Amazing Golf Weekend

ridge-2This past weekend my mother organized a bridal shower to celebrate a family engagement.  The men decided it was a good opportunity to take a trip north for some bonding.  I was able to pull together an itinerary in the region of Explorers’ Edge, an area encompassing Muskoka, Parry Sound, Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, and Loring-Restoule – the weekend was unforgettable and the trip home was filled with discussion of making a visit to the region an annual event.

I have been fortunate enough to play many of the championship golf courses in the region, and I wanted the main event for the weekend to be crossing another course of my bucket list.  The Ridge at Manitou in McKellar has always been a course I’ve wanted to play and this was the perfect opportunity, now I just had to worry about filling in the rest of the weekend.

Saturday morning my dad, and two uncles loaded up and headed to Gravenhurst.  We checked in to the Residence Inn Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf and got organized.  We walked next door to the Muskoka Discovery Centre.  What a great way to spend an afternoon; we spent a couple of hours here looking at North America’s only in water exhibit of working antique boats.  Our group was avid boaters, so this is what had us awestruck, but there were also plenty of other interesting exhibits detailing Muskoka’s boat heritage.

We stayed at the Wharf for dinner at Dock of the Bay, where we ate overlooking the water on Lake Muskoka.  There was plenty of selection and the food was amazing, but the highlight was definitely the view.  After dinner we headed to downtown Gravenhurst to Sawdust City Brewery, where I had heard nothing but good things.  We opted to order some tasters, so we were able to try a variety of their large beer menu.  While we were there, we were happy to find that they offer live music every Saturday night.  It was a great atmosphere and a place I will defiantly be sure to revisit.  After the music wrapped up, we headed back to the hotel where we got a good night’s sleep in preparation for a busy Sunday.

bobbyWe woke up early Sunday and headed for McKellar and The Ridge at Manitou.  On the way we made a stop in Parry Sound.  We headed over to the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame as one of the places we decided we wanted to visit.  This was great for me – I was never fortunate enough to see Bobby play, but I was still able to appreciate the huge collection of memorabilia.  What was even better was watching my Dad and Uncles, being huge Bobby Orr fans, they were like kids in a candy shop – yelling across the museum at each other – “hey, come look at this.”  Any hockey fan would love this museum, just be sure to leave yourself lots of time, we were amazed how fast the time flew while we were there.

Before leaving Parry Sound, we ate at the Brunswick Sports Grill, in Parry Sound.  More great food and friendly staff and then it was finally time to make our way to The Ridge at Manitou.

Teeing up on the first hole into the fall colour backdrop, I knew this would be a memorable ridge-3round.  The course was in great shape and I felt like the view from every tee deck belonged in a magazine.  None more so than the finishing 18th – the hole is a big dog leg left and after you hit you drive into the landing area you drive your cart up the fairway.  As you approach your ball the course’s signature view comes into sight.  I’m sure you have seen this picture before – and to play it was a very fulfilling experience and the picture really doesn’t do it justice.  We enjoyed lunch in the spectacular clubhouse looking out over Manitouwabing Lake and then we loaded up and started on our way home.  This was a very busy fun filled two day trip, but one that I won’t soon f orget.  This area has so much to offer and I can’t wait to get back to scratch another course off my bucket list and experience more cuisine and adventure that this region has to offer.

Best Holes in Muskoka – We Ask The Pros

With all of the great courses in Muskoka and Parry Sound it is tough to choose a favorite.  An even tougher challenge – picking a favorite hole!  We asked the pros:

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Hole 15 at Oak Bay Golf Club

Jason Bennett, Director of Golf at Oak Bay Golf and Country Club

Hole number 15 is the signature Par 3 at Oak Bay Golf Club. Shortly after the course opened for play this hole was ranked as one of the 9 must play holes in all of Canada in a Globe & Mail article. It has everything the course has to offer in one hole, water, wind, Canadian Shield and the scenic beauty of views out towards Georgian Bay.

Mark DeActis, General Manager and Director of Golf at South Muskoka Golf and Curling Club


My favourite hole is the Par 3, 14th.  It measures 152 from the black tees and plays over water to a green protected by bunkers on the left and right hand side.  A challenging hole, but I love it!

Drew Rachar, General Manager and Course Superintendent at The Ridge at Manitou

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Hole 6 at The Ridge at Manitou

My favourite hole at The Ridge at Manitou is #6.  To me it has a great flow and feel; everything is laid out in front of you so there are no blind areas.  The fairway is fairly generous but if you spray it left you run the risk of being in the bunker for you second shot.  For most people though, Hole #18 is their favorite hole and I think it is one of the best finish holes around.

Spencer Morland, Associate Golf Professional at The Rock Golf Club

My favorite hole at the rock is the 10th.  Not only is it a picturesque hole that can been seen from the clubhouse, but it is also a sound designed hole. Incorporating rock cropping, great bunkering, and an undulating green, this hole sums up Muskoka Golf in 389 yards.

Bruce Rogerson, Head Professional at North Granite Ridge Golf Club

Hole #18 is a feature hole here at North Granite Ridge playing at 426 yards back towards the picturesque clubhouse. It demands a straight drive and accurate approach into a well-protected green. A par 4 here is always a great score. Number 18 always leaves you wanting more!

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Hole 16 at Rocky Crest Golf Club

Chris Near, Head Professional at Rocky Crest Golf Club

My favorite hole here at Rocky Crest is #16. In my opinion, #16 exudes all that golf in Muskoka has to offer. From an elevated tee golfers are treated to a fantastic looking tee shot with a rock outcroppings in the middle of the fairway, a large bunker to the left and a marsh area that spans the entire right side of the hole. This hole is the ultimate balance between aesthetic beauty and playability!

