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A small group of army officers returning to Belleville after World War I decided to establish a full country club modeled after those they had seen in Europe. They retained the services of Howard Watson, one of the pre-eminent Canadian golf course architects of that time, to design the first nine holes which opened in 1921. Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club quickly became recognized as a premier facility, attracting golfers from eastern Ontario as well as from New York State, who came across Lake Ontario by yacht.
Thirty years later, the famed Robbie Robinson was retained to design an additional nine holes, as Bay of Quinte evolved into a par 72 championship course. Over the years, the course has hosted numerous national and provincial championships.
During 2010, the course is being fully renovated. Golfers notice immediately the new white sand bunkers. All of the tees are being rebuilt. Several of the holes have been redesigned to provide additional distance and challenges for the low handicappers, but still provide a pleasurable learning experience for the novice golfer.
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Rain until evening.
Foggy in the morning.
Overcast throughout the day.
Overcast throughout the day.
Date: 2009-Jun-03 Review by James C
I loved the speed of the greens at Bay of Quinte. They have nice sized greens, though some of them suffered from some winter kill, but nothing to complain about.
Fairways were in decent shape. Yardage markers at 200, 150 and 100 yards. Most fairways are of a decent width for the average golfer not to lose balls, though some are tight and require accuracy off the tees.
Tees boxes were in good shape for early June, and of average size. They have yardage signs on all the tee boxes.
Bay of Quinte is a mature course, established in 1920 designed by Robbie Robinson. There are a few water hazards throughout the course, and a few holes with OB off the tees requiring a straight shot off the tees. I enjoyed the layout of the course, which to me is a design that is challenging yet fair enough for the average golfer.
With green fees ranging from $33 after 2pm up to $52, this course is definitely worth the stop. I would definitely return to play it again.
As I mentioned in my review notes for Course Design. I enjoyed the layout of the course, which to me is a design that is challenging yet fair enough for the average golfer.
I quite enjoyed the scenery, as I tend to really like older mature courses. The course is well maintained, with lots of courteous maintenance staff.
As mentioned previously I found the staff courteous and friendly. The beverage cart came by at least 3 times on our 18 holes, and the chicken salad sandwich was very good.
The clubhouse is a nice building with a bar overlooking the water. It is a little confusing as the course is on one side of the road and the clubhouse on the other.
The weather for our game was fantastic. Cart paths need some work going over train tracks, but the course may be limited with the work they can do, with the trains right of way owned by others. I found a few holes with some missing directional signs, but otherwise was not bad.
Even though I played poorly I enjoyed the course and would return if the chance presented itself again.
Date: 2009-Jun-03 Review by Dan P
Like most greens in Eastern Ontario the greens didn't fair as well over the winter as in other years. The Bay of Quinte has put quite a bit of effort into getting the greens to rebound, and they've done quite well. Nice speed with minor touches of winter kill.
After playing the first few holes I had considered the greens to be a bit on the smallish side but size resumed to normal after a few holes.
Very true greens.
The fairways were similar to the greens in that they had a bit of winter kill. The course seems to hold water so playing after a bit of rain may be an issue.
Yardages are quite easy to determine and every hazard is visible.
Good width to fairways and the course starts you off with a few forgiving fairways.
Nice custom tee markers for each of the four sets of blocks.
The tees were a bit rough but nothing a week of warm weather couldn't fix.
Signage was normally at the back tees but you always passed all tees boxes on your route.
The tee for #11 is in a bad location. Watch out for approach shots from #10.
The course is relatively flat with a few mild elevation changes. Still an easy walk.
All hazards are visible from the tees.
The Bay of Quinte has a good variety of holes although I did find the par 3s a touch longer than I'm used to.
Lots of mature trees.
Keep your eyes on the specials as the Bay of Quinte offers some very good bargains.
While the golf is quite reasonable for the quality of course taking a cart can be a bit pricey.
The Belleville area has many nice course to enjoy and the Bay of Quinte is no exception.
The Bay of Quinte can be played by all skill levels. Select the correct tee box will produce your challenge. There are no holes that are absurdly tough and none too easy.
For most of the course you'll feel like you're playing in the country. It's only late in the round where you'll encounter some residential housing (which shouldn't come in to play).
Staff are abundant and very courteous to golfers.
The Marshal was around often but didn't seem to encourage faster play in front of us (although we weren't in a hurry).
Beverage cart was around often and prices were reasonable.
The location of the clubhouse is a bit odd as the building and parking lot are on the south side of the road while the course and pro shop are on the north. A tunnel passes under the road to make your connection.
The clubhouse is clean and offers dining for all.
The pro shop is well stocked.
Cart paths are paved a good portion of the course making navigation quite predictable.
Scorecard is simple and could use a course layout.
Access to the course for first timers is a bit confusing. You'll have to decide early whether you want a cart or not because once you get to the pro shop you've gone too far.
The Bay of Quinte is a recommended play!