Tasting A Fabulous Golf Foursome
Great Canadian golf? Where do you find it? The answer may surprise you.
Few areas of Canada can boast as many quality golf courses as what you can find in the York Durham Headwaters – Ontario’s Central Counties. The land lends itself to the game, with rolling hills, dense stands of forest, and panoramas that allow you to be fully immersed in nature.
On the eastern side of this region, which touches the edges of Toronto and stretches to more rural landscapes to the north, are a foursome of facilities that welcome golfers to their well-manicured and intriguing grounds. Royal Ashburn Golf Club, The Briars Golf Club, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, and Angus Glen Golf Club each stand on their own as desirable places to play, but together create a golf collective that will leave you with nothing but admiration.
It starts with the Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Whitby, which has been hosting golfers for more than 55 years. Over that time constant improvements have been seen, enough to have allowed it to be the host of the qualifying school for the Canadian Tour for many years.
At 7100 yards Royal Ashburn can be a stern test for accomplished players but any golfer can enjoy the mature layout with multiple tee decks, including those as playable as 4,783 yards.
Add in an extensive practice area, and comfortable clubhouse and you’ll soon see why this course remains a go-to course in the region.
Ever wanted to play some of the best layouts in the world? You have that opportunity in Uxbridge where tribute holes and brilliant original designs mark the property at the Wooden Sticks Golf Club.
Not only will you see glimpses of the world’s most notable holes, but you’ll experience what the club has been known for from their very beginning – world-class service. Delicious meals, extensive practice facilities, and on-site accommodations in well-appointed cabins make Wooden Sticks stand out in a province full of great properties.
If you want a multiple course option in one location, Markham, Ontario’s Angus Glen Golf Club is your spot in the eastern half of the York Durham Headwaters. Unlike many 36-hole facilities where one course shines over the other, the North and South layouts have both been strong enough to host the PGA TOUR’s RBC Canadian Open. At the same time each has a distinct architectural flavour. Playing one will only lead you to want to tee it up again on the other.
Moving further away from the Greater Toronto Area, The Briars Golf Club is a walk back in time to a golden era of golf club design. The original nine holes were crafted by the hand of Stanley Thompson in 1922 with the delicate addition of another nine by the equally respected Robbie Robinson in 1972.
With the full feel of a private club and a setting on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe, The Briars Golf Club is a true Canadian retreat.
Royal Ashburn, Wooden Sticks, Angus Glen, and The Briars; just four more reasons why you should be teeing it up in the York Durham Headwaters – Ontario’s Central Counties.