National Golf Club of Canada - Ontario - Canada

National Golf Club of Canada,
134 Club House Dr,
Woodbridge,
Ontario L4L 2W2,
Canada


  • +1 905 851 7422

  • Stephen Dickinson

  • George and Tom Fazio

  • Adam Brown

The National Golf Club of Canada is an exclusive men-only club and naturally, in this day and age, eyebrows get raised. But usually, the course is in the spotlight for the right reasons and that’s because it’s one of the world’s most demanding courses. It’s just a pity that more people can’t enjoy the experience.

In 1976, George Fazio was hired to design National Canada and his aspiring young nephew Tom assisted him. The brief was to create one of the toughest courses in the world and they have certainly achieved the objective. Tom Fazio returned recently to ensure that this course remained true to his uncle’s original brief.

With narrow, undulating and tree-lined fairways, it’s easy to see on the surface why the National Golf Club of Canada is so tough. But the most formidable challenge is the stunning greens. Far too many superlatives have been used to describe them and, let’s be frank, very few of us receive an invite to sample their delights. These putting surfaces are amongst the best in North America and they are prone to the Jekyll and Hyde syndrome. Sometimes they’re subtle tricky to read and sometimes they are wickedly borrowed and viciously quick.

Get your best putting boots ready and if you do get the call up to play at the National Golf Club of Canada, see if you can threaten Lee Trevino’s 67, which he posted on his way to winning the 1979 Canadian PGA Championship. We are sure that these scary greens will protect Lee’s course record for some time to come.

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Description: With narrow, undulating and tree-lined fairways, it’s easy to see on the surface why the National Golf Club of Canada is so tough. Rating: 5.8 out of 6 Reviews: 5

With an international reputation for being the toughest course in Canada and ready to host a Major tournament with a days notice, this Tom Fazio layout was worth the wait. A fabulous routing throughout the rolling topology made it clear why so many professionals have competed here. You won’t have an issue remembering every hole as this place has plenty of ‘WOW factor’. This course evenly assesses length, finesse and golfing intelligence and appropriately challenges all who are brave enough to tee it up. The active membership (which is a sign of a successful and respected club) happily engaged in dialogue with me and every person had a different favourite hole. I was happy to see that the 18th hole has been converted from a “weak” par 5 into a beast of a par 4 which demands an accurate tee shot over water to a narrow landing area and then an uphill mid-iron shot to a multi-tier green. Catch my drift? Every hole excited me and it was one of those courses that I had waited years to play and I had that inner feeling of “I really want to play well here”. I thought the set of par 3s were world-beaters with the downhill 10th hole surrounded by water standing out. There is a wonderful sense of privacy with each hole flowing into each other, but the last hole is out of sight. The Canadians have something to be proud of here.
5 / 6
National Golf Club of Canada
October 08, 2012


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It is unfortunate that you have not included The National Golf Club of Canada in your World Top 100 list. The National, often ranked #1 in Canada, is a spectacular and truly special golf course that often gets overlooked because of its all male membership. Having said that, unlike several other male only clubs that are highly ranked, The National does often allow women to play the course. Mike Weir and several other PGA Tour players absolutely love the course and rank The National in the top 3 North American courses. The recently completed course design changes and upgrades make The National Golf Club of Canada even more special. It should also be noted that when Lee Trevino won the 1979 event (the only Professional tournament held at the National) he won it with a plus 1 score and the cut line was plus 19.
6 / 6
National Golf Club of Canada
February 18, 2012


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Think 68th is high. This is the best course I have played by far. It makes Shadow Creek (Fazio) look average in comparison. Also St. Goerge's is a very good track and worthy of Top 100 ranking but National is much better than just 2 spots ahead of this one. I am a pro and when the starter saw me going back to the back tee, he said "good luck breaking 80" He unfortunatley was right but it wasn't because of any tricky or unfair holes. Its just tough!
6 / 6
National Golf Club of Canada
December 04, 2010


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The National Golf Club of Canada is the finest golf course I have ever played. If the 'golf gods' ever limited me to one course for the rest of my days, I would chose The National.It tests you from the first tee to the 18th green. It is relentless and, should you loose focus for a second, you will card a bogey or worse.The fairways and greens are tour quality every day. This one of Tom Fazio's first courses with his uncle George and remains one of his best.
6 / 6
National Golf Club of Canada
August 28, 2007


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Kevin
November 12, 2007
The National has almost completed a $15 million upgrade which includes a new clubhouse, extensive practice range expansion, short game practice area, putting green, first tee and ninth hole.
I have been fortunate to play this course during its annual amatuer invitational event... The National is by far the best test of golf i have ever played.... It is also my favourite layout to play. I dont think i could play there every day due to the fact that after each round i feel as though i have went 12 rounds with Tyson... Still, if i could only play one round a year I would play 18 at The National Golf Club of Canada
6 / 6
National Golf Club of Canada
November 26, 2006


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John
August 21, 2009
It is the purest layout in the country rewarding good shots and penalizing poors ones. If you hit a bad shot at The National, you must try to make bogie. The club house, range and services are second to none (in NA). It is considered by the PGA tour players to be best in class and is a league of it''s own. There is not a close second.