Yet another design from the prolific drawing board of Doug Carrick, this very private and exclusive course is laid out within a residential development belonging to businessman Frank Stronach and his automotive parts company, Magna International.
Set within the rolling terrain of the Oak Ridges Moraine to the north of Toronto, the gated golf development at Magna Golf Club allows Stronach’s top executives to live, work and play just minutes from the company headquarters.
Subtle elevation changes, expansive fairways, intricate bunker complexes and gently undulating greens combine to add challenge and excitement to every round on a course that is one of the best conditioned in all of Canada.
Off course facilities are first class too with a fantastic clubhouse offering state of the art locker room services and a practice range – reputed to be one of the best in the country – that has target greens built to the same exacting specification as those on the course.
Getting a game here as a visitor is not easy as the club is committed to keeping down the number of annual rounds at Magna, enabling members to walk onto the first tee without a prior booking. Should a rare invite to play come your way, don’t hesitate to accept it!
Carrick Design provided the following article:
In many ways, Magna Golf Club is a reflection of the principles important to the founder and Chairman of Magna, Frank Stronach. Honesty, respect, reverence, tradition and forthrightness; all those words describe Stronach, a true visionary. They also define one of Canada’s most exclusive private clubs.
At Magna, Stronach envisioned a centre of excellence where his top executives could live, work and play just minutes from Magna International world headquarters. Within this private gated development of nearly 30 multi-million dollar estate lots we were asked to create a one-of-a-kind golf course and community on a grand scale. It’s one of only a handful of courses in the country with an initiation fee in excess of $100,000.
Perched along the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, our design team developed an elegant and environmentally sensitive design that reflects the leadership qualities and corporate identity of Magna on a distinguished and gracious scale. The course features generous fairways, gently contoured greens and quite possibly the most immaculate golf course conditions in Canada. Its elaborate bunkers are reminiscent of the Golden Age of golf course architecture - a site to been seen and hazards to be avoided.
Stronach also hired us to design a second course, Fontana Golf & Country Club in Austria at Magna’s International European headquarters.
Magna is a wonderful facility full of glitz and glamour. The club boasts an incredible clubhouse and an immaculate golf course. The experience at Magna is second to none, but the on course product is just average (besides the excellent conditions). Doug Carrick's design at Magna is very similar to that at TPC Toronto North, Eagles Nest and The Nest at Friday Harbour.
The course design is fair and provides golfers with very wide fairways and generous greens. However, the main defence here are the undulating green complexes which make it easy to three putt (or more!) if you miss in the wrong areas and the many bunkers on the course.
If you have the chance to play Magna don't pass it up. While the guest fee is pricey it is a great experience.
Simply magnificent and perfectly manicured. Playable and punishing in equal measure while also engaging and memorable from beginning to end. Up there with the best experiences I’ve had anywhere in the world. The stretch of holes 2 thru 5 will live long in the memory.