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The 6,700 yard golf course at Bristol Harbour was designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1972. It is just as well known for it's championship layout, as it is for the amazing views of Canandaigua Lake and the surrounding hillsides. The well maintained course offers a sharp contrast between the front and back nine. While the front nine consists of open views of the lake, the back nine is cut through the woods and offers beautiful scenery of the rolling Bristol hills. The best part about the course is that although it is challenging, it is designed to be playable for all levels.
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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Foggy in the morning.
Foggy throughout the day and windy starting in the evening.
Light rain in the morning and windy overnight.
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Date: 2015-Jun-23 Review by Dan P
This Robert Trent Jones designed course is a challenging track. While the front nine is fairly open the back nine will keep your driver in the bag for a good number of holes.
The fairways and greens were in excellent shape. While the greens were many varying shapes the had some subtle breaks that posed difficult to read.
With 5 tee decks there was a tee for every range of player. The yardage maxed at 6,795 from the Gold tees while there was a shorter Purple (Junior) tee set logging in at almost 3,900 yards. For the first 6 holes the Red (ladies) tees looked like they were added as an afterthought and were not in the best of condition. The Purple tee blocks are set in the fairway.
The yardage markers at 150 and 100 yards are very prominent and more visible than any other course you'll play.
Bristol Harbour identifies the par 4 14th as their signature hole. Although a nice hole visually the tee shot is a tough target shot using an iron. You'll then be faced with an extreme drop toward the green on your approach.
Others, including myself, identify the par 5 6th hole as their favourite. The long downhill drive toward the green can add an extra 50 yards off the tee. Your second or possibly third shot will deliver an approach over a pond to a green surrounded by grape vines. Very picturesque.
Bristol Harbour is extremely challenging and on a windy day the course gets even more difficult.
Bunkers have nice fluffy sand but were hellish to get out of on my many attempts.
The pro shop had a lot in the the way of clothing and minor golf accessories but little in the way of golf equipment. Such is now the way of many pro shops.
Bristol Harbour Resort has a rustic feel. "Stay and Play" packages are recommended and dining is exceptional.