Whitewater Golf Club

Whitewater Golf ClubThere is much excitement at Whitewater with MacKenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel held at our facility. Our members, management and staff alike are proud to be part of such a prestigious event that will prove to be very positive for Thunder Bay. This event has brought the city together with a common goal to host some of the very best, highlight our beautiful region and aid some of the charities that our held close to our hearts. Whitewater believes strongly that golf is much more than just a sport or activity; it enriches the self and the community. The Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel will bring more new players into the game and re-spark the interest in golf with others in this already strong golf market; this bodes well for all of us.

For those of you that have yet to have the pleasure of playing Whitewater, here is a taste of what we are all about.

Whitewater is par-72 18-hole championship layout set on 550-acres of a dramatic collage of topographical features rarely found on one site. The majestic Kaministiquia River valley creates dramatic plateaus, steep cliffs, ravines, and magnificent Rosslyn Oxbow Wetland, creeks and ponds. The dense boreal forest and its mountain range backdrop revealed signature trees that have been artfully introduced into the design.

Whitewater Golf Club

"The golf holes at Whitewater are manmade, but created with such naturalness to appear as though they just happened on their own,” McBroom says. “Whitewater is as natural as they come, that’s what the land called for. It’s not contrived in any way."

Tom McBroom

“This is a magical place where history, tradition, wilderness and natural beauty meld together perfectly so that every minute you spend on this land it feels like you were meant to be here,” says co-founder Silvio Di Gregorio. “You can stand on the banks of the Kaministiquia River, in the tranquility of the Northern Ontario backwoods and take a 200-year journey back in time to the days of the fur trade.” In the serene river valley, where eagles soar silently in the clear skies and wildlife from moose and deer to bear and lynx roam free, Whitewater is a tonic for the body and soul.

The Whitewater Golf Academy may well prove to be one of the premier teaching facilities in Canada. “This is by far the best setting I have ever had to develop a practice area,” McBroom says. Sunken in the midst of an immense pine forest the 20-acre golf academy is second to none. The academy features putting, chipping, sand and short game stations as well as a 400-yard range with double-ended bentgrass tee decks.


Forest Course

The Forest Course features tree-lined fairways and a network of meandering rolling valleys and forest where golf and the natural environment co-exist in peaceful harmony. Keep an eye out for the wildlife!

Forest Hole 1

Hole 1

The first hole on the Forest Course is true to its name. The dense tree-lined fairway on this 262 to 421-yard, par-4 sets the tone for the rest of the journey. Without a fairway bunker in site off the tee. Architect Tom McBroom allows Mother Nature’s simplicity to speak for itself and set the character of the course. A solid tee shot to the left side of the gently rolling fairway is the best position for an approach shot to a slightly elevated green that is protected by three right-side bunkers.

Par: 4

Forest Hole 2

Hole 2

McBroom tempts big hitters to consider flying a monstrous left-side fairway bunker on this 245 to 389-yard, par-4 that doglegs to the left. There’s a deceptive grass island in the middle of the bunker that makes it look smaller than it actually is so be careful on this one! The smart shooter will aim the ball at the second target bunker on the right side beyond the landing area to avoid trouble. Bunkers at the front right and left corners protect a smallish raised green with a narrow gap up the middle for someone trying to run it on but long means double bogey.

Par: 4

Forest Hole 3

Hole 3

This par 5 from 374 to 580 yards is the first of two strong par-5s on the Forest Course. Golfers won’t soon forget the long view to the forested southern bluff of the Kaministiquia River Valley. A sentinel bunker marks the inside angles of one’s drive off the tee so it’s time to grip it and rip it to a wide fairway landing. If long hitters are lucky the ball will catch a downhill swale, or else it’s impossible to go for the green in two, otherwise it’s a solid three-shot par-5. The second shot on this meandering fairway drops dramatically towards the river valley where a perched green site sits peacefully amidst surrounded by whispering poplars and spruce. Whether hitting off the downhill slope or from a flatter lie a precise short iron or wedge shot must fly a series of three bunkers to the right and one to the left of the small, contoured green.

