Golfing in the Thousand Islands
The Thousand Islands region provides some twenty golf courses within convenient range by automobile. A few links are accessible by boat, such as the Thousand Islands Country Club, Smuggler’s Glen and the Grenadier Island Country Club.
Canadian clubs from the east include Brockville Country Club; Smuggler's Glen at Ivy Lea; and the Gananoque Golf and Country Club. There are a number of clubs in Kingston and Napanee as well as north along the Rideau System including the Wolfe Island Riverfront Golf Couse.
Clubs in New York state from the east include: Thousand Islands Country Club, the Clayton Golf Club and C-Way Golf Course. There are also clubs in nearby Watertown and Ogdensburg.
Golfing in the Thousand Islands, View from the 1st Tee at Smuggler’s Glen, Ivy Lea Ontario
Photo courtesy Smuggler’s Glen
Smuggler's Glen, Ivy Lea, Ontario
Smuggler's Glen, is a semi private resort course operated by the owners of the well known Glen House Resort. The course is located directly across the road from the main lodge.
Long (6500 yards from back tees), its eighteen holes are Par 72. Situated on the Thousand Islands Parkway, the course provides shuttle service to from the Glen House dock for golfers arriving by boat.
Described by Golf Ontario Style as: “ This professionally designed 18 hole championship course features bent grass greens and fairways, brilliant white sand bunkers and fabulous vistas from several highly elevated tees. The course design takes full advantage of the rugged Canadian Shield landscape of mature mixed forests, tall white pines, high granite cliffs and rolling hills and valleys. The course is recognized as one of the most scenic courses in Canada and in 2008 was voted “Best Public Golf Course in Eastern Ontario – Flagstick Online Readers Poll.”
Smuggler's Glen Golf Course, 1000 Islands Parkway, Gananoque,
Photo courtesy Smuggler’s Glen
Thousand Islands Country Club, Wellesley Island, NY
Situated on Wellesley Island, the 18-hole USGA course at the Thousand Islands Country Club is one of the nation's oldest, George Boldt developed the course with help in 1894. Seth Raynor, world renown golf course architect, redesigned the original 9 holes to an 18 hole configuration in 1924.
At 6302 yds, Par 72, it was reputed to be the longest course in the country at the time. Eventually it became the Thousand Islands Country Club. The TICC now augments the fully irrigated Old Course with the shorter, adjacent Lake Course, considered less arduous at 5005 yds, Par 70.
Jim Hungerford, who comes from Clayton originally, returns to the River this summer as Director of Golf. He sent along the following information:
"The TICC is extremely price friendly this year and we offer discount coupons at both courses that may be retrieved from our web. In addition, our Twilight Delight rate (after 2 PM) is a fantastic deal - $35pp at the Signature Old Course and $22pp at the Lake Course. Both rates include carts!
We also have special conditions for groups of 12 or more and a reduced price for our Military friends. Every day we have offer a special Family Promotion at the Lake Course for families with children 16 and under.. New this year; the general public may purchase a seasonal range package or they may still opt to pay by the bucket. Our practice facility is state of the art and the best in upstate NY. We have 18 well kept villas that are across from the Old Course and Yacht Club and golf packages are always available. One stop does it all! Drop your clubs off and begin to enjoy the beauty of our Wellesley Island and the St. Lawrence River.
Of course no trip to the TICC is complete without stopping by Hacker's Pub and Grill. Every table overlooks the Old Course or River and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Chef Scot Elmore works his winters at Greg Norman's Course in Hobe Sound, Fla. and we are very fortunate to acquire his culinary expertise for the summers"
The TI Country Club has a number of web pages with excellent information: Golf Courses; Membership; Tournaments & Outings; Golf Packages; Golf Academy, Lodging, Restaurants, Weddings &, Banquets, Meetings and Marina operations.
Thousand Islands Country Club
C-Way Golf Club, Clayton NY
The C-Way Golf Club is a public course owned by the Natali family since 1946. It is located two miles outside the village of Clayton. The course is 18 holes, par 71, and is 5900 yards long with numerous water hazards, sand traps, elevated tees and greens. Golf outings, tournaments are our specialty.
Photo from the C-Way Golf Club website
Clayton Country Club
This beautiful and challenging public 9 hole course, located in Clayton NY, is open seasonally between late April and early October this is an enjoyable place to spend hours honing your golf skills.
May Irwin, the silent film actress was the first person to hit a golf ball at the Clayton Golf Club. Today the club attracts local golfers as well as vacationers to the Thousand Islands.
Photo from the Clayton Country Club website
Gananoque Golf and Country Club The semi private The Gananoque Golf and Country Club offers 9 holes, Par 35; 2790-2885 yards course. “The circa 1921 Club house, set amid tall pines and within sight of the St. Lawrence, gives visitors the feeling of pulling up to the family cottage.”
Gananoque Golf and Country Club
Photo courtesy The Gananoque Golf and Country Club website
Grenadier Island Country Club, Rockport, Ontario
The Grenadier Island Country Club is a private club located on Grenadier Island, near Rockport Ontario. The course was created in the 1920s.
The golf course has 9 holes with 18 tee boxes. The yardage, 2715 yards on the front nine and 2774 on the back, was confirmed in 2008 by the Ontario Golf Association, using state of the art GPS equipment.
Their website explains the club’s membership is limited to 145 and 20 social memberships. This means the club is “not overcrowded, and tee times, though advisable, are seldom required.” They are currently operating at full capacity for both full and social memberships.
Grenadier Island Country Club, Grenadier Island
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Wolfe Island Riverfront Golf Course
The Wolfe Island Riverfront Golf Course has a warning on its Website:
The course setting along the magnificent St. Lawrence River may distract your attention!
The Island’s tranquility combined with the majestic St. Lawrence River presents an unique golfing experience.
The par 35 course features 1 par five, 6 par fours and 2 par threes totaling 3,100 yards to the back tees. Each large green offers a rewarding target for the novice or accomplished golfer.
Clubs, pull carts and power carts are available for rent.
Wolfe Island Riverfront Golf Course
Telephone 613-385-9978 Fax: 613-385-1806
9th Line Road, Wolfe Island, Ontario K0H 2Y0
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