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

Oakdale (Homenuik & Thompson)

92nd Canada Ranking

Now a 27-hole facility, Oakdale Golf and Country Club’s inaugural eighteen holes were designed by Stanley Thompson back in 1926.

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Royal Ottawa

93rd Canada Ranking

Founded in 1891, the Ottawa Golf Club – as it was known up until 1912 when King George V granted the club Royal title – moved to its present site a decade after its formation...

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King Valley

94th Canada Ranking

Doug Carrick collaborated with Curtis Strange to combine spectacularly beautiful terrain and design know-how to create King Valley Golf Club, one of Canada's finest new courses.

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Beaconsfield Club de Golf

95th Canada Ranking

The Canadian Open has been played at Club de Golf Beaconsfield on two occasions and both events were won after all-American playoffs.

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Links at Brunello

96th Canada Ranking

The Links at Brunello was set out by Tom McBroom and opened for play in 2015, the layout is carpeted in bent grass from tee to green, with large, “bull nose” bunkers – a recent McBroom design trait ...

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Sunningdale (Thompson)

97th Canada Ranking

When the Sunningdale Golf & Country Club decided to add another 18 holes in the 1970s, Stanley Thompson’s original layout was joined by a Robbie Robinson creation.

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Olympic View

98th Canada Ranking

Designed by Bill Robinson and opened for play in 1990, the course at Olympic View Golf Club lies on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, half an hour’s drive from downtown Victoria...

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Windermere - Ontario

99th Canada Ranking

Founded in 1919, Windermere Golf & Country Club was designed by George Cumming and Stanley Thompson and it’s set among granite outcroppings and stately pines.

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Lambton (Championship)

100th Canada Ranking

In its formative years, Lambton Golf & Country Club hosted four Canadian Amateur Championships and also four Canadian Opens, the last of which was won by Sam Snead in 1941.

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