I must admit I was looking forward to playing the Bay of Quinte, anything that has bay in it must be right by the water, but unfortunately the only thing by the water is the clubhouse and that will soon be moving as the lake side land is going to be sold off.
It is a shame, but after that sad piece of news from my playing partner and Bay of Quinte GM Marc Ray – as we head down the fairway of the first hole – but what I shortly do get the impression of is a real friendly golf club and some of the best greens I have played on this week – and just so you know all putts break towards the lake!
The word fun was banded about quite a lot from my group and I have to say as I start to get further into my round, chatting to Mark and being greeted by other golfers with a “hey how you doing” or a nod and smile, the Bay of Quinte has a thriving friendly club atmosphere and one that will welcome you with open arms.
The course will test your skills but not try to kill you – well apart from some of the very quick green complexes! – it’s a fun course one you will enjoy playing no matter what teeing option you choose to play from. The par 3s are long apart form the 140-yard 18th which is played over water to a very tough green but it’s a great finishing hole.
There are some great par 4s including one supposedly driveable one at the 14th. As I play my chip shot from the drop zone I reflect on the fact it is a very tough driveable hole, this is due to the very narrow green from front to back, but also the two bunkers at the front to protect it. Oh and did I mention there was a pond too!
I think the 15th has to be my favourite hole on the course, mainly due to the elevated tee as I watch my ball flying through the air and coming to rest some 143-yards from the flag. And if you do decide you will take the same tour as me or just want to play Bay of Quinte, I think the word fun may just crop up a few times during your conversation over a cold drink while you look out over the beautiful views of Lake Ontario – well until they sell that clubhouse that is.
Top is opening hole and above is the "Driveable" par 4, 14th good luck with that!!
Looking back down the 3rd Second shot into the 6thTough par 3 finish over water