It’s that time of the year again when we gear up for the upcoming golf season. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie to the game, it’s always exciting to get ready for another season on the course. And North Bay has some pristine golf courses ready for you to try so grab your golf buddies and head north for the weekend or spend a week and experience the five great public courses which players of all levels can enjoy.
Pinewood Park Golf Course
Pinewood Park is an 18-hole, 56 par course located right off Highway 11 on Pinewood Park Drive. The course has a driving range, practice putting green and operates right on the same grounds as the Ramada by Wyndham North Bay. This course offers travelers a chance to golf, dine and stay all in one location as Cascades Casino and The Match Eatery and Public House are across the street, providing immense entertainment value with several amenities in close proximity.
Not far from Pinewood Park, Osprey Links is an 18-hole par 71 course located just a few minutes south of North Bay in the community of Callander. Boasting two very different styles of courses, the front nine sets players up with a traditional links style that includes eight ponds. The back nine is almost completely cut out of the forest with tree-bordered fairways and varying levels of elevations. The unique design makes this a memorable course, only 10 minutes away from amenities such as the Best Western and their Italian inspired restaurant Farina and The Crown and Beaver Pub which offers dine-in and outdoor Seating.
Laurentide Golf Course
Set in Sturgeon Falls, Laurentide is an 18-hole, par 70 golf course which curves along the picturesque landscape of the Sturgeon River. Originally designed by local hockey star and former Member of Parliament, Moe Mantha Sr., the course can be fun and challenging with the front nine bordered by a natural forest and the back nine a wide-open Links style course. Laurentide features a driving range and a practice putting green and has on-site licensed dining. The course is just 25 minutes west from North Bay, a perfect day trip to make if you’re staying at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott North Bay. The hotel is right on Highway 17 and is surrounded with plenty of restaurants to choose from including Beyond Sushi and Twiggs Coffee Roasters.
Highview Golf Course
Located in Powassan, Ontario Highview Golf Course is another 18-hole, par-72 course cut out from the forest with varying degrees of elevation and hazards spread out among the holes to keep players on their toes. The course is a short 15-minute drive south from North Bay if you’re staying at one of several hotels along Lakeshore Drive such as the Sunset Inn on the Park which has direct access to Lake Nipissing so you can finish your golf day with a swim in freshwater before catching a bite to eat right next door at Churchills, one of North Bay’s premier fine dining restaurants.
Clear Springs Golf Course
Situated in Chisolm Township, Clear Springs was voted as the 6th best course on the Golfers’ Choice 25 hidden gem courses to play in Canada in 2022. Nestled in a picturesque northern Ontario backdrop, the course will test players accuracy with narrow fairways, water hazards and sand traps. Clear Springs is an 18-hole, par 72 course that received a 4.6 out of 5-star rating by NBC Golf Pass that you don’t want to pass up on playing the next time you’re in the area. Easily accessible within a 30-minute drive from downtown North Bay, where you can stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Inn, just steps from Shabogesic Beach next to Lake Nipissing and 15 minutes from Jack Garland Airport. Staying downtown also provides access to great city dining options such as The Block Public House, located right on Main Street and offers three levels of fine dining and an option for a private dining experience in their Barrel Room.
Whether you are an experienced golfer looking for a new test, or a beginner discovering all the joys the game of golf has to offer, the Gateway City has a golf course waiting for you this summer. With plenty of accommodation options for you to choose from and whilst you are here check out 10 other fun things to do in North Bay.