I'm not a good golfer. Yes, I have a set of golf clubs. I own a pair of golf shoes. I have ample golf balls stored away in my big fancy golf bag. I may look the part. But make no mistake, I'm not a good golfer. Not by a long shot.
That's what's great about golf. For the average duffer, once you accept the fact that you're not going to make it look easy, you can still have fun shanking shots from the rough to the bunker to the occasional fairway and green.
I don't get out much anymore, but I have had an opportunity to golf each of Lennox & Addington's four courses in the last little while. They're all in really good shape, offering challenging layouts, well maintained greens and fairways, not to mention spectacular scenic views that L&A County is known for.
My golfing 'career' began back in the early 1990’s at Camden Braes Golf & Country Club. When I was in high school I had a student membership at the course. The only real tournament I ever played in was played there. My round definitely wasn’t pretty but I still remember draining the putt of my life – a 40 foot snake from the fringe for, um, double-bogey.
Camden Braes is a challenging 18-hole course just off Highway 401 near Camden East. The course is well-maintained with water hazards, large sculptured greens and mature trees. The course winds its way through the picturesque countryside, challenging even the most discriminating golfer with its regulation course, the blue tees hitting the 6,668 yard mark.
Another great L&A County course is the Napanee Golf & Country Club. Established in 1897, it’s the second oldest 9-hole course in Canada. NDCC boasts beautifully manicured, fully irrigated fairways made challenging by mature trees, rolling hills and intriguing water hazards. The course has nine holes with different tees for the front and back nine. The forward tees play 5,388 yards and the regular tees 5,877 each for 18 holes. The challenges presented by the course are the undulating fairways and greens with subtle and not so subtle slopes.
Amherstview Golf Club is a popular course that has been around for almost 50 years. The course provides members and visitors with gentle terrain that is walking friendly for golfers of all ages. The layout plays to a par 72 and will challenge every level of golfer.
Last, but certainly not least, is Loyalist Country Club in the village of Bath. With 5 sets of tee blocks, Loyalist offers challenging play to golfers of all skill levels. Loyalist is one of the best-conditioned courses in Eastern Ontario with bent grass greens, tees and fairways that are all constructed to USGA specifications. Colourful natural watercourse, strategic bunkering and native grasses contrasting the fine turf create a setting that is second to none.
There's no doubt that you'll hit a better round than I did on each of these courses. Guaranteed. Book a tee time and find out more by visiting the golf page on our website.