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Thousand Islands Country Club
21496 Clubhouse Drive, Wellesley Island, NY, USA  13640
Tee Times: 315-482-9454 Toll Free: 800-928-8422 Fax: 315-482-9321

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Ratings: 3   Score: 5.67


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Light rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.

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Rain until afternoon and windy throughout the day.

Mostly cloudy until evening and breezy until afternoon.
Date: 2010-Feb-08 Update by Dan P
    A Travel review for Wellesley Island was added where this course is mentioned. Visit: Wellesley Island, New York
Date: 2009-May-14 Review by Dan P
    The greens were in great condition despite not having been rolled this season. They had just the right amount of contour for my liking; enough to provide a challenge but not extreme.
    Finding your yardage was a bit difficult but I had my GPS which save me on a few holes.
    Fairway width was normally sufficient but I often pushed a ball off into the rough to avoid a hazard on the opposite side.
    The course was a bit wet but then we played half our game in the rain. However, we were told the course had some standing water before we started. A few days of sunshine and the course should be in excellent condition.
    Some tees seemed to be sloped downward and I had to adjust my tee placement a few times.
    Yardage signs required some fixing as some of the numbers have disappeared.
    On the Old course there are beautiful elevated tees for hole #11 and #12. Hole #11 is a definite signature hole. Hole #4 on the Lake course goes over a road to the green. Bring your camera!
    The back nine of the Old course ends a bit far from the clubhouse. The club does offer a short twilight golf around where only 5 holes are played. The 5th hole ends at the clubhouse.
    The front nine doesn't have many cart paths so head off where your ball landed.
    A tree in the fairway of hole #5 of the Lake course can certainly pose a threat, as can the tiny green on #12, and the dogleg left par 3 #15 will require a high lofted club to get over the trees.
    Both courses contain an excellent variety of holes.
    Are you here for just golf or staying overnight? The value at the Thousand Islands Country Club is staying for a day or two. A nights stay includes dinner and a round of golf on both courses. Highly recommended!
    My evaluation here is simply for a round of golf. With a Stay & Play my rating goes up.
    A visiting group of golfers that we chatted to often commented as to what a great bargain the Golf & Stay packages are.
    The Old course is a bit more forgiving then expected. For some reason I had the impression that the Old course was cut through the forest, but I was wrong. The front nine is more of a links design with lots of area to hit your tee shot.
    The Lake course has no bunkers and is completely different in style from the Old course.
    The Lake course contains lots of little ponds that can pose a threat, or not. These ponds can easily be avoided with the proper club selection.
    Hole #16 of the Lake course has a barn situated on the right side of the fairway that has taken a beating from stray golf balls over the years.
    In my opinion the Lake course has more beauty while the Old course has more historic value. Play them both to create your own opinion.
    Don't be surprised if you're greeted by Thom and JoAnn Schwalm, the owners of the Thousand Island Country Club. Manager Fred Dobbins also lent us a hand with some pre-round advice. All staff performed their duties exceptionally well.
    No beverage cart, but then there was a good chance that we were the only golfers on the course. Who golfs in the rain but us die hards?
    Upstairs, Hacker's Restaurant & Lounge is a comfortable place to finish off a round of golf. Good food and pleasant decor.
    The Pro Shop is sufficiently stocked with all your golfing needs.
    Wait, there's another clubhouse. Situated at the Lake course is a beautiful building that is sorely underused. A large pool and fitness room also exist at this building. Planning a wedding or a weekend retreat, this building is ideal to rent for just about any occasion.
    The history of Wellesley Island is second to none. George Boldt (Boldt Castle) built the first nine holes at the Thousand Islands Country Club. Sadly, of the 18 holes of the Old course it is not known which nine are the original.
    The Golf Academy is a nice facility that offer lots of ways to sharpen your game.
    Markings to the next hole need to be a bit better in some locations.
    We played through rainy weather for our first 18, took a nap, then played the Lake course in sunshine.
    The Thousand Island Country Club has two 18 hole courses. The Old course gets more recognition, probably because it is a full length course. Surprisingly, our foursome greatly enjoyed the much shorter Lake course. At only 5000 yards from the tips, the Lake course provides a decent challenge for all skill levels and is very popular with shorter hitters.
    Some readers may question why the Thousand Islands Country Club is listed on the Golf in Canada website. Wellesley Island is located very close to the Canadian border and the majority of the golfers that play the courses come from Canada.
Date: 2009-May-14 Review by Dan S
    Greens in very good condition for the time of year.
    Pin placements were at decent spots.
    Size of greens were average, if not smaller than normal.
    Fairways were better than most courses.
    Yardage markers were tough to find, especially the 200 yard markers.
    About average width for fairways but you have to keep in the fairway most of the time because of the long grass. I thought i was playing in Scotland.
    Tees could use a little work.
    Keeping it flat is difficult but manageable. On the old course the yardage signs were good. For the Lake course, due to the age, some of the signs need to be refinished.
    Not too much elevation but well maintained. A few hazards on the Lake course make it very challenging. Both course have a good variety of holes.
    It's enjoyable for a group of guys or just for the family.
    A place you could visit 2 or 3 times a year.
    I would definitely recommend it to others.
    It's a challenge when you do not know what to expect.
    For the average golfer the courses are not too tough. It also depends on which 18 you play. If you hit a straight ball, especially on the Lake course it's little more narrow and quite a bit shorter. You could get yourself in a little more trouble.
    Very scenic on the Lake course. Playing around the side of the St. Lawrence is very nice. The cottages are a sight to see.
    Very friendly staff. Especially JoAnn coming out to meet us on the course. Who really needs a beverage anyways? All you need to do is bring a couple bottles of water and a nutrition bar and you're good to go.
    Very nice clubhouse. A nice place to relax after a day of golf. You feel welcomed by the staff when you arrive.
    Parking is small but sufficient.
    The driving range is situated about 200 yards away from the clubhouse. Very nice layout with bunkers and the putting green on one side with the driving range just to the right.
    Directions from hole to hole are good. Not too many cart paths.
    You don't want to miss out on an opportunity like this.
    All around i would give it a 8 out of 10. I'm hoping to get back there this year with the group of guys I played with on this day.
Photos: 2009-May-14

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