Where to Go Golfing in Canada this Summer

From the internationally acclaimed Cabot Cliffs golf course in Nova Scotia, to Canada’s most northerly 18-hole course in Yukon, we’ve rounded up some of the best public golf courses across the country. Take a swing at one the top Canadian golf courses, whether it’s during a future golf vacation, or a day trip to your local links.
 

June 16, 2020

Humber Valley Golf Club, Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador 

 Come for the tenth hole – ranked one of the country’s best par-4s by ScoreGolf – and stay for the panoramic views of Deer Lake and the Humber River at this championship course. Designed by famed Canadian architect Doug Carrick, this under-the-radar course features forest-lined fairways, rolling greens and river- and lakeside holes. What’s more, it achieves the seemingly impossible: managing to challenge experienced golfers, while still being enjoyable for beginners.
 
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
 

The Cabot Cape Breton golf course sits atop a cliff in Nova Scotia
   Photo: Cabot Cape Breton / J. Sjoman

Cabot Cape Breton, Inverness, Nova Scotia 

 This vast resort on Cape Breton Island is comprised of two world-renowned 18-hole courses Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links – where golfers play amid rugged cliffs and sand dunes and tee off alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Designed “for dreamers” by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Cabot Cliffs has been #1 on ScoreGolf’s ranking of the best public courses in Canada since it opened in 2015. (Cabot Links was #3 in 2019.) The Nest, a par-3, 10-hole routing from Rod Whitman and Dave Axland sits high on Cabot Cliffs and will open in July 2020 – a perfect option for those seeking a shorter game.
 
Cabot Cliffs
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
 
Cabot Links
Holes: 18 | Par: 70
 
 

The Links at Crowbush Cove, Morell, Prince Edward Island 

 Beloved by locals and visitors alike, this seaside course is set amid PEI’s stunning north shore dunes on the grounds of the Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Club. Navigate your way through the course’s undulating fairways, nine water holes, eight dune holes and challenging greens as waves lap gently against the shore of the Atlantic.
 
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
 

The Algonquin Resort golf course borders the beaches of New Brunswick
   Photo: Algonquin Resort

Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews, New Brunswick 

 Set on the grounds of the Algonquin Resort (and originally built in 1894), this oceanside course boasts the oldest clubhouse in the country. Although the historic course dates back over 120 years, it was revitalized in 2018 with an award-winning renovation led by acclaimed Canadian golf course designer Rod Whitman, which included two brand new holes, new tee complexes on nine holes and a complete overhaul of the course’s bunker system. You can also thank Whitman for opening up the course to create more views of Passamaquoddy Bay.
 
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
 

The tree dotted grounds of the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu golf course
   Photo: Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu

Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, La Malbaie, Quebec 

 One of three golf courses located on La Malbaie’s Fairmont resort, the Richelieu course is lauded for its challenging holes, as well as its scenic vistas overlooking the St. Lawrence River. In 1923, golf pro Harry Black set up a nine-hole course as an on-site amenity for hotel guests to enjoy. Architect Herbert Strong redesigned the course in 1925 and, in 2002, the course received major upgrades after the resort hired Darrell Huxham to oversee a $10-million-dollar renovation and expansion of its offerings. Players can expect spacious fairways, greenway bunkers and lush surrounding forests.
 
Holes: 9 | Par: 36
 

Ontario's Muskoka Bay golf course during autumn
   Photo: Muskoka Bay Club

Muskoka Bay Club, Gravenhurst, Ontario 

 Named one of the Top 10 Golf Courses in Canada by ScoreGolf in 2019, this Doug Carrick-designed course at Muskoka Bay Resort in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country features rock ridges and natural wetlands. Elevation changes, doglegs, fast greens and various water hazards make this a fun, yet challenging course – one many consider to be Carrick’s best work.
 
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
 

Pine Ridge Golf Club, Sunnyside, Manitoba 

 The greens are quick and the hills rolling at this semi-private golf club northeast of Winnipeg. Built by celebrated architect Doug Ross in 1912, the course remains challenging and enjoyable for modern players. The front nine finish on what is considered to be one of the toughest holes in the country due to its “diabolical” saucer green. But the fun doesn’t stop there: The back nine present plenty of risk-reward holes that will keep you on your toes through to your final swing.
 
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
 
 

Dakota Dunes Golf Links, Whitecap, Saskatchewan 

 Located on stunning Whitecap Dakota First Nations lands, this pristine course is ranked the #1 public course in the province by ScoreGolf and is only a 30-minute drive south of Saskatoon. With tee decks ranging from 5,100 to 7,300 yards, players of all skill levels will be challenged on the course’s rolling fairways, sand dunes and sprawling greens. The award-winning course’s remote natural beauty is also a draw: Spot crocuses, purple cacti and prairie grasses as you go between holes.
 
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
 

A man lining up his putt at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge's golf course
   Photo: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta 

 Building a golf course in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is no easy feat. It took 200 horses and 50 men an entire year to clear boulders and remove debris from the land in order to bring this Stanley Thompson masterpiece to life. (Thompson also designed the first-class course at nearby Fairmont Banff Springs resort.) The 18-hole course opened in 1925 and it remains one of Canada’s finest, ranking #2 on ScoreGolf’s list of the best public courses in the country in 2019. Highlights include elevated tee boxes, dramatic bunkers, wide tree-lined fairways and, of course, a natural setting with breathtaking alpine views.
 
Holes: 18 | Par: 71
 

British Columbia's Greywolf Golf Course is surrounded by mountains
   Photo: Greywolf Golf Course / Panorama Mountain Resort

Greywolf Golf Course, Panorama, British Columbia 

 If you’re familiar with Greywolf – part of the Panorama Mountain Resort – you may have heard of its infamous sixth hole. Dubbed “Cliffhanger,” the clifftop par-3 hole is considered one of the best in the world and forces players to contend with challenging conditions, including strong winds from nearby Toby Valley Creek. Taking cues from Stanley Thompson’s course in Banff, designer Doug Carrick created a memorable alpine golf experience, complete with undulating fairways, woodlands and unparalleled views of the surrounding Purcell Mountains.
 
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
 
 

Yellowknife Golf Club, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 

 Established in 1948, the original course at this club just west of Yellowknife consisted of nine holes made up of sand fairways and oiled greens. Fifty years later, the club expanded with 10 new holes and these, combined with eight of the original holes, make up today’s course. All holes are outfitted with modern artificial turf technology and include tee boxes for teeing off, but players are required to take additional swings from a portable turf mat to play on the green – not surprising given that the landscape is mostly sand and Precambrian rock. Keep your eyes peeled for black bears and ball-stealing ravens.
 
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
 

Trees and mountains surround the Mountain View Golf Course in the Yukon
   Photo: Mountain View Golf Course

Mountain View Golf Course, Whitehorse, Yukon 

 The most northerly 18-hole golf course in Canada – located less than 10 kilometres north of Whitehorse – is also the only full-service golf club in Yukon, thanks to its championship golf course, driving range, putting green, short-game practice facility and pro shop. Considered the territory’s top golf destination, the club staffs Canadian PGA professionals, while the course boasts a layout that appeals amateurs and pros alike – not to mention stunning vistas of the Yukon River and surrounding mountains.
 
Holes: 18 | Par: 72

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