Cluck, cluck, it’s Chelsea Chicken. I am the golfing expert in York Durham Headwaters. Also, I am a chicken (hence the clucking). I’m not here to ruffle any feathers, but rather to keep you abreast of all things golf in York, Durham, and Headwaters. With so many golf options, there’s no reason to stay cooped up inside, spread your wings and get out on the greens. No matter your skill level, there is a course for you, all just a short drive from Toronto.
Here are six golf courses that are worth crossing the road for. Now, I am just scratching the surface of the multitude of courses in YDH, for a full list of road trip worthy golf options, click here.
Golfing in Durham Region
Photo by: Annandale Golf and Country Club
Nestled in the attractive valley of Duffin’s Creek, in the town of Ajax, the Annandale Golf & Curling club is close to home and provides great value. This 18-hole course offers an excellent retreat for a game of golf and so much more. It’s a par 71, measuring approximately 6,000 yards, and includes a driving range, snack bar, dining lounge, and tavern. It’s long enough and difficult enough to use every club in your golf bag. Starting at just $25, there are plenty of options to make your golf experience as economical as you need. I love their complementary par 3 warm up hole, such a great feature!
One cool component of Annandale is the disc golf! I take my friends here for a day of disc golf (same idea as golf but you throw a frisbee into a basket). The course has a great mix of long and short holes with a great use of elevation. I love that some holes play alongside Duffin’s Creek. At only $7 for 18 holes or $10 for the day, it makes for an affordable, fun family activity. Golf or Frisbee, you need to hatch a plan that takes you to Annadale.
Photo by: Oshawa Golf & Country Club
This is a course with some history! For over 100 years, Oshawa Golf & Curling Club members have loved this championship level, 18-hole golf course. With mature trees, well-manicured undulating fairways, and small greens, it’s a challenge for all handicap levels. Situated in a serene park-like setting, the scenic Oshawa Creek meanders through the property, making it feel like an escape from the city. It’s a delightful course, with holes that are both architecturally intriguing and make great use of the land. As much as I love the golf, another gem of this course is the menu. It has some of the best cuisine in Oshawa!
The menu options are well thought out by their resident chef and are served by a staff that go out of their way to make sure you have an enjoyable experience. Big Red says the wine list is a pleasure. If you are hungry for golf and great food, get crackin’ and visit the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club!
Golfing in York Region
Just a short drive from Richmond Hill, Maple Downs Golf & Country Club prides itself on providing a “family first” atmosphere. Founded in 1954, they deliver on their promise of service excellence. They offer a course that is picturesque and finely manicured, as well as being a Score Magazine Top 100 rated golf course! Course Architect, Ian Andrew, calls it, “a wonderfully hilly piece of ground that leads to some really wonderful holes.” I love playing here, but there is so much to do beyond the course.
What makes this a family friendly experience is the multitude of recreation options. There are exceptional culinary offerings in the dining room, a beautiful pool, and tennis courts! The tennis courts were rebuilt in 2013, and are first class. Don’t have a racquet and want to give it a try? They have racquets and tennis supplies available. Even if you want to practice your game, they have a tennis ball machine to practice on your own! After an afternoon on the course or the courts, make sure to take a dip in the pool!
Photo By: St. Andrew’s Valley Golf Club
Some courses are a challenge, while others are fun to play. St. Andrew’s Valley is a magical combination of the two! This Golf Digest four-star rated 18-hole golf course, is located just 30 minutes North of Toronto in Aurora, accessible from both Highway 400 and 404. With over 200 acres, each hole has a distinct character with a beautiful blend of sand, fairway, water, and stunning ground shaping. In addition to their 7,300 yard golf course, they have a driving range, a 2,000 square-foot putting green, and a chipping area – they are all within sight of the first tee so you can easily see when it’s your time to let it fly and tee it up. Once on the course, you will notice that there are plenty of rivers, ponds, rolling fairways, and traps to protect the greens. The course is well maintained and the greens roll fast and true.
One of the things that I love about St. Andrews is that they try to make the game accessible to everyone. Their new Tee it Forward tee decks make the game more accessible for those with modest reach off the tee. These transition tees are perfect for seniors and juniors alike, as well as short-winged fowl. No matter your skill level, everyone has free range to take a crack at this course.
Photo by: Remington Parkview Golf and Country Club
Remington Parkview Golf in Markham gives you great choices. You can choose between two distinct courses to play: the Valley Course (the more popular choice) and the Upper Course. On the Valley Course, you’ll find 5,900 yards of breathtaking natural beauty winding along the Rouge River. The more challenging Upper Course offers 6,400 yards of longer and flatter fairways, for a more technical game that demands you to truly test your skills. It boasts some tricky par-3’s and long, monstrous par-5’s, which makes for a fun day of golf. The 36-hole course is conveniently located just a short drive from Toronto, with a fully-refurbished clubhouse, complete with an exceptional new menu that will impress you and your guests!
Golfing in Headwaters Region
Photo By: Orangeville Golf & Country Club
As you can see from the sign above, this course has a little sense of humour! Orangeville Golf and Country Club is a well-kept treasure, nestled in the Credit River Valley. The course has a variety of opportunities for veteran and new golfers alike, with both 9 and 18-hole options. I love playing the 9-hole option, as it allows me to get my practice in, but still have time to explore Orangeville. The course provides a wide variety of diversity, from the short, but tricky par 3’s, to a breathtaking, 506 yard, par 5 that the club is known for. Each hole of this 2,800-yard course is well framed by large, mature trees. The large, undulating greens make putting an enjoyable challenge. This course is no yolk. There are even some four legged friends, be sure to say hello to Sarah the turtle!
These are just six courses in York Durham Headwaters but, as I mentioned above, there are so many options. It will be hard to play all these courses in one fowl swoop, so take your time and golf across YDH throughout the summer. Until the next time you read my chicken scratch, Happy Golfing! I’ll see you out on the course.