Add Golf to the Mix Next Time in Toronto

Royal Woodbine Golf Club (Image: Royal Woodbine Golf Club)

Royal Woodbine Golf Club is just a runway-length away from Lester B. Pearson International Airport. (Image: Royal Woodbine Golf Club)

Travellers know to expect acclaimed theatre productions, stylish restaurants and other big-time attractions in Canada’s largest metropolis. But don’t forget to pack the sticks on your next visit to a city that ranks among North America’s top golf destinations.

I recently shared a flight from Toronto to Calgary with a group of six retired farmers from Red Deer, Alberta. They had just spent a long buddies weekend in Canada’s largest city, taking in a Toronto Blue Jays’ home stand and drinking far more pricey big city brew than their wives and physicians would have thought wise.

As I discovered, they were all golfers—yet the idea of bringing their clubs to Toronto never entered their minds. That’s a shame. Most Canadians don’t realize that the Greater Toronto Area is one of the outstanding golf destinations in North America, with more than 230 courses within about an hour’s drive of City Hall.

Undoubtedly the top draw is Glen Abbey Golf Club, in nearby Oakville, which will host its 28th Canadian Open, July 21 to 24. Another high-profile favourite is Angus Glen Golf Club, host of the Open in 2002 and 2007. Eagles Nest Golf Club, Wooden Sticks and Osprey Valley are other highly regarded public facilities.

Like to keep up with what’s new in Canadian golf? Recently opened Lebovic Golf Club, a Doug Carrick design in Aurora, a short drive north of the city, has been getting early rave reviews. I can’t wait to play it myself.

Toronto is even an ideal golf destination for travellers pressed for time. A challenging Dr. Michael Hurdzan design, Royal Woodbine Golf Club, is literally a runway-length away from Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

On a good day, you can be through security at Pearson and preparing to board your flight less than an hour after your final tee shot.

 

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