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Top golf vacation home spots

By analyzing real estate and rental data adjacent to Canada's top-ranked golf courses, we've compiled a list of the top spots to by a golf vacation home
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According to a 2017 report on golf facilities in Canada, Canadians take approximately one million trips involving golf within the country per year, spending $2.5 billion CAD on related travel, with an additional $1.6 million coming from abroad. Given the hassle involved with airfare and unpredictable lodging costs and availability, some golfers go that extra step and take up residence beside their favourite back nine. 

Turns out, in some cases, it’s actually more economical to buy a golf vacation home than rent a room —provided you’re serious about golf and you want to return to that course again and again.

By analyzing real estate and rental data adjacent to Canada’s top-ranked golf courses, we’ve compiled a list of the top spots to by a golf vacation home. You can check out our full methodology below.

Best Spots for Golfers to Buy a Vacation Home

RankCourseAccessCityProvinceAddressCourse InfoAve daily rental (Airbnb)Ave weekly rental (Airbnb)Ave House PricePrice-to-Rent Ratio
1Cabot CliffsPublicInvernessNS77 Kings Road, Sydney, NS, B1A 1A2Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2015$378.00 $2,646 $148,015 1.08
2Cabot LinksPublicInvernessNS18 Cabot Lane , Inverness, NS, B0E1N0, CanadaRod Whitman, 2012$378.00 $2,646 $148,015 1.08
3The Links At Crowbush CovePublicMorellPEI710 Canavoy Rd, Route 350 P.O. Box 204, Morell, PE, C0A1S0 , CanadaThomas McBroom, 2000$362.00 $2,534 $204,900 1.56
4Fairmont Banff Springs Golf ClubPublicBanffAB1 Golf Course Road , Banff, AB, T0L0C0, CanadaStanley Thompson, 1928$1,244.00 $8,708 $956,455 2.11
5Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf CoursePublicJasperAB1 Lodge Road, PO Box 40, Jasper, AB, T0E1E0 , CanadaStanley Thompson, 1925$222.00 $1,554 $172,350 2.13
6Cape Breton Highlands LinksPublicIngonish BeachNS247 Keltic Inn, Ingonish Beach, NS B0C 1L0Stanley Thompson, 1940$110.00 $770 $103,150 2.58
7Rocky Crest Golf ClubResortMactierON20 Barnwood Drive, Mactier, ON, P0C1H0 , CanadaThomas McBroom, 2000$437.00 $3,059 $442,225 2.78
8Humber ValleyPublicDeer LakeNLP.O. Box 370, Deer Lake, NF, A0L 1K0, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2006$193.00 $1,351 $256,178 3.65
9Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Golf ClubPublicLa MalbaieQC181 rue Richelieu , La Malbaie, QC, G0T1M0 , CanadaHerbert Strong, 1926/Darrell Huxham, 2004$98.00 $686 $144,500 4.05
10Cobble Beach Golf LinksPublicOwen SoundONP.O. Box 650, Owen Sound, ON, N4K5R5 , CanadaDoug Carrick, 2006$223.00 $1,561 $342,747 4.22
11Stewart Creek Golf ResortPublicCanmoreAB4100 Stewart Creek Dr, Canmore, AB, T1W 2V3, CanadaGary Browning, 2001$462.00 $3,234 $738,000 4.39
12Silvertip Golf CoursePublicCanmore AB2000 Silvertip Trail, Canmore, AB, T1W3J4, Canada Les Furber, 1998$462.00 $3,234 $738,000 4.39
13Dundarave Golf CoursePublicRoseneath PEI82 Dewars Lane, Lot 53, Georgetown Royalty, Cardigan, PE, C0A1G0 , Canada Michael Hurdzan/Dana Fry, 1999$274.00 $1,918 $441,300 4.42
14Le Maitre de Mont-TremblantPublicMont TremblantQC650, rue Grande All?e , Mont Tremblant, QC, J8E 2L8, CanadaF. Couples/G. Cooke/D. Huxham, 2001$143.00 $1,001 $247,750 4.76
