Top 100 Golf Courses of Canada – 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

Highlands Links - Our new Canadian No.1Top 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.

Sagebrush Golf & Sporting ClubThe 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 Burlington is 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 Coppinwood and Tom McBroom’s Oviinbyrd, each enter the upper quartile of the chart by soaring an astonishing forty places up the list.

Eagles Nest Golf ClubThe 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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