Par: 5

Forest Hole 4

Hole 4

Turning the corner, the tree-lined fairways of the opening three holes give way to the first view of the spectacular Kaministiquia River valley. It’s here where the moose, deer, lynx and waterfowl come to play in the early morning hours. Standing on the elevated tee deck of the 286 to 467, par-4 a golfer’s drive on this downhill dogleg right must land on the right side of the sloping fairway to gain a strategic advantage for the long approach shot. The 400-foot wide river should be out of play down the left side although its adjoining floodplain is within reach as the fairway flows towards the water. As you come around the corner on this dogleg, the hole opens up to a second shot where the fairway is split by a towering 100-foot signature spruce tree. Two large bunkers defend the left front corner of the green, while smart players can utilize a sharp bank on the right side to their advantage. Don’t forget to look back as you walk away from this one, the view is unforgettable even if you had a bogey!

Par: 4

Forest Hole 5

Hole 5

There’s a short but steep climb to the next tee that offers a one-of-a-kind panorama of the fourth hole, the river valley and wilderness setting. At 78 to 212-yards from the tips, the first par-3 of the round doesn’t look that tough, but don’t let the dramatic scenery take your mind off the task at hand. It’s slightly uphill and deceptive, so an extra club isn’t a bad choice. However there’s little room for error especially to the left where three bunkers protect the front corner and long shots flirt with the river valley as the green edges towards the steep downward slope. The safe place is definitely to the right.

Par: 3

Forest Hole 6

Hole 6

McBroom reverses direction heading east into the course’s interior for this 230 to 437-yard par-4. The safe drive is to the right where there lots of room to find the fairway, it makes for a longer second shot. The line on this sharp dogleg left is to aim the ball down the left side carrying the three fairway bunkers. The option is pure risk and reward. Some golfers even try to thread the needle aiming down the left between the forest corridor and a solitary spruce that stands to the forward and left of the bunkering, but that play is simply asking for trouble. The fairway narrows dramatically towards a moderate sized green that is cut into a hillside slope with two bunkers protecting the front right corner.

Par: 4

Forest Hole 7

Hole 7

At 380 to 583-yards this double dogleg par-5 can be a lot of fun to play, but don’t count on getting home in two. This is one hole that you really need to think your way around. There’s a pine forest to the left and poplars to the right side of this fairway that first meanders to the right around a bunker strategically placed at the corner for the dogleg. For the second shot the hole twists to the left and golfers must choose between laying-up short of three left-side bunkers set into a diagonal ridge or carrying them to leave one with a short pitch to a small green within 100 yards of the green. Two bunkers at the front right corner of this subtlety contoured green complete the shotmaking strategy.

Par: 5

Forest Hole 8

Hole 8

If there’s a breather hole on The Forest Course, this 101 to 189-yard par-3 is it. Standing on the tee among the poplars it’s difficult to get a feel for the wind. A solitary spruce tree stands to the right of the green that’s protected by two bunkers on the left and one to the right. The green falls imperceptibly from the right front to the left rear of this diagonal putting surface.

Par: 3

Forest Hole 9

Hole 9

Many people will tell you that No. 9 is the toughest par-4 on the course, if not in Northern Ontario. It’s the start of four consecutive strong holes that have the potential to make or break a round. The most open approach to its 319 to 477-yard demanding green requires a towering drive skirting a pair of right-side fairway bunkers. Anything to the left could spell trouble because the second shot requires a fine touch over a deceptive bunker that sits about 30-yards in front of the raised green but looks much closer than it actually is. There’s also a single bunker to the right of a green that falls off dramatically to the left and rear.

Par: 4


River Course

The River Course is perched along the shoreline of the Kaministiquia River, offering panoramic views and stunning vistas at every turn. Golfers can also see the rushing whitewater rapids; the namesake of this course.

River Hole 1

Hole 1

To play a course you need a diverse set of skills, great imagination and a little luck. That’s what it will take to shoot under par on The River Course. McBroom’s best advice on this 282 to 451-yard par-4 is to skirt a huge bunker complex at the inside corner of this dogleg right. From there it’s a mid to long iron into an undulating green that’s protected by a bunker that cuts sharply in the right side of this circular green and by a series of bunkers short and left of the putting surface.

