Best Public Golf Courses Ontario

Some of the best golf courses in Ontario are a nine-iron away from Toronto

••• Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course - First Hole overlooking Peninsula Lake. Photo courtesy Deerhurst Resort

With an abundance of green space and no shortage of golfing enthusiasts, Ontario has a plethora of golf courses. A round of 18 holes will cost $100 -$200 during peak times, but less for twilight play (tee-off after 4 pm), and there are numerous courses that offer great value for less than $100. Here is a list of the 12 best public golf courses.

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    This Doug Carrick-designed course is one of the many stunning golf courses serving cottagers and other vacationers in Muskoka - about three hours north of Toronto. Access is only by ferry or air, so some extra planning is necessary for a visit.

    Bigwin Island is members only from June 28th to September 1st. One week advanced booking is required.

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    Just over a half hour from downtown Toronto and less if traveling from Pearson International Airport, Copper Creek sits amidst the undulating, mature landscape of Humber River Valley in Kleinburg, Ontario. The course has earned an impressive reputation as one of Ontario's premium daily fee courses since opening in 2004.

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    ••• Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course - First Hole overlooking Peninsula Lake. Photo courtesy Deerhurst Resort

    The dramatic setting of Deerhurst Resort's Highlands Golf Course has been a Muskoka draw for decades. Less demanding is the par 64 Deerhurst Lakeside course that offers a gorgeous setting and play for under $100. Deerhurst offers reasonable Stay & Play packages, a golf academy and earlier reduced-fee twilight and sunset tee-off times.

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    Not far from downtown Ottawa, "the Creek" in Dunrobin was initially intended as a private club, but fortunately for visitors is open to the public. The course is set in a mature spruce forest and offers players variety and risk at reasonable prices.

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    Mike Weir after landing his ball in the water at 2004 Canadian Open, Glen Abbey, Oakville
    ••• Mike Weir after landing his ball in the water at 2004 Canadian Open, Glen Abbey, Oakville. Harry How / Getty Images

    Glen Abbey, famous as host to the Canadian Open, was Jack Nicklaus' first solo course design and site of Tiger Woods memorable 2000 title win. Players pay a higher than usual fee for the chance to play Glen Abbey - more than $200 during prime times - but twilight rates are available.

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    Kedron Dells is a great choice for people who don't want to drop a ton of money on green fees (even weekend rates are less than 50 bucks) but want to play a mature, challenging course. The drive from downtown Toronto will be about 45 minutes, maybe more depending on traffic.

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    Great value golf course in the Greater Toronto Region. Lakeview has been around since the early 1900's and is a two-time host of the Canadian Open. With green fees under $75, Lakeview is a gem for golfers looking for a game in the Toronto area. (Lakeview is about half an hour from downtown and 15 minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport.)

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    Located in Ancaster, Ontario - just outside of Hamilton and about an hour from Toronto - Mystic has been a popular course since its opening in 2005. With a reputation as a "players" course, Mystic is still reasonably priced.

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    ••• Rocky Crest Golf Course, Muskoka. Photo courtesy Delta Hotels

    One of the best of many gorgeously situated courses in Muskoka, Rocky Crest Resort rests on the edge of Lake Joseph amidst thick woodland and rocky Canadian Shield.

    In 2006, Rocky Crest Resort was ranked as a top-5 golf resort in Canada.

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    Lionhead Golf & Country Club offers a lush, mature scenic setting less than a half hour outside of downtown Toronto and about 15 minutes from ​Pearson International Airport.

    Players can choose from two courses - Legends for those looking for the greatest challenge and Masters, which is described as a less demanding "Florida-type" course.

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    Visitors will spend between $100 and $200 to play the home course of Canadian golf pro, Mike Weir. Rates depend on whether you are a guest at the resort and the time that you play.

    The course is beautifully set amongst the trees and stone of the Muskokas, about three hours north of Toronto.

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    Osprey Valley is in Caledon, a rural and picturesque town an hour's drive northwest of Toronto. Players can play any one of the three Doug Carrick designed courses that comprise Osprey Valley Resorts at rates often less than $100.

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    Located north of Toronto on the way to Lake Simcoe, Wooden Sticks is about 45 - 60 minutes from downtown Toronto and features 12 holes that are copies from famous courses around the world (including those inspired by Augusta and St. Andrew's).
    Wooden Sticks rates - $100+, depending on the time of year, includes not just green fees, but breakfast, practice facilities, cart fees, snacks & non-alcoholic refreshments on the cart, and either lunch or dinner.