Like success in a university course and an obstacle course, success on the golf course requires a combination of skill, luck, and a willingness to swing clubs at advancing opponents. Embrace competition with today's Groupon: for $558, you get a two-night stay-and-play package for four valid Sunday–Thursday nights at Knollwood Golf Club in Ancaster (a $1,116 value).
Knollwood Golf Club's stay-and-play packages entertain four guests with two rounds of golf each on their two traditionally styled courses and two nights in the historic Inn at Knollwood. Overlooking the ninth hole on the New Course, the restored century house swaddles guests in four iron-accented queen-bed suites touting feather mattresses and down duvets, and 2.5 baths decked in antique vestments welcome bathers with full amenities and a toilet-paper parade. Boarders craft their own dishes from a bevy of suggested meal plans in the inn kitchen, prepping plates with stainless-steel appliances or a barbecue. A rustic wooden 10-seat dining table awaits seated dinner service, after which diners can sip brews in the game room's leather chairs by the light of a plasma TV and Xbox. Guests may also head outside to the wraparound porch to bet on caddie wrestling or take a stroll through the perennial gardens. Knollwood's dual 18-hole courses unite golfers with their natural surroundings. Each fairway was designed to pose minimal disruption to the underlying land, preventing vengeful fossils from casting hexes on unsuspecting holes. Go old school with the Old Course, a tree-lined green that first opened in 1970. Its youthful adjoining counterpart, the New Course, offers elevated tees and prime views of the surrounding landscape. Though more challenging than the Old Course, the New Course welcomes play from golfers of all abilities. Cruise through your chosen fairways in the glamorous style of a Hollywood back lot with included golf-cart rental.
Knollwood Golf Club
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.