Courses of Georgian Bay and Parry Sound

Within the Golf Muskoka are the courses around Georgian Bay and Parry Sound.  This area is filled with great courses offering unique golf experiences.  These courses are kept in pristine condition which makes an interesting contrast to the natural and rugged landscapes that surround them.

Ridge at Manitou

18th green and clubhouse, The Ridge at ManitouThe Ridge at Manitou is hewn out of the Canadian Shield and flows through rock, forest, and meadowland. No matter what your playing ability, you’ll have a memorable experience in this breathtaking golf sanctuary.  The Ridge is a special place, where the concepts of discretion and excellence would comfortably coexist with unpretentiousness and relaxation.  The golf course itself comprises less than half of the 300 acres of land, the remaining 150 acres is dedicated to preserving the rugged landscape that is home to deer, moose, black bears, wolves, great-horned owls and myriad other forms of wildlife.  Book your Ridge at Manitou tee time online – click here.

 

 

 

Oak Bay Golf Club 

Oak Bay Golf Course is the newest 18-hole Muskoka golf course on the eastern shore of breathtaking Georgian Bay.  The golf course is carved into the natural woodland setting, creating a challenging and enjoyable golf experience. Rock outcroppings, water features and plenty of other natural challenges await novice to experienced golfers alike. Superbly designed fairways and well-manicured greens make playing at Oak Bay Golf & Country Club a truly satisfying experience.  This 6,503, Par 72 championship course offers something exciting for all golfers.  Book your Oak Bay tee time online – click here.

Courses of North Muskoka

Muskoka has some of the best courses in Canada and is a world class golf destination.  If you find yourself in North Muskoka, make sure you check out some of the great courses that the area has to offer.

North Granite Ridge

hole10-pic1North Granite Ridge Golf Club offers a variety of holes that are truly inspiring.  The variety of golf holes that play through these boulders and trees or utilize the elevations provided by the granite ridges is second to none.  A number of tee decks are perched on the top of the granite ridges, providing long-range vistas over forest, without a road to be seen or heard.  This course will have any golfer smiling and is one of Muskoka’s best kept secrets.  Book your North Granite Ridge tee time online – click here.

Windermere Golf Club

Windermere Golf & Country Club is nestled amongst towering tall pines and magnificent granite outcroppings. This 18-Hole championship course is player friendly to all levels of ability yet is a challenge for the most experienced golfer.  This course has changed little from the original vision of its designers. A challenge for all levels of golfer, its enjoyment as a historic traditional Muskoka golf experience can expect to be enjoyed within a 4 hour period.  Book your Windermere tee time online – click here.

Rocky Crest 

Amidst the beauty of the surrounding giant forests of pine, white birch and hemlock, the rolling fairways of Rocky Crest Golf Club will captivate you as the granite outcroppings challenge your skills.  This premier Ontario golf course is presided over by an imposing pine-log lodge-style clubhouse and incorporates all the spine-tingling qualities of the Muskoka golf experience. With tees stretching from 6,936 yards down to 5,131, Rocky Crest is a delight for golfers of all abilities.  Contact Rocky Crest to book your tee time – click here.

Grandview

The Mark O’Meara Course at Grandview opened in 2001. The course is aptly named as it exudes grandness from the moment you arrive.  Winding its way through the granite, forest and wetlands of the incomparable Muskoka region, and with tees ranging from 7,065 yards to 4,750, Grandview is a delight to play.  This is a classic risk/reward course that will challenge golfers of all skill levels.  Contact Grandview to book your tee time – click here.

Lake Joeseph Golf Club

When The Lake Joseph Club opened in 1997, it caused jaws to drop around the golf world.  The course utilizes the granite crags, towering trees and heaving topography to provide an incomparable Muskoka golf experience.  The signature 8th hole is one of the most spectacular par 3’s in the region.  The hole features a significantly elevated teeing area to a green set at the bottom of a valley that captures the topography of the property, as well as the rocky face to reflect upon where you are in Muskoka.  Contact Lake Joe to book your tee time – click here.

The Rock

Hole-10The Rock Golf Club, designed by legendary golfer Nick Faldo, has been artfully sculpted on the shores of one of Muskoka’s premier lakes, Lake Rosseau. Utilizing the site’s dynamic topography, the 6649-yard course is carved tight with narrow tree-lined fairways and sloping greens that wind through rock outcroppings, hardwood trees and rolling hills.  The Rock boasts natural hazards and challenges that reward accuracy and the course has been crafted in such a way to inspire golfers of all levels with an emphasis on strategy and playability.  Book your tee time at The Rock online – click here.

Deerhurst Highlands

Deerhurst Highlands takes full advantage of the dramatic landscape while capitalizing on elevation changes, rugged granite outcroppings and dense forests. The course is a genuine representation of the region, while maintaining a highly playable, well-balanced course that has stood the test of time.   Despite its pro-level challenges, this 7,011 yard course is rewarding for a variety of playing levels. With 6 different tee deck levels including ladies, juniors and seniors, Deerhurst Highlands provides a golfing experience that is inclusive to a wide range of golfers.  Book your Deerhurst Highlands tee time online – click here.

Bigwin Island Golf Club

The Bigwin Island Golf Club has been designed to capture & reflect the spirit and elegance of the original grand resort known as the “Bigwin Inn”. The sweeping fairways drape naturally over the rugged Muskoka terrain, exposing glorious lake vistas at every turn and creating a sense of timeless beauty & tranquility.  Every hole is surrounded by mature hardwoods, creating a sense of maturity and character typically found on the great classic courses built during the early 1900’s. The holes are routed in a variety of directions over the undulating island terrain, creating constantly changing shot values, wind directions and challenges.  Although Bigwin Island is private in the summer months, a Spring or Fall round provides an outstanding golf experience.  Contact Bigwin Island to inquire about tee times – click here.

