Many consider London Ontario as a golf destination. Yet while the city’s selection of courses can satisfy even the most ardent golf enthusiast, it can do just the same for the casual couple looking for something to do on a gorgeous Sunday. And in terms of simple living conditions, with great golf courses come great neighbourhoods, so let’s explore some of each!
Located only 19 minutes from downtown London, 7 minutes from Hyde Park and 5 minutes from Hwy 402, the beautiful FireRock Golf Course is closer than you think. Rated as one of the highest public golf courses in South Western Ontario, FireRock boasts beautiful greens, lush fairways, and rolling hills. The challenging par 72 design measures 5,672 yards from the white tees, 7,279 yards from the blues, and 7,183 yards from the gold. Rates start at $49 while a full membership cost $2,400. Communities that surround FireRock include Komoka, Kilworth, and Byron.
Forest City National Golf Club is known to be one of London's finest public golf courses. Situated right alongside the picturesque Fanshawe Lake, Forest City offers an 18 hole championship golf course that is both challenging and enjoyable. You will play through pine forests, around small ravines all while taking in the panoramic vistas of the lake. Green fees start as low as $39.99 and go as high as $69.99. The course is minutes away from multiple communities such as The Grove, Huron Heights, and Crumlin.
Tarandowah is in London’s eastern part, less than a mile from the stunning Lake Whittaker Conservation Area. It has received numerous accolades, most of which reflect their friendly pricing considering the quality of course (the highest fee for 18 holes is $61, and that’s for weekends/holidays during peak spring & summer). They offer a membership that grants access to Mount Elgin Golfers Club, along with a weekly skins games, tournaments, and the club championships. Just know there is a limit of 120 members each year! Tarandowah is surrounded by rural beauty and tranquility, and prospective homeowners could seek out the similar areas of Avon or Mt. Vernon.
Resting on the western edge of London, Echo Valley opened in 1971 and has been a fixture in Canadian golf ever since. The highest price (a round of 18 with cart, on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday) is a reasonable $61. They even offer a Frequent Player Card for only $95, allowing as much play as you can handle for a week! The club is also known for its competitive leagues. The communities of Woodhull and Delaware, and the equally impressive and historic homes within them, would be ideal spots for prospective homeowners who also see some rounds at Echo Valley in their future!
Located in South London, Westminster Trails is a finely balanced course that will suffice for the seasoned vet or the learning teenager. It is a popular choice for tournaments, banquets and other events. For a $20 fee for nine holes, and $30 for 18, they feature a bargain that’s tough to beat! They do offer a membership, which grants access to their two other clubs, East Park as well as The Ridge. The White Oaks neighbourhood, just northwest of the course, offers a wide range of homes in terms of size and décor, making it a perfect settling area for anyone aiming to frequent Westminster Trails.
Located on the banks of the, okay you guessed it, Thames Valley offers a spectacular golf experience, whether you’re in for a full 18 or taking in their renowned 9-hole Hickory Course. The highest green fee is $46, and twilight can be as low as $26! The clubhouse overlooking the 18th green as well as the Thames River is more than ideal to enjoy a post-round bite or pint. The course is a next-door neighbor to the lovely Oakridge Park neighbourhood to the north, which hosts ample elegant homes built in the 1950s and 1960s, on spacious lots. Talk about a win-win!
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