Top 100 Golf Courses of Canada 2015

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Top 100 Golf Courses of Canada 2015

St George’s holds off a strong challenge from Cabot Links to retain its No. 1 status.

29th April 2015

Since we first established a ranking chart for Canada in 2006, the distinguished old layout at St George’s Golf & Country Club in Cabot LinksToronto has been recognised as the undisputed number 1 course in the land of the Maple Leaf.

St George’s retains its position at the top of our latest listings, but only just. Rising all of nine places to the number 2 position, Rod Whitman’s Cabot Links is now vying very strongly for the coveted top spot.

This links course is located on the west coast of Cape Breton Island, only opening for play in 2012, and such has been its impact in the three years since it debuted, some believe it will only be a matter of time before Cabot becomes the premier golf course in Canada.

Other moves of interest in the upper reaches of our Canadian chart include those Mad Rivermade by the century-old Harry Colt track at Toronto Golf Club (up five to 11), and a pair of modern Thomas McBroom courses, namely the Links at Crowbush Cove (up six to 20) and Oviinbyrd (up five to 22).

Further down the chart, three Ontario courses provide the most significant upward moves: Bob Cupp’s 1991 offering at Mad River rises twenty-seven places to 40, Doug Carrick’s Osprey Valley (Hoot) layout climbs twenty-eight spots to 43 and Greg Norman’s 2007 design at Wyndance soars thirty-six positions to 56.

Bear Mountain - Valley courseThere are nine new entries in the latest listings, the highest of which is the Valley course at the Bear Mountain Golf Resort in British Columbia, debuting at number 51. A couple of Quebec courses also make it into the new chart, Royal Ottawa at position 82 and Laval-sur-le-lac (Blue) at number 93.

The remaining half dozen newcomers are all located in the province of Ontario with two of these 18-hole layouts – Sunningdale (Thompson) and Bayview – technically classed as re-entries, having featured in earlier editions of our Canadian rankings.

To make way for the nine new entries, the following courses dropped out from the 2013 edition of the Canadian Top 100: Brudenell River, Glen Arbour, Glencoe (Glen Forest), Kananaskis Country (Mount Lorette), Kananaskis Country (Mount Kidd) – hopefully Kananaskis will bounce back following the devastating flooding in 2013 – Niakwa, Pine Ridge, Royal Montreal (Red) and Salmon Arm.

As ever, we always welcome feedback when we publish new ranking charts so please feel free to tell us what you think of our new Canadian listings. Top 100 never boasts about producing “definitive” charts but we do think we compose the “most informed” rankings in the golf industry. If you’ve played any of the top tracks below, why not post a review and share your thoughts with us?

Rank Course Move

1

St George's

No change

2

Cabot Links

Up 9

3

Highlands Links

Down 1

4

National Golf Club of Canada

Down 1

5

Hamilton (West & South)

Down 1

6

Jasper Park Lodge

Down 1

7

Capilano

Down 1

8

Banff Springs

No change

9

Devil's Paintbrush

Down 2

10

Beacon Hall

No change

11

Toronto

Up 5

12

Sagebrush

Down 3

13

Westmount

Up 1

14

Shaughnessy

Down 1

15

Royal Montreal (Blue)

Down 3

16

Muskoka Bay

Down 1

17

Coppinwood

Up 1

18

Tobiano

Down 1

19

Goodwood

Up 1

20

Links at Crowbush Cove

Up 6

21

Eagles Nest

Up 1

22

Oviinbyrd

Up 5

23

Bigwin Island

Up 2

24

Redtail

Down 5

25

Blackhawk

Down 2

26

Victoria

Up 7

27

Devil's Pulpit

Down 6

28

Rocky Crest

Down 4

29

Humber Valley (River)

Down 1

30

Mississaugua

Down 1

31

Predator Ridge (Ridge)

Up 5

32

Mount Bruno

Down 2

33

Osprey Valley (Heathlands)

Up 1

34

Big Sky

Up 1

35

St Thomas

Up 6

36

Royal Colwood

Up 3

37

Essex

Up 6

38

Memphremagog

Down 7

39

Cobble Beach

Down 1

40

Mad River

Up 27

41

Calgary

Up 3

42

Glen Abbey

No change

43

Osprey Valley (Hoot)

Up 28

44

Fox Harb’r

Down 12

45

Greywolf

No change

46

Rosedale

No change

47

London Hunt

Up 11

48

Stewart Creek

Up 1

49

Scarboro

Down 1

50

Weston

Up 2

51

Bear Mountain (Valley)

NEW

52

Brantford

Up 1

53

Dakota Dunes

Down 13

54

Summit

Up 9

55

Georgian Bay

Down 18

56

Wyndance

Up 36

57

Lookout Point

Down 1

58

Wolf Creek (Old)

Down 11

59

Deerhurst (Highlands)

Down 9

60

Taboo

Down 9

61

Chateau Whistler

Up 1

62

Nicklaus North

Up 11

63

Kawartha

Up 6

64

Le Diable

Down 5

65

Le Geant

Down 8

66

Thornhill

Down 6

67

Maple Downs

Down 3

68

St Charles (Ross & MacKenzie)

Up 15

69

Le Maitre de Mont-Tremblant

Up 15

70

Cataraqui

Up 2

71

Cherry Hill

Down 6

72

Copper Creek

Down 11

73

Beaconsfield

Up 3

74

Oakdale (Homenuik & Thompson)

Down 8

75

Ridge at Manitou

Down 20

76

Bear Mountain (Mountain)

Down 8

77

Heritage Pointe (Desert & Heritage)

Down 2

78

Lambton

Down 1

79

Priddis Greens (Hawk)

Up 3

80

Burlington

Up 6

81

Dundarave

Down 11

82

Royal Ottawa

NEW

83

Algonquin

Down 5

84

King Valley

Up 5

85

Sunningdale (Thompson)

NEW

86

Magna

Down 1

87

Heron Point

Up 3

88

Windermere

NEW

89

Predator Ridge (Predator)

Down 1

90

Deer Ridge

Up 8

91

Credit Valley

NEW

92

Laval-sur-le-lac (Green)

Down 11

93

Laval-sur-le-lac (Blue)

NEW

94

Rideau View

Down 1

95

Chateau Montebello

Down 1

96

Bayview

NEW

97

Osprey Valley (Toot)

NEW

98

Eagle Creek

Down 3

99

Wildfire

NEW

100

Black Bear Ridge

Down 20

Jim McCann

Editor

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