Golf isn’t what usually brings people to Toronto, but if you’re a golf fan and looking to get on the links while visiting this world-class city, below are some of the best golf courses near Toronto. Note that Toronto is very spread out, so renting a car is a good idea as these courses aren’t quite in the downtown core.[caption id="attachment_43537" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photo by Borja Giron CCBY[/caption]
Copper Creek[caption id="attachment_43542" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photo from the author[/caption]
Copper Creek is located in Kleinburg, Ontario, roughly a 10 minute drive from Pearson International Airport or 35 minutes from downtown Toronto. Keeping Toronto’s heavy traffic situation in mind, give yourself plenty of time to arrive before tee off. The course is situated among rolling hills, winding rivers and dense forest with the landscape evoking the essence of a Group of Seven painting. The clubhouse is 40,000 square feet complete with most amenities and often hosting weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries to special dinners for corporate events. The course is a par 72 and 7074 yards from the back tees naturally called the copper tees.
Your Hotel: Alt Hotel Toronto Pearson[caption id="attachment_43231" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A modern hotel steps away from the airport and the golf green. Photo taken from trivago.[/caption]
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Distance to the course: 21 minutes
Located at the Toronto International Pearson Airport, the Alt Hotel provides plushy comforts in a modern package. Rooms include cozy beds complete with Egyptian cotton bedding and a goose down comforter plus free WiFi and a spa-style shower that ensures you’re fresh and ready to tee off at Copper Creek first in the morning.
Eagles Nest[caption id="attachment_43543" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photo by the author[/caption]
Eagles Nest is located in Maple, Ontario and is according to SCORE Golf Magazine one of the top five public courses in Canada. This golf course is a par 72 over a staggering 7476 yards from the tips. Besides great golf, the course also hosts many tournaments and weddings as well as boasting its own helipad for those looking to arrive in style or avoid the crowded highways out of Toronto. If you’re looking to get a proper club fitting or lower your score, consider looking further into their highly rated instruction services.
Your Hotel: Aloft Vaughan Mills[caption id="attachment_43232" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Style and comfort plus the convenience of arriving early for golf. Photo taken from trivago.[/caption]
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Distance to the course: 21 minute drive
A short drive from the Eagles Nest course and you’ll find yourself at the stylish Aloft Hotel Vaughan Mills. The hotel offers guests free WiFi, airy and streamlined rooms with King sized beds and walk in showers with relaxing rainfall shower heads. You can also take a dip in their indoor pool– just don’t forget your bathing suit.
Angus Glen[caption id="attachment_43544" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Taken from the Angus Glen Facebook page[/caption]
Angus Glen Golf Club is a world-class facility located in Markham, and is well known for hosting PGA tournaments such as the Canadian Open. Angus Glen consists of the two championship North Course and South Course and has hosted PGA events on both. The North Course is a par 72 that measures 7016 yards from the tips, excluding the Canadian Open tees which are a lengthy 7403 yards. The South Course is a par 72 as well and measures 7023 yards from the tips, excluding the Canadian Open tees which bring its total span to 7407 yards. Besides offering many other services including conference facilities, a big draw is coming to walk the same fairways in the footsteps of many of the world’s top golfers.
Your Hotel: Four Seasons Toronto[caption id="attachment_43230" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Golf away by day, enjoy the city by night. Photo taken from trivago.[/caption]
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Distance to the course: 40-minute drive
As one of Toronto’s top-rated hotels, the Four Seasons Toronto is the perfect pad for discerning golfers who want to see a bit of city life while still making it out to the internationally renowned Angus Glen course. Floor to ceiling windows show off the fabulous city panorama and attentive service ensures your experience in and beyond the hotel is exceptional.
Piper’s Heath[caption id="attachment_43545" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photo by the author[/caption]
The Piper’s Heath Golf Club is located in Hornby, ideally situated between Mississauga and Oakville. The stunning par 72 golf course measures 7054 yards from the tips and was designed by the popular course architect Graham Cooke. The allure of this course is that it plays as though it were in the highlands of Scotland and includes fairways lined with ancient oak trees. Besides the course itself, many golfers come to Piper’s Heath for their golf academy, tournaments and banquet hall. The club is also a popular spot for weddings and other functions.
Your Hotel: Fairmont Royal York[caption id="attachment_43229" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] In the heart of Toronto but a short drive from the green. Photo taken from trivago.[/caption]
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Distance to the course: 51 minutes by car
A stay at the historic Fairmont Royal York evokes a similar continental experience to that of golfing at Piper’s Heath. The upscale hotel retains many of its charming historic features while employing modern comforts to round out your experience.
Osprey Valley[caption id="attachment_43547" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Picturesque landscape for tee off. Photo taken from the Osprey Valley Facebook page[/caption]
Osprey Valley Golf Club is located in Caledon and features three championship courses. The Heathlands, Hoot and Toot each offer a different experience with their own unique set of challenges. The Heathlands is an acclaimed links course which makes golfers feel as though they are strolling on the fairways in Scotland. Hoot is loaded with water and bunkers from tee to green. Toot is a parkland style course featuring wide open fairways and carefully placed bunkers to penalize errant drives.
Your Hotel: Old Mill Toronto[caption id="attachment_43227" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Village charm in the heart of Toronto. Photo taken from trivago.[/caption]
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Distance to the course: 58 minutes by car
Located in the picturesque Humber Valley, you’ll have no trouble falling asleep at the Old Mill. The crackling of all-season fireplaces sets the mood to sink into to the deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs. Spacious rooms are elegantly appointed and if you’re travelling with your spouse, you certainly won’t hear any complaints if you sneak off for a round at Osprey Valley.[caption id="attachment_43546" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Lush green at Osprey Valley. Photo courtesy of Osprey Valley Facebook page. [/caption]
The above list are some of the great golf courses in and around the Greater Toronto Area. That being said, Ontario has a plethora of wonderful golf courses for all skill levels and budgets and those willing to venture further from the city will find even more. Did we miss your favorite course? Comment below and let us know!