Bigwin Island Golf Club, Baysville

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Bigwin Island is the largest island on Lake of Bays, in the Muskoka District of Ontario, Canada. In 2001 it became the site of a major re-development, in the form of a private golf club and a planned community of family waterfront cottages and golf villas. It is the second development to be built on the island, and has regained its recognition as a world class vacation destination and is major economic contributor to the community.There are also multiple native burial grounds on the Island and immediately off shore given graves that were once on the island were flooded when lake levels were changed with damming for the purpose of bringing improvements to the logging and navigation industries. The original owners consented to preserve and protect all the ancient burial sites on the island from desecration and to allow Chief John Bigwin, who was still alive at the time, to be buried there with his ancestors when he died.Bigwin InnThe first development on Bigwin Island was known as the Bigwin Inn, which opened in 1920. It was an exclusive summer destination for tourists from Toronto and the US eastern seaboard, and was developed by Charles Orlando Shaw, a Huntsville businessman. He founded the Bigwin Inn Company Ltd. in 1915 and hired architect John Wilson of Collingwood to design the resort. With 350 guest rooms, it was one of the biggest and most beautiful resorts in Muskoka at the time. Wilson employed classical, Mediterranean, dodecagon, craftsman, Tudor and Victorian design elements, placed the buildings using the natural shoreline and landscape, used natural sunlight as much as possible, and connected the buildings with covered, lit walkways. Most construction took place during the winter, as the ice made it easier to transport supplies to the island, usually by horses and sleigh. Key buildings were the Indian Head Dining Room, which could seat up to 750 guests at one time, the Dance Pavilion and the Rotunda.
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  • My daughter and I took advantage of Bigwin's "Bigwinlicious" dinner program last Monday. The restaurant itself is nicely set up with lots of window tables and it was a beautiful warm evening, with a g...  more »
  • Bigwin golf course resort is steeped in history. The restaurant features a photo gallery honouring the history of the property and area.  more »
  • Did I mention the great golf. This course is beautiful and pristine Not to be missed if you have never played there you must. The fairways are very wide and forgiving with many levels, dips, valleys a...  more »
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  • Spectacular scenery and lots of deer roaming the beautiful golf course. Great clubhouse facility and terrific staff to cover all your whims!
  • Best experience for golf in the Muskoka Region. Course is awesome and the views on most holes are amazing!
  • Excellent views, excellent service. Friendly staff, reasonably priced
  • I live on the island in the summer so I am somewhat biased, but it is the most peaceful, beautiful place to visit and enjoy! The golf is spectacular, but it is equally matched by the beauty of the lake and the amenities on the island Please come visit and enjoy!
  • The most beautifully landscaped and well carred for course i have played in a long time. Play at least one time a year for my birthday. Definately [ne of the best in Canada
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