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History of the Land

The Cobble Beach Golf Links project was initiated in 1999, with a development plan that was sensitive to the interest of the Chippewa’s of Nawash Unceded First Nation and the historical significance of the site. In 1999, a significant three-year cultural and archaeological study was undertaken and endorsed by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation - the most comprehensive study of its kind in Grey County.


The study identified 26 Native and Euro-Canadian archaeological sites within the 574-acres property. Although local legend might have suggested otherwise, a ground penetrating radar survey confirmed, there was no evidence the land contained the grave site of Catherine Sutton (Nahnebahwequa). In order to permanently safeguard the most culturally sensitive of these archaeological sites (including homestead ruins, artifact scatters and cultural rock formations), a series of 13 heritage zones were established before construction of the golf course began in the summer of 2004. Trails marked by heritage sites explore the area’s Native culture and Euro-Canadian heritage, reflecting Cobble Beach’s commitment to preserving the land and its history.
 
Cobble Beach’s iconic lighthouse near the 17th green and 18th tee on the shoreline of Georgian Bay is another tribute to the history of the area. It is a testament to the historic and old-world nature of the property that dates back to 1803 when the British admiralty used two spots along the Georgian Bay shoreline at Cobble Beach as survey points.
 
Prior to the Cobble Beach development, the site was used as pasture lands with no evidence of previous cultivation. Most of the golf course lands were extensively covered with glacial erratics.

During the five-year planning period between conception and ground breaking for the project, Cobble Beach engaged the community in extensive consultations seeking their input. The result is a world class development for which the area can be proud.

Catherine Sutton (Nahneebahwequa)

Catherine Sutton (née Sonego or Sunegoo) (sometimes spelled Catharine, also known as Nahnee, Nahneebahwequa and Upright Woman), Anishinaabe (Mississauga) writer, Methodist missionary and political advocate (born 1824 in the Credit River flats, Upper Canada; died 26 September 1865 in Sarawak Township, Grey County, Canada West). Catherine Sutton was as an advocate for her people during a time when the cultural, political and economic rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada were formally eroded by assimilationist policies.