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The Bigwin Island Golf Club has been designed to capture and reflect the spirit and elegance of the original grand resort known as the "Bigwin Inn". The sweeping fairways drape naturally over the rugged Muskoka terrain, exposing glorious lake vistas at every turn and creating a sense of timeless beauty and tranquility.
The course itself is a par 72 championship layout measuring 7,166 yards from the championship tees. The course is designed by world renowned Golf Course Architect Doug Carrick, and his design provides challenge and enjoyment to golfers of all skill levels with a variety of tee locations measuring 6,742 yards from the blue tees, 6,287 yards from the white tees and 5,346 yards from the red tees. Each nine is a par 36 consisting of two par threes, two par fives and five par fours.
Every hole is surrounded by mature hardwoods, creating a sense of maturity and character typically found on the great classic courses built during the early 1900's. The holes are routed in a variety of directions over the undulating island terrain, creating constantly changing shot values, wind directions and challenges.
The greens are relatively generous in size and are gently contoured to provide subtle yet one of the enjoyable challenges for every golfer.
The bunkers are what give the Bigwin Island Golf Club its character and another of its challenges 75 bunkers are strategically located to provide definition, beauty and challenges to the course design. A local golden silica sand has been placed in the bunkers giving Bigwin Island Golf Course its own unique look.
The highlights of the course layout are the 'Look Out' 6th hole and the spectacular Lakeside Finish on the 18th hole. However, every hole at Bigwin Island Golf Club offers its own unique challenges and spectacular natural beauty.
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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Foggy in the morning.
Breezy in the morning and foggy overnight.
Light snow (< 1 cm.) in the evening.
Date: 2010-Jun-30 Review by Dan P
There hasn't been very many times that I've given a perfect score for greens but Bigwin Island certainly does deserve it. The greens are large with some contour. Perfect!
Nice lush fairways. I did see a couple of places with some damage due to being an area which collected water.
Yardage markers are difficult to find because they are sunk into the ground. Most sprinkler heads have yardages marked.
The tees are as nice as some greens at lesser courses. Well positioned and often offering some spectacular views.
Signage is clearly marked and accurate.
Bigwin Island has great variety and design. Nothing about Bigwin Island is done in excess except quality.
Very few golf holes run parallel to each other and you never see buildings other than those owned by the course.
Some deep bunkers are hell to get out of.
You won't be able to play Bigwin Island for under $100 at the worst of times. This is a very high end course of which is just a dream for most of us to be a member. The course is private from July 1st through Labor Day weekend. A green fee player might be able to squeeze in a round in the spring or fall.
My round at Bigwin Island was one of my most memorable despite playing a very average game.
Although beautifully designed, Bigwin Island is not overly difficult. The fairways are often gorgeous and the hazards can easily be avoided except around the greens.
There's almost something good to say about every hole. I was a bit surprised that I saw very little water with the course being entirely on an island. Even more surprising was the fact that I saw only golf course structures and no private homes or cottages.
The view from tee #2 and #18 is spectacular!
Top notch service everywhere. Even a kid coming off the 18th green asked if we needed any help or had any questions.
In the clubhouse we sat in the dining room overlooking the lake and had an exquisite meal. We added the meal to our green fees in our package and it was worth every penny.
Not too many times do I see a fox run across a fairway or encounter deer (6 of them) and was able to get within 20 feet of. Obviously the wildlife does not feel threatened.
Bigwin Island is easy to navigate except between nines. We didn't see any signage for directions to the 10th tee.
I've been trying to get on Bigwin Island for the past 3 years without any luck. Finally, in 2010. It was worth the wait.
Membership is not for the thin pocketbook. Initiation is $75,000 and I don't know what the annual dues are but I can guess around a 5 digit figure.