Best golf courses to play in Ontario

Best golf courses to play in Ontario

Currently, Muskoka boasts multiple golf courses that are rated the best in Canada (ScoreGolf Top 100). From 1997 – 2007, four courses in Muskoka were named best new golf course in Canada by Golf Digest, a record unmatched by any other Canadian golf destination. Utilizing the inspiring landscape of the Canadian Shield, each breathtaking country club offers outstanding nature and top ranking golf. As a result, Muskoka has attracted visitors from all over the globe, making it a must-see destination for golf enthusiasts. From extensive research, the following are among the top courses to play in Ontario. They have been alphabetized them, and grouped by region:

Georgian Bay

GTA

Kitchener

London

Muskoka

Niagara

Northern Ontario

Ottawa

 

Best Golf Courses near Georgian Bay

 

Cobble Beach

Owen Sound

Public

There’s a reason this course has won acclaimed awards from the likes of Golf Digest, Travel + Leisure Golf, Ontario Golf, Fairways and SCORE magazines.

http://www.cobblebeach.com

 

Georgian Bay Club

Clarksburg

Private

Sits atop the Nippissing Ridge, gently nestled against the Niagara Escarpment, with views of the surrounding area and beautiful Georgian Bay.

http://www.georgianbayclub.com/

 

Lora Bay Golf Club

Thornbury

Public

Sculpted by renowned Canadian architect, Thomas McBroom and PGA Tour Star, Tom Lehman.

http://www.lorabaygolf.com/

 

Mad River Golf Club

Creemore

Private

The course offers a variety of strategic choices and shot variations that demand finesse, patience, attack and composure.

http://www.madriver.ca/

 

National Pines Golf Club

Innisfil

Private

Home of the 2007 and 2008 Canadian Tour Championship and the 1995 Ontario Amateur.

http://www.nationalpines.clublink.ca

 

Best Golf Courses in the GTA

 

Bayview Golf & Country Club

Thornhill

Private

Bayview hosted the 2011 Canadian PGA Women’s Championship and the 2013 Ontario Junior Juvenile Championship.

http://www.bayviewclub.com

 

Beacon Hall

Aurora

Private

The Back Nine immediately takes you to Scotland, waste bunkers, pot bunker and two of the finest Par 5’s in Canada.

http://www.beaconhall.com/

 

Blue Springs Golf Club

Acton

Public

Great fun for the novice golfer, yet offers challenge for those more experienced.

http://bluesprings.clublink.ca/

 

Burlington Golf & Country Club

Burlington

Private

Higher temperatures and sandy loam soil give the course one of the longest golf seasons and varied vegetations in Eastern Canada.

http://www.burlingtongolfclub.com

 

Club at Bond Head – South

Bond Head

Public

The South Course is links-style, with wide fairways, gaping bunkers and fescue roughs.

http://www.bondhead.clublink.ca

 

Copper Creek

Kleinburg
Public

Spectacular play conveniently located just north of Toronto.

http://www.coppercreek.ca/

 

Coppinwood

Uxbridge

Public

A dramatic, walkable, modern classic, playable for novice, and serious golfers alike, sure to surprise, and challenge, on every round.

http://www.coppinwood.com/

 

Credit Valley Golf & Country Club

Mississauga

Private

Golfers of all skill levels agree that Credit Valley is a true, fair test of golf.

http://www.creditvalleygolf.com

 

Caledon East

Private

http://www.devilspulpit.com/devils-paintbrush/

 

Devil’s Pulpit

Caledon

Private

Prestige, quality and difficulty are three adjectives used to commonly describe Devil’s Pulpit.

http://www.devilspulpit.com/

 

Donalda Golf Club

Toronto

Private

“In my opinion, the new Donalda greens are amongst the best in the country for interest, detail and character,” says Thomas McBroom, one of Canada’s foremost golf course architects.

https://www.donaldaclub.ca/

 

Eagles Nest Golf Club

Maple

Public

Offering a truly unique links-style golf experience and was crafted by Canada’s premier golf course architect, Doug Carrick.

http://www.eaglesnestgolf.com/home.htm

 

