Wooden Sticks Golf Club near Toronto: Part replica, part original, all good

UXBRIDGE, Ontario, Canada - If you're a fan of replica golf courses - you know, the ones that duplicate holes as closely as legally possible - then Wooden Sticks Golf Club northeast of Toronto is a good bet.

On the other hand, if you're someone who despises those kinds of gimmicky, touristy golf courses, don't worry - Wooden Sticks has 10 completely original holes, designed by architect Ron Garl, that will suit you as well.

Wooden Sticks is one of Toronto's most popular upscale daily fee golf courses. In fact, it's so popular with corporate outings that the weekday green fee is more expensive than the weekend.

But public play is always welcome, so long as the course isn't booked out by a company, and those who tee it up here will play holes inspired by courses from Augusta National to the Old Course in St. Andrews.

In total, there are eight "inspired-by" replica holes here. The first hole features an Oakmont-style "church pew" bunker, but the rest of its design is original. Additionally, three holes are loose renditions of those in Pine Valley; you'll notice these immediately by their wild and large waste bunkers.

But whether you're into replica golf courses or not, one thing everyone will agree on is the condition of the golf course. Part of Wooden Sticks' appeal is the rolling, permeable land it sits on, a landscape that's practically perfect for golf.

"The course sits entirely on sand and gravel, so it drains extremely well," said Doug Kirkpatrick, head professional of Wooden Sticks, on a rainy morning that led to suspended play at Glen Abbey during the Canadian Open. "It can rain for 24 hours here and the course can still be in good shape."

From tee to flag, Wooden Sticks' bent grass is tour-ready, and the greens are quick and firm. Though the rough isn't punishing, there are wild, heathery areas, especially around some of the bunkers, that will swallow up your ball if you're not careful.

Wooden Sticks Golf Club: The verdict

Obviously, variety is going to be exceptional when you pool some of the world's most famous holes together. In fact, there is such a difference between Scotland-inspired pot bunkers to wild, sandy Pine Valley-replica holes, to the St. Andrews-ish 10th and 18th double-fairway with no bunkers, that at times it's tough to really believe you're on the same golf course from start to finish. Of the three replica par 3s here, it would be difficult to replace any with a more famous rendition. These include the 12th at Augusta National, the "Postage Stamp" from Royal Troon, and the 17th from TPC Sawgrass.

Green fees range from $145-220 CA (weekend early morning and after 2 p.m. is the cheapest), but the fees cover much more than just golf, including two full meals, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks in your golf cart, yardage book, range balls, and a souvenir -so expect to make a day of it here.

There are five sets of tees at Wooden Sticks, playing 7,012 yards from the championship tees. The course is part of the Highlands Golf Trail, which features upscale courses all north of Toronto. Wooden Sticks is the furthest away of the bunch in Uxbridge, 50 km northeast of the city.

After Wooden Sticks, stay and play in Toronto

If you're looking to stay in the heart of Toronto's action, check out the new 122-room boutique hotel Le Germain in the city's entertainment district, located behind King St. right across the street from Second City comedy club and Wayne Gretzky's restaurant. The hotel is also an easy walk to the Rogers Center (formerly SkyDome) and CN Tower.

Guestrooms at the Le Germain are ultra-stylish and feature original art from Toronto's James Lahey. Rooms are also decked out with extremely comfortable bedding, and, if you're regretting leaving them to go home upon checkout, they're actually for sale.

There's even an added touch for golfers: a small rooftop putting green, where you can enjoy a cocktail and some fabulous views of the city. Business travelers are well catered for with amenities like free WiFi, 24-hour fitness center, in-room massage treatments, and even personal shoppers - if you'd rather golf than run errands in your spare time.

If you'd prefer to stay outside the city, consider one of Wooden Sticks' own luxury cabins, which have two bedrooms and four beds. Stay-and-play packages are available.

Fast fact

Behind the par-5 3rd hole, which resembles the famous 13th at Augusta National, a Masters-esque scoreboard sits with results from that year's tournament.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
0 Comments
Related Links
Wooden Sticks Golf Club in the greater Toronto area features a collection of holes inspired by the most famous holes in golf, as well as some original designs by architect Ron Garl. The golf course is in an upscale property that receives a lot of corporate play during the week and features five sets of tees, a large clubhouse and superb conditioning.
8 Images
More from the author
4 Min Read
November 23, 2021
We scoured the web of golf and found holiday savings up to 50% off.
12 Min Read
November 18, 2021
Golfers can choose from a wide variety of portable launch monitor price points and user experiences. Here is what's new and the best ones to consider to improve your golf.
7 Min Read
November 9, 2021
Our community loves the value and experience at these popular and affordable military facilities and even book online.
5 Min Read
November 2, 2021
Some U.S. cities have frighteningly few public-access courses for its residents. If you like variety, you may not want to live in these metros.
6 Min Read
October 27, 2021
Kick up the jams and drop some putts with the best portable speakers for the golf course.
4 Min Read
October 21, 2021
What began with just a par-3 course and learning center, this 2,000-acre sporting ranch between Austin and Houston is finally going all-in with an ambitious championship course.
Popular
6 Min Read
November 20, 2021
Help the golfer in your life shoot lower scores, look and feel better than ever this holiday season with these eight golf gifts.
5 Min Read
November 3, 2021
Playing golf at night is a fun experience everyone should try.
4 Min Read
November 22, 2021
Anyone can play Tom Fazio's Wynn Golf Club, which sits in the heart of the Las Vegas strip.
7 Min Read
November 11, 2021
More than 115 golf resorts can be booked using your Bonvoy rewards. We break down where you can go and our favorite properties to use your points.
Load More
Now Reading
Wooden Sticks Golf Club near Toronto: Part replica, part original, all good