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