Golf & Hunting
Photo dated September 18, 1907, from New Old Stock
Erie Shores Golf and County Club (Leamington): 18 holes
Erie Shore Golf & Country Club is located on the scenic shores of Lake Erie, less than a half hour from most of Essex County. The golf course has been open since 1926 and is still renowned for its excellent conditions, one of the best in the county. The golf course features 18 holes of golf to challenge all levels of players, a full length driving range, putting green, a fully stocked Pro Shop and our full-service Flamingo’s Family Restaurant, capable of hosting tournaments, weddings, and events of up to 160 people.
Kingsville Golf and Country Club (Kingsville): 27 holes
Kingsville Golf & Country Club was founded in 1925 and to this day is one of the finest golfing facilities in the area. Located just 30 minutes from the Windsor/Detroit border, two miles from Lake Erie, we offer a scenic course of championship quality, and 27 holes inundated with trees, traps, hills, water and wild life. The course is made up of three 9s named Red, White & Gold, each with its own unique character. Errant shots on at least a dozen holes can find water. Over 100 sand traps enhance competitive golf for all levels of players. Golfers are able to play from four sets of tees that range from 5,288 yards up to 6,622 yards. The golf course is rated for men from every set of tees, and is rated for women from three of four sets of tees. Should you feel inspired by our home course champions, we welcome you to warm up on our incredible practice facility that includes target greens, a 30-station hitting area, chipping greens and a practice green. After your round, relax in our clubhouse and enjoy our menu. We are as famous for our food as we are for our championship golf course. Kingsville has always enjoyed being open to members and guests as a semi-private golf facility. Our course is also home to more than 200 species of birds and other wildlife, as well as natural historic elements unique to Essex County.
Orchard View Golf Course (Ruthven): 18 holes, Par 72
Located in the heart of Essex County, minutes northwest of the town of Leamington, Orchard View Golf Course is one of Essex County's best-kept secrets. Measuring a modest 6,150 yards, this 18-hole, par-72 course was built in the late 1970s and has undergone several modernizations, including a state-of-the-art irrigation system in 2004. The long par 3s and testing par 4s provide a challenge to golfers of all skill levels. Tree-lined fairways and elevated greens are the norm at Orchard View. Numerous water hazards and well-positioned bunkers come into play on several occasions, further adding to the challenge. You and your family can relax after your game in our modern 3,000-square-foot clubhouse.
Talbot Trail Golf Club (Wheatley): 9 holes, Par 36
If you love the thrill of standing on an elevated tee box to strike a ball that sails like a bird down to the fairway, then come take on the adventures of Talbot Trail Golf Club, in the scenic shadows of Wheatley Provincial Park. There’s great variety on this course, with links-style open fairways on some holes as well as tight, tree-lined paths to the green on others. As you travel along, you’ll enjoy the getaway-from-it-all atmosphere and dramatic scenery. You can literally see the surrounding countryside for miles around. And there’s beauty here in every season of the year, including the blazing reds and golds of autumn and the sweet green buds and blooms of spring. Yes, it’s true that we are “only 9 holes.” There’s no question in seeing the value and benefits. With four sets of tees, water on every hole and our rolling terrain seldom seen in this part of the country, playing 9 holes back to back is a must. We pride ourselves in being one of the finest 9-hole, par-36 golf courses anywhere and we’re absolutely confident that you’ll agree. Quality and value unsurpassed at Talbot Trail Golf Club.
Belleview Golf Club (Woodslee): 18 holes, Par 72
Belleview Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course located in the heart of Essex County, only 20 minutes away from all major towns such as Windsor, Tecumseh, Leamington, Kingsville, Belle River and Tilbury. The 18-Hole Championship Course is unlike most golf courses in the Essex County area. It is one of the longest courses, ranging from 5,600 to 6,900 yards. Each hole has four separate tee-off locations in order to challenge golfers of all skill level. The total par is 72. It also features undulating fairways, mounds, ponds, trees and is one of the only courses that will make you use every club in your bag. Belleview also has a practice facility which features a 290-yard driving range, a 24-station hitting area, a 12,000-square-foot practice putting green, chipping area and sand trap.
