north of Sioux Narrows off Highway 71. Like many other golf courses in Sunset Country, many holes overlook the lake. If you are fishing Lake of the Woods and want a break from the boat, come in and play a round of golf. Call 807-226-5319 for more information.
Spruce Creek Golf Course, Morson
The Spruce Creek Golf Course is Morson's newest recreation opportunity. This 9 hole course, designed by Grant Golf of Winnipeg, Manitoba is a Par 36, 3397 yards from the blue tees, 3218 from the white tees and 2767 yards from the red tees. The course has rolling fairways set amongst the rugged terrain of the Canadian Shield. The course is 2.6 kms east from the junction of Highways 621 and 619.
Kitchen Creek Golf Course, Fort Frances
This is a great course set up with a length of 6424 yards from the blue tees and Par 72 with a 68.9 rating. At Kitchen Creek, don't expect the rock outcrops that you see at most of the golf courses in Sunset Country. Most holes, particularly the front nine resemble a prairie course with flat fairways and wide open spaces. The creek comes into play on 12 out of the 18 holes and with a good selection of sand bunkers you will encounter a variety of tactical challenges during your round of golf.
Heron Landing Golf Course, Fort Frances
The Heron Landing Golf Course is located just minutes from downtown Fort Frances. It is located on the east end of Fort Frances on Couchiching First Nation 3.1 kms down Frog Creek Road on beautiful Rainy Lake. The sixth hole is a tough par 3 that requires an accurate tee shot over a finger of Frog Creek to an angled green protected by a large bunker to the left and a severely slope grassy swale to the right. The eleventh hole is probably the most scenic hole on the course as it overlooks Rainy Lake. Long-iron tee shots must be played to a large green that has deep bunkers on 3 sides. The green crowned in the middle makes the back right tee position hard to find.
Little Falls Golf Course, Atikokan
The Little Falls Golf Course in Atikokan is frequently described as the most challenging course in Northwestern Ontario. It is a double teed nine-hole course carved out of the boreal forest. Water can come into play on six of the nine holes and one tee is elevated some twenty meters above the fairway, providing a spectacular view of the course and of the waterfalls. This course has a tight playing layout with narrow fairways framed by dense trees. Failure to keep your ball straight will add strokes quickly to your score. The well kept greens are some of the finest in the Northwest. They are small in size and have slopes that deliver interesting breaks and tend to putt true.
Sunset Country is known for it's fishing and hunting, but once you've played golf here, you won't forget it. You'll be talking about your golf game and the course almost as much as you talk about 'the one that got away'. The courses are anything but boring and all have a great view of the area. You can easily spend a week touring beautiful Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario and playing some challenging golf at the same time. If you are heading to Sunset Country, bring your clubs along with your fishing gear and play a round of golf. If you require any more information you can call the Sunset Country Travel Association at 1-800-665-7567.