Regions to Golf in Ontario

York Durham Headwaters

This is the vast region that sweeps across the top of Toronto like a giant brushstroke from Pickering in the east to the Caledon Hills in the west. It’s home to perhaps the largest concentration of great golf courses in Canada. There is a great debate sweeping across the region:  which of the golf courses is the best?

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Bay of Quinte

Former three-time British Open champion Henry Cotton (who later became a noted journalist) was once asked what it felt like to hit a perfectly struck 8-iron to within gimme range. “Moments of poetry,” he replied. That’s what you get when you visit the Bay of Quinte region of Ontario, especially if you are a golfer.

BruceGreySimcoe

Golfers at all levels of play can’t get enough of BruceGreySimcoe courses, where they can keep one eye on the ball and the other on the dazzling scenery. Many of the courses have spectacular shoreline vistas of Georgian Bay, Lake Huron and Lake Simcoe. Others are tucked in beneath the rugged natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve rich in biodiversity and geological history. In some cases, the majestic Escarpment rises up behind you while the sparkling waters stretch out before you or a peaceful, pastoral setting surrounds you.

And be sure to take a moment to appreciate your surroundings. Far from being rushed or crowded, you will experience a leisurely pace of play that is as enjoyable as it is exhilarating. The mood is recreational, the people are friendly, and it’s more than likely you’ll have made many new friends by the time you hit the 19th hole.

The picturesque scenery and genial atmosphere make the perfect backdrop for a game of golf that is as challenging or as easy as your skills and preferences. BruceGreySimcoe boasts many award-winning courses, designed by the likes of Thomas McBroom, Tom Lehman and Doug Carrick. From these professional-level – and some might say, formidable – courses at the apex, there are a wide variety of impeccably groomed courses for every level of golfer.

Rated as one of Ontario’s best golf destinations, BruceGreySimcoe has it all, from private clubs to semi-private to public. Challenge your skills, learn something new, put your stressful schedule on the back burner and for a few magical hours, enjoy a memorable golf experience that is among Canada’s best.  Or take advantage of the region’s golf packages to stay longer, play a few more rounds and savour the warm hospitality.

Explore Windsor Essex

Featuring 3 distinct golf layouts, Windsor should be on your list for golf trips in the coming years.  Hosting PGA Tour Canada events, Ontario Amateurs and making lists like SCOREGolf’s “TOP 59”, Windsor has fallen through the cracks of great Ontario golf offerings.  A short 3 hour and 45 minute drive from Toronto, Windsor provides value, experience, nightlife and culinary options that should add it to the map of “Ontario Golf Hidden Gems”.  Ambassador, a links style design that hosts the Annual PGA Tour Canada’s Windsor Championship headline a weekend of great golf experiences.  Windsor was made for group trips.  Include a shuttle too and from the courses, wine tours, some cards at Caesars or a few pints at local breweries.  The Windsor Essex is what summer golf travel is all about…

Muskoka

Whether you head north to Muskoka, west to Parry Sound, or further north to the Almaguin Highlands and Loring-Restoule, you’ll find golf courses featuring the varied terrain of the Canadian Shield, including lush forests, granite bluffs and shimmering blue lakes and rivers. Award-winning courses are plentiful, and every level of player, from seasoned pros to learn-to-golf newbies, will find some spots to call their all-time favorites.

Boasting 20+ championship layouts, Muskoka is the “crown jewel” of golf across the province.  Top 100 courses, unique designs and truly a Canadian golf experience.

Kingston

In golf terms, Kingston is like the ninth hole. Typically, the ninth hole is one of the course’s best: it leads you into the halfway house for a drink or snack, and it kickstarts the back nine. In Kingston, located halfway between Toronto and Ottawa and at the beginning of the St. Lawrence River, we can see a lot of parallels. Home to hidden gems and regional favorites of golfers, Kingston also offers a fantastic number of 19th-hole activities (possibly the most important part of any golf vacation).

For the golfer, Kingston boasts layouts like the Loyalist Golf and Country Club, which has played host to Mackenzie Tour events and which will be hosting the 2021 Women’s Ontario Mid-Amateur. The area is also home to Smugglers Glen Golf Club, a course uniquely designed using the natural landscape of the Great Canadian Shield. Here you will find beautiful natural features in a laid back atmosphere. An exciting challenge also lies within the grounds of Garrison Golf & Curling Club (minutes away from downtown Kingston), requiring a strategic approach to navigate narrow fairways and placement shots. 

Kingston is a wonderful destination for your Ontario golf staycation. Come for the golf, stay for the dining, the shopping, and the walkable downtown. With a stunning lakefront, some of the best cuisine in Canada, and a number of unique boutiques, this historic city has plenty of modern amenities for your summer getaway.

Niagara

Niagara Parks Golf offers three distinctive Championship Courses that will challenge golfers of any skill level. The impressive Legends on the Niagara complex boasts two courses; the imposing Battlefield with stunning water features and deep bunkers & Ussher’s Creek, a classic parkland course with intricate turns and impeccable conditioning from tee to green. Just a few minutes away, the historic Whirlpool Golf course pairs its challenging but fair design, with a spectacular setting against the backdrop of the Niagara River Whirlpool and Gorge!

Stratford

Stratford offers scenic golf options in the city and in less than a 20-minute drive. Along the Thames River watershed, stunning views and rolling hills challenge the proficient golfer, yet welcome the newcomers.  The region is full of non-golf options, which makes for an incredible well rounded experience.  Looking for 19th hole options?  Stratford boasts 5 breweries (Yes, 5!), wineries and a distillery to satisfy any thirst after your round!  This area is perfect for couples and ladies looking to get away, relax and partake in one of Ontario’s tourism gems.  We might not have the theatre in 2020, but Stratford can still provide the experience and weekend road trip that all people need to experience.

1000 Islands

With more than 30 public courses, the 1000 Islands offers golfers a wonderful variety of experiences.  Featuring regional “must plays” like Smugglers Glen, we can create that Eastern Ontario golf experience you have been looking to plan for years.  Add on additional culinary and leisure activities and 1000 Islands is arguably one of the best summer outdoor destinations in the province.  Let us help you “think like a local” and the 1000 Islands can show off what Ontario travellers have been raving about in Eastern Ontario.