Glen Abbey Golf Club

Oakville

Public

In 2000, Tiger Woods hit the shot of the year out of a fairway bunker on the 72nd hole of the Canadian Open to win by a single stroke

http://www.glenabbey.clublink.ca

 

Hamilton Golf & Country Club – West & South

Ancaster

Private

“It’s as beautiful and as great a golf course as I had heard,” says PGA Tour star and U.S. Open winner Justin Rose.

http://www.hgcc.ca

 

Heron Point

Alberton

Private

Heron Point has witnessed many significant tournaments and is fondly recalled by Mike Weir who won the 1997 Canadian Masters here before moving on to the PGA Tour.

http://heronpoint.clublink.ca

 

 

Islington Golf & Country Club

Etobicoke

Private

In 2010, Islington Golf Club partnered with the RBC Canadian Open and opened their facilities to some of the best pro golfers in the world.

http://www.islingtongolfclub.com/

 

King Valley Golf Club

King City

Private

For golfers who love smart strategic design and escaping into nature.

http://www.kingvalley.clublink.ca

 

Lambton Golf & Country Club

Toronto

Private

Playing golf at Lambton can simply be described as both a trip to the past and the future.

http://www.lambtongolf.com

 

Magna Golf Club

Aurora

Private

Among the golfing elite who have enjoyed this magnificent course are Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Annika Sorenstam and Mike Weir.

http://www.magnagolf.com

 

Maple Downs Golf & Country Club

Maple

Private

For over 40 years, Maple Downs was blessed to have Canadian Golf Legend, and Hall of Fame Member Irv Lightstone as its Head Golf Professional.

http://www.mapledowns.com

 

Mississauga Golf and Country Club

Mississauga

Private

Classic layout and rich history, this course has hosted 6 Canadian Open Championships.

http://www.mississauguagolf.com

 

National Golf Club of Canada
Woodbridge

Private

“If you can play 4 rounds in a row on The National at par or better, you can play The Tour.” – George Knudson

http://www.nationalgolf.ca

 

Oakdale – Thompson Homenuik

Downsview

Private

The Homenuik nine requires a player of any calibre to hit every club in your bag, and a variety of shots.

http://www.oakdalegolf.com

 

Osprey Valley – Heathlands

Caledon

Public

The course fairways are narrow and green sites are smart, and elaborate. Bunkering is kept to a minimum.

http://www.ospreyvalleygolf.com

 

Osprey Valley – Hoot

Caledon

Public

Each hole is equally challenging, and enjoyable.

http://www.ospreyvalleygolf.com/

 

Osprey Valley – Toot

Alton

Public

A parkland style course known for its scenic beauty, but don’t be fooled, the course can be as imposing as it is picturesque.

http://www.ospreyvalleygolf.com

 

Rosedale Golf Club

Toronto

Private

Surrounded by trees and nature in the heart of Toronto, yet the city is almost never seen.

http://www.rosedalegolf.org/

 

Scarboro Golf & Country Club

Scarborough

Private

The only course outside the U.S. designed by Albert Warren Tillinghast. Tillinghast was one of North America’s premier golf course designers.

http://www.scarborogolf.com

 

St. George’s Golf & Country Club

Etobicoke

Private

Ranked No. 30 in the world in the February 2014 issue of Golf Digest magazine.

http://www.stgeorges.org

 

Summit Golf Club

Richmond Hill

Public

An unparalleled golf event experience for small groups, charity events or corporate occasions.

http://www.golfsummit.com/golf-course

 

Thornhill Golf & Country Club

Thornhill

Private

Thornhill has hosted such events as the Canadian Open and President’s Invitational.

http://www.thornhillgcc.com

 

Toronto Golf Club

Mississauga

Private

Classic golf course, traditional clubhouse, proud history in golf, and unique culture.

http://www.torontogolfclub.com

 

Weston Golf & Country Club

Weston

Private

Held The Canadian Open was in 1955, with a young Arnold Palmer winning his first tour victory and setting a record that held for many years as the lowest score in Open history.

http://www.westongolfcc.com

 

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

Uxbridge

Public

Play golf holes inspired by Augusta, St. Andrews, Pine Valley, Carnoustie, TPC Sawgrass, and Oakmont.

http://www.woodensticks.com/

 

