Muskoka: Canada’s Best Golf
Enjoy thrilling rounds on some of the very best courses in this nation.
Surrounded by thousands of sparkling lakes, lush forests and amazing granite outcroppings that rise up around the fairways, Muskoka is arguably home to Canada’s most impressive golf courses. Visit Golf Muskoka for details on where to play, and check out this suggested multi-day itinerary (with pinpointed map below):
Day 1 – Gravenhurst (“A” to “B” on map)
Your first stop is Muskoka Bay Resort, a luxurious retreat in Gravenhurst near the stunning shores of Lake Muskoka that’s also home to the Muskoka Bay Club. Designed by acclaimed architect Doug Carrick, the course features pockets of untapped beauty, mammoth rock ridges and wetlands to create a stunning golf course with dramatic elevation changes and serene vistas. The result is an award-winning combination of play, magnificence and challenge. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the incredible Cliffside Grill & Terrace.
Day 2/3– Huntsville (“B” to “C” on Map)
Just a 35-minute drive north from Gravenhurst is historic Huntsville, which is also a gateway town for Algoquin Park. Head to the Deerhurst Highlands, a 7,000 yard course that was ranked one of Canada’s Top 100 golf courses. Featuring dramatic landscape, elevation changes, rugged granite outcroppings, dense forests, and excellent views of Peninsula Lake. Book your stay also at the renowned Deerhurst Resort.
While in Huntsville you can also play The Grandview Golf Course, co-designed by PGA Tour veteran Mark O’Meara (1998 Masters and British Open champion) and architect Brit Stenson. This property is aptly named, as it exudes grandeur from the moment you arrive!
Day 4 – Lake of Bays (“C” to “D” on Map)
In May, June, September and October-only, drive east to beautiful Lake of Bays, home to the stunning Bigwin Island Golf Club. Designed by Hall of Famer Doug Carrick, the course was voted #15 of the Top 30 in Canada by Golf Digest.
After a round on this challenging course you can experience world-class dining in the Marine Dining Room, or take in the view of the water from the Dockside Grill. Spend part of your day also exploring the charming villages Around Lake of Bays.
Day 4 – Parry Sound (“D” to “E” on Map)
Take the morning to head west towards the UNESCO-designated Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, where just 20 miles east of Parry Sound you’ll find the hidden gem, The Ridge at Manitou. Designed by Thomas McBroom, the course embodies its surroundings; carved out of the Canadian Shield, flowing through rock, forest and meadow lands. Leave time to relax lakeside on the patio, or explore the timber frame clubhouse with floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase a glorious view of Manitouwabing Lake.
Day 5 – Lake Joseph (“E” to “F” on Map)
Head south to Lake Joseph, one of the most famous lakes in Muskoka. There you’ll find Rocky Crest Golf Resort, voted #6 in its list of Best Canadian Golf Courses of the Modern Era by Golfweek. Designed by Thomas McBroom, you’ll enjoy exceptional play surrounded by giant forests of pine, white birch and hemlock, rolling fairways, and amazing granite outcroppings that will challenge your skills. After your round, head to the lodge-style clubhouse for dining or drinks at, On the Green Bistro, a stunning retreat in the woods of Muskoka.