CANADIAN GOLF MAGAZINE (CGM) RATING:
MUST PLAY EVEN IF IT MEANS A SPECIAL TRIP
Cobble Beach is a destination golf course. Golfers travel from across the country and outside our borders to play this Doug Carrick designed layout situated along the shores of Georgian Bay. It’s only 30 minutes away from one of Southern Ontario’s most popular beaches at Sauble Beach, half that from Owen Sound and the perfect gateway to the Bruce Peninsula.
We make the 2.5 hour trek from our home base at least once a year and each time we wonder why we don’t go more often.
- Type: Semi-Private
- Season: May – October
- Architect: Doug Carrick
- Location: Kemble, Ontario
- Year opened: 2007
- Holes: 18 | Par 72 | Length: 7134 yards | Slope: 135 | Rating: 73.6
If ever there were a golf “experience” to be had in this part of the world Cobble Beach Golf Links is it. Playing up and down a bluff that works its way down towards Georgian Bay, Doug Carrick created a fun, scenic and exposed layout with water views on nearly every hole.
Like many of the worlds famous seaside courses the wind plays a big part in your round at Cobble Beach. Georgian Bay may be fresh water, but the wind is never absent in our experience.
Last time up in July a cool wind was strong off the lake from the east and became increasingly significant the closer you got to the water. Holes travel in various directions meaning holes provide a variety of shot demands — a knockdown shot is especially handy with the firm conditions.
For us, this is one of Carrick’s very best courses. He took risks with the boldness of the fairway contours that make Cobble Beach fun to play even on repeat plays. It’s a course that reveals a little bit more about itself with each additional round.
The firm conditions here make the course challenging for the better golfer by offering plenty of options (death by a thousand choices) while allowing for a little extra yardage and increased playability for the weekend golfer. The greens here are sloped, contoured and well guarded with bunkers and closely shaved runoff areas. For those of you planning a play be sure to remember that the fall of the land towards the water has a strong effect on all your putts. The same effect will be felt on shots playing away from the water where a club or two extra will be needed.
Along with fairway contours strategy plays a big part in scoring well at Cobble Beach. Examples include: pot bunkers that make you think your way through par-5s, cross bunkers, kicker slopes and carry angles that force you to make decisions on many par-4s, and large slopes and angled greens that make club selection and line vital on par-3s. The entire package is then wrapped up with one of Canada’s finest golf course locations.
19TH HOLE THOUGHTS
There are many great things that can be said about Cobble Beach. Location, elegant accommodations, beautiful views and great food — it has them all. But for us golfers the golf course will stand out most. It’s a course that should be seen as a gem in Doug Carrick’s portfolio — a fun course that can be played over and over again each time being just as good as the last.
For us at CGM it is the one destination we won’t miss when planning a day trip or weekend getaway. We’ve made the trip every year since it opened and will continue to do so as long as we keep hitting the links.
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