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Best Courses in Canada: Our New Ranking

Our latest rundown of the best courses north of the border

Hole No. 17

Last year was not a great year if you were a golfer in Canada. Rounds played were up, but COVID restrictions meant travel was restricted within provinces—and many courses were closed to guest play. Our Golf Digest's latest ranking of the 30 best courses in Canada has been determined by Golf Digest's 100 Greatest panelists, which consists of about 1,900 well-traveled amateur golfers across the United States and Canada—across 10 years worth of data. Golf Digest's panelists score courses on the following criteria: Shot Options, Challenge, Layout Variety, Distinctiveness, Aesthetics, Conditioning and Character.

We'll hope Canadian golfers—some of the most passionate in the world—are able to travel to access these great courses some time soon.

KEY TO SYMBOLS

♦ Open to the public (parentheses indicate previous ranking)

Best Courses in Canada:

1. (1) Cabot Cliffs (above)
Inverness, N.S.
Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2015)
Score: 63.2679

Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images

2. (2) The National G.C. of Canada
Woodbridge, Ont.
George Fazio & Tom Fazio (1976)
Score: 62.4904

3. (3) St. George's G. and C.C.
Etobicoke, Ont.
Stanley Thompson (1929)
Score: 62.4426

4. (5) Capilano G. and C.C.
West Vancouver, B.C.
Stanley Thompson (1937)
Score: 60.9249

Courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

5. (8) Fairmont Jasper (Alb.) Park Lodge G.C.
Stanley Thompson (1925)
Score: 60.7167

6. (7) Cabot Links
Inverness, N.S.
Rod Whitman (2011)
Score: 60.5586

7. (4) Memphrémagog G.C.
Magog, Quebec
Thomas McBroom (2008)
Score: 60.5229

8. (15) Tobiano G. Cse.
Kamloops, B.C.
Thomas McBroom (2008)
Score: 59.9722

Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

9. (6) Hamilton G. & C.C. (West/South)
Ancaster, Ont.
Harry S. Colt (1916)
Score: 59.8732

Photo by Stephen Szurlej

10. (10) Muskoka Bay Club
Gravenhurst, Ont.
Doug Carrick (2007)
Score: 59.7110

11. (9) Fairmont Banff (Alb.) Springs G. Cse. (Thompson)
Stanley Thompson (1927)
Score: 59.6014

Photo by Stan Badz/Getty Images

12. (11) Shaughnessy G. & C.C.
Vancouver, B.C.
A.V. Macan (1960)
Score: 59.3669

13. (12) Devil's Paintbrush
Caledon East, Ont.
Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry (1992)
Score: 59.3038

Photo by Getty Images

14. (16) The Links at Crowbush Cove
Morell, P.E.I.
Thomas McBroom (1994)
Score: 59.1871

15. (14) Beacon Hall G.C.
Aurora, Ont.
Bob Cupp (1988)
Score: 59.1439

Courtesy of Highlands Links/Chris Gallow

16. (13) Cape Breton Highlands Links
Ingonish Beach, N.S.
Stanley Thompson (1941)
Score: 58.8114

17. (17) Devil's Pulpit
Caledon Village, Ont.
Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry (1991)
Score: 58.7370

18. (19) Toronto G.C.
Mississauga, Ont.
Harry S. Colt (1912)
Score: 58.2275

19. (20) Redtail G. Cse.
Port Stanley, Ont.
Donald Steel (1993)
Score: 57.9995

20. (19) Victoria (B.C.) G.C.
A.V. Macan (1930)
Score: 57.9865

21. (23) Westmount G. & C.C.
Kitchener, Ont.
Stanley Thompson (1931)
Score: 57.6427

22. (27) London (Ont.) Hunt and C.C.
Robert Trent Jones (1962)
Score: 57.4978

23. (21) Mississaugua (Ont.) G. & C.C.
George Cumming & Percy Barrett (1906)/Stanley Thompson (1928)
Score: 57.4479

24. (25) Royal Montreal G.C. (Blue)
Ile Bizard, Quebec
Dick Wilson (1959)
Score: 57.3343

25. (24) Oviinbyrd G.C.
MacTier, Ont.
Tom McBroon (2005)
Score: 57.3053

26. (28) Coppinwood G.C.
Uxbridge, Ont.
Tom Fazio (2007)
Score: 57.1796

27. (22) Calgary (Alb.) G. & C.C.
Tom Bendelow (1911)/Willie Park Jr. (1925)
Score: 57.1127

28. (26) Bigwin Island G.C.
Baysville, Ont.
Doug Carrick (2002)
Score: 56.7086

29. (29) Big Sky G.C. (Championship)
Pemberton, B.C.
Bob Cupp (1994)
Score: 56.4131

30. (NR) Eagles Nest G.C.
Maple, Ont.
Doug Carrick (2004)
Score: 56.1679