Normally, by the middle of May, golf season is in full swing across York Region. The Markham and Stouffville areas in particular hosts some of the most challenging and popular golf clubs and courses in the country.
The area is “the perfect spot for golf courses,” says Terry Kim, the Director of Golf at Angus Glen Golf Club. “It is just far enough from downtown city life that people feel that they are getting away, but close enough that it isn’t too far a drive.”
Of course, 2020 has been anything but normal so far. Living under emergency orders from all branches of government has left all social and outdoor life in limbo.
All of the area’s courses had been delayed from opening. In addition to game play, hundreds of events, ranging from fundraising to weddings have already been cancelled. Some have been rescheduled for the fall out of an abundance of hope that they might proceed, but the future is anything but sure at this point.
Nevertheless, there is hope for golfers as golf is among the first activities that return to daily life in Ontario.
Stouffvillites are especially blessed with choice. For those who don’t have the time or desire to travel far, there’s plenty of great golf courses close by.
The Bushwood Golf Club has two quite different courses to choose from. They have an 18-hole par 72 course and a 9-hole executive course. The Upper Unionville Golf Club offers an 18-hole par 71 with lots of amenities, including a “flex” membership that promises to take into account the needs of today’s working family.
Royal Stouffville on Hwy. 48 offers a championship 18 and an executive 9-hole experience. Rolling Hills on Warden Ave. offers two 18-hole courses, while Ballantrae Golf Club’s classic 18 holes is always popular.
All have been preparing for opening day, but each course will have different facilities and have to manage demand as they and the province deem safe. That will likely mean some restrictions on clubhouse restaurants, tee time intervals and maybe even closed pro shops. So check with each club to find out how they will be operating.
But at least we should be able to feel the open air and be able to chunk every second ball into the woods or water hazard, just like always.