Spread across 270 historic acres, Knollwood Golf Course is a challenging 36-hole facility comprised of the Old Course set right alongside the New Course?both designed by well-regarded course superintendent Jack Harris in 1970 and 1990, respectively. Players can opt for a round on the Old Course or the New Course links and enjoy hole designs that embrace the natural Ancaster topography. Elevated tees and long, perplexing par 5 holes with ominous names such as Buried Treasure and Redemption lead to finely timed fairways that open up into stirring panoramas. The New Course entices advanced club swingers, and the Old Course's more accessible series of par 4 holes with large, accommodating greens is appealing for beginners.
Knollwood players don clean-cut golf attire and enjoy a golfer's paradise that has been open to the public since 1970 and keeps players happy with sprightly paced 10-minute tee times, on-site restaurants and beverage carts, and a "no-argue" rain cheque policy. The facility's proud groundskeepers maintain large, naturalized areas on the course intended to encourage the wildlife to thrive and occasionally join in on a game.
Making it easy to freely, openly express yourself no matter your age, Speckles Art Studio offers classes for both children and adults that help creativity flow. Patient instructors invite students to follow along as they demonstrate the skills to make three-dimensional mixed-media pieces, drawings, and even sewn works. For special occasions, the Speckles staff takes the reins with art-centric birthday party packages that may include pizza, cupcakes, and the chance for kids to make art out of the contents of their meal plates.
Castlemore Golf and Country Club's semi-private 9-hole course challenges golfers with a triple threat of tight fairways, small greens, and numerous water hazards. As obstacles abound, players are forced into nerve-racking shot situations, forcing them to make deft club selections or play conservatively by putting through the entire course. Four par 3s and a lack of par 5s make scoring the par of 32 a possibility for scratch golfers, though three sets of tees per hole ensure enjoyment for players of all abilities. After the round, clubbers can retire to the pro shop for new equipment or a shirt that hasn't just returned from swimming in the course ponds. An elegant, Carolina-inspired clubhouse also houses a restaurant and event centre that seats up to 200 guests and features a terrace that overlooks the 18th green.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 32 course * Total distance of 2,253 yards from back tees * Three sets of tees
At Forest Glen Golf Centre, golfers are able to hone their skills in perfect succession. They can start by working on their short game while putting across a pair of 18-hole mini golf courses, which stretch out across three acres of forested terrain and open parkland. Next, players can reach for their pitching wedges and work their way around the 9-hole, par-27 pitch and putt course, with yardage varying from 40 to 100 yards. Those lengthier challenges provide the perfect warm-up for the driving range, an area that boasts 70 hitting stations and three target greens so golfers don't have to take aim at passing airplanes. On-site lessons with seasoned pros help improve scores, and a children's play area keeps youngsters busy with a tire park and zip line.
Rated and measured by the Golf Association of Ontario, the course at The Fox Golf Club brings together 18 pleasantly challenging holes on one well-groomed, links-style turf. In order to make a play for the par of 72, players will need to adapt to long par 3s?all more than 200 yards from the back tees, save one?and a preponderance of dogleg fairways that lie within the course?s 6,409 yards. A 350-yard driving range and two practice greens await players near the clubhouse, where athletes can refuel after their games with hot dogs, beer, and golf balls infused with foie gras.
Canadian course architect Rene Muylaert designed Echo Valley Golf Club's 18-hole course, which rolls across 6,343 yards of rolling terrain. The natural topography divides the course into two stylistically discrete sections, dubbed "the upper" and "the valley," letting clubbers enjoy diverse scenery as they trace power-draws across the sky and shush chatty 9-irons at each tee box. CPGA Master Professional Bruce Atkins roams the verdant expanse, conducting lessons and imparting advice culled from a career that includes a stint as the President of the Ontario PGA. An on-site driving range helps players nurture relationships with their drivers, irons, wedges, and oversized soup ladles.