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The Best of the Rest (Top 100 courses outside the USA)

GOLF DIGEST in association with GOLFWORLD have published another list as noted above.  Lists are fun, and difficult to to agree with.  It’s like picking the best curry, the best kiss, the best actor, the best TV show – strictly someone’s opinion, often a bunch of people give their opinions and you end up with a list than nobody picked.  Many of the courses are my favourites, some I wouldn’t play again if I had to.   Some I have not played, and wish that I had (Australia).

The 2007 Top 100 included 11 Canadian courses – is that the percentage of Canadian pollsters?   Canadian subscriptions?  Probably not, but I think it’s a good percentage.  The list of Canadian courses (2007):

27.   St George’s in Toronto

32.   National Golf Club Woodbridge

34.   Hamilton Golf Club in Ancaster

35.   Beacon Hall in Aurora (really?)

38.    Capilano in West Vancouver

42.    Highland (Links) in Cape Breton  (it was suffering from maintenance and improvements)

51.    Retail Golf Course in St Thomas (IMHO not as good as St Thomas GC)

52.    Banff Springs GC  (because of “improvements”, otherwise its top of the list)

75.    Fox Harbour Resort in Nova Scotia

78.    Devil’s Paintbrush in Caledon

81.     Royal Montreal Blue Course in Montreal

a nice list.   Now the 2012 list, 100 Best Courses outside the USA     Percentage has gone up, 12/100 courses are Canadian

10.     St. George’s GC Toronto     Improved 17 spots!

17.     National GC Woodbridge    Also improved, as it should.

27.     Hamilton GC   also agree with the new location

49.     Capilano in Vancouver    No way, Cap is brilliant, should be in top 20

55.     Highlands Links  Cape Breton     Wait to Ian Andrew’s work starts to show, and people play it on way to Cabot Links

69.      Jasper Park in Alberta   “we’ll use Jasper this year, Banff bunkers are too soft”

72.      Devil’s Paintbrush     great fun

75.      Royal Montreal      Still enough Dick Wilson showing to stay in top 100!

78.      Beacon Hall (what’s Mad River?, chopped liver?)   Still not sure how it gets the love.

85.      Sagebrush G and Sporting Club in Merit BC    Amazing that it can get the votes, but should be top 100.

91.      Shaughnessy GC in Vancouver (tight fairways must equal votes (?)  Imagine if they saw how good it is the week after the CDN Open.

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Venerable Canadian golf pro Gary Slatter discusses his opinions on the state of golf, golf course design and construction, teaching and more, based on a lifetime in the business.

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