Golfing greats: Tee up in these 4 provinces

Apr 1, 2024

Someone once said that “golf is a good walk spoiled,” but we beg to differ. Golf isn't just about the game itself; it’s about the satisfying crack when you drive a ball straight down the fairway; the cheers that erupt when you pitch perfectly out of a sandpit; the number of times you can yell “Mulligan!” before your group holds you to it; and the camaraderie of trekking through the trees together to find that one ball that sliced to the left. It’s an experience with friends and family, enjoying a good walk—while keeping score, or not.


British Columbia

Obviously, B.C. has something most other provinces don't—big mountainous terrain, ensuring stunning views from its courses. Couple that with championship-caliber links with lush valleys and rolling hills and you have a golfing experience for the books. In B.C.'s Interior, you'll be teeing up next to vast vineyards and picturesque lakes. And if you head to Fairmont Hot Springs, you'll have the unique opportunity to unwind after a day on the green in the country's largest natural mineral geothermal pools. Nearby Mountainside Course offers Rocky Mountain and Columbia Lake views, while Riverside Golf Course crisscrosses the fast-flowing Columbia River six times—talk about a water hazard.


Ontario

Ontario's golfing landscape covers a wide range of terrain, extending into charming towns and scenic countryside with sweeping views and refreshing lake breezes. Courses boast meticulously manicured fairways to undulating greens weaving through woodlands and rocky crags that will put your skills to the test. But don’t worry, those views make every swing worth it, don’t they? Some of our favourites include Niagara Falls Golf Club with a not-too-hilly course that's easy to walk, and Wolf Run in the quaint Kawartha town of Janetville, with long fairways perfect for practicing those power drives. For a full golf getaway, Black Bear Ridge boasts home-away-from-home accommodations and an 18-hole parkland-style course. It's also near Prince Edward County so you can golf away the morning and sip on local vintages in the afternoon.


Quebec

Quebec's varied geography means you can go from teeing off at coastal courses with views of the St. Lawrence River to tackling mountainous terrain in the Laurentians or Eastern Townships. You'll find a wide range of architectural styles here, too. Reflecting the province's cultural diversity and history, some courses incorporate elements of traditional Quebecois architecture into their clubhouses and facilities. One gem that's hard to pass up is Fairmont Le Château Montebello; an all-encompassing experience of exceptional architecture, history and hospitality. Opened in 1930 with the first round of golf played in 1931, the hotel is the world's largest log cabin built from 10,000 red-cedar logs, cut and set by hand. After a day on the course, players can indulge in a post-round massage at the spa, savour some gourmet cuisine at one of the onsite restaurants or terraces, and soak up the luxury Fairmont is famous for.


Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is home to some of the oldest golf clubs in North America, with a rich golfing history dating back to the 19th century. Courses here have hosted prestigious tournaments and legendary golfers, adding the allure of tradition and heritage to every swing. Its links are diverse, too, from traditional parkland layouts to coastal courses with ocean views, rolling dunes and sea cliffs. To play here is an unparalleled experience—with natural beauty all around, it’s hard to keep your eye on the ball. We love Fox Harb'r Resort for this very reason: the back nine skirts along the rugged seacoast of the Northumberland Strait. This championship course has welcomed the likes of Tiger Woods, Hank Haney and more. In quieter Annapolis Valley, Eden Golf and Country Club has a homey feel, nestled among pines and serene ponds.

 

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