Toronto's Highlands Golf Trail

In what may be better referred to as the “North of Highway 7” golf trail (doesn’t that one just roll off the tongue), a group of North Toronto golf courses are launching the “Highlands Golf Trail.” It is a pretty fine list of clubs — Angus Glen, Copper Creek, Eagle’s Nest, Wooden Sticks, Bond Head, Lionhead. They are going to kick off the partnership with a media outing at the golf show — this one probably involving beer, and not much golf.

There’s little explanation on the Highlands website as to what the grouping does — most areas simply link to phone numbers for the respective courses, while others bid viewers to “check back soon.” Fair enough — maybe the full concept hasn’t been worked out yet, and the last I checked there was lots of snow on the ground. It would also appear Tourism Ontario is somehow involved — since its logo is on the site — and that has to be a positive aspect, especially if this is designed to grow out-of-town traffic, as opposed to simply trying to generate more play from within the GTA.

My favourite bit comes from the description of the courses:

Leading golf course architects from Doug Carrick to Davis Love III have utilized all that nature has to offer — rivers, lakes and wetlands, ravines and the glacial ridge of the Oak Ridges Moraine to craft master courses.

Davis Love III? Come on — he renovated the North course at Angus Glen and then didn’t show up at the Canadian Open. Doesn’t everyone — Angus Glen included — want to forget this fiasco?

Lastly, I hope this isn’t a version of the partnership set up a few years back between Angus, Taboo and Bond Head, that sold memberships and had a similar kick off event. By all accounts, that one amounted to very little. Let’s hope this attempt is more successful.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • No offense to Doug as Eagle’s Nest is a great course but didn’t Carrick use a landfill site rather than “rivers, lakes, wetlands, ravines and a glacial ridge”.

  • Lionhead is indeed south of Highway 7 but north of Highway 407…not that it matters. The “north of Highway 7” reference was a title that RT said “may” be used for this collection of courses and is not an organization tagline for this initiative.

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