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Top 100 Golf Courses of Canada – 2012

22 January, 2012
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Top 100 Golf Courses of Canada – 2012

22nd January 2012

Top 100 Golf Courses updates its Canadian golf course rankings

Top 100 Golf Courses, the most informed and dedicated ranking website, presents its 2012 golf course rankings for Canada. It’s reckoned there are around 1,700 courses in the country and, although we feature only around 6% of them, hopefully you’ll agree that these are the very best layouts in play around the country.

In the summer of 2006, we added fifty Canadian courses to our website then, over the weeks and months that followed, we added a steady stream of courses until we were in a position to compile our first Top 100 for Canada in 2010. This is now the first update of that inaugural chart.

You’ll find seven new entries to the ranking chart but, somewhat surprisingly, only two of these layouts are modern courses.

The first of these at number 30 is Sagebrush, a Rod Whitman collaboration where the big course matches the big views beside Nicol Lake in British Columbia. The other course is Tom McBroom’s Memphremagog, a private layout that he created for Paul Desmarais in 2007, and it enters our rankings at position 33.

The remaining five new entrants are all courses that are at least half a century old.

At number 53, the charming pair of nines at St Charles (Ross & Mackenzie) date back to 1919. The new number 65, Maple Downs,is a William Mitchell layout from 1954 (subsequently upgraded by Doug Carrick with Graham Cooke) and the number 73 slot is now occupied by Dick Wilson’s 1959 design of Royal Montreal (Red).

Herbert Strong’s 1925 course at Fairmont Manoir Richelieu(renovated by Graham Cooke in the late 1990s) comes in at number 77 and Stanley Thompson’s 1922 design at Burlingtonis positioned at number 98, and they complete the quintet of classical courses debuting in this Top 100.

There are many mightily impressive upward movers in the listing.

Two recently constructed private courses, Tom Fazio’s Coppinwoodand Tom McBroom’s Oviinbyrd, each enter the upper quartile of the chart by soaring an astonishing forty places up the list.

The prolific Doug Carrick designed a fantastic hat trick of fast risers – Eagles Nest(up twenty six to 22), Humber Valley (River)(up twenty seven to 26) and Cobble Beach(up fifty six to 36) while, in the bottom half of the chart, there are substantial climbs in the ratings for Stanley Thompson’s Thornhill(up twenty four to 59), Walter Travis’s Lookout Point(up nineteen to 61) and Donald Ross’s Pine Ridge(up nineteen to 68).

On the flip side, a number of courses have plummeted down the chart. The title of biggest faller belongs to Le Geant(down forty to 72), closely followed by Salmon Arm(down thirty nine to 81) and King Valley(down thirty seven to 70).

And, completing the bad news, for those who would like to know, the seven courses that have dropped out of our listings are: Gallagher’s Canyon, Westwood Plateau, Granite, Lake Joseph, Brudenell River, RedTail Landing and Royal Oaks.

We actively pursue feedback at Top 100 Golf Courses – which Canadian courses are too high or too low in the standings? Are there courses in our chart that shouldn’t be there at all or are there others that we have missed which really deserve to be included in the rankings? Please let us know what you think.

Top 100 doesn’t claim to be “definitive” but we do think we are the “most informed” golf course ranking outfit in the business. If you’ve played any of our featured courses in the Land of the Maple Leaf then we’d be only too pleased to hear from you so why not post a course review and share your views with us?

Jim McCann
Editor
www.top100golfcourses.com

Rank Move Course
1 Up 3 Highlands Links
2 No Change St George’s
3 Down 2 National Golf Club of Canada
4 Down 1 Hamilton (West & South)
5 Up 1 Capilano
6 Up 2 Jasper Park Lodge
7 No Change Devil’s Paintbrush
8 Up 2 Banff Springs
9 Down 4 Beacon Hall
10 Down 1 Royal Montreal (Blue)
11 Up 2 Shaughnessy
12 Up 14 Muskoka Bay
13 Down 1 Rocky Crest
14 Up 2 Toronto
15 Up 14 Tobiano
16 Down 2 Redtail
17 Up 40 Coppinwood
18 Down 3 Bigwin Island
19 Up 40 Oviinbyrd
20 Down 1 Westmount
21 Down 10 Links at Crowbush Cove
22 Up 26 Eagles Nest
23 Down 2 Fox Harb’r
24 Down 4 Black Hawk
25 Down 2 Devil’s Pulpit
26 Up 27 Humber Valley (River)
27 Up 10 Osprey Valley (Heathlands)
28 Up 12 Mississaugua
29 Up 9 Victoria
30 NEW Sagebrush
31 Down 13 Glen Abbey
32 Down 1 Dakota Dunes
33 NEW Memphremagog
34 Down 9 Royal Colwood
35 Down 18 Taboo
36 Up 56 Cobble Beach
37 Up 39 Mount Bruno
38 Down 14 Wolf Creek (South & West)
39 Down 17 Glen Arbour
40 Up 15 St Thomas
41 Down 14 Kananaskis (Mt. Lorette)
42 Up 19 Scarboro
43 Up 17 Rosedale
44 Down 14 Kananaskis (Mt. Kidd)
45 Down 4 Deerhurst (Highlands)
46 Down 2 Nicklaus North
47 Down 2 Weston
48 Down 20 Magna
49 Up 37 Georgian Bay
50 Down 3 Greywolf
51 Down 15 Brantford
52 Down 2 Chateau Whistler
53 NEW St Charles (Ross & MacKenzie)
54 Up 19 Big Sky
55 Up 12 Calgary
56 Up 10 Le Diable
57 Up 13 Osprey Valley (Hoot)
58 No Change Essex
59 Up 24 Thornhill
60 Up 19 Laval-sur-le-vac (Green)
61 Up 19 Lookout Point
62 Down 19 Stewart Creek
63 Up 2 Marine Drive
64 Down 30 Le Maitre de Mont-Tremblant
65 NEW Maple Downs
66 Up 3 Cataraqui
67 Down 28 Dundarave
68 Up 19 Pine Ridge
69 Down 23 Glencoe (Glen Forest)
70 Down 37 King Valley
71 Down 36 Copper Creek
72 Down 40 Le Geant
73 NEW Royal Montreal (Red)
74 NEW Fairmont Manoir Richelieu (Tafoussac & Richelieu)
75 Down 13 Oakdale (No.2 & No.3)
76 Up 15 Priddis Greens (Hawk)
77 Up 21 Fairmont Algonquin
78 Down 26 Predator Ridge (Predator)
79 Down 23 Bear Mountain (Mountain)
80 Up 1 London Hunt
81 Down 39 Salmon Arm
82 Down 33 Bell Bay
83 Down 17 Heron Point
84 Down 20 Angus Glen (South)
85 Down 10 Heritage Pointe (Desert & Heritage)
86 Down 35 Deer Ridge
87 Up 9 Ridge at Manitou
88 Down 3 Bayview
89 Down 35 Wooden Sticks
90 Down 19 Eagle Ranch
91 Down 30 Summit
92 Up 8 Sunningdale (Thompson)
93 No Change Black Bear Ridge
94 Down 17 Eagle Creek
95 Down 1 Riverside
96 Down 14 Beaconsfield
97 Down 23 Royal Mayfair
98 NEW Burlington
99 Down 4 Northern Bear
100 Down 28 Radium (Springs)


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