There is no better example of this trend than
the stunning new Taboo Golf Club, located at the
Taboo Resort, minutes north of Gravenhurst, Ontario.
Designed by noted architect Ron Garl (Wooden Sticks,
Maple Downs GCC), its layout stretches out to
7200 yards and is beautifully carved and routed
through the rocky (Canadian Shield) landscape.
The course certainly does a nice job of accentuating
the beauty of its natural surroundings.
all you would be hard pressed finding a more interesting
course design. Garl has done a wonderful job in
exposing the local rocky terrain and using it as
the visual focal point of the course. Then he has
used a myriad of fairway bunkers that seem to accentuate
the rolls of the land quite nicely. The long 563
yard 18th hole is a virtual minefield of rock, with
a nicely tailored fairway winding its way to an
uphill green (that is kind of deceptive to hit from
the fairway below). Great finishing hole, challenging
and well constructed. Just the scene itself at 18
is worth the price of admission any day of the week.
par 3s, the 3rd and the 11th, play over a massive
waste areas with steeply bunkered faces. Both are
played from slightly elevated tees and really force
you to hit a solidly struck shots to make the carry.
We played the course the day after rain, so it was
quite difficult to judge distances coming out of
these Carolina-style waste bunkers.
PGA star Mike Weir calls Taboo his home course and
can occasionally be seen prowling the fairways for
a quick round. Weir may well find the club to be
a real good luck charm, as he signed with Taboo
just in advance of his stunning 2003 Masters victory.
from the very eclectic clubhouse to the polished
steel hole signs to the prehistoric-style Taboo
golfer logo, the club does do a really good job
of creating kind of a special feeling around the
course. All of this contributes to a truly unique
vibe at Taboo. It’s an interesting but welcome
departure from the standard country club feel you
get from most clubs these days.
of all that, brand new GPS-powered golf carts give
a great level of insight with interactive hole maps
and full yardage guides. Just pull the cart up next
to your drive and it gives you the yardage that
you need. (If you haven’t played with a GPS
powered cart before, you’re in for a treat)
Golf Club is about 2 ½ hours from Toronto
on Muskoka Beach Road and can be reached at 866-982-2669
Green fees range from $155-195.