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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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