January 27, 2021
Everything you’ve ever wanted in a golf course sits just north of Owen Sound on the shores of Georgian Bay.
Forgiving tee shots, expertly manicured fairways, pristine greens, and some of the most picturesque views anywhere in the world.
Cobble Beach Golf Resort has certainly earned its spot in Canada’s Top 100 Courses, and it only seems to get better year after year.
I first played Cobble Beach not long after I moved to Owen Sound for work and was playing out of a fun little track called Stone Tree. The head pro told me that one of the nicest courses in Canada was 20 minutes north of there and I needed to check it out.
Skeptical at first, I was blown away the moment I stepped on the property. Admittedly, I’m not a fan of golf communities or courses that wind through homes, but Cobble Beach was different.
Friendly staff and an exquisite practice facility (seriously, I want to transport the practice tee into my basement, it might be my favourite part of the entire facility) set you up for a special day on the links.
The Doug Carrick design plays like your standard resort course off the tee. All of the fairways are wide and relatively easy to hit, making you feel comfortable from the moment you peg it on the up hill first.
But the wide fairways are not without their tricks, which come in the form of rolling undulations and devilishly placed fairway bunkers. Very rarely will you find yourself with a flat lie on your approach to the greens which are also large and accessible, but also tricky to navigate.
This only adds to the fun of the course though, as a golfer’s imagination is allowed to take over and the rolling fairways and greens present nearly endless ways to go from tee to green and put the ball in the hole.
Cobble Beach boasts views of Georgian Bay on all 18 of its holes, but none have as much wow factor as #7 and #17.
The first par five on the front, the seventh hole is a deceiving downhill hole that truly takes your breath away. It is the hole that keeps me coming back to Cobble multiple times a year.
A slight double dogleg with a devilish green, the views on the 7th, and the challenge presented by the approach to the green are second only to the signature par three 17th.
Also a downhill shot, the green, which slopes left to right, appears to be surrounded by water behind and to the right because of vast expanse of Georgian Bay sitting behind it.
What could be the most photographed hole in Ontario, the 17th at Cobble has caused me to utter more four letter words than maybe any other hole I’ve ever played, but I’ll never get tired of it. Like every other hole at Cobble Beach, you can play it a variety of different ways, and I would be content to drop an endless supply of balls on the tee and hit shots until the sun set behind me.
As a golf course, Cobble Beach stands unrivaled in Ontario in my mind. The combination of challenge and fun it presents gives golfers of all skill levels a memorable experience every time they visit.
But what truly sets Cobble Beach apart is what it offers when you step off of the links.
A gorgeous boutique hotel and a handful of cottages for rent makes weekend getaways with your spouse or a group of friends a very real possibility, and the food in the Sweetwater Restaurant is exquisite, with the Atlantic Salmon being my go-to.
My wife and I were so taken with the quality of the food, the Spa offerings, and the hotel that after we got married we had a mini honeymoon at the resort.
Sadly, no golf was in the cards for me that weekend, but Cobble Beach is worth returning to over, and over, and over again. And you can guarantee that I’ll be returning.