Wyndance

Uxbridge

Private

The first course in Canada designed by Greg Norman

http://www.wyndance.clublink.ca

 

York Downs Golf & Country Club

Unionville

Private

A very beautiful golf course in the heart of the GTA.

http://www.yorkdowns.com/

 

Best Golf Courses near Kitchener

 

Brantford Golf & Country Club
Brantford

Private

Ranks among the top 50 courses in Canada as rated by SCORE magazine and is one of 2011 Ontario Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses.

http://www.brantfordgolfandcountryclub.com/

 

Cutten Fields

Guelph

Private

Boasting rolling topography and a superior layout making every round at Cutten unique and keeps the avid golfer wanting more.

http://www.cuttenfields.com/

 

Deer Ridge Golf Club

Kitchener

Private

Deer Ridge Golf Club is rated as a championship golf course designed by renowned course architect, Thomas McBroom.

http://www.deerridgegolfclub.com

 

Galt Country Club

Galt

Public

From humble beginnings the Galt Country Club has quietly developed a strong tradition as one of the premier private clubs in southwestern Ontario.

http://www.galtcountryclub.com/

 

Westmount Golf & Country Club

Kitchener

Private

An oasis in the middle of the city, Westmount was designed by renowned golf course architect, Stanley Thompson.

http://www.westmountgolf.com/

 

Whistle Bear Golf Club

Kitchener

Private

Don’t be fooled by its tranquil appearance, as Whistle Bear golf course is not for the faint of heart.

http://whistlebear.ca/

 

Best Golf Courses near London

 

Craigowan Oxford Golf & Country Club

Woodstock

Private

Host of the 2014 Canadian Women’s Amateur

http://www.craigowan.com/

 

Essex Golf and Country Club

LaSalle

Private

Known for excellent course conditions and fast, smooth greens, a truly memorable experience.

http://www.essexgolf.com

 

Innerkip Highlands Golf Club

Innerkip

Public

This course is a short drive East of London, with who pride themselves on offering reasonable rates.

http://www.innerkiphighlands.com/Home.htm

 

London Hunt & Country Club

London

Private

Unique in North America for its entente cordiale of foxhunting, golf, tennis, skeet and trapshooting.

https://www.londonhuntclub.com/

 

Otter Creek Golf Club

Otterville

Public

Winner of best new golf course in Ontario, the year after opening its doors. http://www.ottercreekgolfclub.com/

 

Redtail Golf Course

Port Stanley

Private

Sean Connery calls the signature third hole at Redtail Golf Course the best par-4 he’s played.

 

St. Thomas Golf & Country Club

Union

Private

Over 115 years old, this is one of the few clubs formed in Ontario prior to the year 1900.

http://www.stthomasgolf.com/

 

Sunningdale – Thompson

London

Private

Designed by two of the most respected course designers in Canadian history, Stanley Thompson and Clinton (Robbie) Robinson.

http://www.sunningdalegolf.com

 

Tarandowah GC

Avon

Public

Named “Best New Course in Ontario” in 2008, by two prominent golf publications.

http://www.puregolf.net/

 

 

Best Golf Courses in Muskoka

 

Bigwin Island

Lake of Bays, Muskoka

Public

The sweeping fairways drape naturally over the rugged Muskoka terrain, exposing glorious lake vistas at every turn.

http://www.bigwinisland.com/

 

Deerhurst Resort – Highlands

Huntsville, Muskoka

Public

Ranked as one of Canada’s top 100 golf courses of 2014 by SCOREGolf, Deerhurst Highlands continues to remain one of the top golfing destinations in Muskoka.

http://www.deerhurstresort.com

 

Grandview (Mark O’Meara)

Huntsville, Muskoka

Public

Greens feature subtle breaks that one does not easily master. Large elevation changes throughout give spectacular views of Fairy Lake.

http://grandview.clublink.ca/

 

Lake Joseph Club

Port Carling, Muskoka

Private

In 1997, the club opened with such success that the course was named the best new course in the country by Golf Digest.

http://lakejoseph.clublink.ca/

 

Muskoka Bay

Gravenhurst, Muskoka

Public

2010 – 2013; 9th Best Course In Canada By Score Golf Top 100 Courses In Canada.

