Course Tour

HOLE 1

Par 4 - 384 to 409 Yards
 
One of the most visually stunning starting holes anywhere overlooking Georgian Bay.  Standing on the edge of the Nippising Ridge, the tee shot drops close to 120 feet to a generous fairway. You'll want to try to keep your ball on the right side of the fairway for the best angle at the elevated green site that's protected by a brook that runs down the left side of the hole and then in front of the green.  The green slopes from back to front.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
409
Silver
402
Cobalt
390
White
384
Gold
384

 

HOLE 2

Par 4 - 246 to 379 Yards
 
Anyone who watched  the Telus Skins Game in 2007 won't soon forget Big Bad John Daly's mammoth tee shot directly over the water as it bounced a couple of times and rolled onto the green.  Few if any other people will ever be able to replicate that shot.  The smart strategy on this dogleg right is to pick a point to the right of the large pond that meanders down the entire left side of the hole.  From the fairway landing area it's a comfortable iron shot that takes the water out of play on the second shot.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
379
Silver
360
Cobalt
333
White
302
Gold
246

HOLE 3

Par 3 - 137 to 237 Yards
 
This is the longest of the par-3s on the course and the toughest according to the scorecard. You'll want to stay to the right to avoid the banks of the pond that run from tee to green. There's a nasty bunker tucked into the front left corner of the green that's to be avoided and they have left some landing room to the right for anyone who comes up short.  A pocket of trees that can play tricks on a golfer when the wind comes up nicely surrounds the largest green on the course.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
237
Silver
211
Cobalt
188
White
160
Gold
137

HOLE 4

Par 5 - 395 to 510 Yards
 
This is a short par-5 that plays along the top of the Nippising Ridge.  Big hitters can go for the green in two if they want to fly a tee shot over the first fairway bunker to the right, while most people would be advised to stay a little left of it and land in the generous fairways.  The second shot is straightforward but a couple of well-placed bunkers and a grassy swale in front of the green will keep all but the best shots from reaching their destination.  Be careful of the bunker to the right of the green on your approach - it's deceptively further from the green than you might think!
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
510
Silver
491
Cobalt
466
White
444
Gold
395

HOLE 5

Par 4 - 277 to 374 Yards
 
If there is a friendly par-4 on the front nine this is it.  Off the tee the left fairway bunker is visually intimidating, but for the best angle at the green you're going to want to blast it over it.  Otherwise put your first shot on the undulating fairway and take your chances with the second shot to the green.  It is guarded by strategically placed bunkers that are well in front of the green and one at the front right edge, while the tightly cut roll off areas surround the green.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
374
Silver
358
Cobalt
339
White
318
Gold
277

HOLE 6

Par 5 - 393 to 536 Yards
 
With nine bunkers to weave your way through on this serpentine hole, McBroom and Lehman's strategic ragged bunker style is a  highlight of what is considered to be the hardest hole on the course.  The best advice is to think twice before you just blast away.  Take a second look at the course guide because you'll find the course's only fairway pot bunker comes into play on the 2nd shot.  There's a terrific series of three bunkers at the left front of the hole and two more to the right making the approach shot to the green a skillful challenge.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
536
Silver
513
Cobalt
480
White
428
Gold
393

HOLE 7

Par 3 - 101 to 212 Yards
 
If each hole had a name - this one would be appropriately called Deception.  It's not overly long even from the back tee, but there's a seemingly innocent fairway bunker in front of the green that makes the hole appear shorter than it is.  The trick is to fly the bunker and the ball will roll onto the green.  You want to avoid a second bunker that's tucked into the left front face of the green.  There's room to miss to the right on this one, but don't get carried away or you'll be in the trees.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
212
Silver
189
Cobalt
167
White
140
Gold
101

 

HOLE 8

Par 4 - 344 to 443 Yards
 
This is the hole that McBroom calls "The best par-4 on the course", and it's one of his all time favourites.  This long and sweeping par-4 forces players to navigate the angled bunker left of the landing area.  Once again the green is well protected with steep bunkers to the right and left, while the green has a flared roll to its backside.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
443
Silver
423
Cobalt
395
White
368
Gold
344

HOLE 9

Par 4 - 318 to 438 Yards
 
While it doesn't look that exciting off the tee, the front nine finishes with a gust of glory on this sharp dogleg that bends to the left and then opens up to a sensational second shot overlooking Georgian Bay.  Strangely there are no bunkers on this hole.  However, a creek meanders down the left edge of the fairway in and out of the trees before cutting directly across the fairway and flowing down the right side of the steeply elevated green site.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
438
Silver
411
Cobalt
387
White
350
Gold
318

