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Toronto golf courses set to open: Humber Valley Golf Course celebrates its 100th anniversary

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The City of Toronto will open all five of its golf courses for the 2021 season starting April 1 – several days ahead of schedule.

As part of the season, Humber Valley Golf Course will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Humber Valley will join Dentonia Park, Don Valley, Scarlett Woods and Tam O’Shanter courses that will open on Thursday morning.

“Humber Valley shows us that Toronto has had an international golf tradition that extends back a century. Golf lends itself well to independent play and these courses provide ample space to ensure that people can stay apart from each other to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Ward 25 Scarborough-Rouge Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee.

To ensure the City’s golf courses operate safely guidelines have been developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health, including parameters for physical distancing and cleaning and disinfection of commonly used equipment and surfaces.

About their golf courses, the City of Toronto says they are all affordable, high quality and TTC-accessible. Each course has unique characteristics and offers something for all skill levels. A family night discount is available where junior players can golf for free when accompanied by a paying adult during the weekend afternoon nine-hole times.

“We are working to make sure we continue to provide safe outdoor recreation options for people during the pandemic. I encourage all those using our golf courses to keep following the public health advice and to book ahead,” Mayor John Tory.

Tee times will start at 7 a.m. and end at dusk, with tee times 10 minutes apart. Golfers must remain two metres (six feet) apart at all times. Golfers are encouraged to book in advance through the City’s website or by calling the golf course.

Tee times will sell out quickly, so residents are encouraged to book early. Washrooms will be made available in the clubhouses. Pro-shops will be open to facilitate equipment rentals. Contactless debit or credit is the preferred method for payment.

FlingGolf is available at all City courses other than Don Valley. This sporting activity, which combines elements of golf and lacrosse, is played with a FlingStick (rentals available) to hurl a golf ball on 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.

More information about the City’s golf courses and booking options, including contact information for each course, is available at toronto.ca/golf.

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