Deerhurst Resort

Muskoka Golf Courses You Should See

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 Resort

Deerhurst Resort
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

Grandview Golf club Muskoka Mark O'meara

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

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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

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.

 

 

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How To Fix Your Slice Golf Swing Habits To Play Better Golf

 

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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;

https://golfmuskoka.com/fix-your-slice-lm

From Spencer and all of us here at Golf Muskoka…hit ’em straight and longer too!

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Golf Muskoka – Insiders Club

Introducing; Golf Muskoka’s – Insiders Club

What is it?

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!

What’s in it 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.

What do YOU need to do next?

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

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The Best Holes On 9 Top 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.

 

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.

deerhurst highlands Muskoka golf 10th hole

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Lake Joseph Golf Club – 8th hole
From the dizzying heights of the eighth tee at Lake Joseph Club, golfers ought to hit a precision iron shot to a valley green dwarfed by a big wall of pink granite.

Lake joseph 8 hole

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

taboo golf resort 7th hole

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.

Golf Muskoka Visualization

Golf Visualization Tips – Mistakes Golfers Make

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!

Golf In Muskoka Has Emerged as Canada’s Top Golf Destination!

Amazing Natural Beauty and Award Winning Resort Accommodations

Six Top 100 Golf Courses…

The Muskoka area is renowned for its beauty and natural setting. Located in the unique terrain provided by the Canadian Shield, you can be sure it is a destination you will truly want to visit, enjoy and then visit again and again.  Muskoka has been recognized by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of their Top 20 Best of the World – Must See Places and the #1 Pick for the Best Trips of Summer.

Once you have passed the “Welcome to Muskoka” sign on either Hwy 11 or Hwy 400, announcing your arrival to this spectacular area, you will begin to understand the true meaning of relaxation, enjoyment and fun. A certain feeling comes over you, causing you to smile excessively–and then you realize–you have just arrived at a small section of paradise known as Muskoka.

Golf in Muskoka Truly is Canada’s Greatest Golf Destination.

With a wide variety of facilities designed to meet the needs of every golfer, regardless of age, ability, experience or level of challenge desired, you will certainly find a course suited to you and your group. With all of these amazing golf courses located within easy driving distance from any location within Muskoka, it is easy to see why this area is considered one of the greatest-kept golf destination secrets in our country–if not the world. With 6 of the top 100 courses in Canada according to Score Golf and 8 of the top 50 courses in Ontario as voted by Ontario Golf Professionals in Canadian Golfer Magazine, this is truly a fact that will be tough to dispute.

Tell All Your Friends!

The true goal of The Golf Muskoka Enterprise is to ensure that our little secret does indeed get out. We want to share everything that Muskoka has to offer for both the golfer and non-golfer alike! We look forward to welcoming you to our little piece of paradise. Bring your spouse, the kids, the entire family or just your golfing buddies. Regardless of the group, there is no doubt that and everyone you know will quickly want to call Muskoka their second home!

More than Just Great Golf…Muskoka Has Something For Everyone.

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Hole More Putts – Putting Drill at Home to Improve Your Stroke

Winter is certainly with us in Ontario and golfers everywhere are getting itchy that they cannot improve their game and enjoy the good weather on our great Muskoka golf courses. However, there are many things you can still do over the next couple of months to improve your golf game at home and keep excited for the new golf season and not wood too much about spending the first few weeks blowing off the cobwebs “finding your golf swing” and getting your “feel back” on and around the greens and ultimately be able to hole more putts.

So over the next couple of months we will provide some great golf tips to improve your game this winter from the putting stroke, right through to improving your swing for distance from the comfort of your nice warm home

First up is improving your putting stroke. This is often ignored when golfers think of being rusty, but 50% of your scores are made on the green so why not improve your short game and putting over the next couple of months?

When the greens are covered in snow there is actually a lot you can do to work on your putting stroke and really being able to hole mole putts there are lots of drills you can do at home on your carpet or in the office but today we going to show you we going to explain one very simple one that wouldn’t have you stressing about you stroke or holding those eight footers for pars

A good putting stroke is one that is accurate and more importantly consistent

A very important factor that’s often ignored in putting is having consistently to strike the ball out of the sweet spot golf is often tend to forget the importance of this when it comes to the stroke on the greens even though they know it’s very important with the drivers and the iron.

Your putter is no different.

