The Gallery Bed and Breakfast sits on the tenth tee of the Warkworth Golf Course, twenty minutes north of Brighton at the 401 in Ontario’s Northumberland County – a few minutes drive from three other courses.
The name “Gallery” refers not only to host Peter Moore’s paintings of golf courses, but also to the guests who watch other players tee off on the 10th as they enjoy their al fresco breakfast of French toast made with croissants, topped with caramelized green apple slices and peameal bacon. Diners can enjoy a second cup of coffee while Peter picks up the cart. Your friendly and helpful host will also arrange other tee times and dinners too.
This beautifully restored farmhouse from 1881 has three good-sized bedrooms, each with a private bath and beds that can be configured to suit golfing groups or couples. In the true spirit of a golf getaway, it’s best to leave the non-golfing kids and pets at home. Depending on local tournament schedules, a sample weekend golf itinerary might look like this: Check in on Friday afternoon or early evening and warm up on the neighbouring Salt Creek Golf Course.
This short, par-65 track, presents some interesting challenges thanks to 45-degree doglegs and hilltop tee boxes. On Saturday, play Warkworth, taking full advantage of the 19th hole with its tasty local beer, since you won’t be driving. For dinner, book the “Steak and Ride” special including 18 holes of golf and motorized cart. This beautiful course demands well-targeted shots to avoid the mature trees lining the fairways.
Dinner and a night out could also include a trip to the 100 Mile Diner in Warkworth, a town quickly becoming a favourite with Toronto artisans. To dine on the water, head to Dougall’s or the Harbourview Café in Brighton.
On Sunday, play either Pine Ridge or Timber Ridge. For excellent greens just five minutes from Warkworth with fees that top out at $35.00 for 18 holes, head to Pine Ridge. To take advantage of “the best bang for your (golfing) buck”, according to Ontario Golf magazine, drive 20 minutes further to the championship course at Timber Ridge. Green fees here range from $50.00 to $60.00 for 18-holes, 80 bunkers and deep fescue.
After your rounds, swap stories or solicit golfing advice as you share a nightcap with Peter and his congenial wife, Janie, around the billiard table.