Toronto Highlands Golf Trail

Toronto Highlands Golf Trail Many areas across the United States have experienced success by linking centrally located golf courses and branding them as a trail, paying homage to not only the game itself but to the journey associated with arriving at a particular destination.

Six great golf courses, all within an hour of the Toronto area, have similarly joined forces in an effort to deliver one memorable experience north of the border.

The Toronto Highlands Golf Trail brand prides itself as having the best golf north of the city and features a collection of courses complete with rolling hillsides, lush valleys and the unique terrain of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

The six courses drawn together form an arc from east to west at varying distances north of one of Canada's most cosmopolitan cities.

Included in the Toronto Highlands Golf Trail are the Angus Glen Golf Club, Copper Creek Golf Club, Eagles Nest Golf Club, Lionhead Golf and Country Club, The Club at Bond Head and Wooden Sticks Golf Club.

The area home to these spectacular golf and resort facilities is an ecologically sensitive landform located in south central Ontario.

The Oak Ridges Moraine is one of the most significant landforms in the region and gets its name from the rolling hills and river valleys extending 160 km from the Niagara Escarpment east to Rice Lake.

It was formed 12,000 years ago by advancing and retreating glaciers and is primarily thought of as a large ridge composed of four elevated wedges.

With such awesome earth-shifting playing a part in the area's formation, it isn't hard to imagine some of the spectacular surroundings and views offered on these varied layouts.

Angus Glen's South Course, host of the 2007 Canadian Open, is currently ranked in the top tier of public courses in Canada and the North Course has just recently undergone a successful renovation led by Davis Love III and Love Design.

However, the South Course remains the most renowned of Angus Glen's offerings.

Designed by renowned Canadian architect Doug Carrick, this beautiful masterpiece incorporates the natural vegetation of the area, dramatic elevation changes, 108 deep white Ohio sand bunkers and the distinctive features of the valley through which a nearby creek runs. Angus Glen Golf Club

Reservations at this location can be booked up to two months in advance and greens fees range from $120 to 175 depending on the season.

Copper Creek Golf Club, located in Kleinburg which is just 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, is the perfect place to hold a business outing.

The 40,000 sq. ft. clubhouse is complete with every amenity including seating for 600, a magnificent terrace, floor to ceiling windows, fireplaces and audio visual capabilities.

The championship golf course at Copper Creek, which was voted on of Canada's 25 best in 2006 by Score Magazine, is set amid the rolling hills and forests of the Humber River Valley taking full advantage of its beautiful location in Kleinburg.

Eagles Nest Golf Club is ranked as the top public-access course in the Greater Toronto Area by numerous publications and has been described as a perfect blend of rugged sand dunes, sod wall bunkers, fescue grasses and fickle breezes make every round truly memorable.

Evoking memories of the very origins of the game, this absolutely stunning links layout, also crafted by Carrick, is an exquisite blend of tradition, nature and design.

The Lion's Head Golf and Country Club is designed to offer golfer's of all levels a unique and exciting experience on two championship courses.

For those who appreciate a course that will challenge every club in your bag Lionhead recommends the Legends, a difficult and demanding layout set amongst steeply rolling terrain, wooded ravines and the picturesque Credit River.

For golfers who prefer a vigorous but slightly less demanding course, the Masters fits the bill as a Florida-type course with unique bunkers and scenic ponds on several holes.

Prices for access to Lionshead range from $80 - 175.

The Club at Bond Head also offers two distinct golf courses for players to tackle.

The South Course, which garnered the distinction as top new course in Canada by Golf and Leisure Magazine in 2005 and was named of one the country's top three new courses in 2006 by Golf Digest.

Aesthetically, the South Course is reminiscent of a course more commonly found in Northern Ireland.

The North Course at Bond Head is every bit as challenging as the South Course but the exact opposite in design. Being a more traditional design, the North Course offers dramatic elevation changes, perfectly checkered bent-grass fairways, lush bluegrass rough lined with a variety of trees.

Finally, Wooden Sticks is a dreamer's carbon-copy concept turned into reality.

Architect Ron Garl and his team worked diligently to ensure that every aspect of your golf experience reflects the spirit found in some of today's most famous golf holes. In fact, 12 of the 18 holes you'll encounter at Wooden Sticks were inspired by a different golf hole from the PGA TOUR.

During your round, you will envision yourself playing off a road in Scotland, across a famous creek in Georgia, onto an island in Florida and through pine forests in New Jersey.

The cost of traveling to places like Augusta and Scotland without having to leave Canada varies depending on the season and ranges from $140 - 220.

Peak season for the courses located along the Toronto Highlands Golf Trail is from May 30 to September 30.

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