See a Masterpiece in the Making And Play a Little Guessing Game to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Deerhurst Highlands
How many holes on the Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course can you identify from their construction photos taken back in 1989?
Golf Tips From Muskoka Golf Professionals
Muskoka offers many fantastic experiences and the golf courses are just one of the main features of this wonderful region. There are dozens of excellent golf courses for you to enjoy, but how do you know which one to play?
Well, we went around several of the golf clubs and resorts in Muskoka and asked the professionals a few questions to show you a little more on the golf course, and also their best golf tips to help you improve your game.
The questions were:
1) Why someone should come and visit your Muskoka golf course?
2) What is the biggest mistake you see that golfers make?
3) What is the very best, simple golf tip you would give?
4) What is your favorite hole and how to play it from tee to green?
It was interesting seeing the golf professionals in action and sharing their insights of their golf course and sharing some great golf tips to help you play better!
So which Muskoka Golf Courses did we go and see?
Below are the golf tips and course review videos of the Muskoka Golf Professionals we put together below.
Learn more about Rocky Crest Golf Resort here.
Learn more about South Muskoka Golf Club here.
Learn more about Taboo Muskoka Resort here.
Learn more about The Rock Golf Club here.
Learn more about North Granite Ridge Golf Club here.
Learn more about Windermere Golf & Country Club here.
Learn more about The Diamond in The Ruff Golf Club here.
Well there you have it… some great golf tips! Plus, we hope you learned a bit more about each club so that you are enticed to go and visit one of these fantastic venues for your next round of golf or getaway.
We do have some exclusive offers for many of the above courses and they can be found on either the Facebook page or for you to be registered in our Insiders club (it’s free)…
We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing all about your experience!
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:
Best Golf Courses near Georgian Bay
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.
Georgian Bay Club
Sits atop the Nippissing Ridge, gently nestled against the Niagara Escarpment, with views of the surrounding area and beautiful Georgian Bay.
Lora Bay Golf Club
Sculpted by renowned Canadian architect, Thomas McBroom and PGA Tour Star, Tom Lehman.
Mad River Golf Club
The course offers a variety of strategic choices and shot variations that demand finesse, patience, attack and composure.
National Pines Golf Club
Home of the 2007 and 2008 Canadian Tour Championship and the 1995 Ontario Amateur.
Best Golf Courses in the GTA
Bayview Golf & Country Club
Bayview hosted the 2011 Canadian PGA Women’s Championship and the 2013 Ontario Junior Juvenile Championship.
The Back Nine immediately takes you to Scotland, waste bunkers, pot bunker and two of the finest Par 5’s in Canada.
Blue Springs Golf Club
Great fun for the novice golfer, yet offers challenge for those more experienced.
Burlington Golf & Country Club
Higher temperatures and sandy loam soil give the course one of the longest golf seasons and varied vegetations in Eastern Canada.
Club at Bond Head – South
The South Course is links-style, with wide fairways, gaping bunkers and fescue roughs.
Spectacular play conveniently located just north of Toronto.
A dramatic, walkable, modern classic, playable for novice, and serious golfers alike, sure to surprise, and challenge, on every round.
Credit Valley Golf & Country Club
Golfers of all skill levels agree that Credit Valley is a true, fair test of golf.
Prestige, quality and difficulty are three adjectives used to commonly describe Devil’s Pulpit.
Donalda Golf Club
“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.
Eagles Nest Golf Club
Offering a truly unique links-style golf experience and was crafted by Canada’s premier golf course architect, Doug Carrick.
Glen Abbey Golf Club
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
Hamilton Golf & Country Club – West & South
“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.
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.
Islington Golf & Country Club
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.
King Valley Golf Club
For golfers who love smart strategic design and escaping into nature.
Lambton Golf & Country Club
Playing golf at Lambton can simply be described as both a trip to the past and the future.
Magna Golf Club
Among the golfing elite who have enjoyed this magnificent course are Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Annika Sorenstam and Mike Weir.
Maple Downs Golf & Country Club
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.
Mississauga Golf and Country Club
Classic layout and rich history, this course has hosted 6 Canadian Open Championships.
National Golf Club of Canada
“If you can play 4 rounds in a row on The National at par or better, you can play The Tour.” – George Knudson
Oakdale – Thompson Homenuik
The Homenuik nine requires a player of any calibre to hit every club in your bag, and a variety of shots.
