In some parts of Canada, it feels like Autumn. The leaves are changing colours and the weather is crisp. In other areas; an early snowfall marks the beginning of an extended winter.
The colder weather also means the end of golf season. Time to retire the golf clubs and take the flags out of holes. But that doesn’t mean we can look ahead to the new year, where the warm weather will eventually come back and golf will return.
There are some crazy golf courses in Canada. Landmark stomping grounds that test your golf game, while allowing you to enjoy the time with friends and family.
So without further ado, here is the LWOS Top Five Golf Courses in Canada.
#5. Hamilton Golf and Country Club (Hamilton, Ontario):
Hamilton Golf and Country Club has undergone some significant changes over the years. But Harry Colt’s gem is still aesthetically pleasing as ever. It features a ton of challenging holes, with lots of slopes that will test your endurance. It has hosted several RBC Canadian Opens in the past, meaning that it has a heightened stature in this country.
#4. St. George’s (Toronto, Ontario):
St. George’s, like Hamilton G&CC, is in the RBC Canadian Open rotation. It is a favourite amongst PGA Tour golfers and for good reason. The mystique allure of this course still permeates the avid Toronto golfer for generations. It’s traverse valleys with enhanced bunkers and greens make this course a challenge, but still an incredible ride for any golfer.
#3. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Jasper, Alberta):
It may not be as challenging as other courses, but Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge surpasses its competition in terms of beauty and fun. Playing amidst the mountains and bodies of water in Alberta make this Stanley Thompson course a true jewel. It’s quirky design truly forces a golfer to utilize their full repertoire of shots. If you want a fun round of golf, while taking in the beauty that Alberta has to offer, this course is for you.
#2. The National GC of Canada (Woodbridge, Ontario):
This course could easily be a No. 1. George and Tom Fazio’s design still endures with a plethora of amazing holes throughout. There are challenges that exist all over the course, with big trees and bodies of water that test your mental fortitude. It is a balanced, fair test that will elevate any golfer’s brand.
#1. Cabot Cliffs (Inverness, Nova Scotia):
It is hard to pick any other golf course for the No. 1 spot than Cabot Cliffs. It is worth the trip out to Eastern Canada alone. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw collaborated to produce one of the most awe-striking courses not just in Canada, but all of North America. This is links golf at its finest, where you are playing beside the drifting ocean waves. There are holes with high dunes, but also a few where you are playing through lowlands. When inclement weather and wind are a factor in your round, this course is a brute. This course’s diversity of holes, mixed in with its undeniable beauty, make Cabot Cliffs the premier course in Canada.