Courses of Southern Muskoka

Heading North? Bring you clubs!  About two hours north of Toronto there is a hot spot of fantastic golf courses that will provide you with a unique golf experience that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.  Gravenhurst and Bracebridge are the southern towns of Muskoka and offer a full slate of great courses.

Taboo Muskoka

Taboo Muskoka Signature HoleRenowned for its panoramic beauty and innovative use of the dramatic Canadian Shield landscape, the Taboo golf course is a captivating and challenging layout set at the gateway to Muskoka.  Taboo Muskoka offers 300 acres of memorable terrain that are embraced by dense forests of tall white pines and mature red oaks. Taboo’s golf holes are shaped by distinctive pink granite outcroppings. Each hole sits in isolation from the rest, with 15-minute tee time intervals helping to preserve that feeling that you’re golfing a private course.  Book your Taboo tee online – click here

Muskoka Bay

Muskoka Bay Club’s natural features – mammoth rock ridges, wetlands and beaver ponds all hemmed in by forest deliver a stunning golf course with dramatic elevation changes, breathtaking vistas and a rare combination of playability and challenge.  To compliment your round, enjoy five-star dining in the spectacular clubhouse that offers amazing views of its own.  Book your Muskoka Bay tee time online – click here.

Muskoka Highlands

Muskoka Highlands Golf Links maintains the true Scottish links feel on an 18-hole course that now spans more than 6,000 yards.  The course design is very under-stated. It is wide open from the tee – but narrows at virtually every green. For the golfer looking for the risk-reward situation, they exist on every hole. But it can be penal if you miss.  The course motto is “A Wee Touch of Scotland.” You will appreciate the way our course stays true to the traditional links style.  Book your Muskoka Highlands tee time online – click here.

South Muskoka

South Muskoka is a classic Muskoka course with rolling tree-lined fairways, elevated tees and greens, swirling winds, lots of granite and beautiful scenery. Located in downtown Bracebridge, the course is challenging but fair. It measures 6,340 yards from the tips, but its tree-lined, rolling fairways, challenging rough, and frequent elevation changes provide a great test of golf for even the longest hitters. Over a forty year history the course has firmly established its reputation as one of the best golf values in Muskoka.  Book your South Muskoka tee time online – click here.

Best golf courses to play in Ontario

Best golf courses to play in Ontario

Currently, Muskoka boasts multiple golf courses that are rated the best in Canada (ScoreGolf Top 100). From 1997 – 2007, four courses in Muskoka were named best new golf course in Canada by Golf Digest, a record unmatched by any other Canadian golf destination. Utilizing the inspiring landscape of the Canadian Shield, each breathtaking country club offers outstanding nature and top ranking golf. As a result, Muskoka has attracted visitors from all over the globe, making it a must-see destination for golf enthusiasts. From extensive research, the following are among the top courses to play in Ontario. They have been alphabetized them, and grouped by region:

Georgian Bay

GTA

Kitchener

London

Muskoka

Niagara

Northern Ontario

Ottawa

 

Best Golf Courses near Georgian Bay

 

Cobble Beach

Owen Sound

Public

There’s a reason this course has won acclaimed awards from the likes of Golf Digest, Travel + Leisure Golf, Ontario Golf, Fairways and SCORE magazines.

http://www.cobblebeach.com

 

Georgian Bay Club

Clarksburg

Private

Sits atop the Nippissing Ridge, gently nestled against the Niagara Escarpment, with views of the surrounding area and beautiful Georgian Bay.

http://www.georgianbayclub.com/

 

Lora Bay Golf Club

Thornbury

Public

Sculpted by renowned Canadian architect, Thomas McBroom and PGA Tour Star, Tom Lehman.

http://www.lorabaygolf.com/

 

Mad River Golf Club

Creemore

Private

The course offers a variety of strategic choices and shot variations that demand finesse, patience, attack and composure.

http://www.madriver.ca/

 

National Pines Golf Club

Innisfil

Private

Home of the 2007 and 2008 Canadian Tour Championship and the 1995 Ontario Amateur.

http://www.nationalpines.clublink.ca

 

Best Golf Courses in the GTA

 

Bayview Golf & Country Club

Thornhill

Private

Bayview hosted the 2011 Canadian PGA Women’s Championship and the 2013 Ontario Junior Juvenile Championship.

http://www.bayviewclub.com

 

Beacon Hall

Aurora

Private

The Back Nine immediately takes you to Scotland, waste bunkers, pot bunker and two of the finest Par 5’s in Canada.

http://www.beaconhall.com/

 

Blue Springs Golf Club

Acton

Public

Great fun for the novice golfer, yet offers challenge for those more experienced.

http://bluesprings.clublink.ca/

 

Burlington Golf & Country Club

Burlington

Private

Higher temperatures and sandy loam soil give the course one of the longest golf seasons and varied vegetations in Eastern Canada.

http://www.burlingtongolfclub.com

 

Club at Bond Head – South

Bond Head

Public

The South Course is links-style, with wide fairways, gaping bunkers and fescue roughs.

http://www.bondhead.clublink.ca

 

Copper Creek

Kleinburg
Public

Spectacular play conveniently located just north of Toronto.

http://www.coppercreek.ca/

 

Coppinwood

Uxbridge

Public

A dramatic, walkable, modern classic, playable for novice, and serious golfers alike, sure to surprise, and challenge, on every round.

http://www.coppinwood.com/

 

Credit Valley Golf & Country Club

Mississauga

Private

Golfers of all skill levels agree that Credit Valley is a true, fair test of golf.

http://www.creditvalleygolf.com

 

Caledon East

Private

http://www.devilspulpit.com/devils-paintbrush/

 

Devil’s Pulpit

Caledon

Private

Prestige, quality and difficulty are three adjectives used to commonly describe Devil’s Pulpit.

http://www.devilspulpit.com/

 

Donalda Golf Club

Toronto

Private

“In my opinion, the new Donalda greens are amongst the best in the country for interest, detail and character,” says Thomas McBroom, one of Canada’s foremost golf course architects.