15Le Geant in Mont Tremblant ResortPublicMont TremblantQC1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont Tremblant, QC, J8E 1T1, CanadaThomas McBroom, 1995$143.00 $1,001 $247,750 4.76
16Le Diable in Mont Tremblant ResortPublicMont TremblantQC110 Chemin de l'Albatros, Mont Tremblant, QC, J8E 1S1, CanadaMichael Hurdzan/Dana Fry, 1998$143.00 $1,001 $247,750 4.76
17Predator Ridge ? RidgePublicVernonBC301 Village Centre Place , Vernon, BC, V1H 1T2, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2009$300.00 $2,100 $697,632 6.39
18Predator Ridge ? PredatorPublicVernonBC301 Village Centre Place , Vernon, BC, V1H 1T2, CanadaLes Furber, 1991$300.00 $2,100 $697,632 6.39
19Eagle RanchPublicInvermere BC9581 Eagle Ranch Trail, Invermere, BC, V0A1K3 , Canada Bill Robinson, 2000$198.00 $1,386 $538,042 7.47
20Big SkyPublicPembertonBC1690 Airport Road, Pemberton, BC, V0N2L3, CanadaBob Cupp, 1994$279.00 $1,953 $771,000 7.59
21Fox CreekPublicDieppe NB200 Golf Street , Dieppe, NB, E1A 8J6, Canada Graham Cooke, 2005$91.50 $641 $254,481 7.64
22GreywolfPublicPanoramaBC1860 Greywolf Drive, Panorama, BC, V0A 1T0, CanadaDoug Carrick, 1999$473.00 $3,311 $1,388,800 8.07
23Lora BayPublicThornbury ON107 East Ridge Drive, Thornbury, ON, N0H2P0, Canada Tom Lehman/Thomas McBroom, 2006$271.00 $1,897 $925,475 9.38
24Grand Niagara GCPublicNiagara Falls ON8547 Grassy Brook Rd., Niagara Falls, ON, L0S 1K0, Canada Rees Jones, 2005$166.00 $1,162 $573,528 9.49
25Kananaskis Country - Mt. LorettePublicKananaskisABHwy #40 S, Kananaskis, Alberta, T0L2H0Robert Trent Jones, 1984$250.00 $1,750 $912,280.00 10.03
26Seguin ValleyPublicParry SoundON144 Badger Rd, Parry Sound, ON, P2A 2W8David L. Moote, Ted George, 2003$247.00 $1,729 $944,251.00 10.50
27Storey CreekPublicCampbell River BC300 McGimpsey Road , Campbell River, BC, V9W6J3 , Canada Les Furber, 1989$135.00 $945 $557,443 11.34
28Copper Creek Golf ClubPublicKleinburgON11191 Highway 27, Kleinburg, ON, L0J 1C0, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2002$283.00 $1,981 $1,300,000 12.62
29Copper Point ? The PointPublicWindermereBC760 Cooper Rd, Invermere, BC V0A 1K2Gary Browning, 2004$198.50 $1,390 $915,872 12.67
30WildstonePublicCranbrookBC950 Wildstone Dr, Cranbrook, BC V1C 0B4Gary Player Design, 2011$107.00 $749 $524,442 13.47
31Shadow MountainPublicCranbrook BC7145 Highway 95 A, Cranbrook, BC, V0G 1S1, Canada Graham Cooke/Wayne Carleton, 2009$107.00 $749 $524,442 13.47
32Deerhurst - HighlandsPublicBob CuppON1235 Deerhurst Drive , Huntsville, ON, P1H2E8 , CanadaThomas McBroom, 1990$163.00 $1,141 $810,085 13.65
33Heritage Pointe ? Desert, HeritagePublicCalgaryAB#1 Heritage Pointe Drive , De Winton, AB, T0L0X0 , CanadaRon Garl, 1992$130.00 $910 $670,384 14.17
34The Lake Joseph ClubPublicPort Carling ON1072 Elgin House Road Port Carling, ON, P0B 1J0 Thomas McBroom, 1997$506.00 $3,542 $2,611,406 14.18
35Salmon ArmPublicSalmon Arm BC3641 HWY 97B South, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P6, Canada Les Furber, 1995$108.00 $756 $596,462 15.17
36Wooden Sticks Golf ClubPublicUxbridge ON40 Elgin Park Drive, Uxbridge, ON, L9P 1N2, Canada Ron Garl, 2000$133.00 $931 $804,000 16.61
37Black Bear RidgePublicBellevilleON501 Harmony Rd, Corbyville, ON K0K 1V0Brian Magee, 2005$66.00 $462 $407,458 16.96
