The Overview

Don’t let the cool breeze flowing in your windows this morning fool you. Today is another smoker. The humidex is conspiring with the sun to bake us again. It is the beginning of the last weekend in July – so we are 1/3 through formal summer. It is time to put the tablet down and enjoy yourself outside. There is a small likelihood of some rain on the radar. It might be tomorrow afternoon, but it is more likely to be overnight tomorrow night and into very early Sunday. After this dry spell, it will be welcome relief – unless you are hosting an outside wedding in this period!

On the cover – the McCarthys over from Bala for their inter-generational battle – strokes handed out like candies – but Gramps is ready for the young-gun!

The Weather Network has released its Summer Forecast and it is a result of the  cold weather wall in place going from Greenland, across northern Quebec and into Hudson Bay. Our cooler air continues to flow down from Hudson Bay meeting the warm air closer to us. This will give us unstable weather fore the summer months. But there will be lots of good times included – with some intense bursts coming through.

Today's Temps

Our opening temperature starts at 13C(FL13)  and will warm to 25C (FL 27C) in the afternoon  and then down to 16C (FL 16C) overnight. July – you are a weather friend!

You are only 20 minutes away with Porter Airlines!

The UV Index

The UV index is HIGH from sunrise to sunset.

Pollen Index

The Pollen Index is high. The bees will be loving this. Honey production should be strong.

The Weather Dog (Soon to be Dog Guide)

The weather dog came in from his morning patrol – damp belly = damp grass.

The Bug Index

The Bug Index is LOW with the mosquitoes only able to appear at night. Even the deer flies are struggling to make their appearance – it is good entertainment watching Wizard try to catch them. The breeze at Muskoka Highlands keeps most winged raptors away from you while you are golfing!

The Fire index

The Fire Index fore all of Muskoka is EXTREME in this hot dry weather.

Look carefully at this map – the biggest red blob of high danger is centering on Bracebridge. This explains the FIRE BAN on all outside fires.

We need to get through the next few weeks with no forest fires and it will be a great summer memory.

Course Update

A quick memory from April of this year compared to this week – this is where we started – you will be amazed where we have come – and where will go with our greens. Mother Nature is a cruel partner at times!!



Cooler weather means more walkable golf. And now is the time to play. The course is in full bloom, and the greens will get better every day. The bounces and rolls are back and that short drive in June is now an incredible shot when it finally stops. Our neighbours to the north, the Partridge Family, are hosting their final Artful Garden event. Might be time fore a visit before/after your round.

Golf Hint fore today – The bottleneck on a golf course needs to be only the first tee. If you wait 9 minutes to hit, the foursome ahead of you will be clear of the green by the time you are at your second shot. If impatience wins, it will be a slow frustrating round.  We play 18 holes in 2.5 hours on a normal day. If you have just a couple of hours, we have a 12 hole rate. Play early. Play ready golf. If your ball is likely lost, drop one close to where it went into the long stuff and play on (adding one extra stroke for the hole).

Did you know?

When you are looking for an activity that everyone can do together, the start playing golf. The putting green is great fore young families! If you want a fast-up start with FootGolf. All generations can play together.

And if you would like to compete as a family on a fair basis, a handicap is just a click away. You can join your family and support the game with your Golf Ontario/Golf Canada memberships. We have them here fore you.

Kubota North $200,000 ShootOut Fore Dog Guides

Muskoka Highlands’ staff and guests foster a Dog Guide Puppy from 6 weeks to 13 months. It is then a teary goodbye and the pup moves on to more formal training fore one of six skill sets from seeing, hearing to autism and seizures of various varieties as well as assisting those with mobility challenges. 

We are on our 21st puppy. It is we – as the experience you as our guests give to the dog get them socialized to meet others without making a big fuss. This is a huge part of the training. 

The other huge part is the cost – up to $25,000 per puppy. This is why we host an annual shoot-out – we believe in paying it forward. 

Join us on Monday August 19th – have lunch, play golf, meet a working product from your work (Ellis now called Ancaster) who will be here to watch someone get another Hole In One for $5k – like Robinson Clark did last year. Click Here to go to the tournament site!!

Junior Golf

Do you have a junior golfer?

We have clinics every Saturday morning (when it is not raining).

We have weekly golf camps for July and August.

AND they can join the many that have already joined Muskoka Highlands – just add zero to their age and add HST.

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