The Indian Head
The 1st hole at Bigwin Island Golf Club is gentle dogleg to the right sweeping uphill from the prime landing area to an elevated green. Measuring 392 yards from the championship tees, this opening par 4 calls for a gentle draw from the tee to hold the ball against the left to right slope in the fairway, below the two large fairway bunkers. This opens up the approach into the green, which is guarded by two large fairway bunkers. This opens up the approach into the green, which is guarded on the right by two gaping bunkers and a grass hollow on the left.
The Iroquois Passage
The 2nd hole is a very picturesque, downhill par three, measuring 181 yards from the back of the tree. The green is angled from left to right and falls from the front to back of the tee. The green is angled from left to right and falls from the front to back, calling for a delicate soft approach that lands at the front of the green. A deep bunker guards the right side of the green while the left and rear sides of the green fall off dramatically, making recovery shots from these locations quite challenging. The view over the north channel of the Lake of Bays provides a beautiful backdrop to the green. This deceptive hole plays much shorter than the yardage indicates.
The 3rd hole is a powerful par five of 523 yards sweeping down from an elevated tee to a wide flat fairway that turns gently from right to left and then left to right, up into a slightly elevated green. Bunkers guard the left and right side of the first landing area and the left side of the second landing area. A long right to left draw from the tee should clear the left side bunkers, setting up the angle of approach for the second shot. An approach shot that favours the left side will either find the front left corner of the green, or will set up a relatively easy pitch shot into the green. Three large bunkers flank the front right side of the green, making an approach shot from the right side very difficult.
The Little Devil
The 4th hole is a deceptive, uphill par three measuring 166 yards from the back tee. The long slender green is nested between a large slope rising above the green on the left and two deep bunkers on the right. Proper club selection is critical, depending on where the pin is placed on the green. When the pin is placed in the back right portion of the green a precise, high-flying approach is required to reach the small target area. A shot that favours the left side of the green will sometimes catch the slope and bounce onto the green. However a shoot pulled too far to the far to the left will find one of two bunkers guarding the left side.
The 5th hole is a strong uphill par four for 404 yards, wedged into the hillside beneath the shadow of Bigwin Island?s historic water tower. The tee shot from the top of a dramatic rocky outcrop, must clear two intimidating carry bunkers on the left to find the ideal landing zone. A tee shot pushed too far right or pulled too far left will leave a blind approach into the elevated green. A large sprawling bunker provides a place t play safe. The view from the green, back over the tee and out to the Lake of Bays is a small preview of what lies ahead on the 6th hole.
Without a doubt the most spectacular view on the course is from the back tee on the 6th hole. To the east lies the breathtaking view over the treetops of the 6th fairway to a cluster of islands rising out of the lake. To the west, through the trees, lies a glimpse of the clubhouse with its elegant reflection shimmering in the quiet waters of the protected bay. The tee shot provides a lot of ?hang time? on this 462 yard par four, as the ball plummets to the fairway and provide a frame of reference for the target area. The optimum angle into the large undulating green is from the left side. A deep treacherous bunker guards the right side and a gentle grass depression flanks the left. the 6th hole looks ominous on the scorecard, but should play much shorter than the yardage indicates.
The Chief Bigwin
The 7th is a dream uphill par five measuring 536 yards from the championship tee. A long drive, slightly right of centre, will open up a view of the small elevated green. Two fairway bunkers are nestled into the slope on the left side of the first landing area and a massive slope looms above the fairway on the left side of the second landing area. A strong right to left draw into the slope on the second shot will set up an open approach into a green that is flanked on the right by a deep bunker and a grass hollow on the left.
The Mohawk Belle
The 8th hole is perhaps the most challenging par four on the course. Measuring 451 yards from the back tee, the 8th hole winds gradually uphill from the right to left to a long narrow green protected on both sides by large undulating bunkers left and right, in order to set up a long iron or fairway wood approach into the slightly elevated green. A par on the 8th hole is very good score.
The 9th hole is very interesting ?risk & reward? par four. The fairway twists and turns from right to left and from left to right around seven gaping bunkers, to a tiny green perched against a backdrop of several towering oaks. The tee shot from high above the fairway must carry over two deep bunkers to an elevated plateau, in order to leave a short open pitch shot into the green. A tee shot placed into the right portion of the fairway avoids a carry across the fairway bunkers, but leaves a more difficult, uphill approach over two deep bunkers into the shallow angle of the green.
