Canada

Canada’s mix of French and British traditions makes you wonder why the French and English can’t get along a little better, but this cosmopolitan mix makes Canada excitingly diverse just like its landscape.

According to Golf Canada, the national governing body, there are more than 310,000 registered golfers in the country. With so many golf facilities to choose from, Canada has some serious quality and many courses have heaps of drama and excitement too.

With 2,363 golf facilities, 921 of which are 9-hole courses, Canada is the third largest golfing nation in the world. The provinces of Ontario and Quebec, home to around 60% of the nation’s population, contain just under half of all the golf facilities. Mirroring the welcoming nature of most Canadians, almost 90% of all courses in the country are open to the general golfing public.

We first established a Canadian Top 50 in 2006, which doubled in size to a Top 100 by 2010. Since then, the chart has been updated several times and we’ve expanded the provincial standings so that we now list more than 260 courses in total. The smaller golfing provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador and Saskatchewan all now feature at least five courses whilst Ontario, the largest province, glories in its own Top 100.

A recent R&A report entitled “Golf around the World 2015” confirmed that golf development had stagnated somewhat in Canada. At the end of 2014, there were 37 projects in various stages of development, including 20 that were actually under construction. Around 75% of all the new facilities were located in Alberta, British Columbia or Ontario, with most of them tied in to a resort or real estate project. To see the full report, click this R&A link then download the appropriate free publication.

Our Canadian golf course rankings were last updated in March 2017, click the link to read more.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Canada

Cabot Cliffs

1st Canada Ranking

Situated half a mile away from Cabot Links, the Cliffs golf course occupies a more diverse landscape than its predecessor, sitting atop the bluffs that overlook the Gulf of St Lawrence...

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Description: Situated half a mile away from Cabot Links, the Cliffs golf course occupies a more diverse landscape than its predecessor, sitting atop the bluffs that overlook the Gulf of St Lawrence... Rating: 5.8333333333333 out of 6

St George's Golf & Country Club - Ontario

2nd Canada Ranking

With tight twisting fairways and undulating terrain, St George’s Golf & Country Club is a man and woman-sized test of golf and five-time host to the Canadian Open.

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Description: With tight twisting fairways and undulating terrain, St George’s Golf & Country Club is a man and woman-sized test of golf and five-time host to the Canadian Open. Rating: 5.4 out of 6

Cabot Links

3rd Canada Ranking

Cabot Links is located just outside the small town of Inverness on the rugged west coast of Cape Breton Island and these fairways, overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence, comprise Canada’s first genuine links layout.

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Description: Cabot Links is located just outside the small town of Inverness on the rugged west coast of Cape Breton Island and these fairways, overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence, comprise Canada’s first genuine links layout. Rating: 5.6666666666667 out of 6

Jasper Park Lodge

4th Canada Ranking

Jasper Park Lodge is a course that will appeal to golfers of all levels. It is both interesting and challenging without being brutal.

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Description: Jasper Park Lodge is a course that will appeal to golfers of all levels. It is both interesting and challenging without being brutal. Rating: 4.8333333333333 out of 6

Banff Springs

5th Canada Ranking

We’ve waxed lyrical about the location of Banff Springs Golf Club, but we can assure you that nothing prepares you for the reality, charm and sheer enormity of the setting.

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Description: We’ve waxed lyrical about the location of Banff Springs Golf Club, but we can assure you that nothing prepares you for the reality, charm and sheer enormity of the setting. Rating: 5.625 out of 6

Highlands Links

6th Canada Ranking

Highlands Links golf course is set in one of Canada’s most gorgeous spots and this is where golf and Mother Nature join together in sweet harmony...

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Description: Highlands Links golf course is set in one of Canada’s most gorgeous spots and this is where golf and Mother Nature join together in sweet harmony... Rating: 5 out of 6

Capilano

7th Canada Ranking

Capilano Golf & Country Club is set most dramatically, protected to the north and east by the mountains of British Columbia. It’s a glorious setting with views across Vancouver Harbour to Mount Baker beyond.

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Description: Capilano Golf & Country Club is set most dramatically, protected to the north and east by the mountains of British Columbia. It’s a glorious setting with views across Vancouver Harbour to Mount Baker beyond. Rating: 6 out of 6

Hamilton (West & South) - Canada

8th Canada Ranking

Hamilton Golf & Country Club, or Ancaster as it is known locally, is located on land which once known as Grange Farm and it is set most beautifully in elegant, heavily wooded seclusion.

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Description: Hamilton Golf & Country Club, or Ancaster as it is known locally, is located on land which once known as Grange Farm and it is set most beautifully in elegant, heavily wooded seclusion. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

National Golf Club of Canada

9th Canada Ranking

With narrow, undulating and tree-lined fairways, it’s easy to see on the surface why the National Golf Club of Canada is so tough.

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Description: With narrow, undulating and tree-lined fairways, it’s easy to see on the surface why the National Golf Club of Canada is so tough. Rating: 5.8 out of 6

Toronto

10th Canada Ranking

Toronto Golf Club was Canada’s first championship course and was the yardstick against which all future golf courses would be measured.

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Description: Toronto Golf Club was Canada’s first championship course and was the yardstick against which all future golf courses would be measured. Rating: 5.3333333333333 out of 6