13 of the Best Golf Courses in NW Ontario


Northwestern Ontario is dotted with excellent golf courses, many of which give a whole new meaning to the saying "play it as it lies". With our Canadian Shield topography, the courses wind through craggy rocks, and pine trees and border the boreal forest with all its potential hazards. You may take a swing from the tee and not see where your ball landed because of a large rolling hill. 

Here's an overview of the Golf Courses in Sunset Country:

Ear Falls Golf and Country Club

This challenging 9-hole course, amid stunning scenery, is located just minutes from Ear Falls, Ontario. It features medium-sized greens that occasionally offer some slope and has narrow tree-lined fairways that are generally flat. 

Red Lake Golf and Country Club

Known as the most northerly 18-hole golf course in Ontario, the Red Lake Golf and Country Club will challenge the most accomplished golfer. The course measures 6359 yards from the blue tees and has a slope rating of 68.8. The course is situated on the scenic shores of beautiful McNeely Bay on Red Lake. The course is a great combination of rolling hills, tree-lined fairways, and breathtaking lake vistas. 

Looking at the clubhouse in the distance at the Red Lake Golf & Country Club
Looking at the clubhouse in the distance at the Red Lake Golf & Country Club

Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club

This beautiful and strategic 9-hole course has stunning visuals and some very challenging holes. The most challenging hole is also the most scenic, the par-three 8th at 181 yards. This tee shot is over water to a large green and plays longer than the length on the scorecard as it is uphill and into the prevailing wind. Water will come into play on 3 holes and the greens roll between 8.5 and 9 on the Stimpmeter. The Club dates back to the early 60s. 

Beauty Bay Golf Course, Kenora

Known locally as the "Diamond in the Rough", Beauty Bay is located along the shores of Black Sturgeon Lake and offers a real challenge. Over the last several years golf has been nurtured into one of Northwest Ontario's best 18 holes golf courses. Its rolling terrain and water hazards combine to make breathtaking scenery. Carved out of the Canadian Shield, this course is a true test for golfers of all levels. This Par 72 golf course is located just 15 minutes from downtown Kenora, Ontario.

Kenora Golf and Country Club

Situated only minutes from downtown Kenora on the shores of Lake of the Woods, the Kenora Golf and Country Club boasts a challenging 18-hole course accessible by land or water. From the higher elevated holes, you can see beautiful views of the lake as you play. Don't be surprised if you see wildlife on the course. The course's terrain varies from level to hilly. Tall, mature trees outline the fairways and water comes into play on 7 holes. There are 3 sets of tees with distances ranging from 5206 to 6333 yards.

Dryden Area Courses

Dryden has two courses you can choose from:

Sandy Beach Golf Club: In 2024, the City of Dryden took over the responsibility of the operations for our municipally owned golf course and has rebranded, naming it Sandy Beach Golf Club. Sandy Beach Golf Club, is located at 400 Sandy Beach Road, just a few minutes drive from downtown Dryden. The course is part of a much larger recreational area that includes over 1000m of picturesque shoreline, large green spaces, covered outdoor dining space, trails, a baseball complex, a soccer field, and much more.

The course is cut along the Northern shoreline of the Wabigoon Chain of Lakes. It is a challenging course with multiple hazards on each hole, changes of elevation, and well-maintained grounds. The signature hole is the Par 5 Fourth. This hole runs closest to the lake and presents players with a narrowing fairway, including two fairway bunkers, that falls downward and away from the tee box, opening up slightly to the right. The hole is then split by a water hazard and the green is guarded by two bunkers, one centre and the other to the right of the pin.

The following Par 4 Fifth green is elevated, allowing golfers a scenic view of the water and the course behind them – a true Sunset Country experience.  To book your round at Sandy Beach Golf Club, visit or download the Chronogolf App today.  

