Review: Scarboro Golf and Country Club

There’s a chance Scarboro is Canada’s most under-rated golf course. A Tillinghast design, the only one in Canada, Scaboro is a quirky, old world gem hidden in suburbia. But what a course it is.
It starts simply enough, with a straight-away par five, but once it hits the second hole, a 204-yard par three, Scarboro rarely lets up, demonstrating a creative, clever design, with severe greens and interesting land.
The best holes are the short fours. It could be argued that Scarboro’s short fours measure up nicely aside from some of the great British links courses.
Specifically, the seventh hole, a 284-yards, would appear to be a pushover. But with its diminutive green angled strongly from back to front, the hole is one of the greats. You could pound a drive to the bottom of the hole and still not make par — or you could lay back and hit an easy sandwedge to the middle of the green and make two putts.

Sure the bunkering isn’t brilliant and too many have been grassed over. And what’s with the 11th hole, a great 105-yard par three? What’s the deal with lowering the front bunker lines? It may help the super, but it sure isn’t helping the course.
Scarboro ranked 74th in Score’s recent rankings , but it surely should be higher. With a few little touches, this could be one of Canada’s best.

Right now, I’d say it is a 6.5/10, but could be near an 8 with some work.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • I’d add Cataraqui, Lookout Point and Summit to that list as well. Scarboro and Summit likely have the most potential to be great from this list…as mentioned, with some bunker work Scarboro could be pretty awesome. In my opinion, Scarboro has more very good to great holes than most of the privates in the GTA and does have some of the charm of links golf (love the 8th). 11 is still a great hole but I agree, it could be better. 18 may be my favorite finishing hole around.


  • Robert,
    I could not agree more that Scarboro is underated. Poor neighbourhood and some bad decisons to change the course by the members have tarnished the course but the playability is hard to surpase. Memerable holes, how many courses have 7 or 8 memorable holes. The stretch from 2 through 5 may be the best 4 hole stretch in Ontario. The 2nd, 4th and 11th are great par 3’s. The course conditioning could be better and the bunkers restored to their original design would help. If Scarboro is going to ride Tilly’s reputation, then return the course to his intentions.
    It deserves a place amoung the greats.

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