It is a Score Top 100 Courses in Canada year, and last night I completed my Top 100 rating that was due this morning.
I’m heading on holiday for a few days, and given the relatively remote location, it isn’t clear that blogs will be forthcoming in the next few days. Ah, to not blog! That would be a change. I’ve blogged on vacations before, but usually that was in hotels with high-speed. Not the case in a lakeside village in Southern Ontario. Maybe I will blog, but at dial-up speeds I might be better sending them out to G4G readers by carrier pigeon.
Anyway, with that in mind, here is my Top 15 from the Score list.
1. Highlands Links Golf Club
2. St. George’s Golf and Country Club
3. Hamilton Golf and Country Club
4. Devil’s Paintbrush
5. Blackhawk Golf Club
6. Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course
7. Banff Springs Golf Club
8. National Golf Club of Canada
9. Red Tail Golf Course
10. Capilano Golf and Country Club
11. Eagles Nest Golf Club
12. Humber Valley Resort
13. Toronto Golf Club
14. Osprey Valley Golf Club Heathlands
15. Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club
Score’s 2006 list is here.
A couple of factors to keep in mind:
- Score went to a ten point scale from a five point scale. Each category (beauty, challenge, strategy, design, par-3s, par-4s, par-5s, conditioning and fun) and a simply added in numbers for each course. The program then averages them (on a weighted scale) and spits out my Top 10. I didn’t adjust it much, and left the list as is, though it might not meet the Top 10 I keep in my head.
- There are now more than 80 raters across the country for Score. It’ll be interesting to see how those numbers reflect in changes/alterations to previous lists. I have no idea how the list looks — but I’ll be intrigued when it is announced in a few week’s time. There’s going to be a television show on TSN to announce the list that I’ve been asked to be a part of. Should be fun. Watch it Aug. 17.
- This was a time consuming process. I rated 130 courses for the list, but had another 70 or so that I played but didn’t feel would make the Top 100. I suspect I’ve actually played closer to 300 courses in Canada.
- I awarded a couple of full 10s, based on the Canadian list. Highlands Links received 10 for beauty, while St. George’s received top grades for strategy and its par-4 holes.
With that in mind, let the debates begin. I want to see G4G readers’ Top 10. Am I off my rocker with The National at 8? Highlands at #1?