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Best places to take a golf vacation in Canada

Professional Male Golfer Taking Shot On Golf Course

Hockey has long been considered a particularly “Canadian” pastime — so it may come as a surprise that Canadians are more likely to sink a long putt than score a slap shot.

A past study from research firm Navicom found that roughly 5.6 million Canadians play golf at some level, more than any other sport — including hockey.

That may help explain why Canada is second in the world when it comes to golf facilities, with roughly 2,300 courses across the country.

But with so many choices comes the threat of information overload — where should you tee off in Canada?

“If you ask 10 different people you may have 10 different answers,” said professional golfer Aaron Cockerill.

Now in his 3rd year on PGA Canada’s Mackenzie Tour, the 26-year-old Manitoba native prefers courses with classic tree lines and “dogleg holes” — golfer’s term for a hole that’s crooked, like the hind leg of a dog.

“I’m not a huge golf course architecture guy, but I know when I see a stupid hole, and I don’t like playing it.”

To help golfers decide where to unwind and tee off, Zolo News has created our own list of the 61 best golf vacation spots in Canada.

Best places to take a golf vacation in Canada

RankCourseAccessCityProvinceAddressCourse InfoAve Weekly Rental (Airbnb)5 days of regular green feesTotal Weekly Cost
61Silvertip Golf CoursePublicCanmore AB2000 Silvertip Trail, Canmore, AB, T1W3J4, CanadaLes Furber, 1998$3,234$875$4,109
60Salmon ArmPublicSalmon Arm BC3641 HWY 97B South, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P6, CanadaLes Furber, 1995$756$383$1,139
59Wooden Sticks Golf ClubPublicUxbridge ON40 Elgin Park Drive, Uxbridge, ON, L9P 1N2, CanadaRon Garl, 2000$931$875$1,806
58Shadow MountainPublicCranbrook BC7145 Highway 95 A, Cranbrook, BC, V0G 1S1, CanadaGraham Cooke/Wayne Carleton, 2009$749$1,245$1,994
57Lora BayPublicThornbury ON107 East Ridge Drive, Thornbury, ON, N0H2P0, CanadaTom Lehman/Thomas McBroom, 2006$1,897$625$2,522
56The Links At BrunelloPublicHalifax NS120 Brunello Blvd, Timberlea, NSThomas McBroom, 2015$490$675$1,165
55Grand Niagara GCPublicNiagara Falls ON8547 Grassy Brook Rd., Niagara Falls, ON, L0S 1K0, CanadaRees Jones, 2005$1,162$535$1,697
54The Lake Joseph ClubPublicPort Carling ON1072 Elgin House Road Port Carling, ON, P0B 1J0Thomas McBroom, 1997$3,542$663$4,205
53Copper Creek Golf ClubPublicKleinburgON11191 Highway 27, Kleinburg, ON, L0J 1C0, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2002$1,981$775$2,756
52Eagle RanchPublicInvermere BC9581 Eagle Ranch Trail, Invermere, BC, V0A1K3 , CanadaBill Robinson, 2000$1,386$645$2,031
51Deerhurst - HighlandsPublicBob CuppON1235 Deerhurst Drive , Huntsville, ON, P1H2E8 , CanadaThomas McBroom, 1990$1,141$775$1,916
50Bear Mountain — MountainPublicVictoriaBC1999 Country Club Way, Victoria, BC, V9B6R3, CanadaJack and Steve Nicklaus, 2003$147$1,245$1,392
49Fox CreekPublicDieppe NB200 Golf Street , Dieppe, NB, E1A 8J6, CanadaGraham Cooke, 2005$641$495$1,136
