Golf is a game that most Canadians enjoy. But you might not know it’s one of the best kept secrets in Canada! From coast to coast, golf courses offer breathtaking scenery and any kind of challenge for players at all levels.
Do you know what’s better than playing golf in the United States? That answer is easy: heading north of the border to Canada for a few rounds. It has some of most pristine natural courses, and they’re full of wildlife too!
Canadian Rockies, Alberta
The mountains will inspire you to greatness.
The two iconic Fairmont resorts, the Banff Springs and Jasper Park Lodge are worth visiting even if golf isn’t your thing because their classic Stanley Thompson designs rank among Canada’s top 5 courses!
No doubt you will see multiple bears and elk while playing at Jasper Park.
Whistler, British Columbia
This mountain getaway several hours north of Vancouver hosted the skiing portion of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Stirring golf accompanies its slopes, with Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s Fairmont Chateau as a premier course and Nicklaus North in Whistler Village feeling like an old-fashioned country club; Arnold Palmer’s – also within walking distance from downtown – is another top option for those who love to combine their passions on one strip.
The drive up from Vancouver (on Sea-to-Sky Highway) offers plenty more options: Furry Creek Golf Club near Campbell River has been designated a “tremendous” layout by CanWest News Service readers.
Vancouver/Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Victoria is a golfers paradise. Seaplanes, boat traffic and scenic views have made this port city one of the best places for two-legged animals to enjoy their time on land.
While Victoria has plenty of public courses that will keep you busy all day long, head over to Vancouver if you want an experience like no other!
The golden oldies are always worth playing in Canada’s west coast province – British Columbia (BC).
Along with many beautiful ocean vistas and less crowded cities than its more populous neighbor Washington State, BC offers some spectacular championship level links style seaside resorts where as much time can be spent lounging by the pool or soaking up rays on the beach as actually swinging clubs at balls near salt water lapping against the sand.
Prince Edward Island
The Gentle Island offers a relaxed and laid-back lifestyle 24/7. There are dozens of courses with resorts, hotels, restaurants, bars – all you need to have the perfect vacation!
The best course is Crowbush Cove because it has beautiful coastal views that make for an enchanting 18 holes. Glasgow Hills Resort and Golf Club as well as Andersons Creek Golf club are also worth checking out!
The rocky Canadian Shield adds a dramatic element to the golf courses in “cottage country” two hours north of Toronto. It all started with the Highlands, built in 1990.
So private clubs Bigwin Island, an island course that requires a five-minute boat ride to reach and Muskoka Bay do have some restrictions on public play.
The suburbs of Toronto are home to several dozen top daily-fee and semi-private golf clubs. However, most sit far out of bounds from the city center.
One exception is Copper Creek Golf Club which can be found 35 minutes outside downtown with views towards Lake Ontario so you don’t have to worry about missing a Blue Jays game after your round – it’s 15 miles away!
Another option for players looking eastwards in Canada would be Wooden Sticks Golf Course located north of Oakville that features 12 replica holes designed by Jack Nicklaus himself as part his first solo design project (though he also worked on other courses).
Osprey Valley offers three more options near Alton just west off Highway 401: Heathlands Links Designed by Doug Carrick; Hoot and Toot.
Central British Columbia
As Canada is known for its rugged wilderness, it’s no surprise that this translates into great golf.
Kamloops offers six courses in the area with Tobiano being one of them and some even consider to be a hidden gem! The city also provides access to more than 35 other golfing options – both nearby and far away from home.
Whether you’re looking for an adventure or just want something relaxing by way of wine tasting at Okanagan Valley, there are plenty of opportunities awaiting you in British Columbia.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Golfers have long journeyed to the remote Ingonish Beach in order to reach Highlands Links, a Thompson masterpiece that is more than five hours away from Halifax International Airport.
Despite this distance, restoration of Highland Links has been ongoing and it continues at its glory days.
However, Cabot links on the opposite shore has turned Cape Breton Island into an even bigger destination for golfing enthusiasts!
Cabot Links is a golf course that has five holes hugging the coastline of Nova Scotia. The sixth course on the island, Cabot Cliffs opened in 2015 on Canada Day.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
The mountains that provide such great ski runs sometimes can be too severe for golf holes.
This may cause the occasional design flaw in a few of these courses, but what’s better than looking at some breathtaking views from your own hotel room?
Le Maitre is an example of this; it offers stay-and-plays through several local hotels located throughout Quebec. You’ll find one right next to Fairmont Tremblant if you’re up for skiing and snowboarding as well!
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Niagara Falls is the perfect location for a honeymoon, and this sentiment has been shared among visitors since Niagara was discovered.
The quality of golf courses in Canada are highly regarded by players around the world because they have access to some of Stanley Thompson’s final work at Whirlpool Golf Course when he designed 18 holes there before his death.
This course can also be found on Legends On The Niagara where Doug Carrick and Thomas McBroom continue their legacy with incredible layouts that will challenge any player from beginners to professionals just like them!
Endless activities entertain away from the course — the hokey museums, arcades and attractions along the strip; Maid of the Mist tours of the falls; casinos; 60 wineries within 15 miles and more.
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