Greater Toronto Area Golf Guide
For the golf aficionado, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as discovering a new golf course – that’s why the Toronto region is a golfer’s dream. Unique doglegs, island greens and harrowing sand traps wait to be conquered at championship-quality courses.
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Greater Toronto Area Golf Guide
Glen Abbey Golf Club
This legendary course (the first-ever solo design by Jack Nicklaus), welcomes both public golfers and ClubLink Members. Fans will recall Tiger Woods’ shot of the year – out of a fairway bunker on the 72nd hole to win the 2000 Canadian Open by a single stroke. Glen Abbey Golf Club boasts a spectacular clubhouse facility including the Eighteen at Glen Abbey, and is home to the Academies of ClubLink, the headquarters of Golf Canada, the Canadian Golf Museum and Hall of Fame, and the TaylorMade Performance Lab.
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Lionhead Golf & Country Club
Lionhead’s beautifully landscaped grounds incorporate meadows, wetlands, forests and natural foliage on 520 acres. Two championship courses are designed to challenge golfers at every level. Legends offers a demanding layout, set against the Credit River and featuring steep rolling terrain and wooded ravines. While Masters, is more of a Florida-type course with unique bunkers and scenic ponds. Take a hole by hole tour of both Legends and Masters, including videos, pictures and tips.
The Royal Ashburn Golf Club
Ranked as one of the Top 50 public golf courses in Canada, Royal Ashburn Golf Club offers a meticulously manicured course and stunning club house.
Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility
Voted ‘best value golf course’ by Toronto Sun readers, Deer Creek boasts two courses – the challenging North Course and the slighlty more-forgiving South Course. The elite Deer Creek North is divided into three nines, each with their own unique challenges that test every golfer’s shot-making ability. Deer Creek South is a shorter, less-demainding course. Well-manicured tees and fairways, bent grass greens and several water hazards make for a scenic setting. This course, in particular, is a favourite for tournaments.
Wooden Sticks Golf Club
This is your chance to play the golf holes you’ve dreamed about. Wooden Sticks pays tribute to the rich history of the game, bringing together some of the most recognizable golf landscapes from the PGA, in a beautiful local setting. Here, you can play golf holes inspired by Augusta, St. Andrews, Pine Valley, Carnoustie, TPC Sawgrass, and Oakmont. View a fly over of the course. And, be sure to check out the variety of play & dine packages and events throughout the season.
The Club at Bond Head
The Club at Bond Head is home to two completely different but equally memorable courses, designed by the renowned firm of Hurdzan-Fry. The South Course offers wide fairways, gaping bunkers and fescue roughs. Whereas, the parkland-style North Course (named the No. 1 public course in the Greater Toronto Area by the Toronto Star) features dramatic elevation changes, spectacular vistas and small, contoured greens. Both public golfers and ClubLink members are welcomed here.
BraeBen Golf Course
Designed over 30 years ago to be true to the Scottish Highlands, BraeBen boasts an 18-hole Championship Course, a 9-hole par-3 course (The Academy Course), teaching Academy, as well as full banquet and dining facilities. Mississauga is particularly proud of this course which has a green energy system that provides enough renewable energy to continually power over 5,000 Mississauga homes, reducing the city’s carbon footprint.
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Lakeview Golf Course
Located in the scenic lakefront community of Port Credit in Mississauga, Lakeview Golf Course has a long and rich history, having twice hosted the Canadian Open (won by C.W Hackney in 1923 and Tommy Armour in 1934). And, the course is an officially designated Ontario Heritage Site. Lakeview offers a parkland style layout, with large sloping greens and subtle breaks. Take a tour of the course.
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Angus Glen Golf Club
Open to public golfers, Angus Glen Golf Club is best known for hosting PGA Tour events – The South Course hosted the 2002 Canadian Open, when John Rollins defeated Justin Leonard and Neal Lancaster in an exciting sudden death playoff. And, the North Course hosted the 2007 Canadian Open when Jim Furyk out duelled Vijay Singh for the win. The North Course offers fairways lined with jagged, peaky, fescue-covered dunes, and three and four foot sod wall bunkers. The South Course recently underwent a revitalization including, redesigning certain holes, resurfacing greens and reconstruction of bunkers.
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Copper Creek Golf Club
Set amid the rolling hills and forests of the Humber River Valley in the picturesque town of Kleinburg, Copper Creek Golf Club is a great option for golfers of all levels. Leading the charge to make “slow play” at public courses a thing of the past, Copper Creeks offers a 4 1/2 hour guarantee.
Osprey Valley Golf
Osprey Valley brings a casual, lightness to the game, with three unique (in style, and in name!) courses- Heathlands, Hoot and Toot. Heathlands is a Scottish style course complete with pot bunkers, and fescue grass. Hoot is a wasteland style course complete with pine and spruce treeing and bunkers that are so big a fairway bunker will become a greenside bunker, and sometimes, the cart path. Toot is a traditional parkland style course, offering generous landing areas, difficult approach shots, penal bunkers and undulated greens.
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Grand Niagara Golf Club
Ranked as the best public golf course in the Niagara region, Grand Niagara was designed by world-renowned golf architect Rees Jones. The course truly offers something for golfers at all levels – a gentle 5,737 yards from the forward tees and a daunting 7,425 yards from the championship tees. Bordered by the picturesque Welland River, Grand Niagara evokes the ambience of the world’s classic courses.
City of Toronto Golf Courses
The City of Toronto offers five courses, each with its own unique appeal to golfers at all levels. All courses offer great value and, as an added bonus, all are accessible via the TTC.
Tam O’Shanter Golf Course
Nestled alongside the Highland Creek in north-east Toronto’s, Tam O’Shanter is a moderately-difficult, 18 hole, par 72 course.
Humber Valley Golf Course
Humber Valley’s par 70 course is a combination of links and valley land holes. The final three holes offer a good challenge.
Scarlett Woods Golf Course
Scarlett Woods is an executive length, par 62 course, offering a great escape when you’re short on time.
Don Valley Golf Course
Known for its beautiful natural setting, Don Valley offers a traditional variety of holes. Hallelujah Corner includes the signature Par 5 12th hole followed by an outstanding par 3 challenge.
Dentonia Park Golf Course
Detonia was voted as best Par 3 in the 2014 Golfer’s Choice Awards. A great spot to practice your short game, each hole offers a unique elevation between green and fairway.
Niagara Parks Golf
Niagara Parks Golf offers courses featuring challenging designs by renowned golf architects.
Whirlpool Golf Course
Whirlpool Golf Course is one of Canada’s most highly rated public golf courses and was designed by the famed architect Stanley Thompson.
Legends on the Niagara
The single most incredible public golf experience in North America, Legends on the Niagara features 45 holes of golf (two 18-hole championship courses, and a 9-hole short course), designed by Douglas Carrick and Thomas McBroom.