Lush, green fairway at a scenic golf course.

Gravenhurst | Muskoka Bay Club

Buddies, golf, beer and eats: the ultimate guys’ golf getaway in Ontario

Lush, green fairway at a scenic golf course.

Gravenhurst | Muskoka Bay Club

So whether you’re looking to celebrate a milestone or just enjoy some quality guy-time, here’s a trio of trip ideas that match superb golf courses with equally worthy 19th hole locales.

Mancation in Muskoka

There are 18 picture-perfect reasons why Muskoka Bay is the top-ranked public golf course in Ontario by ScoreGolf Magazine year after year. This picturesque beauty was recently honoured as one of the “Top 10 Golf Courses in Canada” by Golf Digest. Designed by acclaimed course designer Doug Carrick, the course offers everything you’d expect of a Muskoka gem—a challenging game set against dramatic vistas.

Book your group’s stay here and relax between rounds in one of the resort’s villas, accommodations as impressive as the golf course. Up to eight of your male buddies can stay in a villa to ensure that your guys’ getaway in Ontario is always lively.

Local eats: The two on-site restaurants, Cliffside Grille and Muskoka Room are can’t-miss options featuring seasonal ingredients and local flavours. And if you’re looking to recount the day’s great shots and near misses, grab a table overlooking Lake Muskoka at Dock of the Bay in the heart of Gravenhurst and savour their extensive wine list and gourmet meals.

Local brews: Also located in the centre of Gravenhurst is Sawdust City Brewing Co., dedicated to the art of craft beer and sharing that art with visitors. The on-site saloon, with its 18+ brews on tap, is the place to be on Saturday nights when live music kicks the energy up a notch. For more Stay & Play  options all around the Muskoka region, check out the website.

Bros and brews on the Bay

Set along sweeping views of Georgian Bay, just north of Owen Sound, lies another Doug Carrick golf course beauty, Cobble Beach. This is links-style, resort golf at its finest with pot bunkers, greenside hollows, and winds coming off the bay reminiscent of links courses in Scotland and Ireland. It’s the ideal location for a guys’ getaway in Ontario.

Make yourself right at home with a stay in one of the Cobble Beach Cottages with enough room for up to eight buddies. Reminisce about the countless tales of all the birdies that got away while enjoying the cottage’s wet bar and three flat screen TVs!

Local eats: Dine inside or al fresco at the resort’s Sweetwater Restaurant where the cuisine is as impressive as the views. The delicious eats are full of flavour using locally organic sourced ingredients presented in classical fare with modern touches. Or head an hour east to Blue Mountain Village where you’ll find a variety of great places to eat.

Local brews: After lunch and tasting at Northwinds Brewery, don’t be surprised if you feel compelled to take home a souvenir 1.89L growler, refillable on your next visit.

With over 80 courses and countless ways to be entertained after a round, the region of BruceGreySimcoe is truly a golf getaway mecca for a guys’ getaway in Ontario.

Chart a course for The County

Considered by those who’ve discovered it as a top value-for-quality track in Ontario, Black Bear Ridge in Belleville is a picturesque parkland layout that can play short for a group of friendly duffers to over 7,000 yards from the tips for the more competitive set. However you slice it (pardon the pun), this course with natural water features and astounding vistas has certainly earned its place among the very best in Ontario.

For package deals with a stay in Belleville for your guys’ getaway in Ontario, is the best place to look. But with Prince Edward County just a solid 3-wood away, consider adding flair to your golfcation with a suite stay at the Drake Devonshire. This boutique hotel is top rated by Conde Nast, Fodor’s and Trip Advisor. Combining rustic charm and modern sensibilities, you’ll never want to leave especially after seeing the views of Lake Ontario.

Local eats: The Globe & Mail named The Prince Edward County ‘the Gastronomic Capital of Ontario’, so your dining options are plentiful —farm fresh, fine dining, and food trucks. Fantastic! And with seasonal fare always on the menu, you can expect to try different dishes throughout the year.

Local brews: Well known as a winery destination, The County also boasts an emerging craft beer scene. And check out what’s on tap and who’s on stage at The Hayloft Dance Hall and BBQ. But this isn’t your father’s bar, so be sure to book your tickets ahead of time.

You’ve earned this guys’ getaway in Ontario. A relaxing weekend of golf and beer with your best buds is on tap for a shared memory that will be talked about for years. So, go fore it! :)

Last updated: October 16, 2023

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