If you strike your putts out of the toe this will cause a gear effect and open up the face at impact and missing the putts to the right.Putting1

Likewise if you strike your putts out of the heel it’s going to more often than not pull the putt to the left and if you’re doing this regularly you’re going to have to make many compensations to try to adjust through the stroke so you don’t pull it or push it

So how do we get consistent with the flat stick and strike your putts more often out of the sweet spot in your putting stroke?

Well all you need to do is place two can of beans, tuna, vegetables, or some cups. Anything really you can find.

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Place a ball in between the two objects as see in the picture, (depending on how good or confident you are you can make the space between each end the heel and toe of putter wider for more forgiveness.

You can aim for a specific object or just putt towards a wall to practice distance control but the idea is that you want to try to hit the putt out of the sweet spot without touching either side of those cans.

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When you try and make a nice smooth stroke without trying to guide it through you will be on your way to having a nice accelerating consistent stroke that will give you feedback to know when you’re either coming across or into the ball at the wrong angle

So all you need to do is practice this drill to improve your putting stroke, hit more out of the sweet spot so you get a better roll on the greens and ultimately hole more putts and by the time the Muskoka golf courses open you will be a vastly better putter than you were last season.

Muskoka Golf Courses; Best Destination Fore Golf in Canada

It’s summertime in Canada, where great golf abounds from coast-to-coast. Not sure where to start? We asked our travel experts which destination is ideal for your first golf trip up north:

Muskoka Golf Courses Stands Up and Stands Out in Canada

We find it very difficult to stand up and blow our own horn as we might be a bit biased when it comes to the Muskoka Region and the wonderful golf that it has to offer.  So we are pleased to bring you a variety of different sources that can truly express what we have know for quite a while.

The following testimonials are something we are truly proud of;

A Recent Article Published By the Golf Channel

Punch Shots: Favorite golf destination in Canada
By Brandon Tucker , Jason Deegan , Mike Bailey
Jul 22, 2013 5:34 PM ET

It’s summertime in Canada, where great golf abounds from coast-to-coast. Not sure where to start? We asked our travel experts which destination is ideal for your first golf trip up north:

While I love the ski villages, mountain views and golf courses of Mont-Tremblant and Whistler, no Canadian golf destination can compete with the sheer depth and quality of the Muskoka Lakes region.

A two-hour drive north of Toronto, Ontario’s “cottage country” is revered for its hundreds of lakes, but golf has become a major player as well. Deerhurst Resort, home to the Highlands and Lakeside courses, a spa, fine restaurants, plenty of excursions and live theater, isn’t as glitzy as Canada’s iconic Fairmont golf resorts, but the place would make a great home base for any trip.

Host of the G8 Economic Summit in 2010, Deerhurst continues to improve under new owners, Skyline Hotels & Resorts. Nearby, the Rocky Crest Golf Resort in Mactier offers another SCOREGolf Top 100 course.

The Muskoka Bay Club, designed by Doug Carrick, remains the best of the extreme layouts cut from exposed rock outcroppings of the Canadian Shield. That said, nearby Taboo might be tougher and more scenic.

The best time to visit Muskoka could be fall when the leaves change colors and all the tourists leave. In the shoulder season, private Bigwin Island Golf Club begins offering outside play. Set on an 800-acre island in the middle of the Lake of Bays, it’s a playable Carrick design that opened in 2002 on the site of an old Stanley Thompson course. The five-minute boat ride to reach the club feels like an escape to the days of yore when the rich and famous gathered on the island for parties and dances. Toronto’s corporate elite arrive by seaplane flying overhead.

Secondary courses around Muskoka such as the Ridge at Manitou Golf Club, Oak Bay Golf & Country Club and The Rock Golf Club all serve up memorable moments, too.

Golf Muskoka Practice

Golf Practice Tips – The Best Practice You Can Do

Byron Nelson used to say that the best golf practice he ever did was at 4 o’clock in the morning, in bed, before a tournament. This is fantastic for all golfers to follow and something you should start working on before spring rolls around and begin to play the golf courses in Muskoka.

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.

What you want to do instead for your 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.

Don’t Worry About Your Weaknesses

Forget that old school teaching that says you have to “identify your weaknesses.” You know darn well what holds you back in your game. Start focusing this round, for every shot on what you do well. ON WHAT WENT RIGHT! Build a storage of good things you are capable of to come back to time and time again.

When you do something bad, quickly analyze it for what can be learned AND THEN FORGET IT! FOREVER!

So start practicing this winter and preparing yourself for some fabulous rounds of golf and beating your personal best on some of Muskoka’s golf courses.