38Muskoka Bay ClubPublicGravenhurstON1217 North Muldrew Lake Road, PO Box 640, Gravenhurst, ON, P1P 1T9, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2006$111.00 $777 $709,000 17.55
39Taboo Resort Golf & SpaPublicGravenhurstON1209 Muskoka Beach, Gravenhurst, ON, P1P 1R1, CanadaRon Garl, 2002$111.00 $777 $709,000 17.55
40Fairview MountainPublicOliver BC933 Old Golf Course Road , Oliver BC, V0H1T1 Les Furber, 1991$116.00 $812 $755,081 17.88
41TobianoPublicKamloopsBC7002 Trans Canada Hwy West, Kamloops, BC, V2C6B9, CanadaThomas McBroom, 2007$82.00 $574 $576,358 19.31
42Northern Bear Golf ClubPublicSherwood ParkAB51055 Range Rd 222. , Sherwood Park, AB, T8C1G9, CanadaJack Nicklaus, 2002$58.50 $410 $412,000 19.32
43The Links At BrunelloPublicHalifax NS120 Brunello Blvd, Timberlea, NS Thomas McBroom, 2015$70.00 $490 $516,323 20.26
44Tower RanchPublicKelownaBC1855 Tower Ranch Blvd, Kelowna, BC, V1P1R2, CanadaThomas McBroom, 2008$108.00 $756 $834,480 21.23
45Gallagher?s CanyonPublicKelowna BC4320 Gallagher's Drive West , Kelowna, BC, V1W3Z9 , Canada Bill Robinson, 1990$108.00 $756 $834,480 21.23
46Tarandowah Golfers ClubPublicAvonON15125 Putnam Road, Springfield , ON, N0L 2J0, CanadaMartin Hawtree, 2007$83.00 $581 $691,501 22.89
47The Ridge at Manitou Golf ClubPublicMcKellarON160 Inn Road, RR 1, McKellar, ON, P2A 0B4, CanadaThomas McBroom, 2004$72.50 $508 $679,000 25.70
48Wolf Creek - LinksPublicPonokaABR.R. #3 Site 10 Box 5, Ponoka, AB, T4J1R3 , CanadaRod Whitman, 1996/2010$32.00 $224 $308,735 26.51
49Wolf Creek ? OldPublicPonokaABR.R. #3 Site 10 Box 5, Ponoka, AB, T4J1R3 , CanadaRod Whitman, 1984$32.00 $224 $308,735 26.51
50Ambassador Golf ClubPublicWindsorON1025 Sprucewood Avenue, Windsor, ON, N9J 3Z1, CanadaThomas McBroom, 2005$31.00 $217 $326,723 28.95
51Nicklaus NorthPublicWhistlerBC8080 Nicklaus North Blvd. , Whistler, BC, V0N1B8 , CanadaJack Nicklaus, 1995$146.00 $1,022 $1,700,000 31.99
52Fairmont Chateau WhistlerPublicWhistlerBC4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4Robert Trent Jones, Jr., 1993$146.00 $1,022 $1,700,000 31.99
53Dakota Dunes Golf LinksPublicSaskatoon SK202 Dakota Dunes Way, Whitecap, SK, S7K2L2, Canada Graham Cooke/Wayne Carleton, 2004$34.00 $238 $400,211 32.34
54Glen Abbey Golf ClubPublicOakvilleON1333 Dorval Drive, Oakville, ON, L6M 4G2, CanadaJack Nicklaus, 1976$82.00 $574 $1,000,000 33.50
55Kawartha Golf and Country ClubPublicPeterboroughON777 Clonsilla Ave, Peterborough, ON, K9J 6Z6, CanadaStanley Thompson, 1938$41.00 $287 $532,575 35.69
56Eagles Nest Golf ClubPublicMapleON10000 Dufferin Street, Maple, ON, L6A 1S3, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2004$58.00 $406 $866,000 41.02
57Osprey Valley ? HootPublicCaledonON18821 Main Street, Caledon, ON, L7K 1R1, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2001$51.00 $357 $908,000 48.91
58Osprey Valley - HeathlandsPublicCaledonON18821 Main Street, Caledon, Ontario, L7K 1R1Doug Carrick, 1990$51.00 $357 $908,000 48.91
59Osprey Valley ? TootPublicCaledonON18821 Main Street, Caledon, ON, L7K 1R1, CanadaDoug Carrick, 2002$51.00 $357 $908,000 48.91
60Bear Mountain ? ValleyPublicVictoriaBC1999 Country Club Way, Victoria, BC, V9B6R3, CanadaJack and Steve Nicklaus, 2008$21.00 $147 $1,115,638 145.95
61Bear Mountain ? MountainPublicVictoriaBC1999 Country Club Way, Victoria, BC, V9B6R3, CanadaJack and Steve Nicklaus, 2003$21.00 $147 $1,115,638 145.95

