Top 5 Halton Golf Courses

DRAGON'S FIRE

Dragon’s Fire is just on the outskirts of Burlington but this course tops the list with perfectly manicured landscapes and challenging 3, 4 and 5 par holes. Each hole is rather secluded and surrounded by beautiful trees and foliage allowing golfers to be fully immersed in their game. Lined with approximately 80 bunkers, the 18-hole, par 72 course pushes the boundaries of golfers, inviting them to break their limitations and expand their skills in the game. 
Dragon’s Fire had been presented a range of awards such as Best Par 5, Best Par 3, Best New Course in the GTA, and was nominated for Best New Course in Canada for 2009 by Golf Digest. With a keen eye for detail, Dragon’s Fire ensures golfers will be impressed with bunkers filled with Ohio sand, the use of the top varieties of turf, excellent service and amenities such as a driving range and practice facility. Drainage and irrigation is excellent and cart paths are continuous. This course is a golfer’s dream!


LOWVILLE GOLF CLUB

Photo from http://www.lowvillegolf.com/

Photo from http://www.lowvillegolf.com/

Surrounded by the Niagara Escarpment, this Burlington golf club has been voted Most Scenic Golf Course in the GTA for a number of consecutive years. With picturesque views of Rattlesnake Point Conservation area and Mt. Nemo, Lowville might be the only course in which the phrase ‘golf is a good walk spoiled’ does not apply. The team at Lowville is constantly searching for ways to enhance your golfing experience, from well-manicured fairways, to the construction of a new clubhouse in 2005 and the recent addition of a sprawling reservoir in 2013. With most holes being a straight shot from the tee block to the green with wide, unobstructed fairways, playing Lowville is likely to boost the confidence of those new to the game of golf or even seasoned veterans trying to find their way out of a slump.


TYANDAGA GOLF COURSE

Tyandaga was established in 1963 and it is obvious why this course is still a favourite amongst those in the Halton golf community and beyond. Challenging holes filled with rolling hills, natural bodies of water and tree-lined fairways provide the perfect setting for golfer’s to refine their skills. A mix of 3, 4, and 5-par holes with varying elevations will test the patience of beginners but the price is right with green fees being one of the lowest in the area ($62 to play 18 holes with a cart).


INDIAN WELLS GOLF CLUB

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Photo from http://www.indianwellsgolfclub.ca/aboutus/coursephotos/

This par-71 course is also nestled amongst the Niagara Escarpment, with scenery being the focal point. Indian Wells will challenge golfers as they approach the greens, with 6 of the first 9 holes showcasing water hazards and strategically placed sand traps. Once golfers reach the 8th and 9th holes, the course will seem more relaxed but the back nine raises the stakes again with narrow fairways lined with towering trees and thick forestry. Golfers playing Indian Wells for the first time would benefit from using the hole fly-over videos on the course’s website. Indian Wells offers excellent facilities such as warm-up greens, putting green, driving range and practice sand traps to help elevate your golfing experience.


ROYAL ONTARIO GOLF CLUB

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Photo from http://www.kaneffgolf.com/public-golf/royal-ontario/

Royal Ontario rounds out the top five with a reputation of consistent playing conditions, perfectly cut fairways and greens that roll just as expected. The pace of play is well enforced and staff are knowledgeable and professional. One of six Kaneff golf courses, Royal Ontario is situated on a beautiful landscape filled will natural hills and forestry. Each hole is uniquely challenging and the course offers a lounge and patio area for golfers to wind down after their game. Quite frankly, you get what you pay for at Royal Ontario; service that is unprecedented and a challenging game filled with sand and wetland hazards. 

LifestyleSamantha MacKinnon