Canada

Canada’s mix of French and British traditions makes you wonder why the French and English can’t get along a little better, but this cosmopolitan mix makes Canada excitingly diverse just like its landscape.

According to Golf Canada, the national governing body, there are more than 310,000 registered golfers in the country. With so many golf facilities to choose from, Canada has some serious quality and many courses have heaps of drama and excitement too.

With 2,363 golf facilities, 921 of which are 9-hole courses, Canada is the third largest golfing nation in the world. The provinces of Ontario and Quebec, home to around 60% of the nation’s population, contain just under half of all the golf facilities. Mirroring the welcoming nature of most Canadians, almost 90% of all courses in the country are open to the general golfing public.

We first established a Canadian Top 50 in 2006, which doubled in size to a Top 100 by 2010. Since then, the chart has been updated a couple of times, with two of the more remote modern courses – Sagebrush in British Columbia and Cabot Links in Nova Scotia -breaking into the Top 10 of the Canadian listings. However, both still have some way to go if they’re to displace the world-ranked St George’s course from the coveted No. 1 slot.

A recent R&A report entitled “Golf around the World 2015” confirmed that golf development had stagnated somewhat in Canada. At the end of 2014, there were 37 projects in various stages of development, including 20 that were actually under construction. Around 75% of all the new facilities were located in Alberta, British Columbia or Ontario, with most of them tied in to a resort or real estate project. To see the full report, click this R&A link then download the appropriate free publication.

Our Canadian golf course rankings were last updated in April 2015, click the link to read more.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Canada

St George's Golf & Country Club - Ontario

1st Canada Ranking

With tight twisting fairways and undulating terrain, St George’s Golf & Country Club is a man and woman-sized test of golf and four-time host to the Canadian Open.

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Cabot Links

2nd Canada Ranking

Cabot Links is located just outside the small town of Inverness on the rugged west coast of Cape Breton Island and these fairways, overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence, comprise Canada’s first genuine links layout.

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Highlands Links

3rd Canada Ranking

Highlands Links golf course is set in one of Canada’s most gorgeous spots and this is where golf and Mother Nature join together in sweet harmony...

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National Golf Club of Canada

4th Canada Ranking

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.

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Hamilton (West & South) - Canada

5th Canada Ranking

Hamilton Golf & Country Club, or Ancaster as it is known locally, is located on land which once known as Grange Farm and it is set most beautifully in elegant, heavily wooded seclusion.

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Jasper Park Lodge

6th Canada Ranking

Jasper Park Lodge is a course that will appeal to golfers of all levels. It is both interesting and challenging without being brutal.

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Capilano

7th Canada Ranking

Capilano Golf & Country Club is set most dramatically, protected to the north and east by the mountains of British Columbia. It’s a glorious setting with views across Vancouver Harbour to Mount Baker beyond.

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Banff Springs

8th Canada Ranking

We’ve waxed lyrical about the location of Banff Springs Golf Club, but we can assure you that nothing prepares you for the reality, charm and sheer enormity of the setting.

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Devil's Paintbrush

9th Canada Ranking

Devil’s Paintbrush is as close to a links style of course that you can get over terrain that is nowhere near the sea...

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Beacon Hall

10th Canada Ranking

Beacon Hall Golf Club is a private, 18-hole course contained within a 265-acre site which is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, a thirty-minute drive north of Toronto.

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