The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
GOLF & LEISURE 157 Ontario’s most popular tourist destination over at least two or three days and nights. Golfers, however, should seriously consider making at least one stop en route. About 30 minutes west of Toronto, just off the main highway leading to Niagara, is one of Canada’s must- play public courses. Jack Nicklaus-designed Glen Abbey Golf Club will host its record 28th Canadian Open July 21 to 24. With tight traps, fiendishly contoured greens and water hazards that come into play on 11 holes, Glen Abbey is a championship test in every sense. This is also where Tiger Woods made one of his most famous shots, an astonishing 213-yard (195m) bunker shot over water to the 18th green to seal his victory in the 2000 Open. Ever since, few golfers have been able to resist the temptation to drop a ball in the same bunker and try their luck. Back on the road, the landscape changes dramatically as you enter the heart of the Niagara Peninsula just past the city of St Catharines. Urban sprawl gives way to vineyards, peach and cherry orchards, century-old houses, bucolic small towns and tree-lined bicycle paths. Niagara is one of Canada’s two premier wine regions (the other is the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia). The fertile, sandy soil and the temperate climate are ideal for growing grapes. Oenophiles can follow a well-marked Wine Trail to more than 40 wineries, estates and cellars open to the public. A local specialty is German-style Eiswein, or ice wine, a dessert drop touted as Canada’s “liquid gold”. OPPOSITE PAGE: John Daly attempts to drive a ball 315m across the misty gorge in 2005. ABOVE: Thundering Waters Golf Club, a formidable test of golf.
The Cut - Spring 2016