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

Le Maitre de Mont-Tremblant

71st Canada Ranking

Opening in 2001, Le Maitre de Mont-Tremblant winds its way in two returning loops of nine over 260 acres of woodland along the shores of the Riviere du Diable...

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Bear Mountain (Mountain)

72nd Canada Ranking

The Bear Mountain course itself is a dramatic Jack and Steve Nicklaus design, set in the foothills of Mount Finlayson. The father and son design team have used the elevation changes to near perfection.

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Thornhill Golf & Country Club

73rd Canada Ranking

Formed in 1922, Thornhill Golf & Country Club commissioned the prolific and much respected architect Stanley Thompson to lay out the 18-hole Long course for the membership.

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Le Diable

74th Canada Ranking

The partnership of Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry was chosen to construct Le Diable (“The Devil”) course at the Mont Tremblant Resort.

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Chateau Montebello

75th Canada Ranking

Connoisseurs of old-fashioned golf course architecture will admire the short par fours on the card (at holes 1, 8, 10 & 12) and they will positively revel in the delights of Château Montebello’s five short holes

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Dundarave

76th Canada Ranking

Opening in 1999 at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort on the east side of Prince Edward Island, Dundarave golf course is regarded as the more challenging of the resort's two 18-hole layouts...

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Camelot

77th Canada Ranking

Thomas McBroom designed the course at Camelot Golf & Country Club and it’s a layout with a split personality featuring holes in meadowland and then in park-like surroundings.

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Nicklaus North

78th Canada Ranking

Opened in 1996 to instant critical acclaim, the Nicklaus North Golf and Country Club course is situated in Whistler Valley in British Columbia.

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Tower Ranch

79th Canada Ranking

The realisation of rancher Stan Tower’s dream, Tower Ranch Golf & Country Club is a 2008 Thomas McBroom design from the architect’s top drawer.

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Copper Creek

80th Canada Ranking

The Copper Creek Golf Club pay and play facility has taken less than a decade to establish itself as one of the very best public layouts in Ontario.

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