– Where Golfers and Nature Come To Play-
Among the many amenities drawing people to Barrhaven, which is the fastest-growing community in Ottawa according to data generated from the 2011 census, is the Stonebridge Golf & Country Club, proudly owned and operated by Monarch Corp., Canada’s oldest real estate company.
The Stonebridge Golf & Country Club opened in 2001 and had to endure a few growing pains until their full-service clubhouse opened in the spring of 2005. While the temporary washrooms and food service facilities were fully functional, the end product that is the Stonebridge Golf & Country Club has been well worth waiting for.
Stonebridge is now well-known for their 18-hole championship public course, their impressive clubhouse and their designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Director of Golf, Joe Warner, is justifiably proud of what the course has become. “Stonebridge is a little different than other public courses in the Ottawa area,” commented the Canadian PGA member. “From the moment you arrive at the course after driving through the beautiful Stonebridge community, to walking our lush bent grass fairways and greens, to enjoying an après round beverage on our picturesque clubhouse patio overlooking the 18th green you’d swear you were at a private facility. Public players always stress the importance of a course’s condition, service, pace of play and price. Stonebridge is constantly striving to meet and exceed these expectations.
A tour of the property showcases a well-conditioned golf course in a combination green parkland and links-style setting. As in the name, stone is a very prevalent theme throughout the golf course with walls, bridges, tee blocks, tee signs and yardage plates all made from stone. Five sets of bent-grass tees on each hole offer golfers the opportunity of playing Stonebridge from distances between 4893 and 6442 yards. The total length of the course may seem to be short, but don’t let the distance deceive you. Proper decisions and accurate shot-making will have to be made to score well on this layout.
In the past few years the original Ted Baker design had underwent a bit of tweaking. “We underwent a major course renovation at the end of 2009 in order to provide a better course for the public,” says Warner. This renovation was aimed to make the course more enjoyable for the players but also allow us to keep it maintained at a higher quality. It couldn’t have worked out better as players have enjoyed the changes and the course has never looked better than it has the past two seasons.”
Lining the bent-grass fairways are bluegrass rough and natural environmentally sensitive areas just waiting to swallow and hide errant golf shots. Golfers also have to avoid a multitude of Temisca sand bunkers, streams and ponds on their journey to the slick, undulating bent-grass greens. Golfers should take note that water comes into play on 16 of the 18 holes on the course.
Right from the first hole on the West nine, golfers are faced with a tee shot to a ribbon-like fairway over a lake which seems to almost travel the full length of the hole. The impressive and picturesque view from the tee can be distracting, so golfers have to take stock of their abilities and hit tee shots that avoid a watery burial and a not so pleasant start to a game of golf.
Finishing your round on the 9th hole on the East side commands your attention from start to finish after a hopefully successful round. Water and bunkers are in play off the tee and they also await your shots onto the elevated green. Approach shots missing the green long can finish in a pond not visible from the fairway.
Throughout your round of golf, hole after hole will offer similar distractions for apart from the omnipresent scenic views of the course; natural wildlife can be found in abundance. After all, Stonebridge is one of only 29 golf courses in Ontario to be designated as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary”. This designation is not easily attained as a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
The Stonebridge full-service clubhouse is always a pleasant refuge before or after your round of golf. Amenities include banquet facilities; two patios (one covered and one open air) overlooking the ninth East finishing hole; meeting facilities; a wedding chapel; locker rooms; shower facilities; a bistro and a fully equipped pro-shop.
Either patio provides a perfect area to sit and reflect over your upcoming or just finished game over a meal or beverage from a food and beverage operation that is second to none. Whether you are rejoicing or commiserating over your game, the spectacular view of the finishing green bordered on two sides by water and a connecting waterfall is sure to provide a calming effect. And it’s not just golfers that take advantage of the facility, but community members as well.
Joe Warner explains, “Residents of the Stonebridge Community enjoy frequenting the facility whether they play golf or not. Many residents like being able to walk down the street with their clubs and drop into the Pro Shop any time of the day looking to join a group for a round. Our weekend breakfast menu has also become very popular with the community. The patio can get quite full of families enjoying the view and the cuisine. We offer a daily menu from 11:00am till just past dusk daily and our Signature Breakfast Sunday’s from 8:30am-1:00pm (Victoria Weekend until Labour Weekend). Our location also has become a hotspot for young couples (and some older) to get married. We offer many affordable packages and can customize to just about any kind style you would like.”
Although a public course, Stonebridge does offer a limited number of membership packages. Members have the benefit of 10-day booking privileges compared to 7-day for green fee players. Stonebridge Advantage Cards offering discounted green and cart fees every time you play are also available. Special pricing is available for ladies on Tuesdays and a men’s night that is open to all golfers is available on Wednesdays with a 6pm shotgun start.
Stonebridge Golf & Country Club have not been content to rest on their laurels and they strive to make the course better each year through a planned maintenance program. Over $250,000 was spent on the renovations two years ago and new benches, yard makers and gps markings on the sprinkler heads are planned for 2012.
Stonebridge Golf & Country Club certainly has the product to back up their commitment to offer their customers the best possible golf course and golf experience.
Director of Golf
Joe Warner, PGA of Canada
Golf Course Superintendent
Director of Catering
Course Yardage/Rating/Slope (Par 71)
Black (Men) – 6442 / 71.3 / 133
Blue (Men) – 5960 / 69.3 / 128
Blue (Ladies) – 5960 / 75.0 / 140
Gold (Men) – 5876 / 68.7 / 126
Gold (Ladies) – 5876 / 74.2 / 138
White (Men) – 5484 / 66.8 / 124
White (Ladies) – 5484 / 71.9 / 130
Red (Men) – 4893 / 64.0 / 112
Red (Ladies) – 4893 / 68.6 / 119
Average Hole Lengths (Blue Tees)
Par 3’s: 168
Par 4’s: 354
Par 5’s: 484
Stonebridge Golf & Country Club
68 Hawktree Ridge
Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 5N3