48Dundarave Golf CoursePublicRoseneath PEI82 Dewars Lane, Lot 53, Georgetown Royalty, Cardigan, PE, C0A1G0 , CanadaMichael Hurdzan/Dana Fry, 1999$1,918$375$2,293
47Le Diable in Mont Tremblant ResortPublicMont TremblantQC110 Chemin de l'Albatros, Mont Tremblant, QC, J8E 1S1, CanadaMichael Hurdzan/Dana Fry, 1998$1,001$608$1,609
46Taboo Resort Golf & SpaPublicGravenhurstON1209 Muskoka Beach, Gravenhurst, ON, P1P 1R1, CanadaRon Garl, 2002$777$875$1,652
45Le Geant in Mont Tremblant ResortPublicMont TremblantQC1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont Tremblant, QC, J8E 1T1, CanadaThomas McBroom, 1995$1,001$608$1,609
44Predator Ridge — PredatorPublicVernonBC301 Village Centre Place , Vernon, BC, V1H 1T2, CanadaLes Furber, 1991$2,100$850$2,950
43Seguin ValleyPublicParry SoundON144 Badger Rd, Parry Sound, ON, P2A 2W8David L. Moote, Ted George, 2003$1,729$383$2,112
42Heritage Pointe — Desert, HeritagePublicCalgaryAB#1 Heritage Pointe Drive , De Winton, AB, T0L0X0 , CanadaRon Garl, 1992$910$500$1,410
41Storey CreekPublicCampbell River BC300 McGimpsey Road , Campbell River, BC, V9W6J3 , CanadaLes Furber, 1989$945$363$1,308
40Glen Abbey Golf ClubPublicOakvilleON1333 Dorval Drive, Oakville, ON, L6M 4G2, CanadaJack Nicklaus, 1976$574$1,180$1,754
39Copper Point — The PointPublicWindermereBC760 Cooper Rd, Invermere, BC V0A 1K2Gary Browning, 2004$1,390$500$1,890
38Kananaskis Country - Mt. LorettePublicKananaskisABHwy #40 S, Kananaskis, Alberta, T0L2H0Robert Trent Jones, 1984$1,750$608$2,358
37Tarandowah Golfers ClubPublicAvonON15125 Putnam Road, Springfield , ON, N0L 2J0, CanadaMartin Hawtree, 2007$581$275$856
36Stewart Creek Golf ResortPublicCanmoreAB4100 Stewart Creek Dr, Canmore, AB, T1W 2V3, CanadaGary Browning, 2001$3,234$975$4,209
35Bear Mountain — ValleyPublicVictoriaBC1999 Country Club Way, Victoria, BC, V9B6R3, CanadaJack and Steve Nicklaus, 2008$147$945$1,092
34Fairview MountainPublicOliver BC933 Old Golf Course Road , Oliver BC, V0H1T1Les Furber, 1991$812$335$1,147
33Fairmont Banff Springs Golf ClubPublicBanffAB1 Golf Course Road , Banff, AB, T0L0C0, CanadaStanley Thompson, 1928$8,708$1,245$9,953
32Fairmont Chateau WhistlerPublicWhistlerBC4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4Robert Trent Jones, Jr., 1993$1,022$970$1,992
31Ambassador Golf ClubPublicWindsorON1025 Sprucewood Avenue, Windsor, ON, N9J 3Z1, CanadaThomas McBroom, 2005$217$285$502
30Big SkyPublicPembertonBC1690 Airport Road, Pemberton, BC, V0N2L3, CanadaBob Cupp, 1994$1,953$795$2,748
29Rocky Crest Golf ClubResortMactierON20 Barnwood Drive, Mactier, ON, P0C1H0 , CanadaThomas McBroom, 2000$3,059$800$3,859
28Cabot LinksPublicInvernessNS18 Cabot Lane , Inverness, NS, B0E1N0, CanadaRod Whitman, 2012$2,646$1,225$3,871
27Predator Ridge — RidgePublicVernonBC301 Village Centre Place , Vernon, BC, V1H 1T2, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2009$2,100$875$2,975
26Cabot CliffsPublicInvernessNS77 Kings Road, Sydney, NS, B1A 1A2Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2015$2,646$1,225$3,871
25Nicklaus NorthPublicWhistlerBC8080 Nicklaus North Blvd. , Whistler, BC, V0N1B8 , CanadaJack Nicklaus, 1995$1,022$795$1,817
24Cobble Beach Golf LinksPublicOwen SoundONP.O. Box 650, Owen Sound, ON, N4K5R5 , CanadaDoug Carrick, 2006$1,561$593$2,154
