Whether you want to play courses that have challenged the world’s best golfers, or if you’re looking for a quick round after work, local golfers have numerous public course options within their city’s borders.
Angus Glen, Maples of Ballantrae, Sleepy Hollow, Markham Green, Bushwood, Cresthaven and Remington Parkview golf courses offer a variety of difficulty, layout and price point, for players of all ages and experience—and they’re all nearby.
Angus Glen Golf has often been regarded as one of Ontario’s best; having hosted the PGA tour stop of the Canadian Open in 2002 and 2007 (once each on Angus’ north and south courses), as well as last summer’s Pan-American Games tournament.
With such a rich history and continued high regard – considering Score Golf Canada listed Angus Glen South as the 50th best public course in Canada – it wouldn’t be surprising for club management to keep the status quo.
However, as Angus Marketing Coordinator Adam McNellis explains, this year, golfers will find new playing and layout options to compliment the club’s existing round options.
“We are finding that guests love to play golf, but have trouble finding four hours required for a difficult golf course,” said McNellis, explaining that for the first time, Angus is offering 12-hole rounds, while also adding new tee decks to the North course.
“These tees are designed for a shorter, faster and more fun round, with a total yardage of 4,200 yards for 18 holes,” he added.
Along with a challenging set-up and top amenities for golfers, McNellis said the opportunity for the weekend golfer to play where professionals have competed, is a highlight for patrons.
McNellis explains that guests often ask questions about different competitions held at Angus Glen and club staff have set up a Champions Hallway, to display various items from the different tournaments at Angus over the years.
Maples of Ballantrae offers an enjoyable day for golfers of any skill level to play. The more skilled golfers can choose its established 18-hole championship course with 6625 yards of gorgeous fairways, wooded areas, water hazards and sand bunkers and beginners can try the 9-hole executive course.
Bushwood is known for being the Canadian home of two-time Masters champion and PGA pro Bubba Watson.
Watson’s wife is from the area and the long-driving American Watson will often play Bushwood’s championship course when the Canadian Open PGA tour stop is held in southern Ontario.
Just last summer, Watson casually appeared for an early morning round and proceeded to shoot an impressive 9-under. In 2006, Watson shot a 61, which remains the course record.
Bushwood also features a 9-hole, par-3 course.
Markham Green Golf Club is a 9-hole course within the Rouge River Valley system and is owned by the City of Markham.
The course was once part of an 18-hole private country club, owned by IBM, which gives the present day course a challenge, course manager and CPGA professional Scott Haynes said, and separates this course from most 9-hole offerings.
“We are (a) tight, tree lined course with many bunkers and water hazards; something most 9-hole courses can’t offer. Golfers of any ability will find our course to be a true challenge,” said Haynes.
Along with challenging holes, outstanding course conditions, Haynes said patrons often point to Markham Green’s abundance of wildlife as a highlight.
“On any given day, we have a family of deer, coyotes and red tailed fox all sharing the property. Depending on the time of season, the Rouge River is also full of salmon and trout,” Haynes added.
Cresthaven Golf Club is a 18-hole, par-3 course. With its longest hole measuring 223 yards, the course is beginner friendly, or suited for those looking to get in a quick practice round.
Remington Parkview offers two 18-hole courses. The Valley Course is the more popular of two, according to the club’s website and is regarded as the more picturesque of the offerings. The Upper Course, while not as scenic, is seen as a tougher test and is 500 yards longer than its Remington counterpart.