The Os Ke Non Ton
The 411 yard par four 10th hole climbs gently from left to right to a green nestled below a hillside of mature oaks and maples. A tee shot placed in the centre of the wide rolling fairway leaves a straight forward, mid-to-short iron approach into the subtly contoured green. The green is surrounded on the left and right sides by three sprawling bunkers. A panoramic view from the green extends back down the fairway to the tee and out over the calm bay below the 18th hole.
The 11th hole is long straight away par four measuring 452 yards from the championship tees. A long gentle left to right fade from the tee to the right half of the bowled fairway leaves a more open approach into the narrow elevated green. A bunker short and left of the green adds deception to club selection, while the bunker flanking the right side of the green will catch a weak shot pushed to the right. A grass hollow on the left side of the green adds to the challenge.
The 12th hole is the longest par three on the course at 208 yards from the back tee. A long accurate approach to the raised plateau green is required to make par or birdie on the 12th. Large sprawling bunkers surround the green right and left making recovery shots quite challenging. Surrounded by mature oaks and maples and travel by a small creek, the 12th hole one of the more picturesque and tranquil holes on the course.
The Ledge rock
The 13th hole is a rugged and picturesque par four nestled into narrow valley surrounded by towering oaks, maples, beech and pine trees. At 404 yards, the 13th is not very long, however accuracy from the tee is the key to scoring well on this hole. The tee shot to the narrow fairway must favour the left side in order to open up the approach into the elevated green. A single bunker accents the 13th hole and provides a good target from the find the right plateau on the green to set up a birdie opportunity.
The 14th hole, in contrast to the 13th, possesses the wildest fairway on the course. It is also without a doubt, the most rugged and interesting fairway on the course, with massive undulations separating the optimum landing area from the least desirable landing area. The fairway turns dramatically from right to left and tumbles down a massive slope to a long narrow green some 40 feet below the landing area. A long bold tee shot over the gaping fairway bunkers on the left will catch the down slope, adding tremendous distance to the drive. A tee shot played safely away from the fairway bunkers to the right half of the fairway will find a large depression, leaving a difficult blind approach. A small, level plateau at the top of the slope is perhaps the ideal position from which to approach the green. The deep bunkers guard the right side of the hillside green adding challenge and character to this dynamic hole.
The 15th is a wonderfully natural hole that sweeps from right to left over serveral undulating contours, eventually rising up into an elevated green surrounded by deep and dramatic bunkers. Measuring only 515 yards from the championship tees, the 15th hole is classic ?risk & reward? type par five. The tee shot must carry over three bunkers in the left corner of the dogleg in order to set up an opportunity to reach the green in two. The second shot must thread the needle between two bunkers on the left and a very deep bunker guarding the right side of the green in order to find the putting surface. A more conservative approach shot left short of the elevated green leaves one with a very delicate pitch shot to the shallow portion of the green.
The Green Mile
The 16th begins a very strong string of finishing holes at Bigwin Island Golf Club. At 472 yards, the 16th hole is the longest far four on the course. The undulating fairway turns gently from left to right and requires a long powerful fade around the corner to set up a reasonable approach shot into the large green. A tee shot pulled left of centre will careen off side hill slope away from the dogleg, making the green almost unreachable on the second shot. The green is protected on the left side by a large bunker and the right side falls into several grass depressions, adding to the challenge of this strong hole.
The 17th hole is a long and demanding par three measuring 204 yards from the championship tee. the large sloping green falls off dramatically on the front left into deep bunker. Another bunker nestled into the slope above the green on the right side narrows the target area from the tee. The view from the elevated tee provides a glimpse of the lake and a preview of what lies ahead on the 18th hole.
The Lake of Bays
The 18th hole is a spectacular finishing hole, sweeping dramatically down from a high, elevated tee alongside the lake, to a green perched perilously close to the water?s edge. Measuring 574 yards from the back tee, the 18th is also the longest hole on the course. A well struck drive from the tee will hang against the backdrop of the lake before falling to the fairway, over 100 feet below. The second shot must carry a bunker on the right side of the second landing area in order to set up the optimum approach angle for the pitch shot into narrow green. Seven undulating bunkers frame the 18th hole adding to the beauty and challenge of each shot.
The Bigwin Island Golf Club
World class golf course on Lake of Bays
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.
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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.