23GreywolfPublicPanoramaBC1860 Greywolf Drive, Panorama, BC, V0A 1T0, CanadaDoug Carrick, 1999$3,311$695$4,006
22Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Golf ClubPublicLa MalbaieQC181 rue Richelieu , La Malbaie, QC, G0T1M0 , CanadaHerbert Strong, 1926/Darrell Huxham, 2004$686$520$1,206
21Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf CoursePublicJasperAB1 Lodge Road, PO Box 40, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0 , CanadaStanley Thompson, 1925$1,554$1,045$2,599
20Tower RanchPublicKelownaBC1855 Tower Ranch Blvd, Kelowna, BC, V1P1R2, CanadaThomas McBroom, 2008$756$650$1,406
19Eagles Nest Golf ClubPublicMapleON10000 Dufferin Street, Maple, ON, L6A 1S3, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2004$406$1,025$1,431
18The Links At Crowbush CovePublicMorellPEI710 Canavoy Rd, Route 350 P.O. Box 204, Morell, PE, C0A1S0 , CanadaThomas McBroom, 2000$2,534$550$3,084
17Le Maitre de Mont-TremblantPublicMont TremblantQC650, rue Grande All?e , Mont Tremblant, QC, J8E 2L8, CanadaF. Couples/G. Cooke/D. Huxham, 2001$1,001$500$1,501
16Muskoka Bay ClubPublicGravenhurstON1217 North Muldrew Lake Road, PO Box 640, Gravenhurst, ON, P1P 1T9, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2006$777$945$1,722
15Kawartha Golf and Country ClubPublicPeterboroughON777 Clonsilla Ave, Peterborough, ON, K9J 6Z6, CanadaStanley Thompson, 1938$287$450$737
14Gallagher's CanyonPublicKelowna BC4320 Gallagher's Drive West , Kelowna, BC, V1W3Z9 , CanadaBill Robinson, 1990$756$600$1,356
13Dakota Dunes Golf LinksPublicSaskatoon SK202 Dakota Dunes Way, Whitecap, SK, S7K2L2, CanadaGraham Cooke/Wayne Carleton, 2004$238$300$538
12Northern Bear Golf ClubPublicSherwood ParkAB51055 Range Rd 222. , Sherwood Park, AB, T8C1G9, CanadaJack Nicklaus, 2002$410$420$830
11Wolf Creek — OldPublicPonokaABR.R. #3 Site 10 Box 5, Ponoka, AB, T4J1R3 , CanadaRod Whitman, 1984$224$400$624
10WildstonePublicCranbrookBC950 Wildstone Dr, Cranbrook, BC V1C 0B4Gary Player Design, 2011$749$360$1,109
9Osprey Valley — TootPublicCaledonON18821 Main Street, Caledon, ON, L7K 1R1, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2002$357$508$865
8Wolf Creek — LinksPublicPonokaABR.R. #3 Site 10 Box 5, Ponoka, AB, T4J1R3 , CanadaRod Whitman, 1996/2010$224$400$624
7The Ridge at Manitou Golf ClubPublicMcKellarON160 Inn Road, RR 1, McKellar, ON, P2A 0B4, CanadaThomas McBroom, 2004$508$400$908
6Cape Breton Highlands LinksPublicIngonish BeachNS247 Keltic Inn, Ingonish Beach, NS B0C 1L0Stanley Thompson, 1940$770$650$1,420
5Black Bear RidgePublicBellevilleON501 Harmony Rd, Corbyville, ON K0K 1V0Brian Magee, 2005$462$315$777
4Osprey Valley - HeathlandsPublicCaledonON18821 Main Street, Caledon, Ontario, L7K 1R1Doug Carrick, 1990$357$508$865
3TobianoPublicKamloopsBC7002 Trans Canada Hwy West, Kamloops, BC, V2C6B9, CanadaThomas McBroom, 2007$574$600$1,174
2Humber ValleyPublicDeer LakeNLP.O. Box 370, Deer Lake, NF, A0L 1K0, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2006$1,351$378$1,729
1Osprey Valley — HootPublicCaledonON18821 Main Street, Caledon, ON, L7K 1R1, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2001$357$508$865

