City of Toronto golf courses open April 1 — be fooled | Things to do

The City of Toronto opens its five municipal golf courses on Friday, April 1 — and it’s no April Fool’s joke.

The Dentonia Park, Don Valley, Humber Valley, Scarlett Woods and Tam O’Shanter courses will open at 7 a.m. and continue to operate daily through the fall.

The city, in a March 31 press release, touted all of its courses as “high quality and accessible by TTC.”

Each course, the version added, has unique features and offers something for all skill levels.

A family discount is available where junior players can play golf for free when accompanied by a paying adult during nine-hole weekend afternoon hours.

The city said its golf courses, like others across the country, continue to grow in popularity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic with more than 195,000 rounds played at city courses in 2021.

Golfers are encouraged to book in advance on the town’s website toronto.ca/golf or by calling golf directly. Tee times sell out quickly, so golfers should book ahead. Rentals are available at each clubhouse’s pro shop.

At Humber Valley in Etobicoke, an accessible golf cart is available free of charge for golfers with reduced mobility.

FlingGolf will also be available at four golf courses in the city (not available at Don Valley Golf Course). This activity, which combines elements of golf and lacrosse, is played with a FlingStick (rentals available) and players toss or toss a golf ball onto the golf course.

FlingGolf offers a faster pace of play and is designed to help introduce new players to the game or provide a new challenge for experienced golfers.

This year, the Bench Fit self-contained outdoor fitness circuit will be available at every golf course in the city. Equipment includes a park bench with instructional signage at stations along the golf course, encouraging participants to complete up to 40 exercises along the 10-station circuit. Currently, Bench Fit is available in many city parks.

“Last year, we have seen an increase in demand for golf at our golf courses in the city of Toronto and we are delighted to be able to offer this activity daily to everyone, from (April 1) until fall,” said Mayor John Tory in the “There are courses located throughout the city that are affordable and accessible by public transit.

More information on the city’s golf courses and booking options, including contact details for each course, can be found at toronto.ca/golf.

Michael C. Ford