Each of the three Muskoka-area courses also has a new resort hotel on the property operated by the Canadian-based Delta Hotel Corporation. A fourth Delta resort is in the planning stages for Glen Abbey, giving the trail a true stay-and-play atmosphere.
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This second trail was launched in the summer of 2002 with the addition of the 45-hole Legends on Niagara golf facility designed by McBroom and his colleague Douglass Carrick. The two new 18-hole courses, Ussher’s Creek and Battlefield, offer views of the bellowing mist from nearby Niagara Falls, and are combined with a nine-hole, short-game course and 360-degree driving range to form the largest golf complex in Canada. “We offer a 36-week golf season, up until the end of October, which most people don’t know about,” says Murray Mold of the Niagara Parks Commission. “We wanted to offer golfers three to five quality golf experiences much like you have with golf trails in America.”
Also part of the trail is the 50-year-old Whirlpool Golf Course designed by Canadian legend Stanley Thompson. Other trail highlights include Royal Niagara, a Ted Baker design that opened in 2001, and Hunters Pointe, a mid-1990s Scottish-links-style layout. Director of golf Bob McIlveen says together with nine-hole courses and some practice facilities, there will eventually be 13 courses on the trail, all within 30 miles of each other and the famous falls. Says Mold, “We want to put golf in Ontario on the map.”
an award-winning golf writer, stricklin has reported on the sport for sports illustrated, links, and golf magazine.