Golfing in Canada

When it comes to fine golf courses, the United States of America is one of the world’s leaders. However, their neighbour Canada also has plenty of world-class clubs suitable for both professionals and amateurs alike. In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the very best courses Canada has to offer, starting with Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia.

1. Cabot Cliffs

Designed by Bill Coore and former Major winner Ben Crenshaw, Cabot Cliffs is a new golf course, which opened as recently as 2016. It is a links course based on Cape Breton Island, located at the eastern end of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, and subsequently features a whole range of stunning vistas to enjoy while playing. The course itself boasts woodland, wetland and meadow fairways, and a nice mix of par threes, fours and fives to keep both professional and amateur golfers on their toes.

2. St George’s

Located in the neighborhood of Islington in Toronto, Ontario, St George’s Golf and Country Club has regularly been ranked among the best golf courses in Canada and, indeed, the world. It has hosted the Canadian Open on five occasions, the last of which was in 2010, when Swedish golfer Carl Pettersson took the title and set the current course record of 60. St George’s has also hosted the Canadian Women’s Open five times, but not since 1984.

3. Cabot Links

Another world-class course in Inverness, Nova Scotia, Cabot Links was opened in 2011 and is located on a former coal mine along the coast of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Just like an offer bonus at an online casino, the establishment of a golf course in this area of the world brought people flocking from across the country. Cabot Links is an authentic links course: one of only 246 such courses in the world. Like Cabot Cliffs, it was also designed by Coore and Crenshaw and, as well as the course itself, restaurants and a 60-room hotel are located on-site.

4. Jasper Park Lodge

An interesting, challenging course without being too unforgiving, the Jasper Park Lodge course in Alberta is another which is regularly judged by those in the know to be among the very best in the world – perhaps that’s why famous people, such as the great singer Bing Crosby, have played here in the past. Jasper Park Lodge has been in business since the 1920s.

5. Banff Springs

Banff Springs Golf Club, in Banff, Alberta, is one of the most dramatically picturesque golf courses you could ever wish to set eyes upon. Located in the shadow of the hulking Canadian Rocky Mountains, it was first established in 1911 before Stanley Thompson made it the then-most expensive course in the world during his 1927 redesign. Despite its inhospitable setting, it is immaculately maintained by the greenskeepers.