Canada’s Top 13 Golf Courses
From coast to coast to coast, these homemade golf courses are well worth the drive.
1. To Get Schooled
P.E.I.’s Fox Meadow Golf and Country Club, just outside Charlottetown, is home to the Canadian Golf Academy and its CPGA pro instructors.
(Photo: Brian White, Pro Photographics & Fox Meadow Golf and Country Club)
2. For Four-Season Fores
The front nine at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club near Victoria follows the Pacific shore, ensuring that frost and snow closures are rare. Nine nearby wineries provide enticing stops on the way home.
(Photo: Arbutus Ridge Golf Club)
3. For Sea-to-Summit Views
Perched over the city of Victoria, the Mountain Course at Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa looks out on the Strait of Juan de Fuca towards the glaciated Olympic Mountains.
(Photo: Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort)
4. For High Design
At the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge‘s course-arguably the finest work by legendary golf course architect Stanley Thompson-almost every hole offers a view of the surrounding Rocky Mountain ranges.
5. For a Greener Game
The Clear Lake Golf Course, in Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park, recycles cooking oil as fuel in six maintenance vehicles, and its composting toilets save 300,000 gallons of water a year.
(Photo: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge)
6. For a Tardy Tee-Off
On the summer solstice, the latest tee-off time at the Yellowknife Golf Club bumps back to 11:30 p.m. to take advantage of the midnight sun.
7. To Let the Elk Play Through
The fairways and greens of the Waskesiu Golf Course in central Saskatchewan are a favourite snacking ground for the national park’s resident elk.
(Photo: Waskesiu Golf Course)
8. When All You Need is Luxe
With its own runway, executive suites, a posh yacht and a shooting range, Nova Scotia’s Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa serves your golfing experience on a silver platter.
9. To Guard the Border
An errant drive south on the first, second and ninth holes at New Brunswick’s challenging Aroostook Valley Country Club, which straddles the U.S.-Canada border, literally lands in another country.
(Photo: Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa)
10. To Walk on Water
During Iqaluit’s annual spring festival, Toonik Tyme, a golf tournament is held on the sea ice just offshore.
11. For Good Sports
Hike in the Rock’s Gros Morne National Park, cave near Cornerbrook, fish a salmon stream, sea kayak and whale watch-all within a short drive of the rugged River Course at Humber Valley Resort in Newfoundland.
(Photo: Humber Valley Resort)
12. For Public Records
Muskoka Bay Club‘s mix of granite outcrops, beaver dams and mature forest near Gravenhurst routinely rank it as Ontario’s top public course.
13. For Fall Flare
Surrounded by the Laurentian Mountains, Mont Tremblant Ski Resort‘s Le Géant course always looks good-but never better than in the fall, when the deciduous trees turn fiery shades of red and orange.
(Photo: Muskoka Bay Club)