Going for the Green

Robert Thompson's comments, criticism and opinion on the world of golf.

7 responses to “Golfweek — Paintbrush, St. George’s tops in Canada”

  1. Wayne

    Do we know who was in the group of rankers? It cerainly is a curious list.

    Do Lambton, St Andrews by the Sea and Royal Montreal really belong on the classic list given their substantial renos in recent years?

    The Toronto Terror wins the ODG competition with all of the top four courses and six of the top 10. If that Colt guy would have stayed home in England he would have the top six.

    Redtail is behind Taboo, Fox Harb’r and Crowbush???

    Thornhill at #17 on the classics, ahead of Weston, St. Thomas, etc.???

    Just eyeballing the lists this course seems to have less geographic diversification than Score – in other words there are more Ontario courses in the top.

    Not unlike the Score rankings there is no love for Ottawa courses.

  2. Toronto Golfer

    3rd at Paintbrush isn’t even the best hole on the course. Odd choice for best in Canada.

  3. James Miller

    Instead of your continually negative comments regarding Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa, I suggest you come and visit the resort again and see why those that play the course continue to rate it so highly!

    James Miller
    Resort General Manager
    Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa

  4. Robert

    James: Just my perspective. A nice resort — indeed. I’m just not fond of the golf course.

  5. Gary Slatter, CPGA

    Robert, two interesting lists! I think they were better (easier) with their Top 40 Classic courses, although I disagree with their order, prefer just a Top 40. They tried to appease the whole country, but even our politicians can’t do that correctly. I agree with Wayne, Thornhill is not as good as Weston and St. Thomas. And they really missed Highland Links, a TOP 5 course for sure.

    Their Modern Top 40 wasn’t even a good start! Maybe Paintbrush is as top 5 but only after the National is #1 and Sagebrush and Beacon Hall are relocated further down the list. I’m OK with Fox Harbour, I’ve only had good to great reports. Mad River is better than many top 25 courses, nice to see it on a list. But London Hunt being 40th is wrong, much better than most, should be top 25 on an international list of Canadian courses.

  6. Zeb

    Why does this Diamond Bill guy moderate comments so strictly? Talk about thin skinned.

  7. JJ

    Until such time as ALL the golf magazines provide transparency on their respective processes, there is of little value to the various rating results. We the gofers/readers need to know they’re not comparing apples and oranges. What one publication may view as important component to a great course could be dismissed by another. Only by disclosing to the readers their rating criteria, and who is doing the ratings, will we the golfers know which magazine’s ratings to adhere to. Based on GW’s latest I can safely say their criterion is unlike any others. It is the only way to explain some of the bizarre results produced. Or perhaps they do it intentionally to spark controversy and thus sell more copies. Either way, GW’s results are really questionable.

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