https://www.donaldaclub.ca/

 

Eagles Nest Golf Club

Maple

Public

Offering a truly unique links-style golf experience and was crafted by Canada’s premier golf course architect, Doug Carrick.

http://www.eaglesnestgolf.com/home.htm

 

Glen Abbey Golf Club

Oakville

Public

In 2000, Tiger Woods hit the shot of the year out of a fairway bunker on the 72nd hole of the Canadian Open to win by a single stroke

http://www.glenabbey.clublink.ca

 

Hamilton Golf & Country Club – West & South

Ancaster

Private

“It’s as beautiful and as great a golf course as I had heard,” says PGA Tour star and U.S. Open winner Justin Rose.

http://www.hgcc.ca

 

Heron Point

Alberton

Private

Heron Point has witnessed many significant tournaments and is fondly recalled by Mike Weir who won the 1997 Canadian Masters here before moving on to the PGA Tour.

http://heronpoint.clublink.ca

 

 

Islington Golf & Country Club

Etobicoke

Private

In 2010, Islington Golf Club partnered with the RBC Canadian Open and opened their facilities to some of the best pro golfers in the world.

http://www.islingtongolfclub.com/

 

King Valley Golf Club

King City

Private

For golfers who love smart strategic design and escaping into nature.

http://www.kingvalley.clublink.ca

 

Lambton Golf & Country Club

Toronto

Private

Playing golf at Lambton can simply be described as both a trip to the past and the future.

http://www.lambtongolf.com

 

Magna Golf Club

Aurora

Private

Among the golfing elite who have enjoyed this magnificent course are Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Annika Sorenstam and Mike Weir.

http://www.magnagolf.com

 

Maple Downs Golf & Country Club

Maple

Private

For over 40 years, Maple Downs was blessed to have Canadian Golf Legend, and Hall of Fame Member Irv Lightstone as its Head Golf Professional.

http://www.mapledowns.com

 

Mississauga Golf and Country Club

Mississauga

Private

Classic layout and rich history, this course has hosted 6 Canadian Open Championships.

http://www.mississauguagolf.com

 

National Golf Club of Canada
Woodbridge

Private

“If you can play 4 rounds in a row on The National at par or better, you can play The Tour.” – George Knudson

http://www.nationalgolf.ca

 

Oakdale – Thompson Homenuik

Downsview

Private

The Homenuik nine requires a player of any calibre to hit every club in your bag, and a variety of shots.

http://www.oakdalegolf.com

 

Osprey Valley – Heathlands

Caledon

Public

The course fairways are narrow and green sites are smart, and elaborate. Bunkering is kept to a minimum.

http://www.ospreyvalleygolf.com

 

Osprey Valley – Hoot

Caledon

Public

Each hole is equally challenging, and enjoyable.

http://www.ospreyvalleygolf.com/

 

Osprey Valley – Toot

Alton

Public

A parkland style course known for its scenic beauty, but don’t be fooled, the course can be as imposing as it is picturesque.

http://www.ospreyvalleygolf.com

 

Rosedale Golf Club

Toronto

Private

Surrounded by trees and nature in the heart of Toronto, yet the city is almost never seen.

http://www.rosedalegolf.org/

 

Scarboro Golf & Country Club

Scarborough

Private

The only course outside the U.S. designed by Albert Warren Tillinghast. Tillinghast was one of North America’s premier golf course designers.

http://www.scarborogolf.com

 

St. George’s Golf & Country Club

Etobicoke

Private

Ranked No. 30 in the world in the February 2014 issue of Golf Digest magazine.

http://www.stgeorges.org

 

Summit Golf Club

Richmond Hill

Public

An unparalleled golf event experience for small groups, charity events or corporate occasions.

http://www.golfsummit.com/golf-course

 

Thornhill Golf & Country Club

Thornhill

Private

Thornhill has hosted such events as the Canadian Open and President’s Invitational.

http://www.thornhillgcc.com

 

Toronto Golf Club

Mississauga

Private

Classic golf course, traditional clubhouse, proud history in golf, and unique culture.

http://www.torontogolfclub.com

 

Weston Golf & Country Club

Weston

Private

Held The Canadian Open was in 1955, with a young Arnold Palmer winning his first tour victory and setting a record that held for many years as the lowest score in Open history.

http://www.westongolfcc.com

 

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

Uxbridge

Public

Play golf holes inspired by Augusta, St. Andrews, Pine Valley, Carnoustie, TPC Sawgrass, and Oakmont.

http://www.woodensticks.com/

 

Wyndance

Uxbridge

Private

The first course in Canada designed by Greg Norman

http://www.wyndance.clublink.ca

 

York Downs Golf & Country Club

Unionville

Private

A very beautiful golf course in the heart of the GTA.

http://www.yorkdowns.com/

 

Best Golf Courses near Kitchener

 

Brantford Golf & Country Club
Brantford

Private

Ranks among the top 50 courses in Canada as rated by SCORE magazine and is one of 2011 Ontario Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses.

http://www.brantfordgolfandcountryclub.com/

 

Cutten Fields

Guelph

Private

Boasting rolling topography and a superior layout making every round at Cutten unique and keeps the avid golfer wanting more.

http://www.cuttenfields.com/

 

Deer Ridge Golf Club

Kitchener

Private

Deer Ridge Golf Club is rated as a championship golf course designed by renowned course architect, Thomas McBroom.

http://www.deerridgegolfclub.com

 

Galt Country Club

Galt

Public

From humble beginnings the Galt Country Club has quietly developed a strong tradition as one of the premier private clubs in southwestern Ontario.

http://www.galtcountryclub.com/

 

Westmount Golf & Country Club

Kitchener

Private

An oasis in the middle of the city, Westmount was designed by renowned golf course architect, Stanley Thompson.

