Ontario Golf Destinations

  • Burlington/Hamilton

    It's the ying, to Toronto's yang, or the working-class guts, to Toronto's glory. Take your pick, Hamilton is not exactly a glamorous place when stacked up against its long-time rival but it also has its own proud history, present and character.

    The 18-hole Dragon's Fire Golf Club in Carlisle, ON is a public golf course that opened in 2008. Dragon's Fire Golf Club measures 7202 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 131 and a 73 USGA rating. The course features 6 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    Knollwood Golf Club is home to two 18-hole courses, the Old and the New. The golf courses were built nearly 20 years apart. Opened in 1970, the Old Course is spread across beautiful parkland that is covered in trees.
    Oak Gables Golf Club boasts a total of 27 holes of golf, which are divided into three nines called Maple, Oak, and Pine. As implied by the names of the golf courses, you’ll be shaded by towering, mature trees throughout the course. The Maple Course is the club’s crown jewel.
  • Peterborough

    Generally regarded as the entrance to the Kawartha region of Ontario and a key stop along the Trent-Severn Waterway, Peterborough remains a notable, albeit quite small Canadian city.

    Black Diamond Golf Club was carefully carved from the foothills and hardwood and pine forests of the Kawartha Oakridge Moraine. The natural landscape, which is covered in fescue, provides many challenges including several elevation changes and water hazards.
    Lindsay Golf & Country Club is touted as being one of the best in the area due to its interesting design and immaculate conditions. The architect, Graham Cooke, designed a layout that seamlessly blends parkland holes with traditional links.
    Situated along the shores of the Lower Beverly Lake, The Maples Golf & Country Club sprawls across a dramatic landscape that makes it appear quite intimidating. Many holes are laced through rocky outcroppings, some of which stretch to 50 feet high and as much as 100 yards long.
  • Ottawa

    As the capital city of one of the world's most livable countries, it should come as no surprise that Ottawa boasts first-class tourist destinations. And though it may be a bit further down the list behind Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver when it comes to the most notable Canadian cities, Ottawa has all that would expect from a capital city.

    Thunderbird Sports Centre boasts Ottawa's only lighted par-3 golf course. The family-friendly course is ideal for beginners and juniors. The nine-hole layout has a classic design that is not overly formidable but it's great for sharpening your short game and course-management skills regardless of skill level.
    Nestled in the heart of the Kawarthas, Whitetail Golf Club enjoys a landscape of rolling hills covered with mature trees, creeks, and ponds. Originally opened as a short nine-hole course, the layout was transformed into an 18-hole championship design in 2004. The update added a level of challenge to an already playable golf course.
    Aultsville Creek runs alongside Upper Canada Golf Course, adding to the already scenic setting. It's located just across Highway 2 from the St. Lawrence River. Built in the early 1960s, the course has a classic design that still offers challenges that rival those that can be found on more modern courses.
  • Barrie

    It's neither a suburb of Toronto, nor part of the area referred to locally as "Cottage Country." Instead, Barrie lies smack-dab between both and is quite comfortable with its location and in its own skin.

    Cranberry Golf Resort was carved from the picturesque landscape of southern Georgian Bay and has the distinction of being Canada’s first Audubon Society-certified golf course. There is some slight undulation in the bent grass fairways but overall the terrain is flat.
    Located in Minett along the shores of Lake Rosseau, The Rock is a target-style course designed by Nick Faldo. The golf course is laid out over a scenic terrain of rolling hills, granite rock outcroppings, and hardwood trees.
    The Highlands Course is one of two 18-hole golf courses at the Horseshoe Resort. This challenging course has been rated one of Canada’s top public golf courses and it also hosted the Canadian Tour Championship in 2006. The layout is unique in that none of the tree-lined fairways run parallel to one another.
  • Toronto

    An over-flowing metropolis that has embraced the influx of cultures that have poured into it since the post-Second World War years, Toronto could be the most multi-cultural burg in North America.

    Winchester Golf Club is a short and sweet 5,200 yards from the tips. Those looking for length will have to go elsewhere, but if you want a quick round, this course can be played in less than four hours. The course is situated among Brooklin's gently rolling hills, which are covered by forests that are part of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
    Hockley Valley Resort boasts some of the most breathtaking views in southern Ontario. Designed by Thomas McBroom, the scenic links layout perfectly incorporates lush, bentgrass fairways with rolling, fescue-covered hills.
    Whispering Ridge Golf Course is an executive course that was designed to complement its sister course, the nearby Lakeridge Links. Although it does not have the same length the championship Lakeridge Links has, it still offers about the same level of difficulty. The layout offers a different set of challenges, providing a compelling alternative to the other course.
  • Niagara Falls

    While the Falls themselves are the principal attraction on the Niagara Peninsula, the entire area has just about everything you need for a good tourist destination.

    Battlefield Course is one of the 18-hole, championship courses, so named because of the facility's location on the hallowed grounds of the legendary Battle of Chippewa during the War of 1812. The layout features an impressive man-made lake that spans nearly 20 acres and comes into play on at least four holes.
    Willodell Golf Club of Niagara is neighbored by Lyon Creek to one side and Tee Creek to the other. The championship layout sprawls across rolling hills covered with mature trees, which border the undulating fairways. Several ponds and two creeks come into play on 10 holes.
    The Escarpment Course is one of three nine-hole courses at Royal Niagara Golf & Country Club. The course is so named for its layout, which begins at the base of the Niagara Escarpment and snakes upwards to the top of the wooded Escarpment; afterwards it goes back downhill to the clubhouse.
  • Kitchener

    Long a key business and industrial hub, Kitchener remains as important to the Ontario and wider Canadian economies as it has been since the country was in its infancy.

    Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa is southwestern Ontario's premier golfing destination. Located just east of Sarnia and less than an hour from London, the golf course is a conveniently situated getaway that feels much further thanks to an idyllic location along the shores of Lake Huron.
    Rebel Creek Golf Club was carved from a scenic landscape of rolling hills and native wetlands. This 18-hole championship layout was designed with public play in mind, making it both player friendly and entertaining.
    The 18-hole Dundee Country Club in New Dundee, ON is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1970. Dundee Country Club measures 6357 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels. Greens and fairways are bent grass.