Anderson's Homestead Golf Course is the second golf course in Dryden. Usually, it is open 7 days a week in the summer. Casual golfing experience at Dryden’s friendliest course. Not into traditional golf? Ask about disc golf as an alternative.

White Moose Golf Course, Sioux Narrows

The White Moose Golf Course is a 9-hole, par 35 course and is located about 7 km north of Sioux Narrows off Highway 71. Like many other golf courses in Sunset Country, many holes overlook the lake. If you are fishing Lake of the Woods and want a break from the boat, come in and play a round of golf. Call 807-226-5319 for more information. 

Spruce Creek Golf
Spruce Creek Golf Course

Spruce Creek Golf Course, Morson

The Spruce Creek Golf Course is Morson's newest recreation opportunity. This 9-hole, par 36 course, designed by Grant Golf of Winnipeg, Manitoba is 3397 yards from the blue tees, 3218 from the white tees, and 2767 yards from the red tees. The course has rolling fairways set amongst the rugged terrain of the Canadian Shield. The course is 2.6 km east of the junction of Highways 621 and 619.

Kitchen Creek Golf Course, Fort Frances

This is a great course set up with a length of 6424 yards from the blue tees and Par 72 with a 68.9 rating. At Kitchen Creek, don't expect the rock outcrops that you see at most of the golf courses in Sunset Country. Most holes, particularly the front nine resemble a prairie course with flat fairways and wide open spaces. The creek comes into play on 12 out of the 18 holes and with a good selection of sand bunkers you will encounter a variety of tactical challenges during your round of golf.

Heron Landing Golf Course, Fort Frances

The Heron Landing Golf Course is located just minutes from downtown Fort Frances. It is located on the east end of Fort Frances on Couchiching First Nation 3.1 km down Frog Creek Road on beautiful Rainy Lake. The sixth hole is a tough par 3 that requires an accurate tee shot over a finger of Frog Creek to an angled green protected by a large bunker to the left and a severely slope grassy swale to the right. The eleventh hole is probably the most scenic hole on the course as it overlooks Rainy Lake. Long-iron tee shots must be played to a large green that has deep bunkers on 3 sides. The green crowned in the middle makes the back right tee position hard to find. 

Little Falls Golf Course, Atikokan

The Little Falls Golf Course in Atikokan is frequently described as the most challenging course in Northwestern Ontario. It is a double teed nine-hole course carved out of the boreal forest. Water can come into play on six of the nine holes and one tee is elevated some twenty meters above the fairway, providing a spectacular view of the course and of the waterfalls. This course has a tight playing layout with narrow fairways framed by dense trees. Failure to keep your ball straight will add strokes quickly to your score. The well-kept greens are some of the finest in the Northwest. They are small in size and have slopes that deliver interesting breaks and tend to putt true.

Ignace Golf & Country Club
Ignace Golf & Country Club

Ignace Golf and Country Club

The Ignace Golf and Country Club is a 9-hole golf course with a driving range and is located in scenic Ignace. They have a newer 2,500 sq ft clubhouse that doubles as a year-round, multi-purpose recreation facility. For more information call 807-934-6871.

Sunset Country is known for its fishing and hunting, but once you've played golf here, you won't forget it. You'll be talking about your golf game and the course almost as much as you talk about 'the one that got away. The courses are anything but boring and all have a great view of the area. You can easily spend a week touring beautiful Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario and playing some challenging golf at the same time. If you are heading to Sunset Country, bring your clubs along with your fishing gear and play a round of golf. If you require any more information you can call the Sunset Country Travel Association at 1-800-665-7567.

About Erin Rody

I grew up on Black Sturgeon Lake in Northwestern Ontario. I am a staff writer for the Sunset Country Travel Association. Through my articles I hope to entice you to visit the wonderful region I call home. We are all about outdoor adventure; with 70,000 lakes and rivers and a whole lot of forests how can we not be? Whether you like to fish, hunt, canoe, kayak, boat or go camping, Sunset Country has something for you. Enjoy!

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