http://www.westmountgolf.com/

 

Whistle Bear Golf Club

Kitchener

Private

Don’t be fooled by its tranquil appearance, as Whistle Bear golf course is not for the faint of heart.

http://whistlebear.ca/

 

Best Golf Courses near London

 

Craigowan Oxford Golf & Country Club

Woodstock

Private

Host of the 2014 Canadian Women’s Amateur

http://www.craigowan.com/

 

Essex Golf and Country Club

LaSalle

Private

Known for excellent course conditions and fast, smooth greens, a truly memorable experience.

http://www.essexgolf.com

 

Innerkip Highlands Golf Club

Innerkip

Public

This course is a short drive East of London, with who pride themselves on offering reasonable rates.

http://www.innerkiphighlands.com/Home.htm

 

London Hunt & Country Club

London

Private

Unique in North America for its entente cordiale of foxhunting, golf, tennis, skeet and trapshooting.

https://www.londonhuntclub.com/

 

Otter Creek Golf Club

Otterville

Public

Winner of best new golf course in Ontario, the year after opening its doors. http://www.ottercreekgolfclub.com/

 

Redtail Golf Course

Port Stanley

Private

Sean Connery calls the signature third hole at Redtail Golf Course the best par-4 he’s played.

 

St. Thomas Golf & Country Club

Union

Private

Over 115 years old, this is one of the few clubs formed in Ontario prior to the year 1900.

http://www.stthomasgolf.com/

 

Sunningdale – Thompson

London

Private

Designed by two of the most respected course designers in Canadian history, Stanley Thompson and Clinton (Robbie) Robinson.

http://www.sunningdalegolf.com

 

Tarandowah GC

Avon

Public

Named “Best New Course in Ontario” in 2008, by two prominent golf publications.

http://www.puregolf.net/

 

 

Best Golf Courses in Muskoka

 

Bigwin Island

Lake of Bays, Muskoka

Public

The sweeping fairways drape naturally over the rugged Muskoka terrain, exposing glorious lake vistas at every turn.

http://www.bigwinisland.com/

 

Deerhurst Resort – Highlands

Huntsville, Muskoka

Public

Ranked as one of Canada’s top 100 golf courses of 2014 by SCOREGolf, Deerhurst Highlands continues to remain one of the top golfing destinations in Muskoka.

http://www.deerhurstresort.com

 

Grandview (Mark O’Meara)

Huntsville, Muskoka

Public

Greens feature subtle breaks that one does not easily master. Large elevation changes throughout give spectacular views of Fairy Lake.

http://grandview.clublink.ca/

 

Lake Joseph Club

Port Carling, Muskoka

Private

In 1997, the club opened with such success that the course was named the best new course in the country by Golf Digest.

http://lakejoseph.clublink.ca/

 

Muskoka Bay

Gravenhurst, Muskoka

Public

2010 – 2013; 9th Best Course In Canada By Score Golf Top 100 Courses In Canada.

http://www.muskokabayclub.com/

 

Oviinbyrd Golf Club

MacTier, Muskoka

Private

An exclusive course with a classic feel.

https://www.oviinbyrd.com/

 

Port Carling Golf & Country Club

Port Carling, Muskoka

Private

A private club with a world class golf course and clubhouse in the heart of Muskoka.

http://www.portcarlinggc.com/

 

Rocky Crest Golf Club

MacTier, Muskoka

Private

“The use of the rock is totally innovative – a strategic and aesthetic element that shows off the beauty of the Canadian Shield,”  course designer Thomas McBroom says.

http://rockycrest.clublink.ca/

 

Seguin Valley GC

Parry Sound

Public

Situated on a spectacular 1000 acre northern wilderness property that features several ponds, lakes, rocky ridges, creeks and wetlands.

http://seguinvalley.com/

 

South Muskoka Golf And Curling Club

Bracebridge, Ontario
South Muskoka is the best golf value in Muskoka, a region renowned for excellent golf courses. The Club was ranked by the Globe and Mail among Canada’s under-appreciated gems

http://southmuskoka.com/

 

Taboo

Gravenhurst, Muskoka

Consistently voted among Canada’s Top 50 courses and renowned for its panoramic beauty and innovative use of the dramatic landscape

Public

http://www.tabooresort.com

 

The Ridge At Manitou 

McKellar, Muskoka, Ontario

The course is hewn out of the Canadian Shield and flows through rock, forest, and meadowland. No matter what your playing ability, you’ll have a memorable experience in this breathtaking golf sanctuary.

http://ridgeatmanitou.com/

 

 

Wildfire

Lakefield, Kawarthas

Private

In 2004, Golf Digest Magazine selected Wildfire as the best new private Golf Club in Canada.

http://www.golfwildfire.com

 

Best Golf Courses near Niagara

 

Cherry Hill Club

Ridgeway, Niagara

Private

Cherry Hill is one of the finest courses in the Niagara Region.

http://www.cherryhillclub.ca

 

Grand Niagara Golf Club

Niagara Falls

Public

Discover Niagara’s other natural wonder.

http://www.grandniagaragolf.com

 

Lookout Point Country Club

Fonthill

Private

Lookout Point, located on a spectacular piece of property surrounded by mature trees at the top of the Niagara Escarpment, is consistently ranked in the Top 100 Courses in Canada by ScoreGolf.

http://www.lopcc.com/

 

Best Golf Courses in Northern Ontario

 

Crimson Ridge Golf Club

Sault Ste. Marie

Public

Waterfalls, creeks, numerous elevation changes, mature hardwoods and spectacular views and vistas abound on this scenic par 72 layout.

http://www.golfcrimsonridge.com/

 

Whitewater Golf Club

Thunder Bay

Private

Official golf club of the Staal Foundation Open. One of Canada’s “Unsung – But Must-Play” Courses, according to Canadian Golf Traveller.

