As the weather continues to warm up, you can’t help but think about the rolling hills and scenic green fairways on a hot summer day or early morning tee-off. It’s approaching quickly! Here are 7 golf courses in Southern Ontario, all with a unique take by our friend Jeff Boxer at Merit Golf Vacations.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club

This beautiful 9-hole course is overlooking the scenic Niagara River and historic Fort Mississauga. Built in 1875, it’s the oldest golf course in North America to still be played on its original site.

More information: www.notlgolf.com

Savannah Golf Links

This course has a very unusual hazard. On the right side of the 7th fairway, you will be greeted by the ruins of an ancient stone farmhouse. It’s an 18 hole layout with scenic views of the countryside. It’s designed by Dave Moote, one of Canada’s outstanding young designers, who designed the course to enhance and preserve its natural beauty.

More information: http://www.savannahgolflinks.ca/

Royal Ontario Golf Club

This course has the most challenging finishing holes. Both the 9th and 18th holes are uphill par 5’s with water all down the side of the fairways. Both are 500 yards, narrow fairways with well guarded greens. It combines rolling countryside, nine large ponds, mature trees, all designed by Ted Baker.

More information: http://www.kaneffgolf.com/clubs/royal-ontario/

Legends of Niagara Battlefield Course

Some fairways on this course are up to 60 yards wide, making it our choice for the most forgiving fairways. After a long winter, brush up your skills at their excellent practice facilities, then head out to the tee on this 18-hole Doug Carrick design.

More information: https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit-niagara-parks/golf/the-courses/

Grand Niagara Golf Club

There’s quite the dramatic gap between the 4 sets of tees, captivating players of all skill levels and equally enjoyable for a low and high handicap golfer. It ranges from a gentle 5,737 yards from the forward tees, and a daunting 7,425 yards from the championship tees. Designed by Rees Jones, this is our choice for the most user-friendly overall course.

More information: http://www.grandniagaragolf.com/grand-niagara-golf-course

Copper Creek Golf Course

Ranked among the top 50 public courses in Canada, several holes are played from elevated tees well above the fairway, giving you a breathtaking view; particularly the par 4 10th hole. This Doug Carrick design is set in the picturesque Humber Valley River, in the town of Kleinberg with magnificent venues and culinary excellence.

More information: https://www.coppercreek.ca/

Wooden Sticks Golf Course

Located in Uxbridge, the course was designed by architect Ron Garl and inspired by some of the most famous golf courses around the world. It’s a replication of Amen Corner at Augusta National, the Road Hole at St. Andrews, the Postage Stamp at Troon, the 17th at TPC Sawgrass, etc. The course is challenging and unforgettable, with meals included with your greens fee.

More information: https://woodensticks.com/

Special thanks to Jeff Boxer for his golfing insights:

Are you planning a golf trip or would like some help to plan one? What is on your bucket list? The Teeth of the Dog? PEI? Pinehurst # 2? TPC Sawgrass? The Old course at St Andrews?   With over 600 courses and over 100 destinations to choose from worldwide, he’ll be pleased to customize a package for you. For more information please email him at jeff.boxer@merit.ca or call him on his cell # 416-929-1359 at Merit Golf Vacations.

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