Ontario's Hidden Gems Exposed - Rocky Crest Golf Resort

Ontario's Hidden Gems Exposed - Rocky Crest Golf Resort

We continue our journey this week in the Muskoka region.  We begin at a property that boasts 700 acres of natural playground, situated along the rocky outcrops of the Canadian Shield, on the majestic Lake Joseph, featuring an 18-hole championship golf course, offering a great variety of accommodations types - luxury suites, villas, cabins, and cottages and 3 restaurants to choose from.  It’s just a short 20 minute drive from its sister property, Sherwood Inn.  If you haven’t guessed, we are talking about the popular Rocky Crest Golf Resort

Standing true to its name, Rocky Crest Golf Resort sit majestically on the Canadian Shield throughout the entire 700 acre property, yes that does include the golf course!  The 18- hole championship course was ranked the 6th  best Canadian Golf Courses of the modern era by Golf Week.  Amidst the beauty of the surrounding giant forests of pine, white birch and hemlock, the rolling fairways will captivate you as the granite outcroppings challenge your skills.  This premier Ontario golf course is presided over by an imposing pine-log lodge-style clubhouse and incorporates all the spine-tingling qualities of the Muskoka golf experience. With tees stretching from 6,936 yards down to 5,131, Rocky Crest is a delight for golfers of all abilities.  You’re going to want to grab your clubs and your camera.  You’re not going to want to miss the opportunity to play such a stunning course! 

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If you’re not a golfer, they’ve got something for everyone!  If relaxing and beaches are your thing and that’s all you’re wanting to do, they’ve got that covered.  Located just below the outdoor heated salt water pool, there is a sandy beach and a sun deck perfect for your day of relaxation.  If you would like to discover the beauty of Lake Joseph and the stunning landscapes all around you, bring your own life jacket to explore the waters on non-motorized watercrafts, including kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and stand up paddle boards.  All of these are all included in your stay.  If you don’t have a life jacket, one can be purchased on-site.   Plus daily pontoon cruises are available at the marina located beside Rocky Crest.  

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Once you’re done exploring the water, grab some snacks, a bottle of water and a camera to explore the epic trail system right on the property.  As you enter the trails, you are greeted by cathedral-like grove of hemlocks in the majestic forest.  The marked trail blazes will take you on a journey through the beautiful wetlands, home to many native species of animals.  There are several trails located on property, be sure to grab your trail map and start your adventure! 

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Now that you’ve worked up an appetite on your adventurous day, there are three dining options to choose from!  Windows Dining Room, features large windows with spectacular views of Lake Joseph, offering fine dining in a traditional Muskoka setting.  Canadiana-inspired dishes, serves only the finest quality premium cuts of Canadian beef, expertly grilled to your exact preference.  Other traditional favorites, as well as freshly prepared soups, salads and homemade desserts are sure to surprise and delight your taste buds! Window is open daily for dinner.  On the Green Bistro, overlooks the 18th green of the Rocky Crest Golf Club. The dining room is a beautiful Muskoka pine log cabin and serves up delicious meals with a generous side of ambience and scenery. On the Green is open daily for lunch and dinner.  Bayside Patio & Lounge offers casual dining with expansive view of the lake and resort grounds.  The nautical décor takes you into the true beauty of Lake Joesph and gives you that Muskoka feeling.  Dine on the large sunny patio, a perfect spot to take in all of the activity! The menu features light fare and traditional favourites. The Bayside Patio & Lounge is a very popular spot for local boaters and Muskoka cottagers and guest.  Once you sit on the patio, you will see why guests flock in a snack or a relaxing beverage. With views overlooking the marina and the lake, The Bayside is a great place to enjoy the warm summer weather; to people watch and see the boats go by.

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Being a true family Resort, Rocky Crest loves seeing the bond between the smallest guests and their furry friends. They understand the value of that loyal companionship between kids and pets.  Unlike most resorts where pets are restricted to certain areas, Rocky Crest not only welcomes your furry friends but, they go a step beyond to offer several activities and play areas for our animal guests.  Rocky Crest Golf Resort is lucky enough to have two beaches located on two separate lakes, The Armishaw Lake beach and dock area is the perfect spot for pets who love to swim. Armishaw Lake is a small, private, quiet lake nestled amongst century pines. With plenty of sticks to chase into the cool water, it’s the perfect reward after a long day hiking in the summer heat.

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There are several accommodations that will suit you perfectly for any getaway.  Choose from one and two bedroom suites, premium suites and one bedrooms lofts offering lake views, ideal for romance and getaways for couples.   Two bedrooms and loft suites are perfect for travelling friends or family members.  The three bedroom villa is your home away from home offering a full kitchen and all the luxuries of home….in paradise.  Four bedroom Villas and cottages each offer four bedrooms, full kitchen and an indoor/outdoor fireplace that leaves the wow factor.  Guest always ask themselves, “when can we move in here!”


Other Hidden Gems Exposed in the Muskoka Region

Adventure-seekers, environmentalists, artists, photographers, birders and romantics flock to Algonquin Park where the focus is on wildlife and the environment naturally encourages eco-friendly outdoor excursions year-round. This is home to Algonquin Log Cabin & Cottages where guests are treated to outstanding gourmet meals in the cozy comfort of a rustic lodge or a private log cabin. 

Killarney Lodge in Algonquin Park Also in this beautiful pristine wilderness, the Killarney Lodge provides all-inclusive lodging in log and pine waterfront cabins, with friendly and attentive service

Located near the West Gate of Algonquin Park, Blue Spruce Resort on Oxtongue Lake in Muskoka offers upscale cottages, complete with wood-burning fireplaces, as well as motel accommodation in an ideal setting of pristine lakes and diverse forests. Hosts Lynda and Scott Hayden and their staff encourage guests to take it easy in this restful ambiance or participate in the abundance of activities available in and around one of the largest fully equipped housekeeping resorts in the area.

Owned by the Hungerford family for four generations, Lumina Family Resort has been seducing guests with Muskoka hospitality since 1921. At this large cottage resort, which features 36 chalet cottages and a main lodge on Lake of Bays, guests are treated to full maid service, outstanding food and a fully supervised children’s program in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

It’s time to head to Muskoka and discover these hidden gems for yourself! Join us next week as we explore a different region!