How we selected the Best Places for Golfers to Buy a Vacation Home

In order to rank the best spots for golfers to buy a vacation home, we annualized the average weekly vacation rental cost and compared that to the average house price for each specific area.

Known as the price-to-rent ratio, this calculation offers potential buyers a quick method of determining whether or not renting or buying in a specific area is best.

In essence, the price-to-rent ratio measures the relative affordability of a property in a given housing market.

It’s calculated by dividing the home price (or, in this case, the average home price) by the annual rental rate.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s better to buy when ratios are between 1–15 and to do further examination of the neighbourhood or property when the ratio lies between 16–21. Avoid properties and geographic regions with ratios 21 and above.

Best Places to Take a Golf Vacation in Canada

Top 10 Places for Golfers to Buy a Vacation Home

  1. Cabot Cliffs in Inverness, Nova Scotia
    • Public course with a SCOREGolf rating of 8.93
    • Ave price to buy: $148,015 – Ave weekly Airbnb cost: $2,646 – Price to rent ratio: 1.08
  2. Cabot Links in Inverness, Nova Scotia
    • Public course with a SCOREGolf rating of 8.78
    • Ave price to buy: $148,015 – Ave weekly Airbnb cost: $2,646 – Price to rent ratio: 1.08
  3. The Links at Crowbush Cove in Morell, PEI
    • Public course with a SCOREGolf rating of 7.88
    • Ave price to buy: $204,900 – Ave weekly Airbnb cost: $362 – Price to rent ratio: 1.56
  4. Bigwin Island Golf Club in Lake of Bays, Ontario
    • Private course with a SCOREGolf rating of 8.13
    • Ave price to buy: $560,000 – Ave weekly Airbnb cost: $5,887 – Price to rent ratio: 1.83
  5. Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club in Banff, Alberta
    • Public course with a SCOREGolf rating of 8.69
    • Ave price to buy: $956,455 – Ave weekly Airbnb cost: $8,708 – Price to rent ratio: 2.11
  6. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course in Jasper, Alberta
    • Public course with a SCOREGolf rating of 8.81
    • Ave price to buy: $172,350 – Ave weekly Airbnb cost: $1,554 – Price to rent ratio: 2.13
  7. Cape Breton Highlands Links in Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia
    • Public course with a SCOREGolf rating of 8.59
    • Ave price to buy: $103,150 – Ave weekly Airbnb cost: $770 – Price to rent ratio: 2.58
  8. Rocky Crest Golf Club in Mactier, Ontario
    • Resort course with a SCOREGolf rating of 7.96
    • Ave price to buy: $442,225 – Ave weekly Airbnb cost: $3,059 – Price to rent ratio: 2.78
  9. Oviinbyrd Golf Club in Foot’s Bay, Ontario
    • Private course with a SCOREGolf rating of 8.21
    • Ave price to buy: $442,225 – Ave weekly Airbnb cost: $3,052 – Price to rent ratio: 2.79
  10. Royal Montreal – Blue in Ile Bizard, Quebec
    • Private course with a SCOREGolf rating of 7.90
    • Ave price to buy: $400,000 – Ave weekly Airbnb cost: $2,506 – Price to rent ratio: 3.07
David Weisz
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.

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