Course Details

King's Bay is a superb semi-private 3301-yard, 9-hole golf course located ten minutes north of scenic Port Perry, in the town of Seagrave. Designed by golf course architect Kevin Holmes, King's Bay opened its doors to the public in October 2001. Nestled along the shorelines of Lake Scugog and the Nonquon River, King's Bay is one of the finest 9-hole designs in Ontario. The golf course has plenty of character epitomized by numerous water hazards and troublesome waste bunkers that adorn many of the fairways. The course layout is another unique feature as there are three par 3's, three par 4's, and three par 5's. Playing surfaces are bent grass including the fairways with tall fescue grasses in outlying areas. King's Bay is a golf course that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels and presents a formidable test for those accomplished few, who dare tackle the course from the back tees.

 

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Hole Descriptions

The dogleg par four opening hole at King’s Bay sets the stage for a pristine round of golf that promises to impress.  A large fairway bunker to the left and the Nonquon River to the right are sure to catch wayward drives.  Placing your tee shot on the left side of the fairway guarantees a clear second shot to the green.  Grass bunkers on the left and thick woods to the right surround your approach to the large rolling green.  Judge your putt well to manage the first of many subtle greens.


The par three second stretches just over 200 yards from the back tees thus demanding accuracy with a long iron.  In executing this courageous tee shot to a well-bunkered green, you must first clear a long desert waste bunker which engulfs most of the fairway.  A well-placed tee shot is a must in order to escape this hole with a respectable score.


This daunting par five extends to nearly 600 yards from the back tees and is recognized as one of the best holes in the Durham and Kawartha regions. Generous landing areas offer an invitation to “grip it and rip it” but exercise caution as stray tee shots will be penalized.  Trees and knolls lurk to the left and a narrow desert waste bunker situated on the right stretches over 300 yards.  A well placed lay up with a long iron or fairway wood will set up for a tricky wedge shot. With a large pond to the left and dense woods to the right, your approach must be accurate or this lengthy hole may get longer.  Once on the putting surface, the subtleness of this green will challenge every player.


The picturesque par three fourth hole is located at the tip of the peninsula where the Nonquon River meets Lake Scugog.  Cut through dense brush, the tranquility of King’s Bay becomes increasingly apparent.  The hole may appear to be short but any tee shot less than planned may find serious trouble.  With a small pond and bunker to the right, and a large red maple to the left, your ball must cross a treacherous path to a small and well-guarded putting surface.  Be careful of club selection as there is always a breeze which is often undetected from the tee.


This dogleg left par five offers a generous split fairway for your tee shot.  Once past the fairway bunkers on the left, the fairway narrows with the lake and woods bordering right, demanding your second and approach shots to be accurate and precise.  A strong wind at your back will allow the risk taker to go at this green in two.  This long and narrow green asks for a great read every time, as this is undoubtedly the most subtle green on the course.


Attempting to drive the green on this short par four is rarely a good decision.  The woods and marsh to the right as well as the mounds and thick rough to the left will swallow wayward drives.  Hitting a full wedge in is recommended as the green slopes severely from back left to front right.  You should also be cautious of the St. Andrews inspired sod wall pot bunker guarding the front left portion of the green. Try to leave yourself an uphill putt because any downhill rolls have been known to set up the dreaded three putt.


Don’t let this pearl of a par three fool you.  It may be aesthetically pleasing, but you still have to fly the large pond to the left while avoiding the bunker and woods to the right.  Depending on the severity of the wind, players may hit anything from an eight iron to a fairway wood.  If you find yourself at the opposite end of the green, be prepared for a long and drifting putt.


This long uphill par four offers yet another wide landing area, and similarly demands precision on the approach.  Fairway bunkers to the left and forest to the right line your path to a green surrounded by mounds and bunkers.  This mid sized green may appear flat but may surprise you with more than one break.


The par five closing hole bears another split fairway with a traveling waste bunker starting on the left and crossing the fairway to the right.  Using the large oak tree as a target, it is best to hit your tee shot to left side of the fairway.  With a well-placed drive, reaching the left side of the green in two may be an option.  Otherwise, leaving yourself a short wedge for your approach is typically the educated strategy.  This well bunkered green with a sizable ridge running front to back makes for a tough putt, but birdies are not uncommon.