Golf Courses for Beginners in Toronto

Toronto Life
Prior to the Hit by diskychick
Prior to the Hit by Susan

It’s not easy to be a rookie golfer in Toronto and the GTA since most of the new courses are more difficult than they seem. The key to success is to find a golf course that isn’t too demanding. Fortunately, Toronto and the GTA have many executive par three and nine-hole golf courses that are perfect for beginners. Moreover, Toronto has an abundance of golf instructors and classes where you can improve your swing.

Dentonia Park
781 Victoria Park Ave.

Its location (near Victoria Park station) is perfect for young people who are new to golf and do not have a car. Dentonia Park is one of the best par three golf courses in Ontario. It is ideal for beginners or advanced players who just want to practice their short shots accuracy. Juniors appreciate clinics and camps that run during the summer. No wood clubs are allowed on the course.

Scarlet Woods Golf Course
1000 Jane St.

Scarlet Woods Golf Course is probably the best golf course for children in Toronto. The beautiful scenery along the Humber river, with blossoming cherry trees, old oaks, and tall maples perfectly compensate the frustration that can arise from beginners’ first, unsuccessful swings. Scarlet Woods Golf Course is also a pretty nice and relaxing course for advanced players who want a quick and less demanding play.

Hornby Glen
8286 Hornby Rd

This delightful golf course, situated at the foot of the Halton Hills, has been around since 1964. During its more than 40 years of operating, Hornby has undergone several changes to become more challenging. However, the overall difficulty of the course wasn’t significantly altered by these changes. It’s one of the best golf courses for beginners and weekend players. It’s pretty difficult to lose the ball at this course. Another key factor for Horny Glen’s popularity is that the course is well maintained, with renovated ponds, enlarged tree areas, and nicely trimmed fairways.

Rolling Hills
12808 Warden Ave.

Don’t get discouraged by its name, the landscape of Rolling Hills is not as wild as it sounds. It is in fact very suitable for less skilled golf players. There are several hilly areas, but generally the holes are flat and not very difficult. Rolling Hills offers three types of courses: Classic, Challenge, and Championship courses. The first two have relatively short holes ideal for beginners. The Championship course is not that difficult, either, but it is not recommended for new players.

Where to Take Golf Lessons?

Golf Course in Toronto by Anthony Easton
Golf Course in Toronto
by Anthony Easton

Golf is a popular sport supported by the city of Toronto, which provides five golf courses that offer decent lessons led by golf professionals from the Canadian Professional Golfer’s Association. These courses are spread throughout the city. North York is the home of the popular and busy Don Valley Golf Course (4200 Yonge St.). Another two golf courses that offer lessons are situated in the west end: the Scarlet Woods Golf course (1000 Jane St.) and the Humber Valley Golf Course (40 Beattie Ave.). Golf lessons in the Dentonia Park Golf Course (781 Victoria Park Ave.) and Tam O’Shanter Golf course (2481 Birchmount Rd) both located in Scarborough are both very popular among beginners.

3 thoughts on “Golf Courses for Beginners in Toronto

December 21, 2011 at 9:20 am
Lori Bosworth says:

I’ve played at Dentonia Park and really enjoyed it, but if you are looking for an even easier course to play, try Grand Highland Golf Club at 376 Barondale Rd. (Kennedy Rd. and Eglinton Ave. E.) in Mississauga. I played there several times when I was just learning to golf. It’s an executive, 9-hole golf course and it only takes about 1 1/2 hours to play, plus it’s only $20 and you can see the lake from some of the holes.

December 24, 2011 at 2:24 am
Jamie Sarner says:

Hi Lori,
Thanks for the great tip!
Jamie Sarner

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