http://www.whitewatergolf.com/

 

Best Golf Courses near Ottawa

 

Black Bear Ridge Golf Club

Belleville

Public

A traditional parkland layout designed with sweeping vistas, natural water features, and superior conditioning.

http://www.blackbearridge.ca

 

Cataraqui

Kingston

Private

Cataraqui has hosted the Ontario Open, Ontario Ladies Amateur, Canadian PGA Senior Championships and annually plays host to the Women’s Eastern Provinces Championship.

http://www.cataraqui.com

 

Camelot Golf & Country Club

Cumberland

Private

A beautiful setting complemented by majestic views of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills.

http://www.camelotgolf.ca/

 

Eagle Creek Golf Club

Dunrobin

Private

Almost every hole dares you with dangerous options, as well as easier ones.

http://eaglecreek.clublink.ca/

 

Rideau View

Manotick

Private

One of Canada’s Top 100 Golf Courses by SCOREGolf Magazine.

http://www.rideauview.com/

 

These courses were designed, developed and enjoyed over the last century and are a part of our rich Canadian history. To preserve greenspace and create aesthetic tranquility contributes humility to the area. Golf clubs allow members, and the public, to share in the richness of the sport, the community, the nature, and the love for the common binding agent in it all; the game of golf.

 

Things to do in Muskoka

22 Things To Do In Muskoka

Whether or not you have had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful region of Ontario that is Muskoka, one of Canada’s finest vacation and tourist areas, you will never be left wanting and you will always be counting the days until your return. A popular destination for getaway seekers from Toronto, GTA, Ontario and across the globe for many decades now the offerings of things to do in Muskoka is forever growing, however the region never loses it’s quintessential charm.

In Muskoka there is no shortage of fun things to do for you and the family for entertainment, relaxation, attractions, history, sightseeing, adventure and sports.

Although spending all day on one of Muskoka’s golf courses sounds like fun, it’s not all about playing the finest golf courses in Ontario though because there is so much on offer for all the family. And due to this vast choice, we have made it a little easier for you and put together a collection of fun things to do in Muskoka so there will be something suitable for everyone. And heck why not try and do all of the 22 things listed below.

No matter if you want to relax and soak in the scenery, have an adventure or play one of Muskoka’s golf courses and stay at a golf resort, you will find one of the suggestions below perfect for you.

So here are some some great attractions for you and your family to explore, if you want to learn a little more on a particular feature, simply follow the link and you will be able to read more and plan your next trip to Muskoka. The list of however is not conclusive and it’s in no particular hierarchy.

Enjoy!

 

1 – Cycling through Muskoka

muskoka cycling trails

Muskoka’s undoubtedly one of Ontario’s leading biking adventure destinations with its picturesque roads to its extensive trail network, If road cycling is your cup of tea, check out these routes that pass through some of Muskoka’s most stunning countryside.

Looking for a leisurely trail bike ride? Georgian Bay Island and Arrowhead Provincial Park  have trails and bike rentals on site, perfect for those searching for a fun afternoon in a gorgeous Fall setting. Need to rent your bike? There are lots of locations across Muskoka to hire a bicycle click here for a list of rental facilities.

Looking for high action, high thrill mountain biking? Porcupine Ridge offers technical and challenging mountain biking trails for more experienced riders. Click here for all mountain bike trails
– See more at Discover Muskoka

2 – Tree Trekking

tree trekking Muskoka zip lining

Zip, climb, swing and stride on an unforgettable journey through the Muskoka’s forest. This thrilling adventure affords wonderful views as you go through a number of exciting and challenging obstacles in the colourful canopy of the Muskoka forest. There are two locations for Ziplining in Muskoka: Bracebridge at Santa’s Village Muskoka and Huntsville at Treetop Trekking 

3 – Plane Rides Above The Muskoka Lakes

georgian airways plane rides muskoka

Georgian Bay Airways can take you on memorable journey flying over the beautiful landscapes of Muskoka and Parry Sound, as well as the rugged coast line of Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands, home of the world’s largest freshwater archipelago.

– See more at: Georgian Bay Airways

 

4 – Muskoka Swimming Spots

muskoka swimming spots

Tour Muskoka for the day and chances are the family will want a swim. There are many wonderful public spots, perfect for a swim in Muskoka’s lakes for all the family. Swims can be had at Gull Lake and Muskoka Beach parks near Gravenhurst; Bracebridge’s Bracebridge Bay Park, Kirby’s Beach and Bowyer’s Beach; and the Port Sydney Beach in Port Sydney, between Bracebridge and Huntsville to name a few.
See a list here of Muskoka Swimming Spots

 

5- Take a scenic drive

Muskoka Ontario Driving Tours

Driving Tour around Muskoka’s lakes? Except, perhaps, stopping for a lakeside picnic or a spot of shopping along the way.

Follow the link below and get six driving tours that take you around the beautiful Muskoka landscapes. Some other fun driving tours include a Barn Quilt Trail in Ryde, and the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery. – See more driving in Muskoka tours here: Discover Muskoka

 

6- Take a ride on a Historic Steamship – Real Muskoka Style

real muskoka steam ship bracbridge

Discover Muskoka aboard one of the steamships and hop aboard the amazing RMS Segwun, North America’s oldest operational steamship. Launch your curiosity on Wenonah II with all its modern conveniences. Muskoka Steamships offer a unique way to experience the wonderful region of Ontario that is Muskoka for all the family to enjoy. Learn more at Real Muskoka

 

7- Muskoka Breweries & Muskoka Lakes Winery

Muskoka Lakes winery

Muskoka’s known the world over for its homegrown food fare, including tasty treats like maple syrup and cranberries. But did you know Muskoka’s also famous for its fine craft beers and wines? Be sure to check out the seasonal beers from Lake of Bays and Muskoka Brewery. Sampling and tastings are always offered throughout regular business hours. Scheduled tours can be seen at: Muskoka Lakes Winery and Muskoka Brewery:- See more at Discover Muskoka

