There are still ways to save a few bucks on the links without giving up the high life. Crosswinds Golf Club, north of Burlington, is a hidden gem measuring more than 7,200 yards from the back tees that offers a premium golf experience on a mature, tree-lined collection of holes that feels like it’s been there for decades. From the outset, Crosswinds tempts visitors with the ultimate risk-reward scenario: a drivable par-4 that demands a carry over water and forest in exchange for an eagle putt. The drama ramps up again at the par-3 5th, a 178-yard blast to an island green the club bills as its signature hole. And if the wind shows up, look out.
Why Go Now
Crosswinds mounted an aggressive effort last year to raise its profile in the ultra-competitive Greater Toronto Area and to attract players with bargain-basement green fees. If there’s anyplace where courses are going to war for your golf dollar, it’s in Southern Ontario.
$78 ($68 under 18) Fri. through Sun.; $68 ($58 under 18 or 60-plus) Mon. through Thu.
It’s $50 to play before 8:30 a.m. Mon. through Fri. or any day after 4 p.m. Nine holes go for just $38 after 4 p.m during the week and $43 on weekends. All teetimes include oak-panelled locker rooms, towel service, soaring ceilings and a four-star chef. Advantage: golfer.
Broke Local Secrets
Just down the road in the village of Lowville, check out the Lowville Bistro, with its licensed deck, ice cream parlour and sweet shop. Linger long enough to savour a diverse evening menu.
This story was originally published in the April 2009 issue of up! magazine as part of The Great Canadian Value Golf Guide, profiling the country’s 10 best courses for spend your golfing money. Check out other value golf spots in The Great Canadian Value Golf Guide 2009.
Aberdeen Glen Golf Course and Estates
Bargains are often found off the beaten track, and Aberdeen Glen Golf Course is no different. This manicured, 7,100-yard par-73 meanders over rolling, rugged terrain through narrow stands of dense B.C. forest—a stern test for the better player, and a gentler route from the forward tees. Jeans are allowed, too!
Jägare Ridge Golf Club
Carved out of fertile farmland in the Whitemud Creek Valley in Edmonton, Jägare Ridge Golf Club boasts a narrow, target-oriented front nine, with a more windswept, links-style back.
$90 (includes power cart); $78 seniors (power cart, range, Mon. – Thu.); juniors, $43 (includes range). Twilight rate after 4 p.m. (and early-bird before 9 a.m. Mon. – Thu.), $73.
Doon Valley & Rockway Golf Course
Doon Valley is freshly renovated with 10 brand-new holes, while the tree-lined fairways of Rockway are the perfect places for youngsters to shape their game.