A global celebration is happening this week worldwide and at Toronto Golf Courses. It’s Women’s Golf Day, and week, leading up to Women’s Golf Month, in June. May 30- June 6th kicks off the festivities, with pop-ups and opportunities for ladies to engage and learn about the sport. Never golfed before? Select local courses are offering lessons and trials to help get everyone playing.
To help get the rust off your irons, and learn to love the second-greatest game in the world (hockey will always be my #1) challenge yourself with a foursome at one of GTA’s top golf courses.
While women can obviously play at any course, some of my faves even the playing field. If you’re playing with your partner or your pals, these golf courses keep things interesting and make for a fun afternoon out (so not all par 5s).
MY FAVOURITE FAIRWAY-TORONTO GOLF COURSES WE LOVE
The rolling hills of Thornhill are home to Uplands Golf (and ski!) Club. This historic little course north of Steeles right on Yonge Street is an oasis in the city. 9 holes of varying distances prove to be the equalizer, with the first hole teeing off into the magnificent backdrop of ridiculously oversized suburban mansions. The majestic ninth hole delivers your best bet to show off your drive. Not a lot of water means you’ll be safe with a sleeve of balls. Uplands – Part of Golf North. Book tee times here: https://golfnorth.ca/uplands/
Richmond Hill is home to a few decent courses and this definitely one of them. Home to a wonderful clubhouse with premium amenities and a stellar training program. Lessons are the real deal at this pro shop, so if you’re new to the sport you’re in great hands here. The course itself is long and challenging at points but with tight fairways play your short game and keep your cool. Donna Norman is the director here, book a set of lessons with her to unleash a new chapter for your game. If 18 is too much, you can book in for 10 holes instead. https://www.richmondhillgolf.com/golf/
DRIVE FOR SHOW, PUTT FOR DOUGH
The 401 may whizz above your head but in the valley, it’s easy to focus on your game and keep your eye on the ball. Don Valley is one of the city’s finest public courses, you can easily take the subway to this picture-perfect course. It’s long, and there’s a lot of water and some steep holes but what it lacks in ease it makes up for in wonder. The sandy cliffs you’ve seen from the 401 provide scenic surroundings for the course, which buts up against Earl Bales Park. Lessons are affordable and accessible, with a dedicated range just for students. Book your tee time up to five days in advance. https://www.donvalleygolf.com/
The jewel in the crown of many Ontario golfers goes to Angus Glen. The Markham-area course has hosted the Canadian Open and boasts two championship golf courses. It’s fancy. The clubhouse is gorgeous. The greens are always in great shape. Lessons with top golf pro Terry Kim are dynamic and engaging. If you’re looking for a next-level golfing experience, it’s Angus Glen. https://angusglen.com/
It’s members only, but that doesn’t mean you should discount Ladies’ Golf Course of Toronto. Dubbed North America’s only private golf club created by women for women, although men are now allowed to play as guests. This Thornhill-facing course was designed by Stanley Thompson and built in 1924. It’s got legacy, it’s got prestige, and it’s got beautiful greens balanced by the backdrop of history. https://www.ladiesgolfclub.com/