CITY OF GREENS Think Canada, think hockey? Think again. From lush fairways to undulating greens, the Greater Toronto Area is the third largest urban golfing destination in the world according to Ontario Travel. Legendary Glen Abbey Golf Club is ranked eighth in the country and is best known for Tiger Woods’ historic “Shot of 2000” that clinched him the rare Triple Crown. This Jack Nicklaus-designed course is a 7,112 yard, par 37, 18-hole, championship range that has hosted 23 Canadian Opens since 1976. Green fees $140 to $235, includes cart rentals and driving range. Open May to October.
ALL THE GLORY The hallowed grounds of the Glen Abbey are also home to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum. This 9,000 square-foot facility includes an impressive selection of golf clubs from the 17th century as well as Canadian championship plaques and trophies. Adults $4, seniors and youth $3, families (2 adults, two and three children) $8. Open daily.
CANADIAN OPEN, EH? From July 23 to 29, watch the likes of Mike Weir (2003 Masters Champion) and Stephen Ames (2006 The Players Champion) compete for—and Jim Furyk defend—the coveted title of Canadian Open Champion at the Angus Glen Golf Club. $9.43 to $60; call 1-800-571-6736 to purchase.
DIGITAL LINKS When Toronto’s weather gods turn churlish, InnerGolf‘s 29 simulated golf courses become a refuge for die-hard golfers. This 6,400 square-foot, indoor facility uses 3D technology to bring some of the world’s finest golf courses to Toronto. Simulators provide instant feedback on club-head movements and digitalised courses include the Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Green fees are $45 per hour. Open daily.
DRIVING TEES The golf school of Canada’s first lady of the links, Sandra Post, can be found at the prestigious Glen Eagle Golf Club. This golf course is one of the best in the Greater Toronto Area and features an 18-hole championship course and driving range. Open from May to October with indoor golf clinics in the winter. 15731 Regional Rd. 50, Caledon, 905-880-0131 or 1-800-665-3915.
TRAINED SWINGS Etobicoke’s Royal Woodbine Golf Club and Brampton’s Lionhead Golf & Country Club boast highly reputed golf academies. Royal Woodbine has one of Canada’s best golfing instruction facilities and is only minutes from downtown Toronto. Lessons from $35 to $200, call 416-674-4653 for reservations. Lionhead offers ladies-only clinics, lessons for the family, and half day corporate lessons. Call 905-445-4080 to book.
PUTTER UP Mississauga’s Family Golf Learning Centre has been ranked among the top 100 golf practice centres and learning facilities for nine consecutive years by the Golf Range Association of America. Its award winning grounds include an attractive mini-golf area on two different courses. Adults $6.25, children $5.25. Open daily. For golf with a twist, mini-putt in the dark with neon-coloured golf balls at Putting Edge. Adults $7.49, children $4. Open daily, 905-564-8808 or 905-829-4055. Pint-size putters can also try the mini-golf courses at Ontario Place and Centreville.
GOLF GETAWAYS TorontoTours.net (1-888-811-9247) and Book Me a Limo (905-856-0709) provide a luxurious reprieve from the ordinary with enticing getaways to some of the country’s most prestigious golf courses. TorontoTours offers a Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf and Wine by Van package for $164.95 per person (minimum of six people) while Book Me A Limo can customise golf adventure packages to include spa retreats, wineries and gourmet dinners.
BIRDIES IN THE HAND Golfers can bag the best clubs on the links at Golf Town, Canada’s largest golf retailer. The store carries the Calloway Fusion FT-5 ($499)—one of Golf Digest‘s 2007 pick for drivers. Golf balls and clubs can also be monogrammed for a personal touch.
DAPPER DUDS Dunning Golf, a Canadian luxury golf apparel line, can be found at Golf Town and Nevada Bob’s. Both stores also carry Greg Norman and FootJoy among other designer labels. Tiffany‘s sterling golf ball containers ($820) and tees ($120 each) while Louis Vuitton retails golf bags with their trademark LV logo ($8,850).—Gaya Arasaratnam