Like success in university courses and obstacle courses, 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 $60, you get 18 holes of golf for two and golf-cart rental (up to a $134 total value) at Knollwood Golf Club in Ancaster.
Knollwood boasts two traditionally styled courses that seek to 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 younger, adjoining counterpart, the New Course, offers elevated tees and prime views of the surrounding landscape. The New Course is more challenging than the Old Course, but still appropriate for golfers of all abilities. Cruise to your chosen course in the glamorous style of a Hollywood back lot with included golf cart rental.
Call ahead to reserve a tee time, and be sure to keep attire golf appropriate (no denim is allowed). Though not included in this deal, a seat at the gleaming wooden bar, a sip at the stone-lined pub, and several dining options are available to satisfy after-tee appetites.
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.