Knollwood Golf and Country Club was founded in 1970 by Jack Harris, one of the most respected golf course superintendents in Canadian history. After serving as superintendent for 12 years at St. Georges Golf Club in Toronto – where he held the 1949 Canadian Open – Jack moved to Ancaster years later and took over the most coveted of all superintendent positions at the venerable Hamilton Golf and Country Club where he remained for 17 years. In 1968 Jack and his wife Hazel purchased a 50-acre farm on Shaver Road in Ancaster and began to work a 9-hole layout onto the property. With his sons Jim and John he planted thousands of trees, and there amidst the natural beauty of the land, he laid out a course of memorably distinct golf holes. In 1970, The Old Course at Knollwood opened for play and over the years grew to become an 18 hole experience in a style respecting the heritage of Ontario’s historic courses.

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  1. The Knoll - Par 4 (269 Yards) Put your driver away and hit it to the top of the hill with something a little more sensible like a five wood. Second shot is a short wedge into a straight forward green.  Hazards are hitting it too far as there is water on the left and maples and scrub right of the green.
  2. Leaning Pine - Par 3 (171 Yards)  A straightforward par three with a difficult green to putt, but once you’re on, hit it right to the hole as this green breaks more ways than teenagers’ hearts.  A hazard is the pond immediately in front of you on your initial shot.
  3. Rose Garden - Par 3 (205 Yards)  There is nowhere to bail out on this long and difficult par 3. It’s suggested you walk through the 11 steps in your mind during your backswing which should provide you with the perfectly straight tee shot and failing that – just keep your head down. Hazards are water left of the green and pines on the right.
  4. Tradition - Par 4 (305 Yards)  Although nice to look at from the tee, “Tradition” has two large oaks guarding a very narrow green. Keep your first shot out to the left and you will squeeze into the green with ease. Limited hazards.
  5. Left of Center - Par 5 (461 Yards)  The fifth hole is a classic “cut the corner” golf shot allowing one to take out prior frustrations with the big stick. Keeping the ball left of center will provide you with a great entry point to the green which is makeable in two if played correctly. Watch for the water hazard at the 150 marker on the right.
  6. The Shelf - Par 4 (340 Yards)  Placing your first shot to the right side of the fairway will produce a decent second shot set up for keeping it on the shelf. The green slopes from left to right and back to front, so keep that in mind when attempting to hold the shot. Long native grass just past the green on the right is a hazard.
  7. Charity - Par 5 (461 Yards)  This is a great opportunity to get back a stroke or even two. A short par five with a generous green and no hazards will pick up your spirits in anticipation of three putting the next hole.
  8. Crown Land - Par 4 (282 Yards)  What appears to be fairly straightforward short par four is just that until you hit your second shot to the green – that is if you hold it. This crown green will provide you with a generous helping of “back and forth” if you have a tendency to hit it past the hole.
  9. Magnolia - Par 4 (256 Yards)  Many have hit this green in one and scored an albatross – a hole in one on a par 4. Keep it down the middle and you will find yourself with a birdie opportunity or better. However if you are in the trees on the left I suggest a bump with a 6 or 7.
  10. Guthrie’s – Par 4 (366 Yards)  This is a big dogleg left which is best done with something less than a driver for two reasons. First, you may hit it too close to the green which has a creek guarding the front edge.  Secondly, Old Man Guthrie will chase you with a stick if you land on his farm. Hazards are willows on the left and a watercourse across the entire green entry.
  11. The Other Shelf - Par 4 (245 Yards)  Similar to the sixth hole - see the sixth hole for directions.
  12. Low Country - Par 4 (359 Yards)  This par four is a pleasure to play however there are some willows to avoid on your tee shot so keep the ball slightly left of center. Approach the green favouring the middle as there is long grass left and right, as well as water behind, presenting reasonable hazards.
  13. Tamarack Lane - Par 4 (240 Yards)  Similar to the 8th hole but perhaps more maddening – see the 8th hole for instructions.
  14. Hitching Post – Par 5 (506 Yards)  This long par five is difficult at the best of times due to the incredibly tight, tunnel like wood lot on either side of the fairway. The first shot  should be kept slightly left.  However, the second shot needs to be low with little movement from left to right as there is water, long grass and trees. The green is generous but is guarded in the back and on the right side with water.
  15. Still - Par 3 (112 Yards)  This short par three is all about the filtered sun and the nature that abounds. Enjoy the par and don’t forget to smell the wild roses and hawthorn on the way by. 
  16. Tunnel Vision – Par 5 (435 Yards)  This is a great par 5 if you can get out of the chute in one. It’s suggested that you lighten up on the “grip it and rip it” philosophy and adopt a “slow and steady wins the race” drive. Once out, your second shot needs to clear the watercourse and pond on the right side of the hole or you will need to lay up. Keep in mind there is a large oak on the left as well, which makes it difficult to hit the green if not closer to the middle of the fairway.
  17. Pipeline - Par 3 (142 Yards)  A fairly straightforward par 3 with a large grove of Christmas tree shaped conifers behind it. Don’t overshoot the green or you will end up dropping one.
  18. Jack’s Grove - Par 4 (286 Yards)  The finisher is a nice par four with a green that can be a little tricky if you are above the hole. It has a decent slope from back to front making it difficult to putt, not to mention the 30 people watching you from the patio.