With cabin fever becoming more and more of an issue as 2020 rolls into 2021, golfing is experiencing renewed popularity as a means to unwind. After all, it’s an outdoor activity, often in beautiful surroundings, and a great way to relax at any time. But aside from all the people rediscovering golf or taking up the sport as weekend warriors, there has always been a passionate following for the game. Playing all the best courses is on every golfing enthusiast’s bucket list. We take a look at some of the best golf courses Canada has to offer and why they’re so popular.
1. Angus Glen Golf Club
Since hosting the 2007 Canadian Open, this golf course has seldom been mentioned in lists of Canada’s top golf courses. However, it gets a vote for its convenient location in Markham, an easy commute from Ontario, or short-term rentals in Markham, easily obtainable. Its name isn’t an attempt to reflect on golf’s Scottish history – at least, not wholly. The farm on which the golf course was constructed was known for the Black Aberdeen Angus cattle that were once its occupants. The site offers two courses and achieved the top rank as Canada’s best golf course when it opened in 1995.
2. Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links
Since its opening in 2015, Cabot Cliffs has justifiably earned a reputation as one of the best golf courses, not only in Canada but the world. Visitors can enjoy golfing both here and at the nearby Cabot Links Golf Course, both of which boast impressive surroundings. These are true links golf courses, a rare designation given to courses that match the original Scottish landscapes in which the sport developed. These areas were coastal with sandy soils and deemed unfit for agriculture, hence their use as golf courses.
3. St George’s Golf and Country Club
If you’re eager to play like a pro – or at least walk the hallowed turf where golfing greats gather, St George’s Golf and Country Club will be among your top choices. It has hosted five Canadian Open tournaments and would have hosted the event for the 6th time in 2020 had the event not been canceled owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is hoped that the event will go forward in 2021. This club is centrally located in Toronto, forming a green oasis in the heart of the city and making it ideal for those who prefer to combine business meetings with a relaxed yet challenging game of golf.
4. Highlands Links
Nova Scotia is known for great golfing, and together with Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links, Highlands Links is one of the courses that brings golfers to the region. The surrounding scenery alone would be enough to lure visitors, but the course, with its rolling terrain set in a National Park. Despite its remote location, those seeking a course that plays well and who are making the pilgrimage to the Cabot courses will find it a worthwhile addition to their golfing tour.
5. Banff Springs Golf Course
Set in the Rocky Mountains’ magnificent surroundings, this course offers such fabulous scenery that it may be hard to concentrate on the game itself. At the time of its construction in 1927, it was the most expensive golf course in the world. The famous 4th hole takes in unparalleled scenery and offers a unique golfing experience that attracts all stripes’ golfers despite the course’s remote location. As for the course itself, it has been lauded for its excellent design and careful maintenance. Unless you happen to live in Banff, a visit to this course will be something of a trek, but well worth the effort.
From Green City Sanctuaries to the Wild and Remote
Canada’s golf courses embrace a wide range of landscapes and locations, offering much more than the game to which they are devoted. Whether you are a true enthusiast eager to improve your golf game or enjoy challenging yourself and a few friends to a round of golf, these courses illustrate the range of options available to you. There are other courses well worth a visit, but our five provide a starting point and span five of the most highly-rated courses Canada has to offer.