Meet the Team Heading to the RBC PGA Scramble National Finals

Congratulations to the Royal Ashburn Golf Club team on their recent GTA RBC PGA Scramble Regional Final victory!
We can’t wait to watch you compete as part of Canada’s top amateur golf talent.  



The RBC PGA Scramble is a national series of team events that take place at more than 150 golf facilities in Canada. Each team is made up of four amateur golfers and one PGA of Canada professional. This exciting and fun series provides Canadian golfers a competitive but fun playing experience at the country’s top courses.



The Local Qualifier was held at the Royal Ashburn on July 3rd, where four RAGC teams emerged victorious, qualifying for the Regional Finals. The Regionals were held at the Nest at Friday Harbour in Innisfil, ON, on August 3rd.  Royal Ashburn had two teams on the verge of qualifying for the National Championships. One team was led by Jon Blomme, RAGC’s Director of Instruction, and the other by Justin Hawe, RAGC’s Head Professional.

Justin’s team ended up tied for 1st place in the Gross Division. Unfortunately, they ultimately lost in a tiebreak.
Jon’s team won the net version of the Regional Finals, securing them a spot in the National Finals this October.



The team members representing the Royal Ashburn at the National Championship are:

  • Nicholas Blakney
  • Erica Merkle
  • Giorgio Mikos
  • Nate Porter
  • Jon Blomme



Source: golf.com

The 2023 RBC PGA Scramble Championship Final takes place at Cabot Links in Cabot Cape Breton, NS, from October 8th-10th. This final round is an elimination scramble format. Golfers will play the 54-hole championship at this stunning world-famous course. 

Please join us in wishing our RAGC team the best of luck in October. We are all so proud of you!


If you have a good luck message or well wishes you would like to send the team,
please leave a comment below!





**It’s never too early to start dreaming about next year’s RBC PGA Scramble. Entry details are coming in Spring 2024 for your chance at entering a team and taking your shot at being the next Royal Ashburn finalists!  Sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out 😉**





Wilson Paterson Honoured by LOSSA Golf

LOSSA Renames Golf Championship in Honour of Wilson Paterson

Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletics (LOSSA) hosted its Annual General Meeting, announcing a proposition to pay tribute to the late Wilson Paterson by renaming the LOSSA Golf Championship in his honour. Now called the Wilson Paterson Championship, this tribute honours Wilson’s extraordinary contribution to growing the game of golf amongst young aspiring Junior golfers in Durham Region.

Wilson’s passion for the game included developing one of the top golf courses in Ontario and growing the game at both the professional and junior levels. Dating back to the early 70s when the Canadian Tour (now known as PGA Tour Canada) was in its infancy, Paterson supported the tour by offering the golf course for their spring and fall qualifying school, which saw aspiring international golfers compete to earn playing status. Later, only the fall “Q-School” continued, but this fall tradition occurred annually for 36 years. During this time, the club saw many tour pros that would compete on the PGA Tour, including notable players such as Kirk Triplett, Dave Barr, and Ian Leggatt.

Wilson also helped establish the LOSSA golf championship, which has provided thousands of High School golfers an opportunity to compete against local Durham schools. In the early 90s, in addition to the two-day LOSSA Championship, Wilson would canvas the local Golf Clubs to donate golf passes to create a fall Match Play championship amongst the LOSSA High Schools – an annual event that continues today.

The Paterson family of Royal Ashburn Golf Club – Scott and Dave – speak to their father’s impact and legacy on junior golf development in the Durham Region. “It is an honour to have our dad memorialized with LOSSA renaming the Championship. We both played on our high school golf team and can speak firsthand to how many kids have been introduced to golf. Dad loved introducing Juniors to the game. You’d often find him on the range talking to the Junior golfers, helping with their swing, and working on their game. The renaming of the LOSSA Championship really is an honour and one we are all very proud of.”

The inaugural Wilson Paterson Championship is set to take place at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club on Tuesday, October 3rd & Wednesday, October 4th, 2023.

The Future of Golf


What are golf courses and business owners thinking now? Well firstly, we are astonished that it took a pandemic to bring the opportunities and benefits of this amazing game to fruition. The overwhelming response to tee time bookings, membership enrolment, returning players, newcomers and lesson inquiries has been extraordinary. This is all considering it has been years, since many clubs have seen this type of action and engagement.


