Toronto - Ontario - Canada

The Toronto Golf Club,
1305 Dixie Road,
Mississauga,
Ontario,
L5E 2P5,
Canada


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  • John Gravett

  • Harry Colt

  • Doug Rankin

Toronto is the third oldest golf club in North America, with only Royal Montreal (formed in 1873) and Royal Quebec (1875) having greater longevity. Its founder and first captain was James Lamond Smith, a native of Aberdeen who emigrated in 1840 and established the club forty-six years later.

Toronto golf club originally played on farmland north of Woodbine before moving to Fernhill a short time after. In 1911, land was purchased on the banks of the Etobicoke River in Mississauga, south west of Toronto and Harry Colt, the prolific English golf course designer, was engaged to create a new course which opened the following year.

It reputedly cost over two hundred thousand dollars to create the course and clubhouse and the international element of the construction was not limited to the course architect – there was a Bulgarian and Romanian workforce and grass seed was imported from Finland, of all places!

An additional nine holes were added to the property in 1921, north of the Colt course, designed by Howard Watson, so Toronto members have had twenty-seven holes on which to play for many years.

The understated nature of the Toronto course befits its membership and Colt created an outstanding heathland track over a fine piece of land featuring many natural undulations with the strength of the course in its par fours, especially the eight from the 5th to the 15th hole. There’s not a par five on the opening nine holes, both of Toronto’s par fives being located on holes 13 and 16 to test the resolve of any golfer beginning to flag two thirds into the round.

Toronto was Canada’s first championship course and was the yardstick against which all future golf courses would be measured. It hosted three Canadian Opens between 1914 and 1927 before falling off the Open rota. Slight changes may have taken place since it was built, but Harry Colt’s work still shines through at this charming private course.

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Description: Toronto Golf Club was Canada’s first championship course and was the yardstick against which all future golf courses would be measured. Rating: 5.3 out of 6 Reviews: 3

Harry Colt visited Canada and gave us Toronto Golf Club. Being one of the oldest clubs in the world elevates the stature of this landmark, and with its recent renovation, I’m happy to report that TGC was a memorable day out. Any chance I get to see Colt’s kidney shaped bunkers and breath-taking cross bunkers is an opportunity I can’t turn down. The front was a little average for me and I felt let down at the turn. My playing partner had heard me ranting on about Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Sunningdale & Swinley Forest all morning and I started praying that the back nine would save my bacon. Thankfully it did. Classic Colt in abundance and the smile returned to my face. The green complexes have survived well with time and the depth perception challenges make you think twice. I can’t end this summary without adding that I was terribly disappointed with the 18th hole. The back nine was outstanding until I reached a par 4 which required a 5 iron off the tee and a pitching wedge approach shot. This wasn’t the most impressive or difficult Colt course, but the stretch of 10 through 17 will make any Colt fan find a way on this Canadian layout.
4 / 6
Toronto
October 08, 2012


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Yes Toronto is way too low. It's is almost as good as St George's which is ranked #1. This course has a superb variety of holes particularly the par 4s: a nice mix of greens sited on plateaus and at fairway level. The green contours are intricate and varied. The bunkers are well placed and the right scale, but they need to be scruffed up a bit: more natural appearance. One of Colt's Top 10 and Canada's first great course.
6 / 6
Toronto
August 28, 2007


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Alan
August 18, 2010
The Toronto Golf Club just got renovated.. its new layout and yardages place it well within the top ten. The renovations were fairly extensive and now holds some of the toughest bunkers in Canada. Bring your sand wedge if you're coming out here.
I am surprised that Toronto is not listed higher, I think it top 10 or 5 depending on your tastes. I can understand that it may not be as highly visited as other courses and course privacy must be respected. I think Toronto is extremely well-routed, has exceptional holes and especially sublime green complexes (my favorite is the 5th, one of my favorites anywhere). Toronto is a low-lying, subtle course with a very high level of overall quality, in some players' eyes perhaps suffering from a subtle rather than nearly-impossible final hole as is the current vogue in design. Discrepancies in tastes and what constitutes the "best" will lead to differing opinions, but one should never pass on Toronto Golf. Multiple types of terrain and looks are seen, angles come into play on nearly all play holes and strategies are often determined from the green backward depending on a particular pin placement.Personally it is my favorite of the top two you have listed + Toronto GC, but I have not played all of the top 10 listed in Canada, but surely it is of a quality deserving inclusion in the ten.
6 / 6
Toronto
August 19, 2007


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RM
January 27, 2011
Having played it this past summer, some areas are still in transition after the reno work. Having played 30+ courses of the Top 100 in Canada, I think this ranking is very generous. It is nowhere near St. George's or Hamilton