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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Hidden Lake Golf & Country Club - Old Course
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Burlington $29
Knollwood Golf Club - New Course
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Ancaster $25
Dragon's Fire Golf Club
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Hamilton $19.95
Millcroft Golf Club
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Burlington $20
Chedoke Municipal Golf Club - Martin Course
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Hamilton $23
Mystic Golf Club
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Ancaster $29
King's Forest Golf Course
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Hamilton $39
Southbrook Golf & Country Club
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Hamilton $22
Tyandaga Golf Course
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Burlington $31
Chedoke Municipal Golf Club - Beddoe Course
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Hamilton $30
Carlisle Golf & Country Club - North/South
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Carlisle $29
Burlington Springs Golf Club
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Burlington $30
Carlisle Golf & Country Club - East/South
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Carlisle $29
Knollwood Golf Club - Old Course
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Ancaster $25
Carlisle Golf & Country Club - North/East
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Carlisle $29
Copetown Woods Golf Club Copetown $40.00 - $55.00
Sandusk Golf Club Jarvis $31
Mystic Ridge at Oakville Executive Golf Course
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Oakville $25
White Oaks Golf Club Oakville $20 - $22
Southern Pines Golf & Country Club Mount Hope $15 - $36
Red Falcon/Gold Eagle at Chippewa Creek Golf & Country Club
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Mount Hope $26.55
Caistorville Golf Club
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Caistor Centre $11.99
Century Pines Golf Club
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Hamilton $19
Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club - Lakes/Hills
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Copetown $40
Lowville Golf Club
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Burlington $25
Maple Course at Oak Gables Golf Club
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Jerseyville $20
Gold/Red Course at MontHill Golf and Country Club
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Caledonia $24.99
Blue/Red at MontHill Golf and Country Club
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Caledonia $24.99
Indian Wells Golf Club
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Burlington $27
Blue/Gold Course at MontHill Golf and Country Club
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Caledonia $24.99
The Oaks of St. George
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Paris $28
Oak Course at Oak Gables Golf Club
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Jerseyville $20
Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club - Woods/Lakes
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Copetown $40
Short Course at Camisle Golf Club Burlington $20 - $23
Pine Course at Oak Gables Golf Club
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Jerseyville $20
Cambridge Golf Club
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Cambridge $21
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $20
Greens at Renton - Red Course
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Simcoe $16.5
Empire Springs Golf Club Cayuga $20 - $25
Willow Valley Golf Course Mount Hope $30 - $71
Greens at Renton - Green Course
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Simcoe $16.5
Glen Abbey Golf Club
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Oakville $69.99
Scenic Woods Golf & Country Club
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Hannon $24
Greens at Renton - Blue Course
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Simcoe $16.5
Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club - Hills/Woods
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Copetown $40
Red Falcon/White Hawk at Chippewa Creek Golf & Country Club
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Mount Hope $26.55
Land of Legend Course at Camisle Golf Club Burlington $25 - $32
Deerfield Golf Club
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Oakville $25
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $19
White Hawk/Gold Eagle at Chippewa Creek Golf & Country Club
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Mount Hope $26.55
Hidden Lake Golf & Country Club - New Course
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Burlington $29
Cayuga Golf Club Cayuga $20 - $24
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
South/East Course at Hamilton Golf & Country Club Ancaster N/A
Satellite Golf Club Stoney Creek N/A
Heron Point Golf Links Alberton $55 - $105
Saw-Whet Golf Club Oakville $20 - $45
East/West Course at Hamilton Golf & Country Club Ancaster N/A
Glendale Golf & Country Club Hamilton $45.00 - $94.50
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
Putting Course at Rock Chapel Golf Centre Dundas $9.75
Beverly Golf & Country Club Copetown N/A
Oakville Golf Club Oakville N/A
Rattler Academy at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club Milton $30
Angel's View at Oakville Executive Golf Course Oakville $25 - $30
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
West/South Course at Hamilton Golf & Country Club Ancaster N/A
Coral Creek Golf & Country Club Fisherville $30 - $67
Championship at Dundas Valley Golf Club Dundas N/A
Sidewinder at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club Milton $75 - $135
Buncrana Golf Course Dundas $15 - $20
Pineland Greens Golf Club Millgrove $16.82 - $30.95
Springfield Golf & Country Club Guelph $23.00 - $73.45
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
Glancaster Golf & Country Club Mount Hope $35
Pros Golf Centre Stoney Creek $19.91 - $37.61
Burlington Golf & Country Club Burlington N/A
Par-3 Executive at Dundas Valley Golf Club Dundas N/A
Crosswinds Golf & Country Club Burlington $45 - $96
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Copperhead at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club Milton $75 - $135
Executive at Rock Chapel Golf Centre Dundas $17.70 - $32.70
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