Your Link To The Links – Local Golf Course Sampler

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Are you new to golf and looking for an approachable place to perfect your putt? Or, are you a seasoned golfer looking to broaden your horizons? Since there are so many incredible courses in our area, we assembled this Golf Course Sampler to help you decide which course best suits your game.

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Couchiching Golf Club

Contact: David White  |  couchichinggolf.com

Etiquette Atmosphere:
A traditional feel, with a casual and inclusive flair.

Course Difficulty:
Nine-hole course that is playable for everyone, with a level of difficulty that makes a suitable challenge for beginners and skilled golfers alike.

Terrain and Features:
Founded in 1915, locals know Couchiching as the go-to tobogganing hill in the winter. But their gorgeous, old trees and rolling hills are worth a visit in the summer!

Upcoming Excitement:
“Keep an eye out for our upcoming program on the physical fitness side of the golf swing. We’re working with chiropractors and physiotherapists to help golfers who are getting older and want to continue playing without having the ailments that come with it.”

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Innisfil Creek Golf Club

Contact: Greg Ugolini  |  innisfilcreekgolf.com

Etiquette Atmosphere:
Appropriate casual. A mix of golfers means some may dress more formally, some more casually.

Course Difficulty:
While there are sixteen holes that involve water features, the course is perfect for beginners. Holes are placed close to each other and elevation is level.

Terrain and Features:
The meandering creek and seven ponds add to the beauty and challenge of the eighteen-hole course.

Upcoming Excitement:
“We offer a Spring Special that runs from Opening Day to the May Long Weekend. When you pay for a green fee, you will be given a voucher for a free round of golf. Also, we have regular specials on Tuesdays, where we offer $25 green fees.”

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Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course

Contact: Kelly Rodgers  |  landingsofwillowcreekgolf.com

Etiquette Atmosphere:
Welcoming, relaxed, and respectful.

Course Difficulty:
Their regulation nine-hole course is perfect for players who are starting out, working on their game, or who want to squeeze in a quick nine.

Terrain and Features:
Landings was recognized for being a Green Course in 2017. “We encourage native plants and animals to make this their home as much as we do,” says Rodgers. Look for animal habitats alongside their course!

Upcoming Excitement:
“Kids Camp, for kids aged 8-13, runs all summer long with a ‘pay-as-you-go’ option. Camp includes a lesson with our golf pro, practice at the driving range, lunch, and a round on the golf course.”

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Settlers’ Ghost Golf Club

Contact: Mary-Pat Quilty  | golfnorth.ca/settlersghost

Etiquette Atmosphere:
Rules of etiquette are enforced without being “stuffy and rigid,” and are used to make the experience more enjoyable for all players.

Course Difficulty:
Their varied tees offer courses for everyone from beginners to golf professionals.

Terrain and Features:
At a change in elevation of 110 feet, the Collingwood escarpment is visible from a number of holes. Their many rolling hills make them “one of the most scenic courses in Ontario,” says Quilty.

Upcoming Excitement:
“The leagues are fantastic—Ladies’ League runs Wednesday at 5:30pm, Men’s League runs Thursday at 5:30 PM, and Couples League ‘Nine and Dine’ runs every second Friday. Settlers’ Ghost is competitively priced, friendly, and family-oriented.”

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Shanty Bay Golf Club

Contact: Dave Nesbitt  |  shantybaygolf.com

Etiquette Atmosphere:
Casual and relaxed, but respectful.

Course Difficulty:
Determined by the tees you choose. Options available for beginners and experts.

Terrain and Features:
Hills, forest, and flat landscape, depending on the course you choose. Willow Creek provides a beautiful backdrop as it meanders through the property.

Upcoming Excitement:
“Very exciting for Shanty Bay this year is our new golf camps for juniors (ages 7-13). Instruction on all aspects of the game will be covered, with a teacher-student ratio of 6:1. Lunch will be served each day along with drinks and snacks. Tyler Hummel, our CPGA professional, will lead the camps and provide a positive experience for all the young golfers.”

TOP TIPS
For Golfers Old and New

Have fun on the course. Enjoy good times with friends, get some exercise,
and perhaps have a shot or two over the course to remember.
Dave Nesbitt,
Shanty Bay Golf Club

Golf is a sport that you can learn at any age —
and the more you play, the more you enjoy the walk!
Kelly Rodgers,
Landings of Willow Creek Golf Course

Visit your CPGA professional and get proper instruction.
It could be anything from a conversation to a
formal instruction based on your game.
David White,
Couchiching Golf Club

Practice, learn how to properly use all clubs, and play within your means.
Don’t pull off any shots you haven’t practiced before;
know what you’re capable of.
Greg Ugolini,
Innisfil Creek Golf Club

For beginners, take a lesson with a qualified golf professional
before investing in clubs. For experts, join a league or challenge
yourself by playing in a tournament.
Mary-Pat Quilty,
Settlers’ Ghost Golf Club

by Emily Bednarz

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