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

Glen Abbey

61st Canada Ranking

Glen Abbey Golf Club, an early Jack Nicklaus design, opened for play in 1976 and it's one of Canada’s most famous golf courses...

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Wyndance

62nd Canada Ranking

Apart from the water-threatened par three 8th, all the standout holes at Wyndance Golf Club are played on the back nine...

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Bear Mountain (Valley)

63rd Canada Ranking

The Valley course opened for play in 2009 and, at the time of writing, is quite dry and firm. A noticeable lack of housing around the Valley course is in stark contrast to its Bear Mountain neighbour...

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Brantford

64th Canada Ranking

Brantford Golf & Country Club was established in 1879 so it is the fourth oldest club in North America, it's also one of Canada's toughest courses.

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Fox Harb'r

65th Canada Ranking

Fox Harb’r is one of the most exclusive golf resort destinations in North America. It may lack a couple of vowels in its name, but nothing else...

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Black Bear Ridge

66th Canada Ranking

Designed by owner Brian Magee, Black Bear Ridge opened in 2005, gaining a reputation in subsequent years as one of the best public golf courses in the country.

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Georgian Bay

67th Canada Ranking

Georgian Bay sits on a beautiful tract of land on the Niagara Escarpment where it reaches Lake Huron... over thirty course routings were discarded by architect Jason Straka before deciding the final layout.

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Deerhurst (Highlands)

68th Canada Ranking

The Highlands golf course at the Deerhurst Resort is classically well-balanced with granite outcrops, dramatic elevation changes, exciting elevated tees and dense, mature woodland...

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Le Geant

69th Canada Ranking

Le Géant ("The Giant") golf course at Mont Tremblant Resort was carved dramatically into the mountainside by Thomas McBroom...

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Maple Downs

70th Canada Ranking

The lush, parkland fairways of Maple Downs Golf & Country Club have been modified over the years by a number of renowned architects...

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