Oak Lake in Virden, Manitoba is one of the reasons why the Canadian province is known as the “Land of 100,000 Lakes.” This small southwestern community is home to Oak Island Resort, featuring a 400-site campground and 18-hole championship golf course.
Located about 185 miles west of Winnipeg, the resort offers a full range of amenities. These include 30-amp service, water, septic at each site, plus a marina and public beach. There’s also a splash deck, pool, mini golf, walking trails, and Riel’s Restaurant.
According to Mike Martin, Director of Golf, the course opened in 2007. Designed by Les Furber, one of Canada’s most prolific golf course architects, the par 72 measures 6,626 yards from the tips. The A-4 bentgrass greens provide one of the best putting surfaces available in the world today. What’s more is the layout has strategically routed holes in the meadows in and around an “island.” It’s one of Manitoba’s most mature stand of oak trees among lakes and wetlands.
Further, the front nine offers a links-like golf experience. It winds through a maze of bunkers and mounding complexes with water on several holes. The back nine offers a completely different look. Additionally, the hole carves through one of the province’s oldest stands of oak trees, thus creating a parkland golf experience.
With four tee boxes on each hole, Oak Island Golf Course ensures that all golfers, from beginners to professionals, will enjoy this picturesque course.
Visit the Community Virden Near Oak Island Resort
When you visit, make sure to spend time visiting the small town of Virden. The community has a population of just over 3,000. There are many restored heritage buildings and most date back to the early 1880s. Examples include the Aud Theater, a turn-of-the-century opera house and St. Mary’s Anglican Church. In addition, the unique fieldstone construction exemplifies 1800s English-style construction.