Each region has it’s respective list of courses that are held to high acclaim, but which ones are truly worth seeking out? For me, my priority ranking isn’t about ScoreGolf or Golf Digest’s ranking. While they do influence my decisions, my idea of what courses I want to play next comes from the response from bloggers and people I interact with who have good knowledge in architecture. It also helps if the course has a high-profile architect!
This list helps me keep track of where I want to go, and for you to watch me along my journey! If you have any connections to one of the private clubs (in bold), please send me an email here and we can play! If you just want to join for a round at one of the public golf courses (not in bold), feel free to email me still and we can set something up.
Sometimes I miss courses that may be hidden gems. If that’s the case, leave me a comment and I’ll add it to the list! For courses that aren’t listed, I may have already played them! Check out My Top 50 Golf Courses for the courses I’ve played.
Courses in bold are private.
Western Canada – Next 15
1. Victoria Golf Club – A.V. Macan & Harvey Combe, British Columbia
2. Capilano Golf and Country Club – Stanley Thompson, British Columbia
3. Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club – A.V. Macan, British Columbia
4. Calgary Golf and Country Club – Willie Park Jr., Alberta
5. Royal Colwood Golf Club – A.V. Macan, British Columbia
6. The Weston Bear Mountain Resort (Valley) – Steve Nicklaus, British Columbia
7. Royal Mayfair Golf Club – Stanley Thompson, Alberta
8. Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club (Hawk) – Bill Newis & Gary Browning, Alberta
9. Big Sky Golf & Country Club – Robert Cupp, British Columbia
10. Windamere Country Club – Bill Robinson, Alberta
11. Country Hills Golf Club (Talons) – Thomas McBroom, Alberta
12. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course – Robert Trent Jones II, British Columbia
13. The Weston Bear Mountain Resort (Mountain) – Jack Nicklaus, British Columbia
14. Edmonton Golf Club – Stanley Thompson, Alberta
15. Northern Bear – Jack Nicklaus, Alberta
Central Canada – Next 5
1. Riverside Golf Club – Bill Robinson, Saskatchewan
2. Dakota Dunes Golf Links – Graham Cooke & Wayne Carleton, Saskatchewan
3. St. Charles Country Club – Donald Ross & Allister Mackenzie, Manitoba
4. Royal Regina Golf Club – Stanley Thompson, Saskatchewan
5. Niawaka Golf Club – Stanley Thompson, Manitoba
Eastern Canada – Next 15
1. St. Georges Golf and Country Club – Stanley Thompson, Ontario
2. Toronto Golf Club – H.S. Colt, Ontario
2. Hamilton Golf and Country Club – H.S. Colt, Ontario
4. Westmount Golf and Country Club – Stanley Thompson, Ontario
5. Devil’s Paintbrush – Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry, Ontario
6. Muskoka Bay Club – Doug Carrick, Ontario
7. National Golf Club of Canada – Tom Fazio, Ontario
8. Scarboro Golf and Country Club – A.W Tillinghast, Ontario
9. Mount Bruno Golf Club – Willie Park Jr., Quebec
10. Weston Golf and Country Club – Willie Park Jr., Ontario
11. Devil’s Pulpit – Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry, Ontario
12. Eagle’s Nest Golf Club – Doug Carrick, Ontario
13. Le Club Laval-Sur-Le-Lac (Blue) – Ian Andrew & Mike Wier, Quebec
14. Beacon Hall Golf Club – Thomas McBroom & Bob Cupp, Ontario
15. Royal Montreal Golf Club (Blue) – Dick Wilson, Quebec
The Maritimes – Next 15
1. Cabot Cliffs – Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, Nova Scotia
2. Cabot Links – Rod Whitman, Nova Scotia
3. Highlands Links Golf Club – Stanley Thompson, Nova Scotia
4. Humber Valley Resort (River) – Doug Carrick, Newfoundland & Labrador
5. Rodd Brundenell River Resort (Dundarave) – Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry, P.E.I.
6. Crowbush Cove – Tomas McBroom, P.E.I.
7. The Algonquin Resort – Donald Ross, New Brunswick
8. Ashburn Golf Club (Old) – Stanley Thompson, Nova Scotia
9. Ashburn Golf Club (New) – Stanley Thompson, Nova Scotia
10. Fox Harb’r Golf Resort – Graham Cook & Wayne Carleton, Nova Scotia
11. Terry Nova Golf Club (Twin Rivers) – Robbie Robinson, Newfoundland & Labrador
12. Gander Golf Club – Doug Carrick, Newfoundland & Labrador
13. Green Gables Golf Club – Stanley Thompson, P.E.I.
14. Royal Oaks Golf Club – Rees Jones, New Brunswick
15. Kingswood Park Golf Club – Graham Cooke & Darrell Huxham, New Brunswick