With two 18-hole courses draped over a scenic stretch of Ontario countryside, Oak Hills Golf Club invites duffers to test their swings across rolling, timber-lined fairways. On both courses, constant elevation changes force players to hit toward uphill and downhill targets, and ponds, streams, and trees wielding catchers' mitts wait to snatch errant orbs. The longer of the two, the Highland Course connects across 5,655 yards, including an uphill, 568-yard par 5 that will require three long shots to reach the green in regulation. Though considerably shorter at 5,135 yards, the Glen Course requires more careful play with narrow fairways and traffic cones that carts must slalom in between each hole. The Club also encompasses a 30-stall driving range with grass hitting areas for pre-round warm-ups or casual practice sessions.
Sculpted into the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Iroquois Golf Club’s links-style course spans 6,158 yards of gently undulating terrain. As players traverse the picturesque par 72, riverside winds, relatively sparse trees, and scorecards printed in Gaelic channel the coastal charms of the old courses of the Emerald Isle. Intervening waterways appear on all but three holes, placing confident swings and sound course management at a premium. Rounds conclude with a dramatic finish at the par 3 18th hole, where approach shots must send golf balls soaring over a water hazard that sits between tee and green and houses a community of great blue herons who raise their young on a golf ball-based diet. Patrons who arrive by plane at the Iroquois Air Strip or by boat at the Iroquois Marine Services can call the golf club and arrange for a shuttle to drive them to and from the course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Course rating of 68.8 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 127 from the farthest tees * Length of 6,158 yards from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Link to scorecard
At Webster Golf Club, not one but two 18-hole championship courses invite golfers to frolic among their twining streams, sandy bunkers, and devious doglegs. The par-72 east course, designed by James Harrison and Ferdinand Garbin, has welcomed cleated feet for more than half a century. Water impediments guard the putting greens on six of its fairways, including the fourth hole, where golfers must set model ships afloat to ferry their orbs across the stream that bars the way to the green. Small, fast greens and an emphasis on iron play challenge golfers as they swing their way through the course. The east course’s younger sibling, built in 1973, is the par-70 west course, where strategically rooted trees spread their leaves to block second shots.
Players looking to hone their skills head over to the Webster Range and Learning Center, which stretches out over 17 acres. The lighted center combines a 4-acre, all-grass tee, a 2,500-square-foot putting green, two practice traps, and four target greens. One hundred hitting stations at the driving range ensure that entire musical casts can bond together while whacking spheres.
East Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Length of 7,100 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 71.2 from the farthest set of tees
Slope rating of 121 from the farthest set of tees
Four sets of tees
West Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-70 course
Length of 6,003 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 66.6 from the farthest set of tees
Slope rating of 106 from the farthest set of tees
Thunderbird Sports Centre challenges clubswingers' short game on its nine-hole, par 27 Thunderbird Golf Course. Honouring the undulating terrain, plentiful evergreens, and deciduous trees, the course layout sets a brisk pace with a 10-storey metronome at the center and holes ranging from 88 to 142 yards. Design elements elevate play even further, intermingling bodies of water, sand traps, and deep rough. The fully lit course stays open until 10:30 p.m., or whenever the area's stone gargoyles come to life. Pull cart ($3.75) and club rentals ($9.15) are also available, and golfers can refresh before or after a game at the pro shop.
Whether trading groundstrokes on the tennis courts, hunting birdies on the golf course, or practicing cannonballs in the swimming pool, guests make the most of the summer sun at Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club. On the nine-hole, 2,387-yard executive golf course, golfers are presented with three par 4s, five par 3s, and one 463-yard par 5 that prevents drivers and 3 woods from napping in their head covers all day. The whooshes of ace serves and forehand winners echo above the club's three hard-surface tennis courts, where players can schedule open court times or register for lessons.
Appetites piqued by outdoor recreation can be sated at bistrofiftyfour, where chefs put their spin on European bistro classics with an expansive menu that features jumbo shrimp linguini, open-faced smoked salmon sandwiches, and thin-crust pizzas. Guests can unwind amid granite countertops and straight-backed leather chairs in the indoor diner or bestow pet names on every club in their bags from the outdoor patio, which overlooks the golf course.
As they traverse Capital Golf Centre's course, players will notice that there aren’t any water hazards or sandtraps to contend with, or, for that matter, any par 4s or 5s. This is entirely by design: the course architects designed a low-stress experience for all players, but primarily those who are just taking up the game or picking it back up after a long time away. The result is a par 3 course that winds through the Ottawa Valley forest, composed of 18 holes measuring up to 202 yards. The layout helps novice and veteran players alike focus on accuracy with their irons and short game, without the difficulties from long water carries or tight lies in bunkers riddled with sunbathing tourists.
Players can head to the practice area and make use of the driving range’s mat or grass tees, putting green, and chipping green. A portion of the driving range is specifically dedicated to short iron play, with targets spaced out between 50 to 350 yards away.