HOLE 10

Par 5 - 380 to 499 Yards
 
As you turn onto the property and head down Lora Bay Drive, you get your first glimpse of Lora Bay's 10th hole.  As one of the more narrow holes on the course, this par-5 demands that you keep it down the center of the fairway to avoid dense forest on both sides. As always you'll want to be careful with your approach to the green that is protected by bunkers short left and long right.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
499
Silver
471
Cobalt
433
White
408
Gold
380

HOLE 11

Par 4 - 386 to 484 Yards
 
After playing a 500-yard par-5, you get to enjoy a 484-yard par-4.  Don't hold back, however, keep the tee shot straight down the narrow tee-lined fairway to avoid a bunker on the right.  The second shot must carry a bunker on the left that is set well in front of the green.  Bunkers line both sides of the green.  A century-old barn stands in solitude behind the green reminiscent of old Ontario charm.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
484
Silver
461
Cobalt
438
White
412
Gold
386

HOLE 12

Par 3 - 88 to 198 Yards
 
If there's a breather hole on the course, this is it and chances are you'll need it after playing No.11.  The short par-3 requires an accurate tee shot to a sloping green that is perched 10 feet above the fairway and protected with a nasty bunker to the right.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
198
Silver
163
Cobalt
140
White
114
Gold
88

HOLE 13

Par 5 - 441 to 594 Yards
 
At 594 yards this is the longest hole on the course, but it's not considered among the most difficult at Lora Bay.  It's certainly a genuine three-shot hole that forces you to play to the left of the fairway off the tee to avoid flirting with the 100-yard bunker that runs down the right side at the hole.  You can basically grip it and rip on the second shot as the fairway cuts through a timeless apple orchard that stands as a tribute to the area's heritage.  As usual, McBroom and Lehman have heavily fortified the green on both the right and left sides.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
594
Silver
570
Cobalt
538
White
481
Gold
441

HOLE 14

Par 4 - 252 to 325 Yards
 
All good courses have at least one great short par-4 and Lora Bay is no exception.  The 14th hole could be named "The Temptress" as it plays just 328 yards from the tips.  On a day with the wind at your back it's certainly reachable for the forward tees with a perfect shot.  If you're not a bigger hitter and aren't thinking eagle two, then a smooth iron or hybrid to the centre of the fairway, which is flanked by bunkers on both sides, is a wise decision.  The green is protected by a steep bunker to the front right and is surrounded by more apple trees.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
325
Silver
309
Cobalt
289
White
269
Gold
252

HOLE 15

Par 3 - 104 to 192 Yards
 
Arguably one of the most visually stunning par-3's in Ontario and without doubt, the most memorable hole at Lora Bay.  While not overly long, the tee shot is visually stunning as it dramatically drops over 200 feet into the forest below, while golfers enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of Georgian Bay and the sail boats that adorn the water.  It's a fabulous hole that you will want to play time and time again. The green is guarded by bunkers to the front right and left and to the back and doesn't give anything away as it slopes significantly from back to front.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
192
Silver
179
Cobalt
168
White
104
Gold
104

HOLE 16

Par 5 - 376 to 553 Yards
 
You can bring out the big stick on this hole and have some fun with a tee shot to an elevated fairway that twists to the right.  For the second shot, you'll feel squeezed playing along a plateau below the Nippissing Ridge and just above the shores of the bay.  There's only one bunker on this hole and it comes into play down the left side of the second shot landing area, while the green sits peacefully among the trees.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
553
Silver
527
Cobalt
486
White
453
Gold
376

HOLE 17

Par 3 - 134 to 221 Yards
 
Set back on top of the Ridge, this closing par-3 is one of the more demanding one-shot holes on the course. Fairway bunkers to the left and right and a large bunker at the back right corner heavily fortify the two-tiered green.
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
221
Silver
202
Cobalt
182
White
154
Gold
134

 

 

HOLE 18

Par 4 - 335 to 430 Yards
 
With the Clubhouse and glimpses of Georgian Bay in sight, this is a wonderful finishing hole through the labyrinth of seven bunkers that come into play.  The aggressive tee shot is to play the ball over the left corner of the first bunker, to the right, and then fire at another well-protected green.  The safer play off the tee is to stay to the left, but the second shot is then more demanding.  As always, it's your choice and that's the beauty of spending at day at Lora Bay.  As Tom Lehman says, "it's a strategic triumph and a pleasure to play!"
 
TEE
YARDAGE
Black
430
Silver
401
Cobalt
376
White
355
Gold
335