Osprey Valley – Heathlands
The course fairways are narrow and green sites are smart, and elaborate. Bunkering is kept to a minimum.
Osprey Valley – Hoot
Each hole is equally challenging, and enjoyable.
Osprey Valley – Toot
A parkland style course known for its scenic beauty, but don’t be fooled, the course can be as imposing as it is picturesque.
Rosedale Golf Club
Surrounded by trees and nature in the heart of Toronto, yet the city is almost never seen.
Scarboro Golf & Country Club
The only course outside the U.S. designed by Albert Warren Tillinghast. Tillinghast was one of North America’s premier golf course designers.
St. George’s Golf & Country Club
Ranked No. 30 in the world in the February 2014 issue of Golf Digest magazine.
Summit Golf Club
An unparalleled golf event experience for small groups, charity events or corporate occasions.
Thornhill Golf & Country Club
Thornhill has hosted such events as the Canadian Open and President’s Invitational.
Toronto Golf Club
Classic golf course, traditional clubhouse, proud history in golf, and unique culture.
Weston Golf & Country Club
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.
Wooden Sticks Golf Club
Play golf holes inspired by Augusta, St. Andrews, Pine Valley, Carnoustie, TPC Sawgrass, and Oakmont.
The first course in Canada designed by Greg Norman
York Downs Golf & Country Club
A very beautiful golf course in the heart of the GTA.
Best Golf Courses near Kitchener
Brantford Golf & Country Club
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.
Boasting rolling topography and a superior layout making every round at Cutten unique and keeps the avid golfer wanting more.
Deer Ridge Golf Club
Deer Ridge Golf Club is rated as a championship golf course designed by renowned course architect, Thomas McBroom.
Galt Country Club
From humble beginnings the Galt Country Club has quietly developed a strong tradition as one of the premier private clubs in southwestern Ontario.
Westmount Golf & Country Club
An oasis in the middle of the city, Westmount was designed by renowned golf course architect, Stanley Thompson.
Whistle Bear Golf Club
Don’t be fooled by its tranquil appearance, as Whistle Bear golf course is not for the faint of heart.
Best Golf Courses near London
Craigowan Oxford Golf & Country Club
Host of the 2014 Canadian Women’s Amateur
Essex Golf and Country Club
Known for excellent course conditions and fast, smooth greens, a truly memorable experience.
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club
This course is a short drive East of London, with who pride themselves on offering reasonable rates.
London Hunt & Country Club
Unique in North America for its entente cordiale of foxhunting, golf, tennis, skeet and trapshooting.
Otter Creek Golf Club
Winner of best new golf course in Ontario, the year after opening its doors. http://www.ottercreekgolfclub.com/
Redtail Golf Course
Sean Connery calls the signature third hole at Redtail Golf Course the best par-4 he’s played.
St. Thomas Golf & Country Club
Over 115 years old, this is one of the few clubs formed in Ontario prior to the year 1900.
Sunningdale – Thompson
Designed by two of the most respected course designers in Canadian history, Stanley Thompson and Clinton (Robbie) Robinson.
Named “Best New Course in Ontario” in 2008, by two prominent golf publications.
Best Golf Courses in Muskoka
Lake of Bays, Muskoka
The sweeping fairways drape naturally over the rugged Muskoka terrain, exposing glorious lake vistas at every turn.
Deerhurst Resort – Highlands
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.
Grandview (Mark O’Meara)
Greens feature subtle breaks that one does not easily master. Large elevation changes throughout give spectacular views of Fairy Lake.
Lake Joseph Club
Port Carling, Muskoka
In 1997, the club opened with such success that the course was named the best new course in the country by Golf Digest.
2010 – 2013; 9th Best Course In Canada By Score Golf Top 100 Courses In Canada.
Oviinbyrd Golf Club
An exclusive course with a classic feel.
Port Carling Golf & Country Club
Port Carling, Muskoka
A private club with a world class golf course and clubhouse in the heart of Muskoka.
Rocky Crest Golf Club
“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.
Seguin Valley GC
Situated on a spectacular 1000 acre northern wilderness property that features several ponds, lakes, rocky ridges, creeks and wetlands.
