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9 Must-Play Golf Courses

Tee off at the signature holes—and courses—of Canada’s hottest golf destination.
By Brian Kendall

Muskoka Bay Golf Club

GOOD TO GO Stunningly beautiful, but not crazily long
or difficult, Muskoka Bay Golf Club’s 441-yard first hole—launched from a rocky perch high above the fairway—is an ideal opener.

CANADIAN CLASSIC Affording panoramic vistas of the surrounding Lake of Bays, the par-four sixth at Bigwin Island Golf Club is renowned as one of Canada’s most scenic holes.

ROCKY RIDE The par-three seventh at Taboo Golf Course is chiseled through a long and craggy chute of striated pink and grey granite. Miss left or right and your ball bounces into orbit.

INTO THE ABYSS From the dizzying heights of the eighth tee at Lake Joseph Club, golfers must hit a precision iron shot to a valley green dwarfed by a giant wall of pink granite.

NINE TO GO A thrilling conclusion to a roller-coaster-ride front nine, The Rock Golf Club’s dogleg par-five ninth challenges golfers to bite off  they dare.

Deerhurst Highlands

DOGLEG RIGHT Muskoka’s golf boom began with the 1990 opening of Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course, where the par-four 10th launches from a towering granite-slab tee box before twisting right toward a multi-tiered green.

BOGEY HOLE Perhaps Muskoka’s most feared hole is the 16th at South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club, a par four demanding a pinpoint approach over a ball-hungry gully to an undulating green.

HERCULEAN EFFORT High-handicappers beware: the carry over bedrock and water from the back tees at North Granite Ridge Golf Club’s par-five 17th hole is a knee-buckling 220 yards.

GRAND FINALE With a green at the par-five 18th that appears suspended like an emerald infinity pool above Manitouwabing Lake, The Ridge at Manitou Golf Club offers a magical ending to every round.

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