One of the underrated features of golf in the Niagara Region is the rich history that surrounds it. Niagara is home to the oldest existing golf course in North America: the Niagara on the Lake Golf Club.
This course, which opened in 1875, was originally referred to as the "St. Andrews of Canada" during the 19th century, and played host to the first international golf tournament held in North America in 1895.
With the first green located at the spot of the historic Fort Mississauga, a key ground used during the War of 1812, the deep history of the course extends beyond golf.
The course was originally designed by John Geale Dickson, whose name also appears in the records attached to the oldest match recorded at the club, a round played on the "Mississauga Links" in 1878 between Dickson and friends. Almost 150 years later, the green on hole number eight and most fairway layouts still remain unchanged from the original design by Dickson.
Open to the public seven days a week, this course is a must play on the list of all golfers looking to experience the history behind golf in Niagara.
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