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Best Golf Courses in Muskoka Ontario

The Muskoka Region has some spectacular courses set in breathtaking scenery surrounded by forests, rivers and lakes. Check out some of the best here.

The Lake Joseph Club

The Lake Joseph Club uses some of the most dramatic landscape features in the region to create a course that’s inspiring and challenging. You’ll find massive granite crags, towering trees and rolling hills to challenge you on every hole, so it’s no surprise that Golf Digest named it ‘best new course in the country’ when it opened in 1997. If you prefer a more relaxing round, there’s a nine-hole Academy Course that’s scenic in a different way, right on the shore of historic Lake Joseph.

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The Rock

The Rock, designed by Nick Faldo as a scenic course by the shores of Lake Rosseau, is described as one of Canada’s most beautiful courses. He used the site’s natural features to create a course of more than 6,600 yards that challenges you with narrow, tree-lined fairways, sloping greens, rock outcroppings, tall hardwood trees and rolling hills.

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Deerhurst Highlands

Deerhurst Highlands was the first modern course design in Muskoka when it opened in 1990. The owners describe the 7000-yard course as ‘plunging terrain’ which takes you on a scenic journey through a rugged landscape of granite outcroppings, deep valleys and tall forests. One of the highlights is hole 10 where you tee-off 30 feet above a rock wall. You’ll also find a links-style swirl to challenge your playing skills.  

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Bigwin Island

Bigwin Island is a course with a difference. To get there, you have to row across a lake. Unfortunately, it’s no longer a public course, but if you can find a way, you’ll be playing on what’s regarded as the most luxurious and unusual course in the Muskoka region. It boasts spectacular views and rugged scenery throughout the course. Definitely, a golf experience with a difference. 

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Grandview Golf Club

The Mark O’Meara Course at Grandview was designed by Mark O’Meara, a Masters and British Open champion, and course architect Brit Stenson. The scenic course features subtle breaks that can be tricky to master. It’s a rugged course, with large changes of elevation throughout and spectacular views of Fairy Lake. You’ll also play your way through deciduous forest, granite and marshland, so variety is the keynote.

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Muskoka Bay

Muskoka Bay sits in a dramatic environment among the wetlands and rocky ridges of the Canadian Shield. The course designed by golf course architect Doug Carrick is a Championship course that challenges the best golfers. You’ll find dramatic elevation changes, rolling fairways, and pristine greens.

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Seguin Valley

Seguin Valley features in the ‘Top 100 Golf Courses’ in Canada. The course is built on the site of a former sugar maple bush plantation and crosses outstanding scenery of lakes, streams, wetlands, granite cliffs and rock. Its highlights include a carry across a private lake to a tree-framed green or an intimidating downward view over a serpentine creek and marshland. Each of the 18 holes provides a unique, purposely secluded setting, with no parallel fairways, ensuring golfers a private, pristine domain on every hole.

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Rocky Crest

Rocky Crest Golf Club sits among giant white pines, white birch and hemlock with rolling fairways granite outcroppings to test your skills. One of its most challenging holes features a forced carry over a granite ravine that requires your tee shot to carry 180 yards to reach the fairway. The fairway is protected by rock on the right and a steep drop off to the left, making it unique among Ontario golf courses.

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