Deciding to buy a house in the heart of Toronto for the sake of a convenient city lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice time with your favourite sport.When you’re living in a Riverside home, you are within a 15-minute drive from five of the city’s most amazing public golf courses. Take advantage of this close proximity and drop in for a day of golf or sign yourself up for a league, or maybe even a competition! Even if you’ve never picked up a club in your life and don’t know your birdies from your bogeys, you may want to take this opportunity to try something new and enroll yourself in some golf lessons or clinics. Who knows, moving into a Riverside home may just be the start to a new, lifelong hobby in the golf world!


Centennial Park Golf Club is a 27-hole, executive-length golf course located at 550 Centennial Park Boulevard. It has been expertly designed to capture the golfer’s interest, with the inclusion of championship tees intended for seasoned golfers to hone their skills, and regular tees to ensure every player has a pleasant game. Although Centennial Park is privately owned and offers membership packages, the golf course is open to the public and welcomes drop-ins on a first-come-first-served basis. In addition to a well-kept course, Centennial Park also boasts a driving range, chipping green, practice putting green, comfortable clubhouse, expertly taught lessons, and an exciting mini-golf course! You’ll love sharing your passion for the sport with your family while you navigate 18 challenging holes of mini golf that wind through mature trees, tranquil ponds, wooden bridges, and many other skill-testing obstacles.


First place winner of the 2015 Golfer’s Choice Awards for Best Value Course and the second public course opened by the City of Toronto is the Humber Valley Golf Course. Located at 40 Beattie Avenue, and only minutes away from your Riverside home, you’ll love the freedom of being able to drop in for a round of golf any day of the week, starting in mid-April all the way through mid-November. Humber Valley boasts a par 70, 18-hole course, picturesque views of the Humber River, manicured fairways, and a group of friendly staff always willing to offer tips and suggestions. The 5446-yard course is a popular destination for all skill levels due to unique combination of links and valley land holes, as well as its easy walkability. After your game, check out the clubhouse where you’ll find a relaxing lounge, fully licensed restaurant, a pro shop, and a ton of great information on upcoming golf clinics and leagues for you to join!


Adjoining the luxurious Vue Event Venue at 195 Galaxy Boulevard is the Royal Woodbine Golf Club, a privately-owned golf club that offers yearly memberships as well as seasonal daily rates and packages for the public. The Royal Woodbine prides itself in an unparalleled golfing experience that perfectly combines challenge with relaxation through a picturesque backdrop and unique hole variety. Their 18-hole, par 71 course, contains enough fairways, water hazards, sand traps, and hills to seriously test any golfer’s accuracy and perseverance. You’ll love relaxing at the luxurious clubhouse afterwards, with its two outdoor patios, floor to ceiling windows, stunning main dining room, large fireplaces, and exceptional food!


Considered by blogTO to provide the best value of all public golf course in and around the GTA, the Don Valley Golf Course is perfect for golfers up for a bit of a challenge. The Don Valley is a par 72, 18-hole course situated on 6163 yards of lush green. Although it has a fairly traditional variety of holes, the Don Valley boasts an excellent front nine and has earned a reputation for its exciting natural setting and “Hallelujah Corner,” a signature par 5, 12th hole followed by an exceptional par 3 challenge. The golf course, located at 4200 Yonge Street, is located right next to the York Mills subway station and is just as easy to get to by TTC as it is by car.


A popular choice for novices and experts alike is Scarlett Woods Golf Course, an executive length, par 62, 18-hole course owned by the City of Toronto. This municipal golf course, located at 1000 Jane Street along the Humber River, is a green oasis dotted with mature trees and plenty of water features. Regardless of your skill level, you’ll love the flexibility of teeing off any time of day, any day of the week, and relaxing at the adjoining clubhouse afterwards. Scarlett Woods is very welcoming to beginners, as they offer golf classes to help you discover and navigate the world of golf. Don’t forget to register your kids for a free junior class so they can join in on the fun too!