Living in Canada, travelling just for golf is a given. “There are an estimated 2,400 golf courses across the country, while Statistics Canada pegs the number of golfers in Canada at about 1.5 million. That’s one course for every 625 players, or 14,500 Canadians—among the highest number per capita in the world.” (Mcleans 2014) However, once you leave the Trans-Canada highway or 401 / Golden Horseshoe corridor, options for golf become less and less.
For example, within 100 km (60 miles) drive of Trenton, Ontario, (where I lived at the beginning of the 2016 golf season), there were over 80 golf courses. Now I live in North Bay, Ontario, and there are only 12 courses within the same distance. My options of quantity and quality diminished greatly, but my desire to travel for golf has not.
In Canada, most avid golfers are willing to go to great lengths to play their favorite sport. We understand that getting in your vehicle with a “double double”, snacks and a map are all essential for a great road trip. The challenge that many have, is the distance they need to travel to play quality courses and in some cases any course.
Reading quality course reviews available in Canada and the USA continues to fan the flame wanting to travel for golf. If you have not read any reviews from the following blogs, then I recommend that you do:
- Jimmy – Tiger Golf Traveler
- Mike – 36aday
- Josh – Golf is Mental
- Dave – One Bearded Golfer
- Tiff – Fairway Foodie
- Wayne – Golfing on Kauai
Golf course reviews from these and other sites help shape my future plans. Personally, I have written a few reviews over the years, but they were on courses I played from other travel, not specifically for golf. Now that I have more time on my hands, I want to expand my horizons, however I am struggling on how far I actually want to travel to play golf.
I know many of you have traveled to play golf. So I am asking for your opinion. Drop me a line so I can develop some form of reference as to the reasonable distances to travel. Here are a couple of timelines that might help shape your response:
- One Day
- Two Day
- Seven Days
- Fourteen Days
I would be grateful for any advice you could offer.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!