Generations ago, when Buckhorn was deep in the midst of the wilds, come winter every year, a Scottish gentleman would construct a fish hut on the ice in the bay. The structure would measure six feet by six feet, and each winter he would simply leave the structure standing, so as the ice went out every year it would take the hut with it.
Across the lake, the local native community at Curve Lake would observe this annual ritual, and soon conferred the name Six Foot Bay. When Leslie and Netti Hall began playing host to American fishermen in 1949, they decided to keep the name.
Leslie Hall, who had originally paid for the land by trapping and selling muskrat skins, decided to parcel off lots of land and sell them for $1,000 apiece. This helped him to finance the construction of new cottages along the bay.
The growth of the resort took hold once Leslie’s son, Garry, started to run the operation. With 16 permanent cottages, 70 seasonal trailer sites and transient sites available by the 1970’s, Gary undertook the construction of the manmade pond which resides in front of the restaurant.
Recogniizing the potential of the surrounding countryside to the north of the resort – plus having a captive audience already on the property – Garry then embarked on the ambitious project of developing a golf course. This was a challenging endeavour given the entire front nine portion of was covered in small, sturdy pines, while the soil was hard-packed and rocky, with the occasional massive boulder to contend with along the way. Each tree had to be removed by axe and no stumps remained. Come 1981, Six Foot Bay Golf Course opened for business.
Since that time, the course has undergone a steady evolution with features large and small refined year after year. It bears noting that all the architectural design and construction of the course – including the bridges, buildings and shaping of the course itself – is still completely done by the Hall family, using many of the necessary resources from the surrounding property.