Lists of golf courses TOP 50, TOP 100, TOP 10 are all conversation starters. No one will agree with every list.
GOLF DIGEST, GOLFWEEK, SCORE, CANADIAN GOLF MAGAZINE and TOP100 all have different criteria, and often shared course raters, and they score various aspects of the course, coming up with a score, like 8.98. My list has only one rater, me. An old PGA Pro who has played more than 800 courses in a lifetime. Mine.
So, without further delay, these are my top 50 golf courses in Canada. (Only courses that I’ve played)
Here the list:
1. St. George’s Golf Club.
Worked there, played CDN Open, wonderful
2. Hamilton GC.
Many rounds, when I was a player
3. The National GC.
So many great experiences. 70 in 35 degrees best
4. Jasper Park GC.
Proves it’s pedigree every round
5. Highlands Links
Great location, superb routing, options abound
6. Banff Springs.
Original 18 has best 18 holes in a row, anywhere
7. Capilano GC.
Mountains, views, great Stanley Thompson design
8. Toronto GC.
Already a classic and then they improved it
9. Calgary GC.
Pure golf, ready to test members and Tour players
10. Weston GC.
Fastest firmest greens, played with Marlene and Gordie
11. Summit GC.
First 18 hole course ever played, looks Canadian
12. Victoria GC.
Historic course, on the Pacific. Pebble north.
13. Mississaugua GC
Legendary layout, represented Canada for long time
14. Eagles Nest GC.
My favorite course built in a moraine, fits the land
15. Westmount GC.
Great memories (Moe, Gus, Cowan, etc,) on a superb layout
16. Rosedale GC.
Fun routing, played many games with John Dudley
Daring design, great bunkering, huge
18. Cabot Links
Real links golf, great views, many fun holes, as it matures #1
19. Brantford GC
Moe’s favorite, I’ve loved the course since 1969
20. Mad River GC
Worked there, great Cupp design, test for all golfers
21. Deerhurst GC
Great finish starts at 2nd hole. Started careers, fun golf
22. Devil’s Paintbrush
Linksy golf in the hills of Caledon, superb experience
23. Devil’s Pulpit
So different from the Paintbrush, options galore
24. St Thomas GC
Love the variety, good memories many competitive rounds
25. Cabot Cliffs
Many great links holes played along the cliffs overlooking sea
26. Royal Montreal Blue
Still some Dick Wilson design, good championship course
27. Whirlpool GC
A great design in special location, experience is everything
A test of nerve well laid out in the trees. Great membership
29. Cataraqui GC
My first Ontario Open, super fast and firm member’s club
30. Cherry Hill GC
Best American club in Canada. Canadian Open memories
31. Blackhawk GC
Links in Alberta, great variety of holes, tough as you want
32. Glen Abbey GC
Historic Championship Stadium course. So many memories
33. Toronto Ladies GC
Great layout has stood the test of time. Historic Course.
Renovations have brought Laval back, first golf in PQ for me
35. Scarboro GC
Superb conditioned championship course. And fun to play.
36. Links at Crowbush
Fun to play good variety of holes, felt special there since 9-11
37. Redwood Meadows
Best walkable course in the west. Many memorable holes.
38. Dakota Dunes
So linksy in Sask. challenging in the breeze, enjoyable
39. Fox Harbour
Great views, superb experience, perfect conditions
40. Royal Colwood
Perfect design through the trees. Hidden gem of a course
41. London Hunt GC
Loved playing the Hunt. Championship course many times.
Desert course with target fairways, good test
Superb public course, rocks and trees and bunkers
44. Stewart Creek
Great mountain views, well conditioned test of all your clubs
45. Lambton GC
Perfect members course, recent changes, great conditions
46. Donalda GC
Great golf in the city. Many fun holes, plenty of options
47. Beacon Hall GC
Course of two nines, good test. Enjoyed inter club matches
48. Bell Bay GC
Another reason to visit Cape Breton. Good design great views
49. Essex GC
A nice walking course, fun holes, good membership
Always enjoyed the courses, many different looks, good shape
As always, feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below.