Get your daily 10,000 steps by walking 9 holes of golf! Walk 18 holes and you could walk between 5 to 7 km. Do that three times a week and you’ve got a heart-healthy, all ages, all abilities, fun, outdoor, stress-reducing, social pastime or competitive activity. Cart-pull your clubs or carry them and you’ll burn even more calories.
The Huron coastline corridor offers incredible golf courses, each one just minutes away from the next. It’s the perfect destination for anyone wanting to pack a lot of golf into a trip and experience the individuality and uniqueness each course provides.
Golf course notes by Joey Burnley…
SAWMILL GREEK GOLF RESORT & SPA
On the south end of the golf trail, Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa (3790 Lakeshore Rd., Camlachie, 519-899-4653, sawmill-creek.com) will allow you to loosen up, sharpen up, and eat up, before hitting the links. This facility offers a spa retreat that will help you relax at the hands of trained Registered Massage Therapists and Estheticians. Sawmill has practice facilities that include a driving range, target greens and more. The course itself is well maintained and offers plenty of rolling terrain, well-placed hazards, and fast greens that will surely test your skill and accuracy. Don’t forget to polish off your Sawmill experience by refuelling with a chef-prepared meal.
FOREST GOLF CLUB & INN
Bearing north you’ll find Forest Golf Club & Inn (102 Main St. S., Forest, 1-800-265-0214, golfnorth.ca/forest). You can really get a workout at this 27-hole course. It’s walkable with many par 3 holes complemented by some longer holes to keep your driver from getting rusty. A resort style course, nestled into a quaint town, it offers a place to stay, an indoor pool and a restaurant.
INDIAN HILLS GOLF CLUB
Heading north west, you’ll hit Indian Hills Golf Club* (6991 Lakeshore Rd., Lambton Shores, 519-786-5505, indianhillsgolf.ca). If your inner fairway ninja is up for a challenge, this is it! This course is interesting, naturally stunning and well kept. With lots of elevation changes, walking this course sends you on an adventure that will keep your heart rate up. Indian Hills friendly staff will soon be working in an exciting new clubhouse. This year (2019) marks the start of construction for a new clubhouse facility designed by Canada’s famous indigenous architect, Douglas Joseph Cardinal (djcarchitect.com) who is also designing the Kettle & Stony Point Cultural Centre.
SANDHILLS GOLF CLUB
Only minutes away, neighbouring some massively impressive sand dunes, is Sandhills Golf Club (9767 Port Franks Rd., Thedord, 519-243-1800, golfnorth.ca/sandhills). This course is modest in length, but offers the ideal layout to sharpen your short game. It includes the challenges and hazards of a championship course, yet is perfect for a novice golfer. Bring the family, hit the beach, climb the dunes and enjoy some golf!
WIDDER STATION GOLF, GRILL & TAPHOUSE
Just around the corner you’ll find Widder Station Golf, Grill & Taphouse* (8395 Decker Rd., Thedford, 519-296-4653, widderstation.com), an all-around beautiful course that’s visually enchanting and offers an engaging golf challenge too. Beyond the beauty and stimulation of the course, you’ll be delighted by the excellent hospitality and selection of craft beer, including Widder Station’s own craft beer, “Train Wreck”. The course offers challenges off the back tees, but is also family friendly. If you love cardio, Widder is a walker’s wonder.
ARKONA FAIRWAYS GOLF CLUB
Barely a tee shot away from Widder Station is Arkona Fairways Golf Club* (8562 Townsend Line, Arkona, 519-333-6446, arkonafairways.com). The maturity of this course provides irresistible natural beauty. Lush, mature tree-lined fairways and fast, well manicured greens are just a taste of what golfers can expect. Speaking of taste, don’t miss out on Mulligans Bar & Grill. This eat-in or take-out on-site restaurant will have you returning to Arkona for more than just the golf!
In the heart of Grand Bend you will find Oakwood Resort (70671 Bluewater Hwy., Grand Bend, 519-238-2324, oakwoodresort.ca). Much more than a gorgeous golf course, it boasts beach access, suites and cottages, a main dining room and Dave’s Pub & Grill, kids’ area, spa and indoor pool. The course offers a unique layout that means you’re never far from the resort and is a perfect balance for avid golfers, families or conference attendees. Mature coniferous and oak trees provide enchanting scenery, yet also come into play narrowing the fairways and approaches to the greens, offering enough challenge to keep your golf skills in check. Golf professional available for coaching and lessons for all ages.
WHITE SQUIRREL GOLF CLUB
A short drive just north of Grand Bend is the White Squirrel Golf Club (72538 Bluewater Hwy., St. Joseph, 519-236-4030, whitesquirrelgolfclub.com). Under new ownership, the extensively renovated clubhouse and gourmet food truck offer the hungry, thirsty golfer tasty options for a quick bite or relaxing meal. White Squirrel offers quality greens, a pleasing mix of distances between holes and lots of exciting water hazards.