South Muskoka Golf And Curling Club
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
Consistently voted among Canada’s Top 50 courses and renowned for its panoramic beauty and innovative use of the dramatic landscape
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.
In 2004, Golf Digest Magazine selected Wildfire as the best new private Golf Club in Canada.
Best Golf Courses near Niagara
Cherry Hill Club
Cherry Hill is one of the finest courses in the Niagara Region.
Grand Niagara Golf Club
Discover Niagara’s other natural wonder.
Lookout Point Country Club
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.
Best Golf Courses in Northern Ontario
Crimson Ridge Golf Club
Sault Ste. Marie
Waterfalls, creeks, numerous elevation changes, mature hardwoods and spectacular views and vistas abound on this scenic par 72 layout.
Whitewater Golf Club
Official golf club of the Staal Foundation Open. One of Canada’s “Unsung – But Must-Play” Courses, according to Canadian Golf Traveller.
Best Golf Courses near Ottawa
Black Bear Ridge Golf Club
A traditional parkland layout designed with sweeping vistas, natural water features, and superior conditioning.
Cataraqui has hosted the Ontario Open, Ontario Ladies Amateur, Canadian PGA Senior Championships and annually plays host to the Women’s Eastern Provinces Championship.
Camelot Golf & Country Club
A beautiful setting complemented by majestic views of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills.
Eagle Creek Golf Club
Almost every hole dares you with dangerous options, as well as easier ones.
One of Canada’s Top 100 Golf Courses by SCOREGolf Magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
The name Muskoka quickly conjures the romance of a rustic vacation, a getaway in cottage land, a retreat to the harmony of nature. With its clear crystal lakes, neat green forests and also sunny summer weather, Muskoka remains one of the favourite destinations for Canadians in the past century and it’s still as appealing and untouched as it is always has been and lost none of its appeal.
The spectacular resort golf courses in Muskoka make the region a premier golf destination too.
There is such a wide variety of excellent golf courses in the Muskoka Region. Some are more difficult than others, some are more scenic, some more relaxed and perfect for the family, others are perfect for you and your golfing buddies (enemies)to have a great day out and challenge your skills. We thought we would just put together a short but not conclusive list of golf courses in Muskoka, no matter your level you should make a point to play at one point as they will leave you with fond memories no matter how you played!
Deerhurst was among Muskoka’s earliest resorts commissioned in 1896 and has two beautiful courses for you to come and see. Deerhurst has ranked as the second best in Canada by Score magazine in the “Best Golf Resort” category for several reasons such as the views, the facilities, the scenery and also the demanding Deerhurst Highlands golf course. The resorts title course is from architects Robert Cupp and also Thomas McBroom.
Carved from the rugged hills and dense forestry, it presents the golfer with hazards to challenge every aspect of ones game. The Deerhurst Lakeside course is perhaps a little more forgiving and is a par 65 offering a gentler layout and provides a very enjoyable track in excellent condition to still offer variety and many skill testing holes for golfers.
Grandview Golf Club
The Mark O’Meara Course at Grandview opened in May 2001. This course was the debut of the PGA Tour star in the golf course design arena. O’Meara wanted his first design to be on a beautiful piece of property, and he has made excellent use of the natural settings that the Muskoka region affords. The golf course course sprawls across gorgeous, rugged terrain with plenty of elevation changes, trees and encroaching granite outcroppings to give you the views and golf holes you dream of in and reminds us why Muskoka Golf is famous the world over.
Rocky Crest Golf Club
At Rocky Crest Golf Club, situated at the north of Lake Joseph, McBroom designed yet another magnificent course out of the Canadian Shield of Muskoka. Wonderfully framed by forest of light hemlock and pine and birch, the fairways are accented by granite outcroppings and deep bunkers that supply definition and challenge.
Rocky Crest Golf Club is aptly named for the appearance of the Canadian Shield on no less than 15 of its holes. This feature hole is a par 5 measuring 569 yards from the back tee with a forced carry over a smooth and beautiful granite ravine that requires your tee shot to carry 180 yards to reach the fairway.
The Lake Joseph Club
The Lake Joseph Club golf course has been framed by dense forest and also granite from the Canadian shield, with spectacular landscapes of the picturesque Lake Joseph in the heart of the the region. The beauty and the challenge around this rugged setting will leave you satisfied and craving to play another 18 holes. The course is known for many great views but course design it’s really as strategic and challenging as it is panoramic.