When the green light was given by government authorities that golf courses would open for the 2020 season, it was imperative that new policies and procedures be implemented in order to ensure a safe and positive experience for employees, golfers and guests. We’d like to take a moment to commend all industry staff on adhering to safety policies, while working tirelessly to constantly sanitize, disinfect, check-in guests, serve guests, perform their employee duties and provide the utmost outstanding customer service. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it! It was an honour to help give our communities an outlet to enjoy the game we all love so much and provide a safe way for people to come together during these unprecedented times.



The pandemic has definitely played a major role in the resurrection of the golf industry. There’s no denying that 2020 was an amazing year for golf, but can we expect the same for 2021? Most golfers will tell you, once you’ve acquired a taste of an amazing golf experience, there’s really no removing yourself from this game. It becomes a lifestyle and part of who you are. It’s the only game where you can have a completely unsalvageable hole, but drop a massive 40 foot putt for a quadruple bogey and celebrate like you holed it from the tee deck.

With that being said, we are most definitely preparing ourselves for another year like 2020! We are gearing up to create more amazing memories for our golfers and we believe we are not alone in our thought process.


Royal Ashburn Golf Club designed unique memberships that give golfers the flexibility of pay as you play with the Royal Ashburn Member experience. There’s so much golf to be played, we want you to have the opportunity to experience it all!


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Where do we go from here? Now we continue to grow the game of golf like we’ve always planned. We welcome the newcomers, we stay grateful to our loyal and returning members, customers and guests and we find ways to improve our teachings so that those who love this game can continue to play it as long as possible.

At Royal Ashburn Golf Club, we are continuously discovering new ways for golfers to enjoy the game of golf. We are evolving with the game and designing new lesson programs that utilize the most innovative technology. Our goal is to continue to help golfers grow their game potential and provide a safe and comfortable environment for those interested in beginning their golf journey. We have no doubt that you will fall in love with the game of golf but at Royal Ashburn Golf Club, we want you to fall in love with the entire experience that golf brings with it. We are looking forward to an amazing 2021 and can’t wait to see you out on the course.






More about Royal Ashburn Golf Club and our Golf Services can be found on our website. We’d be happy to answer any questions regarding this post or any questions or concerns you may have in regards to golf operations during the pandemic. Take care!


These Are the Best Golf Courses in the Durham Region

Whether you are in search of the best golf lessons Durham has to offer or you are simply looking for the best golf courses in the Durham region to play a few rounds with your friends, you are likely on the hunt for a golf course that offers a challenge, has beautiful scenery and that is also close to home. With all of this in mind, we have put together a list of the best golf courses that are definitely worth a visit. 

Royal Ashburn Golf Course

The Royal Ashburn Golf Course is undoubtedly one of the best-loved golf courses in the Durham region. The golf course was originally created by Canadian Golf Professionals, Wilson Paterson and Bill Ogle. These two golfers aspired to design and build a world-class golf club in the Toronto area that would provide golfers of all experience levels and ages a world-class experience. In 1959, they purchased 225 acres of the most picturesque farmland in the Durham Region and started to build and develop immediately. In the spring of 1962, The Royal Ashburn Golf Club opened as an 18-hole facility, and has since developed into a top-notch facility, ranked among the Top 50 public golf courses in all of Canada, never mind just in Durham!

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club has not always been known by this name. It was originally opened as the Whitby Golf Club before becoming the Thunderbird Golf Club shortly thereafter. The golf club was finally dubbed the Royal Ashburn Golf Club in the spring of 2000 to commemorate the visit from His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, in September of 1999. The re-naming also tied the club to the community of Ashburn, who in the year 2000, were celebrating their 150th anniversary. Hence the name, The Royal Ashburn Golf Club, which is much more suitable to the first-class facility that they are today. To further reflect their history and contributions to the game of golf, The Royal Ashburn Golf Club was granted Armorial Bearings (coat of Arms) on September 15, 2006, granted to us by the authority vested in the Governor General to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.

Oakridge Golf Club 

Oakridge Golf Club is celebrated for its pristine views and perfectly manicured lawns. The course offers 18 holes’ worth of challenging play for experienced golfers, as well as a sizeable driving range. It boasts a number of beautiful water features which also add an element of difficulty to the gameplay, along with a variety of deep and strategically-placed bunkers. 