 

8 – Dorset Lookout Tower, Dorset Muskoka

Dorset Lookout Tower, Dorset:

This is one of the best Muskoka stops for kids and adults alike with the best view of Muskoka and it’s lakes. The Dorset tower is a huge 30 Metres high and was once used to spot fires in the forests. Kids enjoy the 129 step climb and from the bottom or from the trek from dorset itself is you don’t wish to drive to the foot of the tower. See Algonquin Highlands to learn more and for directions

 

9 – Arts And Culture In Muskoka

Art tours in muskoka

Muskoka’s culture has long been a draw for artists and artisans. Take a tour of one of our local artists’ studio or gallery, and see first-hand how the region’s beauty inspires creativity. Learn more on art tours and galleries in Muskoka . Also see this video on Arts and culture in Muskoka.

 

10 – Wolf Howling in Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin park Wolves

Howl at the moon with the wolves!  Located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River, naturists gather every Thursday night in August for public wolf howls. Visitors meet at the park’s outdoor theatre to watch a slide show on the elusive animals, then drive to a spot where the wolves might answer some of the imitation calls. Learn more and book your spot at Algonquin Provincial Park

 

11 – Muskoka Heritage Place, Huntsville:

Muskoka Heritage Place Museum

Muskoka Heritage Place in Hunstville is a large outdoor site that recreates life in Muskoka in the 1800s. Costumed guides take families through its museum and pioneer dwellings. Kids make candles, pet the animals, and learn of pioneer and First Nations communities and they can board a Thomas-like steam train titled The Portage Flyer See muskokaheritageplace.org. Read more at Reader Digest Canada

 

12 -Maple Syrup Tapping

Maple Tree  tapping in Muskoka

With our cold winter coming to an end soon, it’s time for the glorious maple trees of Explorers’ Edge forests to bring forth their long-awaited nectar. Enjoy Canadian nature in the warmer days of March that brings hundreds of farmers and foodies out to enjoy the delights.. Learn more about tree tapping at Explorers Edge

 

13 – Canoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park

Canoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park

A canoe ride in Algonquin Park will be one of the most memorable things you can do in Muskoka: A wonderful, vast endless expanse of water, rock, and pine trees. Algonquin’s level of tourism affords good infrastructure and trip support which makes it especially family-friendly, and the park is so large that it’s almost always possible to find some solitude. Options range from short, easy paddles to multiday, self-supported backcountry canoe-camping trips. http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/

 

14 – Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre, Gravenhurst:

muskoka boat and Heritage Centre, Gravenhurst

Grace & Speed is Muskoka’s new Boat and Heritage Centre. The museum within displays Muskoka’s marine history, the transportation early cottagers and resort-goers used around the turn of the last century. But most captivating for kids is the in-water display of beautiful old wooden boats, plus the boat bells and whistles kids are invited to have fun with
Learn more here Real Muskoka

 

15 – Santa’s Village, Bracebridge

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Santa’s Village is a charming, geared for kids, amusement park that’s ideal for children aged 2 to 9 years old. There are lots of rides, all of them of miniature roller coaster, train, ferris wheel — as well as deer, slides, bouncy castles, a riverboat, paddle boats in Lemonade Lagoon, and of course, Santa Claus himself.  Older kids can be entertained at Sportsland, which is just next door where ziplining, go-karts and batting cages are all available. Learn more at; www.santasvillage.ca

 

16 – Muskoka Festival of the Sound

Muskoka sound festival

Parry Sound has been the epicentre for Canadian classical music for over 30 years, some of the world’s most renowned classical music artists have gathered for an annual summer event that has no equal in Canada. Under the direction of artistic director James Campbell, the Festival of the Sound has entertained thousands and it’s the perfect addition to your trip and things to do in Muskoka… Read more at Explorers Edge

 

17 – Spring Fishing in Muskoka

Muskoka fishing in Spring

The Big Three: Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Lake Joseph

This chain of lakes has lake trout, walleye , northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskie as well as perch and sunfish. The spring season can be great fishing for lake trout right after ice out and the Muskoka region offers anglers a fantastic variety of other fish to catch, and a whole bunch of different lakes to choose from. Read more about Fishing in Muskoka at Northern Ontario’s Website

 

18 – Muskoka Golf – Canada’s Finest Golf Destination

muskoka golf courses, Ridge at Manitou

Muskoka has several of Canada’s top 50 golf courses and resorts residing in the region and there is a golf course that will suit everyone of every level. You can spend your day wandering the fairways while the family enjoys one of the many activities that we have listed here or they can relax at one of the Golf Resorts in Muskoka. Here are just some of the holes on 9 of the top golf courses to play in Muskoka

There are many incredible holes to capture your imagination and challenge every area of your game on all the golf courses in Muskoka, but here are 9 that we think you should be on the look out for; 9 Memorable Holes On Muskoka Golf Courses

 

19 – IRONMAN Muskoka Triathlon

Muskoka Triathlon Ironman

You may not be up for the challenge itself but for some energetic entertainment and getting to see some world class athletes in action the Muskoka IRONMAN Triathlon will be great! Muskoka, Ontario, has been selected to host the fourteenth race in the IRONMAN® North American Series. The inaugural IRONMAN Muskoka triathlon will take place on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Don’t miss this spectacle! Learn more about the Muskoka Ironman here

 

20 Algonquin Moose Adventures

moose watching in Algonquin park muskoka

When the snow melts and spring arrives, iconic Canadian moose are almost guaranteed to come to the side of Algonquin’s Corridor (Highway #60) in search of salt that forms in puddles at the highway. If you visit Algonquin Provincial Park this spring, be sure to pack your camera (preferably one with a telephoto lens) so you can enjoy the wildlife memories for many years. Learn more at Explorers Edge 

 

21 – Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve

If you’re looking for a memorable place to visit in the Parry Sound and Muskoka areas this summer, then look no further than the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. There are over 600 World Biosphere reserves in 117 countries, with 16 now in Canada. Designated by UNESCO in 2004 as a World Biosphere, it is a worthwhile visit for all.. Learn more about the Muskoka Biosphere here

 

22 – Stay at a Resort In Muskoka

Deerhurst Resort Muskoka

Here are some top rated resorts in Muskoka Family Resorts in Muskoka District – Resorts offer the perfect base for your stay in Muskoka with great facilities and things to do on the resort as well.

