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The WHERE List: Best Golf Courses in Canada

From greens known for their scenic beauty to holes that are challenging even for a low-handicap golfer, these golf courses were chosen as Canada’s best by Where editors from coast to coast.

Calgary

One of Alberta’s finest courses, Heritage Pointe, is set in the pristine Pine Creek Valley. This upscale, public golf course was ranked #3 for service in Canada by Score Golf Magazine, and is known for its three distinct nines, slick greens, world-class practice facilities, and a beautiful, full-service clubhouse.

Halifax

Located just outside Halifax in Bayside, Granite Springs is one of Nova Scotia’s finest and most picturesque golf courses, as rolling hills contrast with scenic seaside vistas. Challenging bunkers and water features force golfers to bring their best game. (902) 852-4653, 4441 Prospect Rd.

Vancouver

Metro Vancouver boasts a plethora of scenic courses, ranging from Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam to Peace Portal Golf Course in Surrey to Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley to University Golf Club in Vancouver. And because it’s Vancouver, after a round of golf you can go sailing or running on the seawall or skiing—yes, even in the summer, at nearby Whistler.

Ottawa

Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, The Marshes Golf Club at the Brookstreet Hotel is both challenging and breathtakingly beautiful. Less experienced or time-restricted golfers can tee off at the attached MarchWood—a European par three that’s a perfect small-scale version of The Marshes.

Whistler

Whistler is known for its stunningly beautiful courses that incorporate mountains and water, including Nicklaus North Golf Course, Big Sky Golf and Country Club, Furry Creek Golf and Country Club, and Whistler Golf Club. Even non-golfers are happy, as long as they have a camera in hand.

Edmonton

One of Edmonton’s premier golf destinations, The Royal Mayfair Golf Club runs along the scenic North Saskatchewan River in the heart of the city, mere minutes from downtown hotels. Ringed by river valley greenery and popular Hawrelak Park, the Mayfair caters to golfers—pros and duffers alike—who appreciate a classy 18.
9450 Groat Rd, 780-432-0066.

Toronto

Head north to hit a round at the picturesque Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course in Huntsville. This 7,011-yard tour de force is a playable but demanding favourite of professionals and amateurs alike—don’t miss the signature 10th hole, where elevated tee areas perch 30-feet above a natural rock wall.

Canadian Rockies

There are many incredible golf courses in the Canadian Rockies, including classic Stanley Thompson layouts at the Fairmont Banff Springs and Jasper Park Lodge. But our pick for “best value” is the 36-hole Kananaskis Country Golf Course, known for its Robert Trent Jones, Sr design, scenic Kananaskis River Valley location, exceptional dedication to customer service and $90 green fee. For more info, check out our Mountains of Golf article.

Victoria

Victoria’s prestigious Bear Mountain Resort has just opened its second offering, the 18-hole Valley Course. Like the original Mountain Course, the new course offers gorgeous views of dramatic West Course landscape, challenging play adapted to a range of skill levels and a wide array of related amenities. Together, the two courses form Canada’s only Nicklaus-designed 36-hole golf resort.

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