Par: 4

River Hole 2

Hole 2

Sometimes you can walk onto a site and find a perfectly natural golf hole. In this case, the plateau overlooking the Kaministiquia River valley lent itself to two dramatic cliff side holes. There’s little room for error to the right where its 80-foot high bluff has quickly been named “the Pro V1 wasteland” by members. The 302 to 461-yard par-4 may well be the most challenging hole on the course. It follows the hazardous valley with a slight dogleg to the right, so the safe play is to aim for the left side of the bunkerless fairway off the tee. For the second shot the fairway narrows strategically to a long narrow pinpoint green that’s perched on the ledge. There’s a huge bunker complex to the left and rear of the green that is designed to keep errant shots from rolling into the river valley below. Two smaller bunkers are set between the right of the green and the top of the bluff. The panorama of the wetland below is out of this world.

Par: 4

River Hole 3

Hole 3

There are many smart ways to play this 365 to 545-yard par-5, but most golfers will simply pull out the driver and try to hit the ball as far as they can. If you didn’t learn your lesson on No. 2 the key is to stick to the left side of the fairway that doglegs sharply to the right around the deep ravine. Managing your game to avoid this natural hazard on all three shots in paramount. Once again the fairway narrows on the approach with a single bunker to the left about 60 yards before a raised green that’s protected with bunkers on both sides.

Par: 5

River Hole 4

Hole 4

The fourth hole is simply short and sweet. This 108 to 176-yard par-3 brings together all the magic of an elevated tee with a dramatic 50-drop into the river valley. With two bunkers to the right and one to the left, a huge green site teeters precariously on the riverbank with little room for error on a long shot. Just below, some of Kaministiquia’s rapids are in sight, while a wilderness forest and mountain backdrop on the other side of its banks surrounds golfers. A short shot here will usually end up on the green or at least make for an easy up and down.

Par: 3

River Hole 5

Hole 5

Few golfers are fond of water hazards, but they can add a great deal of variety, interest and strategy to what otherwise could be a bland hole. That’s exactly what McBroom has envisioned for the next two holes. Playing just 239 to 343-yards, No. 5 is the shortest of the par-4s on the course and one of the most daring holes on the course. Long hitters can choose to aim directly at the pin for a 290-yard carry over the large pond and if the wind is at your back, why not? The smart play however is to hit a fairway wood or long iron to the center of the fairway on this sharp dogleg to the left and avoid the pond completely. Then it’s a wedge shot to a sloping green protected by water on the left and a large bunker to the right.

Par: 4

River Hole 6

Hole 6

The excitement continues with a 106 to 202-yard par-3. The bold line is directly over the pond at the green, but a miss hit may end up in a watery grave or the sinister bunker complex to the left of the green. If you’re going to miss the green, short right is the place to be.

Par: 3

River Hole 7

Hole 7

This mid-length 265 to 421-yard, par-4 doglegs left around three spruce trees. A series of ascending bunkers set into the diagonal ridge that bisects the Forest and River Courses, moves the golfer’s eye towards this small green protected on its left flank by a large, deep bunker.

Par: 4

River Hole 8

Hole 8

Two fairway bunkers indicate the ideal line on this short par that ranges from 221 to 349-yards. The long, elevated green is bisected by a swale that makes the precise judgment of one’s approach shot imperative on a hole that has "birdie" written all over it.

Par: 4

River Hole 9

Hole 9

The closing hole on The River Course also happens to be the longest at Whitewater. Stretching from 402 to 590 yards, this final par-5 that plays over softly rolling terrain and is as strong as they come. There is a large fairway bunker to the right off the tee, but a steep bluff that bounds the entire left side of the hole makes the right side the preferred option. Getting home in two on this hole is practically impossible, so it’s all about positioning yourself for a solid third shot and hopefully a one-putt birdie with a bunker at the front left corner and one at the back right.

Par: 5