So there you have four excellent golf courses in Muskoka you really should go and see this season.
And if you want to learn more about golf stay and play packages in Muskoka or golf trails to plan the perfect trip for you and your family or your golfing friends then have a look here for some great offers and packages.
If you are anything like 95% of the golfers who play this game you will be suffering from shots that leak out because all of the dreaded and catastrophic slice.
It’s a plague that seems to frustrate and attack far too many golfers of all levels and ages that causes bogeys (or more) lost balls and ruined scores.
You see, golf courses know how to punish players who suffer from weak slices. They do this by placing bunkers, rough and tress in the exact spots to make life difficult for you off the tee and around the greens. Now as we are Canadians, many of you will be left handed, but the trouble still lies awaiting for you too so don’t think you get away with it.
Also a point to mention is that the golf swing action that creates a slice such as out to in swing path into the ball, a poor takeway, inconsistent alignment and poor swing mechanics often results in many other bad shots such as; fat shots, pulls and miss hits .. (I think we all want less of those correct?)
Because a slice, no matter which way it curves, is a weak shot, it robs you of distance for one thing, but big issue with golfers having the slice as their main bad shot is the compensations they make in trying to fix it or allowing for it on the golf course…
Let me ask you this..
Ever had to play golf with your slice and found yourself aiming further and further away from the fairway or green to allow for the slice?
Do you just accept having a golf swing that produces a slice?
Why does it seem to get progressively worse too when you allow for it on the course?
You see the more you allow for it, the more it slices and your golf swing becomes choppy, nervous and weak resulting in an incorrect angle swing path and just bad inconsistent golf shots.
None of the above are a recipe for enjoyable golf on one of on Muskoka’s fine golf courses are they?
So, what we are going to do to ensure you fix your golf swing slice habits with some really effective golf practice tips you can even start working on at home to prepare for the sprong and upcoming golf season…
We have 3 simple but really effective drills and tips you can start working on right away to finally start improving your consistency and having your best golf scores yet in Muskoka.
Because the slice is such an annoying shot and too many of you suffer needlessly with it, we asked CPGA Coach, Spencer Morland from The Rock Golf Club to provide some great tips to help you fix your slice golf swing habits just for Golf Muskoka..
So all you need to do is follow this link below and you can begin to watch the first tip on why alignment is a principle you must master to have straighter golf shots and how you begin improving easily.
See the fix your slice videos here;
From Spencer and all of us here at Golf Muskoka…hit ’em straight and longer too!
Golf in Muskoka is renowned for the exceptional quality and variety of the golf courses in the region to suit every golfers game and indeed budget.
We at Golf Muskoka aim to provide you great reviews and tips to help you choose the right course for you to play and to enjoy it to the fullest either as a day trip of part of a golf trail in Muskoka.
As part of that mission, we have the Insiders Club.
The Golf Muskoka Insiders Club is a place where if you are lucky enough to be a part of; (it’s FREE by the way) you get the most exclusive deals we can get you directly from a variety of fantastic golf courses in Muskoka.
Because the region offers so many fantastic golf courses to choose from and because you are a shrewd golfer, you want to find good deals for great courses, but you don’t want to spend hours searching online, looking for vouchers or calling each club individually…
So with that in mind, we have done all the hard the work for you!
These Muskoka golf deals WILL NOT be found anywhere else. Besides, if we shared them outside of the Insiders Club, they would not be exclusive, would they?
Also, these special Insider deals are always going to only available in limited quantities or be available for limited times only.
But the only place to get these exclusive deals is if you come and join us inside. These offers will not be shared by the golf courses directly, they will not be seen on the website or posted on social media for anyone to see…
The great deals for golf in Muskoka that we seek out for the Insiders Club are waiting for you. So come on inside and start preparing to dust of clubs and enjoy some of the finest, memorable and enjoyable golf courses in Ontario.
Its simple, all you need to do to be a part of the Golf Muskoka Insiders Club is;
Go to https://golfmuskoka.com/offers/ and register.
Then check your email. You will get your first special offer emailed to you right away!
See you on the Inside and on one of the best golf courses 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.
Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course – 10th hole.
