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.