Besides the chance to shout “Fore!” as you take a swing, golf gives you a sense of serenity and a connection with nature, which will immediately calm your mind. Also, you can enjoy the open spaces of Northeastern Ontario without having large crowds around, which is just what you might be looking for during these socially distant times.
If you’re in Timmins and want to take a break from city life, golf is a perfect option. Practice your game on the laid-back golf courses under expansive blue skies, surrounded by boreal forests. And if you’re ready for some challenging layouts and memorable holes, explore what the top three golf clubs in Timmins have to offer and get into the swing of things!
Hollinger Golf Club
Get ready to be spoiled. The Hollinger Golf Club is Northern Ontario’s only 18-hole championship-level bent grass golf course, boasting one of the best-manicured greens and fairways in the province. You’ll get all the perks of a full practice facility including a driving range, putting green, chipping, and bunker area, not to mention the incredible scenic views.
The club also has historical significance, which adds a dose of charm to the play. Established in 1922, this course was originally built to be an entertainment center for people who had come to Timmins to work at the Hollinger Mine at a time in Timmins history when the town was the epicenter of gold mining.
After your round, you can wind down for a drink or meal at the Hollinger Restaurant. Enjoy hearty poutine or a meat and cheese platter on the patio while taking in the fabulous greenside views.
Need to know: This stunning and challenging course will surely make a lasting impression. Daily rates start from $28 for a 9-hole and $43.50 for an 18-hole course. Make sure to book your tee time in advance!
Spruce Needles Golf Club
Secluded in the woods, Spruce Needles Golf Club in Timmins is a traditional 18-hole course with a championship length challenge and plenty of straightforward holes that are enjoyed by golfers of all levels. The large landing areas, accommodating greens and the condition of the fairways are excellent—perfect for you to show off your game.
The club is run as a not-for-profit organization, proudly owned and operated by its members. A junior program is offered throughout the summer to motivate young people to get into the sport. The club is also very active in organizing diverse tournaments, such as the “Adam & Eve Tournament” and the “3 Man Challenge”.
Thanks to its natural isolation, golfers will enjoy quiet from the sounds of the city as well as from other players. After your session, you can enjoy fine dining in the club’s restaurant, a drink at the ‘19th hole’, or do some pro shopping for golf accessories. The top-notch practice facilities and friendly staff make the Spruce Needles Club one of Timmins’ social hotspots.
Need to know: Prices start at $45 for the full course. Tee reservations are required in advance.
Sandy Falls Golf Course
If you are looking for a more remote experience, head to Sandy Falls Golf Course. The club is located in the woods northwest of Timmins and is reachable within 15 minutes by car. The 9-hole Sandy Falls gets its name from the eponymous cascade on the nearby Mattagami River.
The lush greenery provides a perfect sanctuary for a peaceful round of golf, while a few challenging holes will have you putting your best foot forward. After your round, grab a drink or eat a meal in the beautiful modern Victorian lodge as you go over the hits and misses from the day.
This down-to-earth and family-owned club loves to support the community and offers year-round events, such as member tournaments or even Halloween parties. You can really get a feel of the essence of the Timmins community in its full splendor here.
Looking for a more chilled activity or perhaps some family entertainment? Then look no further than Mini Putt, Timmins’ mini-golf course. Located in the heart of Hollinger Park in downtown Timmins, this 18-hole course and accompanying inflatable playground are sure to put a smile on your face.
Perfectly manicured lawns, natural seclusion, and fresh northern air—days on the greens in Timmins will boost your mood while enjoying the social atmosphere and the delightful cuisine.
Days on the green are best topped with some fine food and wine. Fortunately, there are plenty of culinary delights—in Timmins and the rest of Northeastern Ontario. For foodie guides and more in this astonishing region, visit our Northeastern Ontario Travel Guide.