The golf season lasts only from April to late October. Discounted rates are usually available until mid-May and after Canadian Thanksgiving (early October). All courses are best reached by car.

Angus Glen Golf Club. Deemed Canada's best new course by Golf Digest when it opened in 1995, this club has remained one of the country's best places to play, hosting the Canadian Open in 2002 and 2007 on its par-72 South and North courses, respectively. It's a 45-minute drive north of downtown. 10080 Kennedy Rd., Markham, ON, L6C 1N9. 905/887–0090; 905/887–5157 reservations.

Don Valley Golf Course. About a 20-minute drive north of downtown this is a par-71, 18-hole municipal course. Despite being right in the city, it's a lovely, hilly course with water hazards and tree-lined fairways. 4200 Yonge St., North York, Toronto, ON, M2P 1N9. 416/392–2465.

Glen Abbey Golf Club. This Jack Nicklaus–designed 18-hole, par-73 club is considered to be Canada's top course. The Canadian Open was held here for the 26th time in 2013. It's in the affluent suburb of Oakville, about 45 minutes east of the city. 1333 Dorval Dr., just north of QEW, Oakville, ON, L6M 4G2. 905/844–1800 or.