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Glen House Resort, Gananoque

One of Eastern Ontario’s most demanding and picturesque courses  is found at this historic 75-room inn on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, in the heart of the Thousands Islands. From the nerve-rattling opening tee shot over a deep gorge, Smuggler’s Glen Course treats golfers to spectacular river views and a roller-coaster thrill ride through a Canadian Shield landscape of high granite cliffs and rolling pine-covered hills and valleys.

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The Briars Resort and Spa, Jacksons Point

With nine holes designed by legendary golf architect Stanley Thompson, and nine by his lone-time associate Robbie Robinson, The Briars Golf Course boasts one of the most enviable  pedigrees in Canadian golf. The subtle 6,285 yard layout near the banks of Lake Simcoe rolls gracefully through mature stands of birch and evergreens, while offering vistas of the Black River. The resort itself is build around an antiques-filled Regency manor house dating from the 1840’s.

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Cobble Beach Golf Resort, Owen Sound

Doug Carrick’s acclaimed Cobble Beach Golf Links is the centerpiece of a master-planned golf community on the southern shore of Georgian Bay near Owen Sound. From the Nantucket-style clubhouse, which includes a 10-room inn (there are also five new guest cottages), golfers set forth to play a links-style course that offers gorgeous views of the bay with almost every shot. And like all great courses, this one ends with a wallop on the 18th hole, a par five that rolls along  dramatic cliff-top bluffs.

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Pinestone Resort, Haliburton

A sky-high slope rating of 141 has earned Pinestone’s golf course a reputation as one of the most challenging in cottage country. Though just 6,024 yards long, architect Jack Davison’s layout deep in the Haliburton Highlands features tight fairways, treacherous multi-level greens and numerous water hazards. After golf, explore kilometres of marked wilderness trails at a country-style resort that offers accommodations in 103 guest rooms, villas and chalets.

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Hockley Valley Resort, Orangeville

This intimate and popular family-run resort, which offers 14 downhill ski runs in winter, is home to a gorgeous links-style course by Tom McBroom routed through the dramatic and heavily wooded Hockley Hills. Following the natural contours of the land, McBroom’s layout climbs about 90 metres and then plunges as much within a span of several holes. On a clear day, eagle-eyed golfers can see as far north as Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay.


Rocky Crest Golf Resort, MacTier

A popular cottage country getaway offering spacious suites and a variety of sporting activities on Lake Joseph, Rocky Crest caught the attentions of the golf world with the 2000 opening of a Tom McBroom-designed course that surely numbers among the most scenic  in Canada. McBroom carved his fairways through a thrilling mix of forest and wetlands, brilliantly using the granite outcroppings of the Canadian Shield to shape and accent golf holes the same way that Arizona’s desert courses are framed by cacti and sand.


Horseshoe Resort, Barrie

Adrenaline junkies flock to this popular ski resort during the summer to mountain bike, take a Hummer tour, and zip-trek through the treetops. A more sedate-though no less satisfying challenge is offered by Horseshoe’s two excellent Rene Muylaert-designed golf courses. The Valley course starts at the base of the hill and ends with a panoramic view of the valley from the 18th tee while the wider fairways of the Highlands course are slightly more forgiving.


Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville

Muskoka’s golf boom began with the 1990 opening of Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course, an outstanding Top McBroom-Robert Cupp co-design on the grounds of a sprawling lakeside resort capable of accommodating more than 1,000 guests. Starting with a awe-inspiring view of the surrounding countryside from the elevate first tee, Deerhurst Highlands leads golfers on a thrilling ramble through forest and wetlands, and past immense walls of Canadian Shield granite. Also offered at Deerhurst Lakeside, and executive course renowned for its lovely views of Peninsula Lake.


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Across Ontario, the province’s largest resort association, Resorts of Ontario, has come up with some exciting new family deals this summer. Here are a few examples, along with the prices for comparison.

The notorious pirate ship Wenonah II on Lake Rosseau. Photo: Karen Campbell

The notorious pirate ship Wenonah II on Lake Rosseau. Photo: Karen Campbell

Clevelands House on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka, prides itself on its family programming. This summer, it has teamed up with The Real Muskoka Experience to offer a new Pirate Ship Dinner Cruise on the Wenonah II every Thursday night, beginning July 2nd. Mini three-night Vacations with meals start at $675 per adult at Clevelands House. Children from three to eleven years pay half the adult rate. Special family discount packages are available on certain weeks throughout the summer. Click “rates” for further details on their website.

For active teens, Killarney Mountain Lodge on upper Georgian Bay near Killarney Park has guided hikes, sea-kayaking and canoeing, great homecooking and its cavernous recreation hall with its shuffleboard, table tennis, heated outdoor pool and giant sauna is a popular teen hang out. A three-night adventure package with meals included is priced from $575 per person.

In the Kawartha Lakes, Scotsman Point Resort is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a specially priced Celebrating Families package for the weeks of July 7-11 and August 29-September 5. Known for its great fishing, child-friendly waterfront and home baking, the resort’s two-bedroom apartment units and two-bedroom cottages are priced on these weeks at $949 and $999 respectively. Three-bedroom cottages, which can sleep up to seven, are priced from $1249. Taxes are extra. All units have fully equipped kitchens, colour TV, electric heat and gas BBQ’s.

Glen House Resort is in the Thousand Islands, an integral part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, part of a UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. This resort has indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, tennis, an exercise room, volleyball, games room, fishing charters, hiking trails, a beach, canoe, kayak and pedalboat rentals, and its own 18-hole championship golf course. Its three-night Explorers Package includes a room with deluxe breakfast from $58 (per person, per night, double occupancy) and for $60 extra, per person, there is complimentary use of all amenities plus a choice of two out of these three attractions: a 1000 Islands Cruise, a four-hour boat & motor rental, or a live performance at the 1000 Islands Playhouse.

Here is a more complete listing of family resorts.

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