The Greater Toronto Area is home to many of Canada's best courses. Before hitting the links, be sure to head over to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame to look at the history of Canadian golf. After learning some history, head out to play some of the Greater Toronto’s best courses.
Cardinal Golf Club is a semi-private golf club that is home to 4 courses. Redcrest, the club’s signature course, was designed by Kevin Holmes and opened in 2009. The course is relatively flat, and uses a lot of water hazards to up the challenge of this course. In fact, only 2 of the 18 holes feature no water at all. The course has generous fairways and larger greens, so if you can avoid the water you have a pretty good chance of scoring low on this course. Fairly straightforward, Redcrest offers enough surprise to keep your round of golf interesting.
Don Valley is Toronto’s best loved municipal course. The course was designed by Howard and John Watson and opened in 1956. The course is built on beautiful and lush rolling hills and conveniently located in central Toronto. The variety of holes keeps the entire round challenging, and requires strategic shotmaking throughout. Be sure to get on the course early if you can, this popular spot can play very slow during peak times in the summer.
Osprey Valley Golf Club in Alton, Ontario has three fun courses but the older Heathlands stands out above the rest. This course, designed by local architect Doug Carrick, was built on the side of an old gravel quarry to resemble a classic Scottish links style course. Naturally, the course is wide open with deep rough and treacherous pot bunkers dotting the course. Strategy is key to this layout and it plays as a no frill homage to those early links layouts.
Copper Creek’s beautiful golf course is located north of Toronto in the town of Kleinburg that has long been considered one of the area’s top public facilities. The course features numerous elevation changes and plays through thickly forested land. In fact, over 1,500 mature trees were planted on the front-9 during the course’s construction. Water also features prominently on the course, and the variety of holes means golfers will use every club in their bag during the round. The club also guarantees a full round of golf in 4.5 hours or less, offering discounts if the pace of play is slower than this rate.
Angus Glen Golf Club is a premier golfing facility hosting two splendid courses. The South Course opened in 1995 and hosted the Canadian Open in 2002. The North Course opened in 2001 and has hosted the 2007 Canadian Open. The South Course was renovated in 2015 and is known for its difficulty and beautiful views. The North Course was also given its own renovations by Donald Love III and matches the difficulty of its sister course. Consistently ranked as 2 of the best courses in the country and the only facility to host PGA Tour events at multiple courses, Angus Glen Golf Club is worth the green fees to experience championship calibre golf.