IRONWOOD GOLF CLUB
Just a jaunt to the east you’ll find Ironwood Golf Club (70969 Morrison Line, Exeter, 519-235-1521, golfnorth.ca/ironwood). This is a pretty course with a pleasing layout. If your golf game needs a challenge, Ironwood will provide. Fast greens and a variety of well-placed hazards will test your technique, all while delighting you with the appeal of a well-maintained space.
EXETER GOLF CLUB
Only moments away, Exeter Golf Club’s* (40374 Kirkton Rd., Centralia, 519-235-1517, exetergolfclub.ca) clubhouse called The Barn, literally converted from an antique barn, offers spectacular views out to the golf course in a facility oozing character and charm. The 9-hole course offers a gently rolling landscape with wide, forgiving fairways. The challenge lies in their strategically placed bunkers; but not to worry because you can always prepare yourself at the driving range and practice facility that the course includes.
BLUEWATER GOLF COURSE & CAMPGROUND
Beyond the fairy-tale-like village of Bayfield is another collection of unique and exciting courses. Just north of Bayfield’s marina is the Bluewater Golf Course and Campground* (77416 Bluewater Hwy., Bayfield, 519-482-7197, bluewatergolfandcamp.ca) is a manicured 9-hole course dating back to the 1920s. Its quality reflects a century’s worth of perfecting. The delight in this course is doubled by its attached family friendly campground.
WOODLANDS LINKS GOLF COURSE
Nearby is Woodlands Links Golf Course (37858 Huron Rd./Hwy. 8, Clinton, 519-482-7144, woodlandslinks.com). This scenic course is perfect for the average golfer who not only has a love for the game, but also for nature. It’s known to be an interesting course with a blend of forgiving holes and fun challenges.
SEAFORTH GOLF CLUB
Just east of Woodlands is Seaforth Golf Club (42990 Front Rd., / 1-A Doig Dr., Seaforth, 519-522-0985, seaforthgolf.com). Here you’ll find a mature and well cared for course that calls to any golfer up for a challenge! The course offers interesting and different holes, with lots of challenges for different shot making. The small details of this course make it special, each hole comes with a name and a story. Seaforth is ranked 18th on the Golf Advisors list of top 20 courses in Canada. Golf opportunities for moms and kids are offered, as well as practice facilities and lessons.
GODERICH SUNSET GOLF CLUB
Back along Lake Huron’s shoreline is Goderich Sunset Golf Club (33937 Golf Course Rd., Goderich, 519-524-8047. sunsetgolfclub.com) which has not one, but two courses. Their Baby Boomer par 3 course is 9-holes of fun for everyone. It’s designed to accommodate families, youngsters, parties, seniors, beginners and more. It’s also a low-pressure place to try out any and all of your clubs. Sunset’s main 18-hole course is full of challenge and excitement. Water, bunkers and narrow tree-lined fairways create an exhilarating golf experience. Need to practice up? This course provides lessons, camps and programs provided by a golf professional.
- Arkona Fairways Golf Course, Arkona – 8562 Townsend Line, 519-333-6446, arkonafairways.com.
- Bayview Golf Club**, St. Joseph – 72538 Bluewater Hwy., 519-236-4030, whitesquirrelgolfclub.com
- Forest Golf & Country Club, Forest – 102 Main St. S., 1-800-265-0214, golfnorth.ca/forest
- Indian Hills Golf Club, Lambton Shores – 6991 Lakeshore Rd., 519-786-5505, indianhillsgolf.ca.
- Ironwood Golf Club**, Exeter – 70969 Morrison Line, 519-235-1521, golfnorth.ca/ironwood
- Oakwood Inn Resort & Golf Club**, Grand Bend – 70671 Bluewater Hwy., 519-238-2324, oakwoodresort.ca.
- Sand Hills Golf Resort*, Thedford – 9767 Port Franks Rd., 519-243-1800, golfnorth.ca/sandhills
- Sawmill Creek Golf Club**, Camlachie – 3790 Lakeshore Rd., 519-899-GOLF, sawmill-creek.com.
- Seaforth Golf Club**, Seaforth – 42990 Front Rd., 519-522-0985, seaforthgolf.com.
- Sunset Golf Club**, Goderich – 33937 Golf Course Rd. , 519-524-8047, sunsetgolfclub.com.
- Widder Station Golf and Country Club, Thedford – 8395 Decker Rd., 519-296-4653, widderstation.com.
- Woodlands Links, Clinton – 37858 Huron Rd. (Hwy. 8), 519-482-7144, woodlandslinks.com
- Bluewater Golf Course, Bayfield – 77416 Bluewater Hwy., 519-482-7197, bluewatergolfandcamp.ca
- Exeter Golf Club, Centralia – 40374 Kirkton Rd., 519-235-1517, exetergolfclub.ca
MINI PUTT LOCATIONS
- Gold Coast Landscaping, 75526 Bluewater Hwy. in Bayfield.
- Main Street West, Grand Bend.
- Rock Glen Family Resort, 8685 Rock Glen Rd., Arkona.