How we ranked our top golf getaway spots

First, we used SCOREGolfs 2018 top golf course ratings, with their permission. SCOREGolf’s list includes only the top 4.875-percentile of golf courses available in Canada, which means only the best of the more than 2,000, 18-hole courses makes it to this list. We also included entries from their 2017 best public courses list (excluding duplicates) in order to maximize the number of top-rated Canadian golf courses in our ranking.  You can read more about SCOREGolf’s extensive review criteria here.

To broaden the accessibility of our list, we focused on public or resort courses. This knocked our final list down to just 61 courses across Canada.

Next, we examined the average cost of a day golfing at each course. As most golfers know, prices can vary quite a lot depending on what time of year you play, what time of day, whether it’s a weekday or weekend, the number of times you play during that day and whether or not you have a special discount (say, as a provincial resident). For our ranking, we only took the daily cost based on peak season and peak time periods (typically between 9am and 2pm). In this way, we found an average cost to play one round of golf during peak periods. We didn’t factor in any discounts, but strongly urge you to review each course to determine if you can find additional savings.

Finally, we examined the average cost for a week-long stay at an Airbnb rental in the area. Again, pricing can fluctuate dramatically for this type of cost, depending on season and demand.We only examined vacation accommodation costs for mid- to late-July, a time-frame that represents peak golf season for virtually all of Canada.

When ranking each golf course we chose to weigh the three factors based on importance: SCOREGolf’s golf course rating makes up the bulk of the score, followed by the cost to play and the how much you would pay, on average, for accommodation.

Top 10 Best Golf Course Vacation Spots in Canada

  1. Osprey Valley – Hoot course, Caledon, Ontario – SCOREGolf rating: 7.89 – Average cost for 5 days of golf: $507.50 – Weekly vacation home rental rate: $357
  2. Humber Valley in Deer Lake, Newfoundland & Labrador – SCOREGolf rating: 8.15 – Average cost for 5 days of golf: $378.25 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $1,351
  3. Tobiano in Kamloops, B.C. – SCOREGolf rating: 8.09 – Average cost for 5 days of golf: $600 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $574
  4. Osprey Valley – Healthlands course, Caledon, Ontario – SCOREGolf rating: 7.75 – Average cost for 5 days of golf: $507.50 – Weekly vacation home rental rate: $357
  5. Black Bear Ridge, Belleville, Ontario – SCOREGolf rating: 7.63 – Average cost for 5 days of golf: $315 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $462
  6. Cape Breton Highlands Links, Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia – SCOREGolf rating: 8.59 – Average cost for 5 days of golf: $650 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $770
  7. The Ridge at Manitou Golf Club, McKeller, Ontario – SCOREgolf rating: 7.69 – Average cost for 5 days of golf: $400 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $508
  8. Wolf Creek – Links course, Ponoka, Alberta – SCOREGolf rating: 7.62 – Average cost of 5 days of golf: $400 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $224
  9. Osprey Valley – Toot course, Caledon, Ontario – SCOREGolf rating: 7.71 – Average cost of 5 days of golf: $507.50 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $357
  10. Wildstone, Cranbrook, B.C. – SCOREGolf rating: 7.60 – Average cost of 5 days of golf: $360 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $749

Top 10 Private Golf Courses in Canada

  1. The National GC of Canada in Woodbridge, Ontario – SCOREGolf rating: 8.81 – Average price to buy: $912,000 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $511  
  2. St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Ontario – SCOREGolf rating: 8.74 – Average price to buy: $875,000 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $462
  3. Hamilton G&CC – West, South in Ancaster, Ontario – SCOREGolf rating: 8.74 – Average price to buy: $1,140,248 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $840
  4. Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver, B.C. – SCOREGolf rating: 8.50 – Average price to buy: $2,700,000 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $1,288
  5. Beacon Hall Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario – SCOREGolf rating: 8.41 – Average price to buy: $851,000 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $231
  6. Devil’s Paintbrush in Caledon, Ontario – SCOREGolf rating: 8.34 – Average price to buy: $908,000 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $357
  7. Toronto GC in Mississauga, Ontario – SCOREGolf rating: 8.33 – Average price to buy: $725,000 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $826
  8. Westmount Golf and Country Club in Kitchener, Ontario – SCOREgolf rating: 8.29 – Average price to buy: $626,231 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $1,981
  9. Blackhawk Golf Club in Nisku, Alberta – SCOREGolf rating: 8.24 – Average price to buy: $366,000 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $413
  10. Oviinbyrd Golf Club in Foot’s Bay, Ontario – SCOREGolf rating: 8.21 – Average price to buy: $442,225 – Average weekly Airbnb cost: $436
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David Weisz

Toronto-based David Weisz specializes in data-driven journalism. Prior to joining Zolo, he worked at the Toronto Star, Queen's Park Briefing and Global News. He teaches data journalism at Humber College and the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs' Fellowship in Global Journalism.