Muskoka’s golf boom began while using the 1990 opening of Deerhurst Highlands Course, where the par-four dog leg 10th commences at a towering granite-slab tee box just before twisting right toward a multi-tiered green to challenge even the best of putters.
The Ridge At Manitou Golf Club – 18th hole
Awaits you at the end of the fairway is a green at the par-five final hole that appears to be suspended by an emerald infinity pool above Manitous body of water. The Ridge at Manitou’s clubhouse as an additional backdrop provide a magical ending to every round.
Bigwin Island Golf Club – 6th hole
The Affording panoramic vistas of the surrounding Lake of Bays, the par-four sixth at Bigwin Island Club has been renowned as one of the Canada’s best scenic holes and deservedly so.
North Granite Ridge Golf Club – 6th hole
High-handicappers beware: the carry required from off the tee to just get over bedrock and water from your back tees at North Granite Ridge Golf Club’ s par-five 6th hole can be a drive too far unless you catch your driver well, with a knee-buckling 220 yards carry, it will test your resolve.
The Rock Golf Club – 9th hole
A thrilling challenge that concludes to the roller-coaster-ride front nine, The Rock Golf Club’s dogleg par-five 9th hole challenges every golfers to attempt to bite away as much off the corner as they dare.
Muskoka Bay Golf Club – 1st hole
The opening hole is strikingly beautiful, but it’s not crazily prolonged or overly hard, Muskoka Bay Golf Club’ s 441-yard first hole tee box is at a rocky perch high above the fairway is a great opener to every round to smash one down the fairway.
South Muskoka Curling and Golf – 16th hole
Perhaps Muskoka’s most feared hole will be the 16th at South Muskoka Golf and Curling Club , a par four requiring you to perform a pinpoint approach on the ball-hungry gully to an undulating environment friendly green.
Taboo Resort Golf and Spa– 7th hole
The par-three seventh at Taboo Course is chiseled from a craggy chute and long striated white and grey granite. Miss right or left and your ball move into orbit.
There are dozens of other great golf courses in Muskoka all with memrable holes and views. Muskoka is a perfect destination for your golf vacation.
Byron Nelson used to say that the best practice he ever did was at 4 o’clock in the morning, in bed, before a tournament.
This is fantastic advice I would advise all golfers to follow.
However, most golfers are not very effective with their “mental practice” as it’s commonly called. They give it a short attempt at the advice of some pro on TV or in a magazine and then they give it up because they don’t see instant results. I’m going to tell you why.
By the way, Notice I didn’t call it “visualization.” I mentioned in another video that you don’t have to “see” anything in order to do powerful visualization. Thinking that you HAVE to is the first biggest mistake golfers make.
Another mistake is in failing to bring up the desired state or emotion you want to have when doing imagination practice. Some golfers just close their eyes and imagine themselves putting coolly and calmly just like they do on a practice green. That’s all fine and dandy but that’s not going to help you when you come down to a crucial putt that you MUST have and your nerves get going.
What you want to do in mental practice is to imagine that situation where you are under pressure…and the nerves come up….and you have a keyword or thought that you PRACTICE in your mind taking your nerves down.
In other words, you are mentally practicing getting control of your bodily state. If you were to do this a hundred times before the next real pressure putt, I would bet anything that you would actually be able to do this in reality and then truly, calmly go up there and putt like you know how without the tension.
Another big mistake golfers make doing mental practice is they try to do too much. They work themselves all around a golf course in many situations and swings and shots etc.
To be 3 times more effective, what you want to do is to do mental practice on SPECIFIC, small parts of your game. The more specific, the better.
For example. You could imagine yourself chipping beautifully out of the bunker for a tap-in putt….over and over again. This is fine but if you want more results for your mental practice, then what you want to do is to go over and over the one thing ABOUT your sand wedge play that ensures good contact. Like keeping a steady base. Or hitting the sand an inch behind the ball. Better to focus on those details over and over and over, one at a time than to mentally practice hitting balls out of the sand with an unfocused mind.
It’s hard to remain motivated to continue mental practice when you can’t make the connection that it’s paying off in results. And it’s hard to discern that unless you are working on one specific item at a time.
Results come with consistent work and sometimes it takes awhile just like regular practice. Sometimes, you get results overnight and that is exciting!