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Huntsville Downs boasts 18 superb holes set in the magnificent scenery of Muskoka. With 3 sets of tees, this par 72, 6400 yard course is playable by the inexperienced and challenging for the most discerning golfer.
The original 9 hole course, designed by the renowned golf course architect Stanley Thompson was opened in 1925. In 1992 John F. Robinson & Associates expanded the course to 18 holes adding sand traps, water hazards and undulating greens without losing the Thompson/Muskoka feel. Our signature 17th, par 5 hole with it’s changes in elevation and spectacular view was named by Muskoka Magazine as one of the top 20 holes in Muskoka. A driving range, putting green, and practice hole will complete your golfing experience.
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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Foggy until afternoon.
Foggy throughout the day.
Foggy until afternoon.
Mixed precipitation (2–6 cm. of snow) throughout the day.
Light snow (1–3 cm.) starting in the afternoon.
Date: 2009-Jul-29 Review by Dan P
Greens were in great shape and why shouldn't they be? With the amount of rain the Huntsville area has received this summer you shouldn't be able to find a dry patch on the course.
I initially thought the greens were going to be quite average in size but as my round progressed I could see that they varied in size.
Hole #5 gave me my first 4 putt of the year. After seeing where the pin location was versus where my ball was positioned on the green I knew I was in for a tough one.
Fairways were in very good shape. Some nice rolling fairways with some unique shape and bends. Yardage markers are visible at 100, 150, and 200 yards.
Knowing the exact distances on some holes is key.
Tees are elevated and I can't remember a single blind shot on the course.
Yardage signs are clearly posted but I wasn't confident with the yardage on a couple of par 3s.
Steps would be a nice thing to have at a few tee boxes as the uphill walk could be hard for some golfers.
Huntsville Downs has a nice layout. I liked the back 9 better then the front as you enter more of a forested area.
The par 5 17th is where you can make up ground as getting on in two is a strong possibility if you can hit from a downhill lie.
The course has a good mixture of bunkers and water hazards.
Hole #18 is a soft finishing hole in comparison to the rest of the course.
Compared to other courses in the area, Huntsville Downs provides a pretty good bang for the buck. My kind of price range and my kind of course.
As usual, stay on the fairway and you'll be fine.
Chances are on the par 4s that are around 300 yards you won't want to use a driver off the tee. Ball position is key on these holes. Don't get tricked.
Huntsville Downs can challenge from any tee block.
This is one course where you'll want to stay away from the woods. Almost anything hit into a forested area I'd suggest saving some time by dropping another ball.
Some fairways look stunning from the tees.
What a pleasant bunch. Maybe it was the rainy weather that made so many cheery, but that would be hard to believe.
Everyone was most helpful; from giving direction, course tips, and even looking at the radar watch.
My wife couldn't find anyone to pay for a drink after 9 holes but that was only a minor setback.
The clubhouse is clean and rustic. Huntsville Downs has been around since 1925 and this could possible be the original clubhouse but I forgot to ask.
Supplies in the clubhouse are basic but it is stocked with the necessities to play.
A nice outdoor BBQ area will suit any sized event.
I was very surprised at how wet the course was. I played and visited a few other courses in the area and they didn't appear to hold the water quite like Huntsville Downs.
Excellent scorecard. Everything you need.
One washroom on course after hole #12. One could be used on the front 9.
Easy directions and well marked throughout.
It would have been nice to play the Downs one a better day as dark clouds threatened for most of our round.
Huntsville Downs is a mid-priced course that offers good value for your dollar. With so many high end courses in the Muskoka area it's tough to find a course that doesn't break the bank.
Surprisingly, Huntsville Downs wasn't as hilly as expected. The average golfer can walk this course although long hikes can be encountered between holes on the back.