Lakeridge Golf Club

The well-kept Lakeridge Golf Club offers access to two different golf courses, both with varying levels of difficulty. The first course, known as Lakeridge Links, boasts manicured surroundings and a natural setting for relaxing play. Its exceptional design features 18 championship holes spanning 6775 yards on 160 acres of natural rolling terrain. Since opening in 1989, Lakeridge links has continued to build its reputation around its diverse mix of challenging holes and universal appeal. It presents an enjoyable and demanding test of golf for all levels.

The second course at Lakeridge Golf Club is mid-size golf course called Whispering Ridge. It was first opened in 1996 and is well-designed to accommodate novice and advanced players alike. Bent grass tees and sculptured fairways, combined with picturesque views and virgin roughs, are the notable qualities that generate the increasing popularity of Whispering Ridge’s brisk 18-hole challenge.

Kedron Dells Golf Club

The Kedron Dells Golf Club is 155 acres of gorgeous green space and is a favorite among beginners and advanced golfers due to its balanced design. The golfing facility is dedicated to providing a quality golf course and Events Facility at affordable cost. In order to meet that commitment, the owners of the course strive to meet the principles of CANI (Constant And Never Ending Improvement).

Mill Run Golf Club 

Mill Run Golf Club is one of the largest golf and banquet facilities in Durham Region. It is a semi-private golf club set in the rolling hills of Uxbridge Township. Its members and clientele are drawn from Durham and York Regions and Metropolitan Toronto.

Deer Creek Golf and Banquet

The Deer Creek golf course is made up of two wonderful golf courses, namely the North Course and the South Course:

  • The Deer Creek North golf course is often referred to as “The Jewel” of Durham Region. The 27-hole signature design is considered to be among Ontario’s elite public golf courses. 
  • The South Course, on the other hand, is just as impressive. It boasts well-manicured tees and fairways, bent grass greens and several water hazards to offer a challenging game of play for the more experienced golfer. You can be sure to enjoy an enjoyable golf experience and plenty of visual delights as you play. 

The Oshawa Golf and Curling Club

The golf department at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club is a full-service operation that allows members and guests to enjoy a complete and enjoyable golf experience. All who are lucky enough to play this century golf gem will not be disappointed. Not only does the golf course offer gorgeous views, but the club’s staff is also always on hand and fully conversant in the latest golf techniques and equipment if you have any questions. The course also features a full range of practice facilities – driving range, chipping areas and putting greens – along with lessons by knowledgeable professionals. 

The Oshawa Golf and Curling Club is also home to a golf club pro shop where you can buy all of your golfing equipment and attire. Members and guests are welcome to visit and purchase items from the pro shop. 

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

Wooden Sticks Golf Club is located in Uxbridge and has been a firm favorite among local golfers for 20 years. The Wooden Sticks golf course was designed by architect Ron Garl and features holes inspired by some of the most famous golf holes from around the world, offering all players a thrilling round of golf no matter their experience level. In fact, 12 of the 18 holes at Wooden Sticks were each inspired by a different famous golf hole from the PGA. Together with the balance of the course, they present a challenging and unforgettable golf experience. During your round, you will envision yourself playing off a road in Scotland, across a famous creek in Georgia, onto an island in Florida, and through pine forests in New Jersey.

Watson’s Glen Golf Club

The Watson’s Glen Golf Club golf course was designed by Kevin Holmes. It provides the more experienced golfer with a host of challenging greens and superior conditions – making for a top choice for an enjoyable round played with friends and family. Watson’s Glen Golf Club golf course is essentially a links-style course featuring bent grass tees, fairways and greens. Water comes into play on 11 holes and 90 well-placed bunkers add even further to the challenge.

What Makes a Great Golf Course?

When scouting out the best golf courses in the Durham region, it pays to know what to look out for and what really makes a great golf course stand out:

Conditioning: The first thing to look at when checking out a new golf course is how well maintained the greens and the facilities are. This alone will give you a decent idea as to whether or not the course is right for you.

Routing: Routing is one of the most important design features of a golf course. Take note of things like which direction the holes play. Has the course designer taken the prevailing wind direction into consideration? If not, this could make your game a lot more challenging and less enjoyable. 

For more information about the best golf courses in the Durham region, be sure to get in touch with us today.


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