Severn Lodge Resort, Port Severn, Ontario. Severn Lodge is one of Ontario Canada’s premier lakeside resorts in the heart of the world famous Muskoka Georgian Bay lake district. Here, the air is clean, the water is crystal clear, the stars are bright, and the sunsets spectacular!

Deerhurst Resort is consistently voted as one of the best voted family resorts in Muskoka and for many good reasons. With beauty, entertainment for adults, parents and kids alike. It’s a great resort for a great Muskoka vacation. Learn more about Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka.

 

So there you have a lot of fun things to do in Muskoka for you and your family this year.
You can see there is a wide variety of entertainment and attractions no matter your interests or even your budget. Whether it is enjoying one of our fantastic golf courses in Muskoka or relaxing in the water or maybe soaking in some history, Muskoka has it all.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

how to hit draw and stop slice bubba watson golf muskoka

How To Hit A Draw And Stop Your Golf Slice

Today we wanted to bring you a great lesson and golf tip from CPGA Professional Spencer Morland from The Rock Golf Club in Muskoka that shows you an extremely simple way you can improve your golf swing path so you can prevent hitting a slice and learn how to hit a draw.

Yes curing the slice is important but there is more that can be accomplished with the same fixes than just stopping your drives and iron slice off into trouble.

To cure a slice means to improve your swing path and connection too.

Both of which improve your swing speed and distances but also give you the opportunity to have more control over the golf ball. You see, a golfer should be able to move the golf ball with relative ease one way or the other no matter their level to shoot consistent golf scores and avoid those terrible bad holes with silly mistakes such as hitting into the water or out of bounds.

Let me ask you something…

Are you not tired of always trying to hit perfect straight golf shots and failing?

Don’t worry you are not alone. This error by most golfers in their pursuit of attempting to hit perfect straight golf shots is going to leave anyone beating their head against the wall. However if you understand that the golf ball is not meant to fly straight on any shot you will be taking a lot f pressure of yourself and scoring a lot better too!

OK, so maybe it’s a bit much to expect you to start going out and trying to play and swing like Bubba Watson, but the advantages of being able to curve the ball and at least an understanding how to shape the ball a little bit are vast.

The benefit of having ball shaping and control in your golf weaponry is crucial to lower consistent scores, even Jack Nicklaus stated that straight golf shots are bad. You see the ability to manoeuvre the golf ball will be very helpful to navigate the architecture of certain golf holes especially in Muskoka, steer away from trouble and play great golf no matter your level.

  • If you can hit a draw to can fix your golf slice.
  • You can avoid trouble around the greens.
  • Be in better positions off the tee.
  • Curve away from water, trees and bunkers to reduce risk.
  • You will have the ability to predict where your ball will go more consistently.

These are just a basic look of course at the benefits, as was mentioned above, we are not expecting you to play like Bubba, but even if your handicap is in the 20’s, when you can feel your golf swing and feel how to hit a draw and shape your golf ball your scores will drop and your confidence in your golf swing will soar.

But it’s not as complicated as too many golfers think. Some tweaks in the set up, and the the all important swing path direction will deliver you the desired results.

So as promised here below is the video to help you stop your golf slice and to show you a simple way how to hit a draw;

It’s easy to fix a slice when you know why it happens, and when you have a few tips and practice drills to follow and when you have cured your golf slice once and for all, you can begin to hit a draw and really play better effortless golf.

If you want to see more great tips and drills from Spencer to fix your slice, improve your distances and accuracy with irons and the driver then you should see these free videos here;

 

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Fix Your Slice With This Great Drill From Hank Haney

Far too many golfers needlessly struggle with the oh so frustrating slice, so today we wanted to share with you a video from world famous golf coach Hank Haney.

You may not be able to get out on the golf course right now but there is still a lot of work you can be doing indoors during these cold days. Simulators, golf domes, practice nets or even at home just feeling the correct swing movements all offer many opportunities to improve your golf game.

Now is the time to start working on those swing mistakes that hurt your golf game and this drill from Hank Haney will help eliminate them.  This is also a useful drill to use whilst on the golf course to dial in your swing to hit it straighter if you find that your slice is rearing it’s ugly head.

Hank shares a very simple explanation to why most golfers slice and how to easily feel a better golf swing sequence to fix your slice and hit longer straighter drives.

Fixing your golf slice is often over complicated by too many instructors when in reality, a simple understanding of why hitting the slice into the trees occurs and with the correct golf tips to cure your slice once and for all, you will be much more confident and consistent of the tee.

As promised below is the video to fix your golf slice from Hank Haney.

Listen to his advice. We urge you to get a club out and perform the drill allowing the club the swing around you and get your back to the target. This will start to give you correct swing sequence and feeling to attack the ball from the right angle eliminating one side of the golf course.

This 3-part drill from Hank will re-route your swing and get you perhaps even hitting draws. It’s as easy as starting with a simple clockwise circle.

Hank Haney: The 5-Minute Slice Fix Video

Enjoy and use this practice drill in preparation for the spring weather (mind the furniture though).

We have 3 more simple cures to fix your slice that you can use in addition to the above drill from Haney and will really help you start to improve your golf swing and stop slicing the ball and you can see the first video below.

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