There are incredible golf courses all over the world. Some are designed with a flair for the dramatic, some have stunning views, and others meant to be overly challenging to test your skills and athleticism. With around 2,400 golf courses in the country, regardless of what kind of golf you want to play or what your skill level is, Canada has some dream golf courses for you to check out on your next vacation.
Here are a few golf courses to check out, in no particular order.
Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
Hosting the upcoming CP Women’s Open, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club opened its doors in 1911. Minutes from Vancouver, this exquisite golf course is set on the shores of the Fraser River among the lush, towering trees. Keep in mind that this is a private Country Club, so if you aren’t lucky enough to get a tee time, the CP Women’s Open will give you the opportunity to at least take in the beautiful grounds.
Big Sky Golf Club
Opened in 1994, Big Sky Golf Club is ranked among the top 10 golf clubs in Canada. Part of the appeal is the fact that it is in the Pemberton Valley at the base of Mount Currie, which towers overhead at 8,000ft high. This is one of those courses that you play partially for the championship golf and partially for the scenic views and surrounding nature. They also have a range of tee combinations for various strength and skill levels.
Whistler Golf club
One of the Whistler Golf Club’s claims to fame is that it’s Arnold Palmer’s first Canadian design. Set among the gorgeous mountains and the ancient trees, the course has a natural beauty that is only enhanced by the design. It also happens to be the most-played course in the area.
Nicklaus North Golf Course
If you can play multiple courses on one trip, isn’t that better? A third course in the Whistler area to check out is the Nicklaus North Golf Course. Jack Nicklaus designed this unique course minutes from the Whistler resort. Since opening in 1996, this course has welcomed some of the biggest names in pro golf.
St. George’s Golf & Country Club
Continuously ranking in the top 5 courses in Canada, St. George’s Golf & Country Club also ranks among the best in the world. Golf Digest has even recently ranked it 23rd on their list of the World’s Greatest Golf Courses. Since opening in 1929, St. George’s has hosted the Canadian Open and the LPGA Classic five times each. The RBC Canadian Open is actually returning to the club in June, 2020. In Toronto’s West End, St. George’s is an urban golfer’s dream, located just minutes from downtown Toronto.
Grand Niagara Golf Club
Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara Falls is known for – well, the Falls. But it is also home to the Grand Niagara Golf Club. Designed by world-renowned golf architect Rees Jones, Grand Niagara was built for players of all skill levels with two sets of tees. Take a break from the Falls and play a round at this championship course.
Mont Tremblant, QC
Nestled in the mountainside, Le Géant golf course opened in the mid 1990s, officially making Mont Tremblant an all-season resort. One of the more dramatic mountain golf experiences, Le Géant is a unique opportunity to play on a challenging course with elevated tees and plunging fairways. Of course you get to take in the beautiful views of the Laurentian landscape throughout the 18-hole course as well – and don’t be surprised if you encounter deer and other wildlife during your round.
Mont Tremblant, QC
Built a few years after Le Géant proved to be so successful, Le Diable golf course is not only a beautiful and challenging course, but it also holds a place in Canadian golf history. In 1999, newcomer Mike Weir shook up the golf world when he beat the best championship golfers during the Telus World Skins Game. Have your own golf moment at this masterfully designed course meant to test your skills and precision.
Fox Meadow Golf Course
Home of the Fox Golf Academy, the best golf teaching facility in Eastern Canada, Fox Meadow Golf Course has a lot going for it. Not only is it minutes from Charlottetown, but the views throughout the 18-hole golf course highlight both the rural and city harbour settings that that make PEI so charming and beautiful.
Regardless of your skill level, Canada has some incredible courses for golfers to visit across the country.