The wait is finally over. SCOREGolf’s Top 100 Canadian Golf Courses is the most authoritative ranking in Canada and has been igniting debates every two years since 1988.
In celebration of SCOREGolf’s Top 100 Golf Courses Ranking, we recently hosted Canada’s Top 100 Golf Giveaway, where we gave away the grand prize pack which included foursomes to Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, four $250 Golf Town gift cards and four dozen Wilson Duo Soft+ golf balls! With thousands of entries from coast-to-coast, we want to thank everyone that entered.
Now without any further adieu, here is the 2020 Top Canadian Golf Courses, #10-1.
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10-1 of SCOREGolf‘s Top 100 Canadian Courses
10. Devil’s Paintbrush
The Devil’s Paintbrush is where Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry paid homage to the links of Scotland with a course largely void of trees and marked by pot bunkers, blind shots, double-greens, tall fescue and charming accents like stone walls and ruins. The Paintbrush is pure adventure from start to finish.
9. Cape Breton Highlands Links Golf Club
Cape Breton Highlands is a course that is truly unlike any other in Canada. The routing is simply sublime as Stanley Thompson takes you from the Atlantic Ocean, to the mountains, into a valley and back to the ocean again with humps and bumps all the way around. It drops one spot from 2018 to number nine, but its genius is undeniable.
8. Capilano Golf and Country Club
Capilano is one of three courses to have never been outside SCOREGolf’s top 10 since we began this ranking in 1988. The Stanley Thompson gem with views of Vancouver’s skyline, as well as distant mountain peaks, is tame going out, tough coming in and an overall terrific time. It rises one spot from 2018 to number eight.
7. Hamilton Golf and Country Club – West, South
Rory McIlroy sure found Hamilton Golf and Country Club to his liking in winning the 2019 RBC Canadian Open and our panellists have long shared the same opinion. Harry Colt’s wonderful west and south nines comprise Hamilton’s Top 100 course, though all three nines at the club are being overhauled by Martin Ebert.
6. Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club
One of the most well-known Canadian golf courses outside of Canada, Fairmont Banff Springs, the Stanley Thompson masterpiece at the base of the famed castle hotel, is a bucket-list course. Distinctive bunkering plus the par-3 fourth hole, The Devil’s Cauldron, are Banff’s hallmarks.
5. Cabot Links
Cabot Links, Rod Whitman’s true links in Inverness, Nova Scotia, drops one spot from 2018 to No. 4. With views of the ocean available on every inch of the course and the elements largely determining its toughness on any given day, Cabot Links may be the purest golf experience in Canada.
4. St. George’s Golf and Country Club
Toronto’s St. George’s moves up one spot to number four in Canada. Stanley Thompson’s brilliant holes at the best city course in Canada traverse valleys and have been enhanced in recent years by restored bunkers and new greens. The course will host the 2021 RBC Canadian Open.
3. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
The picturesque Fairmont Jasper Park is perhaps the most pleasurable course in Canada, the Stanley Thompson masterpiece scores extremely high in both fun factor and beauty, with Rocky Mountain peaks framing every green and every tee deck.
2. National Golf Club of Canada
Long Canada’s number one course, The National Golf Club of Canada climbs back up to number two. The George and Tom Fazio design is the country’s most thorough examination of one’s game, with precision on approach shots paramount given the danger that lurks around every green.
1. Cabot Cliffs
Cape Breton’s Cabot Cliffs continues to know nothing but the top spot on this list, having debuted at No. 1 in 2016 and maintaining that position in our last two rankings. The Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw design dazzles with several clifftop ocean-side holes, though the variety of the land and architecture throughout the course is what makes it truly special.