Ultimate Ontario’s guide to the golf resorts in Ontario that you need to have on your radar. From Georgian Bay to Collingwood to Muskoka!
This province is passionate about golf, so it’s no surprise that we have a lovely array of golf resorts in Ontario to choose from. Not to mention, at a variety of price points.
For those unfamiliar, a golf resort is precisely what you think it is. It’s a property that was made with the golf enthusiast in mind. They’re typically full service lodging facilities that put golf at the centre of the experience, while also ensuring there’s access to quality food and restaurants, entertainment, other sports facilities (such as a gym or tennis courts), as well as shopping. Plenty of resorts also offer some extra adventure as well which we talk about in more detail below.
Golf resorts can be enjoyed by couples, families, friends, or even can be a spot for bachelor and bachelorette parties.
Before we dive into the article on the best golf resorts in Ontario, don’t forget that we’ve also written about the best golf courses in Ontario. We’re also growing our catalogue of individual golf course reviews, such as with FireRock Golf Club and Forest City National Golf Club near London, Ontario.
Which Ontario Golf Resorts Should You Have on Your Radar?
Ultimately, it’s going to depend on what you’re looking for, but below we’ll go over what the most notable golf resorts in Ontario offer, and you can decide if it’s a good fit for your taste and budget.
Of course, please check availability at the respective resorts before booking, as some resorts may not be running at full capacity or may not be fully open to the wider public at this moment.
Deerhurst (in Muskoka) bills themselves as “Ontario’s premier golf resort.” You’ve got plenty of options here for how you’d want your golf stay to unfold. They have many restaurants to choose from, as well as a number of different suites, lodges, and homes available.
In short, you can find what works for you from a price perspective, but it’s worth mentioning that none of it will come too cheap here. Deerhurst is going to be one of the higher price points of the Ontario golf resort offerings that we list here.
Staying at Deerhurst, you have the option to play two well known Ontario courses, Deerhurst Lakeside and Deerhurst Highlands. The Lakeside course is known for its picturesque views, while many argue that the Highlands course is the course that put Muskoka on the map as an Ontario golf destination.
You can learn more here.
Located right outside Grand Bend (which made the list of our most charming small towns in Ontario), is Oakwood Resort.
Oakwood Resort is located right on the shores of Lake Huron, and they’ve been operating for nearly 100 years. The resort has a rustic feel to it, and you can expect to see wooded cabins and wood-infused interiors galore. You can book either suites or cottages, and there are 124 rooms in total. It is a four season resort, but if you’re looking to golf, then of course you’re going to want to do that in the warmer months.
They’ve got a restaurant on site, Dave’s Pub and Grill, as well as a Lakeside Spa. They’ve also got a pool and gym.
On the resort, you’ll find an 18 hole, par 70 course, as well as pro shop, driving range, and putting green. They offer power and pull carts, private lessons, golf clinics, and bar cart service.
Find out more information here.
Cobble Beach Golf Resort
Only about 10 minutes from Owen Sounds, Ontario, and close to the Bruce Trail, is this 574 acre property. Cobble Beach Golf Resort is a little different than others on this list as they as, beyond being just a resort, also sell and rent single-family homes and town homes. Last we checked, they had over 100 homes!
The Inn at Cobble Beach is what you’re looking for, as that’s their more classic Ontario golf resort lodge offering.
The views of Georgian Bay are enough to keep people coming back, but their award-winning golf course sure doesn’t hurt either. Cobble Beach Golf Links is a links-style course that’s perched upon the rocky clifftops. It’s a course made by the legendary golf architect Doug Carrick. Some say the greens are a tough play, so we wish you luck!
It’s typically considered one of the top 50 courses in the country, and top 25 in the province. If you want to give it a whirl, you can read more here.
Living Stone Golf Resort
Located on over 700 acres of land near Collingwood, Ontario is the Living Stone Golf Resort.
It’s a four season resort that is just a short walk from their sister property, the Living Water Resort & Spa, as well as the Living Water Marina. Their claim to fame is that they’re located between the mountains and the bay, so you can hang out by the water if you like, but could also go for a mountain bike!
Connected to the resort is the Cranberry Golf Course, which is a championship style course. The views of the nearby Blue Mountains are gorgeous, and you’re simply surrounded by natural beauty.
It’s a 18 hole championship golf course that comes in at 6,618 yards. They offer a number of golf programs for golfers looking to sharpen their skills.
If you’ve got further questions, you can check out their website.
Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort
Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort has both a nine-hole “Major’s Course” for beginners, as well as a recently renovated eighteen-hole “General’s Course” for those who want golf to be more of a focal point of their stay.
Their big sell is the adventure aspect. On their website, they sum it up well when noting, “After golf, enjoy an evening sunset guided tour around Calabogie Lake. Go with the ‘Pros’ and drive an ATV through the hills and valleys exploring nature at its best. Try fly fishing or muskie or pickerel fishing in our favourite spots. Sit behind the wheel and drive an exotic car through the countryside. Or zoom around the Calabogie Motorsport Park in a racing hot Ford Mustang.”
They also offer a lounge, dining facilities, as well as on-site accommodations.
This is more an emphasis on the “resort” and less on the “golf,” but it’s fun spot for folks who like golf, but aren’t die-hard fans. Nine holes, last we checked, will cost you less than 20 bucks, and 18 will cost you around $30.
The Briars Resort and Spa
Located on Lake Simcoe, less than an hour from Toronto, is The Briars Resort. They’re probably known first and foremost as a rustic getaway and full-service spa, but many people forget that the Briars also has a private golf club.
In fact, it’s a rather esteemed golf course considering it was designed by Stanley Thompson and Robbie Robinson. It’s noted for it’s well protected greens, ancient trees, and tricky yet picturesque water hazards and rivers. It was actually recently home to the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship.
They even offer a “First Tee Lodge” which has seven bedrooms, a boardroom and firepit area. They also offer meals that are prepared from their 100 year old sustainable garden, and they have a nice wine list to match.
You can see their full offering here.
Rocky Crest Golf Resort
Rocky Crest Golf Resort, one of the top golf resorts in Ontario, sits right on the edge of the Canadian Shield on Muskoka’s famed Lake Joseph.
As with others on this list, they offer an array of accommodation including luxury villas, cabins, and cottages. They’ve got a waterpark, three restaurants that range from casual to fine dining, and more.
In 2020, Score Golf ranked Canada’s top 100 golf courses to play, and Rocky Crest Golf Club made the list. It’s a course that’s known for its rolling fairways and its stunning pine-log lodge-style clubhouse. They have tees stretching from 6850 yards to 5126 yards, which makes it suitable for golfers of all abilities.
For serious golfers, it’s worth noting that Rocky Crest Golf Club is indeed a ClubLink certified course. They also have an association with The Lake Joseph Club and Grandview Golf Club for those keen to play multiple courses over their stay at an Ontario golf resort.
All that info and more is right on their website.
We hope we’ve helped you to find your ideal golf resort in Ontario. We’ve purposely included a variety or resorts at varying price points to ensure there’s a little something for everyone!
Christopher Mitchell is the Cofounder of Ultimate Ontario. He’s visited over 80 countries, and has lived on 4 continents, but now has his eyes set squarely on exploring this incredible province, and helping others do the same.