Oxley Beach (Oxley): 18 holes, Par 3
Oxley Beach Golf Course is a scenic, public, 18-Hole Par-3, designed by Byron Hatfield in 1963. Located along the Lake Erie Northshore Wine Route, just half an hour southeast of Windsor, it's an excellent track to practise the short game. At 2,380 yards, the layout includes 16 sand traps, a small natural pond, shorter tee boxes as an option on 4 holes, as well as a small practice green for putting. The lay of the land is fairly level, gently sloping toward the lake and marsh area, a key point to remember when putting. Graced with large shade trees and cool offshore breezes, the course has lush fairways and immaculate greens. With sandy soil, drainage is superb! The course's signature hole is the 13th. It features a small pond in front of the tee box, a marsh running along the left, and an interesting willow tree just right of center fairway. No matter how you score, you will leave this hole impressed with its serene beauty, enhanced by the occasional sighting of deer, fox, eagle, bullfrogs, or snapping turtle.
Point Pelee Karting & Mini-Golf
Bring the whole family for a day of fun at Point Pelee Karting & Mini-Golf! Designed and built in 1997, Point Pelee Karting offers a safe, government-inspected, world-class track that was designed with drivers in mind. The track, which is built with CIK/FIA standards, offers drivers a 3/4 of a mile sprint course with a 690-foot straight away, as well as nine challenging corners. At 28 feet wide, the circuit, which features Formula One style entry and exit curbs, can also be driven in six different configurations. These features have made the track a favourite of drivers of all ages. You do not need a license to drive a go-kart, but you must be at least 52 inches tall or accompanied by an adult (free admission for the adult) in one of our two-seater passenger karts. You can also enjoy our Karting Racing League, mini-golf and driving range, plus book us for Birthday Parties and Groups.
Pelee Island Pheasant Hunts (Autumn & Winter)
For the past 75 years, people have been gathering on Pelee Island to participate in the Pheasant Hunts. Today this tradition continues as a first-class hunting event with two-day hunts for three weeks each fall, and a series of limited-season, one-day winter hunts each January and February. Initially started as a way to control the rapidly growing pheasant population on the Island, the Pheasant Hunt began in 1932. The Pheasant Hunts have increased so much in popularity that the Pelee Island Sportsman’s Club was established in 1989. With an event that has become a tradition, families and friends are reunited each fall as they come together year after year for the hunts. The Autumn hunts are spread over three weeks and are always the Thursday and Friday of the last two weeks in October, and the first week in November, depending on when the days fall in a calendar year. We can accommodate a maximum of 700 hunters for each two-day hunt and will release up to 25,000 pheasants during the three-week hunt period. Pelee Island also has a Winter Hunt with a limited season beginning January 1 and ending on the last day of February each year. These are one-day hunts with a five-bird limit. Reservations for the Winter Hunts must be made between November 15 and December 1 each year and openings are limited. Pelee Island covers over 10,000 acres and is composed of hedgerows, vineyards, and an assortment of bush types and open fields. This provides an opportunity for every type of hunter and all property is open for hunting unless posted or in fields of standing crops.
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
This Conservation Area offers a long sandy beach on the Lake Erie shoreline, plus many other amenities. Holiday Beach Conservation Area has serviced campsites, new showers and washrooms, large shady picnic areas, a playground, nature trails, a boardwalk, and a three storey observation tower. It is also one of the sites at which Conservation Education Field Studies are conducted. Controlled waterfowl hunting is available in the fall.
Southwest Outdoors Club
The Southwest Outdoors Club (SWOC) is a non-profit organization of like-minded individuals who share an interest in the environment, conservation, and our outdoor heritage, which includes hunting and fishing. SWOC’s activities are based on principles of environmental protection and up-to date knowledge of local eco-systems, and include Wild Turkey reintroduction, fish stocking and tagging, sponsoring wildlife research, species-at-risk stewardship, youth outdoor and safety education, tree planting, building trails and habitat creation. Their numerous annual events include the Big Buck and Bull Day, Big Fishing Tournament, Kids Fishing Derby, Traveling Kids Trout Pond and Big Rack Night Christmas Party.