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Fall golf in Ontario: where to play, stay, and play some more

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Fall golf in Ontario: where to play, stay, and play some more

This post was originally published on the Ontario Travel blogExternal Link Title.


Don't let the sun go down on this year's golf season just yet. You know there's nothing better than your foursome on a great course surrounded by full splashes of color, a comfortable crispness in the air, and the promise of one last chance at birdie until next spring.

Keep the dream alive this fall in Ontario. The summer golfExternal Link Title locales that beckoned earlier in the season remain just as welcoming now. And here are three more buddy golf getaway options just a drive and short iron away.


A Winning Weekend in Windsor

Three words: Ambassador Golf ClubExternal Link Title. This gem designed by the legendary Thomas McBroom should be on everyone's golf bucket list. Consistently ranked among Ontario's finest public courses; and on the quality-for-value scale, you'd be hard pressed to find a better bang for your buck.

Where to stay: Two more words, Caesars WindsorExternal Link Title. You don't need to go all the way to Vegas. This downtown hotel and casino on Windsor's waterfront offers everything you could hope for in a weekend getaway, and then some. Gaming, live entertainment, and a slew of dining options will make sleep optional. And your morning tee time won't be at risk because the Ambassador is also in the heart of the city, just a short drive away.

Where to play some more: The birthplace of whisky in Canada, Windsor Essex is now home to a new generation of craft distillers and brewers for you to discover on the Barrels Bottles & Brews TrailExternal Link Title. Or take a break from all the action and head over to the quaint town of KingsvilleExternal Link Title, on Lake Erie's north shore less than hour's drive away, to peruse the shops, stop for a bite and pint, and maybe even another 18 at the Kingsville Golf & Country ClubExternal Link Title. Also within easy reach are the town of LeamingtonExternal Link Title and a ferry ride to Canada's southernmost point, Pelee Island, home to Pelee Island WineryExternal Link Title.


Head for the Hills

The Hills of HeadwatersExternal Link Title, to be exact. The rural townships just to the northwest of Toronto may be best known for its local food scene and devotion to all things equestrianExternal Link Title, but it's also home to some of the finest courses in the province. Hockley Valley ResortExternal Link Title in Mono is a four-season playground and an ideal destination for a golf-and-more getaway. The 18-hole championship trackExternal Link Title, also a Thomas McBroom design, is rivaled only by its stunning setting of rolling, fescue-covered hills and mature trees.

Where to stay: In addition to great golf, the resort offers incredible diningExternal Link Title options, a full-service spaExternal Link Title, and a level of accommodationsExternal Link Title that'll make you never want to leave.

Where to play some more: Just a kilometre away from the resort, Adamo Estate WineryExternal Link Title is definitely worth the visit. Mario Adamo, the patriarch of the Adamo family (owners of Hockley Valley), famously created an award-winning winery out of land previously thought of as inhospitable to grape growing. Interesting people in interesting places are the hallmark of the region, so wandering is highly recommended. We suggest the Town of ErinExternal Link Title (pronounced ear-in). And when you're ready for more golf, a lot more golf, get yourself over to Osprey ValleyExternal Link Title in Alton where three distinctive and highly regarded 18-hole courses await. That's 54 holes of awesomeness. Can you handle it?


Fall Golf by the Falls

As if you needed more reasons to visit the Niagara Region, let's add great golf to the list. And the Niagara Golf TrailExternal Link Title, with its seven member courses, makes deciding where to play easy. You can't go wrong at any of the three Niagara Parks championship courses - the two at Legends on the NiagaraExternal Link Title, and the venerable Whirlpool Golf CourseExternal Link Title, created by the godfather of Canadian design, Stanley Thompson.

Where to stay: From chain hotels to boutique inns, and every other accommodation style you can think of, you'll find iExternal Link TitleExternal Link TitleallExternal Link Title in Niagara. So if you're the center-of-the-action type, then consider Fallsview Casino ResortExternal Link Title. But if you want your stay to match the mellow vibe of nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake, then you can't go wrong at either of Niagara's Finest HotelsExternal Link Title' three properties.

Where to play some more: Again, depending on how you define playtime, the opportunities hereExternal Link Title are endless. If the lane you pick includes winery touring, then you're definitely in the right place. Over 80 wineries in the Niagara-on-the-LakeExternal Link Title and the Niagara Escarpment & Twenty ValleyExternal Link Title wine regions make this an oenophile's heaven. If you're up for a different experience, try a Niagara SegwayExternal Link Title winery tour. And when you're ready to hit the links one more time, walk the pristine fairways of Grand NiagaraExternal Link Title or grip it and rip it at the John Daly-designed Thundering WatersExternal Link Title.


Wherever your golf cart takes you this fall in Ontario, hit it straight and have a blast.