Destination Guide

Destination: 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.

Located on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, the Hamilton area is a surprisingly hilly and diverse terrain; so much so that there is a local landmark called Hamilton Mountain, though residents of the Rockies or Alps would likely blush at that moniker. But certainly there is more than enough rugged ground and when combined with Lake Ontario that is never far away in these parts, some impressive natural beauty is just outside of town. And for all the talk of steel-making and smokestacks -- they still billow away at all hours -- Hamilton proper has many charms as well. No less of figure than Jim Furyk sang the praises of the city when he won the Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in 2006 (the Harry Colt classic is a beauty but as private as Queen Elizabeth's diary).

With Hamilton playing such a central role in the early development of what was then Upper Canada, much of the landmarks from that colonial era have been preserved, highlighted by Dundurn Castle, the seat of the pre-Confederation government. More recently, the city has done an impressive job of welcoming artsy-types away from Toronto but its century-old Art Gallery of Hamilton is one of the biggest in Canada.

The city's identity has long been tied to the Tiger-Cats, the Canadian Football League franchise that is still clawing away, though its popularity has dipped in the past 20 years. The CFL Hall of Fame is also located in Hamilton and the city was the site of the first British Empire Games in 1930, the forerunner to the Commonwealth Games, which at the time once rivaled the Olympics in scope. It's also a co-host for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Hamilton will almost certainly never get its dreamt-about NHL team given the geographical proximity to two other franchises (Buffalo and Toronto) but the American Hockey League's Bulldogs, the top minor-league affiliate of the fabled Montreal Canadiens, are traditionally one of the top AHL clubs.

Golf-wise, Hamilton is an outstanding area to get your groove on. King's Forest Golf Course and Chedoke could be the best municipally owned one-two punch in the province of Ontario. Copetown Woods Golf Club and Dragon's Fire Golf Club are two other high-end golf experiences that are more than worth a go and a short drive from the city.

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Courses

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Carlisle Golf & Country Club - North/East
Tee Times
Carlisle $35
Chedoke Municipal Golf Club - Martin Course
Tee Times
Hamilton $23
Dragon's Fire Golf Club
Tee Times
Hamilton $24.95
Burlington Springs Golf Club
Tee Times
Burlington $32
Mystic Golf Club
Tee Times
Ancaster $37
Chedoke Municipal Golf Club - Beddoe Course
Tee Times
Hamilton $24.99
Knollwood Golf Club - New Course
Tee Times
Ancaster $25
Century Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Hamilton $29.95
King's Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
Hamilton $36
Southbrook Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Hamilton $22
Millcroft Golf Club
Tee Times
Burlington $27
Hidden Lake Golf & Country Club - Old Course
Tee Times
Burlington $29
Knollwood Golf Club - Old Course
Tee Times
Ancaster $20
Carlisle Golf & Country Club - North/South
Tee Times
Carlisle $35
Carlisle Golf & Country Club - East/South
Tee Times
Carlisle $35
Tyandaga Golf Course
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Burlington $22
Willow Valley Golf Course Mount Hope $30 - $71
Brant Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
St George $19.99
Empire Springs Golf Club Cayuga $20 - $25
Gold/Red Course at MontHill Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Caledonia $23
Mystic Ridge at Oakville Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Oakville $25
Indian Wells Golf Club
Tee Times
Burlington $27
Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club - Lakes/Hills
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Copetown $31
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $19
Deerfield Golf Club
Tee Times
Oakville $29.99
Glen Abbey Golf Club
Tee Times
Oakville $69.99
Maple Course at Oak Gables Golf Club
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Jerseyville $21
Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club - Hills/Woods
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Copetown $31
Pine Course at Oak Gables Golf Club
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Jerseyville $21
Blue/Gold Course at MontHill Golf and Country Club
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Caledonia $23
Short Course at Camisle Golf Club Burlington $20 - $23
Oak Course at Oak Gables Golf Club
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Jerseyville $21
Scenic Woods Golf & Country Club
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Hannon $19.99
Caistorville Golf Club
Tee Times
Caistor Centre $11.99
White Hawk/Gold Eagle at Chippewa Creek Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Mount Hope $21
Greens at Renton - Blue Course
Tee Times
Simcoe $16
Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club - Woods/Lakes
Tee Times
Copetown $31
Red Falcon/White Hawk at Chippewa Creek Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Mount Hope $21
Blue/Red at MontHill Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Caledonia $23
Greens at Renton - Red Course
Tee Times
Simcoe $16
Lowville Golf Club
Tee Times
Burlington $25
White Oaks Golf Club Oakville $20 - $22
Cambridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Cambridge $21
Land of Legend Course at Camisle Golf Club Burlington $25 - $32
Hidden Lake Golf & Country Club - New Course
Tee Times
Burlington $30
Red Falcon/Gold Eagle at Chippewa Creek Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Mount Hope $21
Greens at Renton - Green Course
Tee Times
Simcoe $16
The Oaks of St. George
Tee Times
Paris $33
Sandusk Golf Club Jarvis $31
Southern Pines Golf & Country Club Mount Hope $15 - $36
Championship at Dundas Valley Golf Club Dundas N/A
Springfield Golf & Country Club Guelph $23.00 - $73.45
Coral Creek Golf & Country Club Fisherville $30 - $67
Beverly Golf & Country Club Copetown N/A
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
Pineland Greens Golf Club Millgrove $16.82 - $30.95
Cayuga Golf Club Cayuga $20 - $24
Sidewinder at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club Milton $75 - $135
Pros Golf Centre Stoney Creek $19.91 - $37.61
Saw-Whet Golf Club Oakville $20 - $45
Copetown Woods Golf Club Copetown $40.00 - $55.00
Par-3 Executive at Dundas Valley Golf Club Dundas N/A
Copperhead at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club Milton $75 - $135
Burlington Golf & Country Club Burlington N/A
Satellite Golf Club Stoney Creek N/A
East/West Course at Hamilton Golf & Country Club Ancaster N/A
Buncrana Golf Course Dundas $15 - $20
Glancaster Golf & Country Club Mount Hope $35
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
Heron Point Golf Links Alberton $55 - $105
Angel's View at Oakville Executive Golf Course Oakville $25 - $30
Executive at Rock Chapel Golf Centre Dundas $17.70 - $32.70
The Vista Course at Saginaw Golf Club Cambridge $12 - $24
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
Oakville Golf Club Oakville N/A
Crosswinds Golf & Country Club Burlington $45 - $96
Rattler Academy at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club Milton $30
The Essex Course at Saginaw Golf Club Cambridge $18 - $34
South/East Course at Hamilton Golf & Country Club Ancaster N/A
West/South Course at Hamilton Golf & Country Club Ancaster N/A
Glendale Golf & Country Club Hamilton $45.00 - $94.50
Putting Course at Rock Chapel Golf Centre Dundas $9.75
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
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