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Top 10 Courses: Top 59 Canadian Golf Course Countdown

In celebration of SCOREGolf’s Top 59 Public Golf Courses Ranking, we recently hosted Canada’s Top 59 Golf Giveaway, where we gave away a foursome to every course on the list! With thousands of entries from coast-to-coast, we want to thank everyone that entered and congratulate all of our winners.

When SCOREGolf first launched its Top List in 2013, they chose 59 to coincide with golf’s coveted score, which had been carded at the game’s highest levels only a few times. Despite Jim Furyk coming along and bettering the score when he shot a 58 in 2016, the list remains the same size this year.

Using a rating scale that measures beauty, strategy, challenge, design, conditioning, Par 3s, Par 4s, Par 5s and fun factor, below is the Top 59 Public Golf Courses in Canada in 2017.

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The Top 10 Courses from SCOREGolf‘s Top 59 Canadian Public Courses

10. Stewart Creek

Stewart Creek
Canmore, Alberta

Gary Browning’s best golf course is undoubtedly Stewart Creek, which rests at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains and awes golfers with its stunning scenery and excellent routing. The start and finish to this golf course are both super.

Winner: Tony Belland

9. Predator Ridge – Ridge Course

Predator Ridge — Ridge Course
Vernon, British Columbia

Doug Carrick is well represented in the top half of SCOREGolf’s Top 59 Public Courses Ranking and his creations stretch across Canada. In B.C.’s Okanagan Valley, he created a splendid, dramatic, roomy and enjoyable course at the acclaimed Predator Ridge Resort.

Winner: Bill Lazzarotto

8. Greywolf

Panorama, British Columbia

Doug Carrick’s Greywolf is a fabulous mountain course from start to finish, but it will forever be renowned (and rightly so) for its awesome sixth hole, Cliffhanger. It’s the centerpiece of an incredible set of mountain holes.

Winner: Tim Hogg

7. Humber Valley

Humber Valley
Deer Lake, Newfoundland | © 2005 Clive Barber

Doug Carrick has been blessed with many great properties on which to build golf courses, but perhaps none are as pretty as Humber Valley, which features holes high above and adjacent to the rushing Humber River in Newfoundland.

Winner: Etienne Vétéré

6. Muskoka Bay

Muskoka Bay
Gravenhurst, Ontario

The Muskoka region of Ontario is home to many golf courses on SCOREGolf’s Top 59 Public Courses Ranking, but none is better than the Muskoka Bay Club. Doug Carrick created something very special here, with dramatic tee shots, rocky outcroppings, tree-lined fairways and perhaps his most intricate set of green complexes.

Winner: Aidan Doran

5. Cape Breton Highlands Links

Cape Breton Highlands Links
Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia

Stanley Thompson has designed many of Canada’s greatest golf courses and while debate rages as to which is his best, the acclaimed architect is believed to have been most proud of his mountains and oceans course on the tip of Cape Breton Island in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Starting near the ocean, heading towards the mountains, then into a valley, and finally back to the ocean, the journey that is Highlands Links is unsurpassed.

Winner: Alexandre Gosselin

4. Fairmont Banff Springs

Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff, Alberta

It could be Canada’s most iconic golf course, and certainly it features Canada’s most iconic hole. The Fairmont Banff Springs is one of many Stanley Thompson masterpieces in this country and it will always receive plenty of love from SCOREGolf panellists. While every hole is great, the par-3 fourth, The Devil’s Cauldron, is a national treasure.

Winner: Mark Herauf

3. Cabot Links

Cabot Links
Inverness, Nova Scotia

Several courses in this country have links attached to their name, but only one can be classified as a true links course. Cabot Links, the first of two tracks at the wildly popular Cape Breton escape of the same name, lies on sandy soil between the town of Inverness and the Atlantic Ocean and offers golfers a wildly fun, authentic links experience like hundred-year-old haunts found it Scotland and Ireland. The Rod Whitman course is sensational.

Winner:  Marty Sylvester

2. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Jasper, Alberta

Up the amazing Icefields Parkway from Banff is its Alberta Fairmont cousin, the Jasper Park Lodge. And on site there is a golf course designed by, who else, Stanley Thompson, that many would argue is the most fun in Canada. Spacious, scenic, quirky, difficult in spots, but also relatively easy on the scorecard overall, Jasper Park always makes for a great day. Golf is meant to be an enjoyable game, after all, and joy is found at every turn at Jasper.

Winner: Johnny Lind

1. Cabot Cliffs

Cabot Cliffs
Inverness, Nova Scotia

It’s no surprise which course is Number 1 on SCOREGolf’s list of Canada’s Top 59 Public golf courses. After all, Cabot Cliffs, the Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw crown jewel at Cabot Links, was Number 1 on SCOREGolf’s The 100 list last year too. With a variety of stunning holes in a variety of landscapes — atop cliffs, amid large dunes, in marshy lowlands and along the ocean — Cabot Cliffs is a platinum-status album filled with ingenious golf holes, amazing vistas and opportunities to conquer heroic shots. This course must be seen to be believed.

Winners: Michael Betts & Lonny McLean

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26 thoughts on “Top 10 Courses: Top 59 Canadian Golf Course Countdown”

  1. Not a single course in Manitoba!
    At least have a look at these:
    Granite Hills in Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba
    Pine Ridge in Birds Hill, Manitoba
    Falcon Lake, Manitoba


  2. Banff Springs is the most overrated golf course i’ve ever played. Great views but the layout is nothing special. Not sure if even should be in the top 59. Greywolf is a considerably better golf course.

  3. I played Cabot Cliffs last summer with my son and it is everything you say above and much more.Every hole opens to a new Atlantic vista.Absolutely gorgeous.Has to be seen to be truly believed and enjoyed.

  4. Pretty amazing that Manitoba does not have 1 public course that makes this list. Guess we will have to do a better job of building courses.

  5. I happen to live within 20 minutes of Greywolf, Radium Resort, The Springs in Radium, Fairmont Mountain Side, Fairmont Riverside and in this magazine Eagle Ranch and Copper Point, 10 minutes away. One course that I have found outstanding, though I understand why it could never make your list, is Copper Point, The Ridge. An Academy course, many consider it harder than Copper Point. I will say this though, The Ridge is one of the prettiest for its panoramic views on the whole course….truly outstanding. I am a lucky golfer to live in the Columbia Valley. Wow.

  6. Just played Greywolf August 15 with some guests from Hawaii. Having played Greywolf since it opened we have never seen it in better shape greens were spectacular ,our guests were thrilled with the course and could not believe the incredible beauty of design and creativity of Doug Carrick. A kick in birdie on the 6th was also a thrill not to be ever forgotten.
    Dennis Zukiwsky Red Deer
    Tony Poggi Kona Hawaii

  7. Love the Faimont Jasper Park Lodge ! A different mountain every hole . Scenery is spectacular, and if you are lucky you might even see a grizzly bear .

  8. Fantastic choice of Top Courses in Canada! I have played a few of them and after I win I will be able to play all the rest.

  9. I have played Cabot links and must say this course is good for the soul, makes me appreciate how the game “was” played. Anyone who loves to play this game can truly come to the conclusion “it is the game of life”.

  10. It is not fair that you can only enter if you are on Facebook — I’m not on Facebook but a customer of Golftown – I guess my buying products from GT mean nothing !!!