The Granite Club – founded as a curling club in 1836 – is a Toronto sports club that decided at the end of the 1990s to extend its sporting reach into golf and so Thomas McBroom was enlisted to lay out a course for members on the outskirts of the city.
The respected architect was involved in every aspect of the course development – acquisition of the site through the process of obtaining permits to construction – so the Granite Club is certainly worthy of its McBroom signature course accreditation.
Set in the Oak Ridges Moraine within more than 200 acres of pristine property, the course can best be described as classical in nature with a modern twist, where the front nine holes are routed through wetland forest whilst the back nine play through hardwood forest and meadow land.
McBroom’s designs are well known for their sympathetic use of the terrain and here he has seamlessly woven the 18 holes into the contours of the landscape, creating a natural course that the members delight to walk in – with no adjacent housing developments or highways to distract, Granite Club is a most relaxing golfing getaway in the countryside to the north of Toronto.
Thomas McBroom designed a nice course which is kept in excellent condition. The course benefits from some excellent Par 4's - holes 5, 8, 11, 12 and 16 are my favourites and Par 3's - holes 10 and 15 are excellent. I do find the Par 5's to be weak part of the design here, while fun to play they don't offer anything exceptional.
Worth the play for sure.
Fun fact, this club once was part of the Granite Club in downtown Toronto but has since become its own operating company.