http://www.muskokabayclub.com/

 

Oviinbyrd Golf Club

MacTier, Muskoka

Private

An exclusive course with a classic feel.

https://www.oviinbyrd.com/

 

Port Carling Golf & Country Club

Port Carling, Muskoka

Private

A private club with a world class golf course and clubhouse in the heart of Muskoka.

http://www.portcarlinggc.com/

 

Rocky Crest Golf Club

MacTier, Muskoka

Private

“The use of the rock is totally innovative – a strategic and aesthetic element that shows off the beauty of the Canadian Shield,”  course designer Thomas McBroom says.

http://rockycrest.clublink.ca/

 

Seguin Valley GC

Parry Sound

Public

Situated on a spectacular 1000 acre northern wilderness property that features several ponds, lakes, rocky ridges, creeks and wetlands.

http://seguinvalley.com/

 

South Muskoka Golf And Curling Club

Bracebridge, Ontario
South Muskoka is the best golf value in Muskoka, a region renowned for excellent golf courses. The Club was ranked by the Globe and Mail among Canada’s under-appreciated gems

http://southmuskoka.com/

 

Taboo

Gravenhurst, Muskoka

Consistently voted among Canada’s Top 50 courses and renowned for its panoramic beauty and innovative use of the dramatic landscape

Public

http://www.tabooresort.com

 

The Ridge At Manitou 

McKellar, Muskoka, Ontario

The course is hewn out of the Canadian Shield and flows through rock, forest, and meadowland. No matter what your playing ability, you’ll have a memorable experience in this breathtaking golf sanctuary.

http://ridgeatmanitou.com/

 

 

Wildfire

Lakefield, Kawarthas

Private

In 2004, Golf Digest Magazine selected Wildfire as the best new private Golf Club in Canada.

http://www.golfwildfire.com

 

Best Golf Courses near Niagara

 

Cherry Hill Club

Ridgeway, Niagara

Private

Cherry Hill is one of the finest courses in the Niagara Region.

http://www.cherryhillclub.ca

 

Grand Niagara Golf Club

Niagara Falls

Public

Discover Niagara’s other natural wonder.

http://www.grandniagaragolf.com

 

Lookout Point Country Club

Fonthill

Private

Lookout Point, located on a spectacular piece of property surrounded by mature trees at the top of the Niagara Escarpment, is consistently ranked in the Top 100 Courses in Canada by ScoreGolf.

http://www.lopcc.com/

 

Best Golf Courses in Northern Ontario

 

Crimson Ridge Golf Club

Sault Ste. Marie

Public

Waterfalls, creeks, numerous elevation changes, mature hardwoods and spectacular views and vistas abound on this scenic par 72 layout.

http://www.golfcrimsonridge.com/

 

Whitewater Golf Club

Thunder Bay

Private

Official golf club of the Staal Foundation Open. One of Canada’s “Unsung – But Must-Play” Courses, according to Canadian Golf Traveller.

http://www.whitewatergolf.com/

 

Best Golf Courses near Ottawa

 

Black Bear Ridge Golf Club

Belleville

Public

A traditional parkland layout designed with sweeping vistas, natural water features, and superior conditioning.

http://www.blackbearridge.ca

 

Cataraqui

Kingston

Private

Cataraqui has hosted the Ontario Open, Ontario Ladies Amateur, Canadian PGA Senior Championships and annually plays host to the Women’s Eastern Provinces Championship.

http://www.cataraqui.com

 

Camelot Golf & Country Club

Cumberland

Private

A beautiful setting complemented by majestic views of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills.

http://www.camelotgolf.ca/

 

Eagle Creek Golf Club

Dunrobin

Private

Almost every hole dares you with dangerous options, as well as easier ones.

http://eaglecreek.clublink.ca/

 

Rideau View

Manotick

Private

One of Canada’s Top 100 Golf Courses by SCOREGolf Magazine.

http://www.rideauview.com/

 

These courses were designed, developed and enjoyed over the last century and are a part of our rich Canadian history. To preserve greenspace and create aesthetic tranquility contributes humility to the area. Golf clubs allow members, and the public, to share in the richness of the sport, the community, the nature, and the love for the common binding agent in it all; the game of golf.