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:
Best Golf Courses near Georgian Bay
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.
Georgian Bay Club
Sits atop the Nippissing Ridge, gently nestled against the Niagara Escarpment, with views of the surrounding area and beautiful Georgian Bay.
Lora Bay Golf Club
Sculpted by renowned Canadian architect, Thomas McBroom and PGA Tour Star, Tom Lehman.
Mad River Golf Club
The course offers a variety of strategic choices and shot variations that demand finesse, patience, attack and composure.
National Pines Golf Club
Home of the 2007 and 2008 Canadian Tour Championship and the 1995 Ontario Amateur.
Best Golf Courses in the GTA
Bayview Golf & Country Club
Bayview hosted the 2011 Canadian PGA Women’s Championship and the 2013 Ontario Junior Juvenile Championship.
The Back Nine immediately takes you to Scotland, waste bunkers, pot bunker and two of the finest Par 5’s in Canada.
Blue Springs Golf Club
Great fun for the novice golfer, yet offers challenge for those more experienced.
Burlington Golf & Country Club
Higher temperatures and sandy loam soil give the course one of the longest golf seasons and varied vegetations in Eastern Canada.
Club at Bond Head – South
The South Course is links-style, with wide fairways, gaping bunkers and fescue roughs.
Spectacular play conveniently located just north of Toronto.
A dramatic, walkable, modern classic, playable for novice, and serious golfers alike, sure to surprise, and challenge, on every round.
Credit Valley Golf & Country Club
Golfers of all skill levels agree that Credit Valley is a true, fair test of golf.
Prestige, quality and difficulty are three adjectives used to commonly describe Devil’s Pulpit.
Donalda Golf Club
“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.
Eagles Nest Golf Club
Offering a truly unique links-style golf experience and was crafted by Canada’s premier golf course architect, Doug Carrick.
Glen Abbey Golf Club
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
Hamilton Golf & Country Club – West & South
“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.
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.
Islington Golf & Country Club
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.
King Valley Golf Club
For golfers who love smart strategic design and escaping into nature.
Lambton Golf & Country Club
Playing golf at Lambton can simply be described as both a trip to the past and the future.
Magna Golf Club
Among the golfing elite who have enjoyed this magnificent course are Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Annika Sorenstam and Mike Weir.
Maple Downs Golf & Country Club
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.
Mississauga Golf and Country Club
Classic layout and rich history, this course has hosted 6 Canadian Open Championships.
National Golf Club of Canada
“If you can play 4 rounds in a row on The National at par or better, you can play The Tour.” – George Knudson
Oakdale – Thompson Homenuik
The Homenuik nine requires a player of any calibre to hit every club in your bag, and a variety of shots.
Osprey Valley – Heathlands
The course fairways are narrow and green sites are smart, and elaborate. Bunkering is kept to a minimum.
Osprey Valley – Hoot
Each hole is equally challenging, and enjoyable.
Osprey Valley – Toot
A parkland style course known for its scenic beauty, but don’t be fooled, the course can be as imposing as it is picturesque.
Rosedale Golf Club
Surrounded by trees and nature in the heart of Toronto, yet the city is almost never seen.
Scarboro Golf & Country Club
The only course outside the U.S. designed by Albert Warren Tillinghast. Tillinghast was one of North America’s premier golf course designers.
St. George’s Golf & Country Club
Ranked No. 30 in the world in the February 2014 issue of Golf Digest magazine.
Summit Golf Club
An unparalleled golf event experience for small groups, charity events or corporate occasions.
Thornhill Golf & Country Club
Thornhill has hosted such events as the Canadian Open and President’s Invitational.
Toronto Golf Club
Classic golf course, traditional clubhouse, proud history in golf, and unique culture.
Weston Golf & Country Club
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.
Wooden Sticks Golf Club
Play golf holes inspired by Augusta, St. Andrews, Pine Valley, Carnoustie, TPC Sawgrass, and Oakmont.
The first course in Canada designed by Greg Norman
York Downs Golf & Country Club
A very beautiful golf course in the heart of the GTA.
Best Golf Courses near Kitchener
Brantford Golf & Country Club
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.
Boasting rolling topography and a superior layout making every round at Cutten unique and keeps the avid golfer wanting more.
Deer Ridge Golf Club
Deer Ridge Golf Club is rated as a championship golf course designed by renowned course architect, Thomas McBroom.
Galt Country Club
From humble beginnings the Galt Country Club has quietly developed a strong tradition as one of the premier private clubs in southwestern Ontario.
Westmount Golf & Country Club
An oasis in the middle of the city, Westmount was designed by renowned golf course architect, Stanley Thompson.
Whistle Bear Golf Club
Don’t be fooled by its tranquil appearance, as Whistle Bear golf course is not for the faint of heart.
Best Golf Courses near London
Craigowan Oxford Golf & Country Club
Host of the 2014 Canadian Women’s Amateur
Essex Golf and Country Club
Known for excellent course conditions and fast, smooth greens, a truly memorable experience.
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club
This course is a short drive East of London, with who pride themselves on offering reasonable rates.
London Hunt & Country Club
Unique in North America for its entente cordiale of foxhunting, golf, tennis, skeet and trapshooting.
Otter Creek Golf Club
Winner of best new golf course in Ontario, the year after opening its doors. http://www.ottercreekgolfclub.com/
Redtail Golf Course
Sean Connery calls the signature third hole at Redtail Golf Course the best par-4 he’s played.
St. Thomas Golf & Country Club
Over 115 years old, this is one of the few clubs formed in Ontario prior to the year 1900.
Sunningdale – Thompson
Designed by two of the most respected course designers in Canadian history, Stanley Thompson and Clinton (Robbie) Robinson.
Named “Best New Course in Ontario” in 2008, by two prominent golf publications.
Best Golf Courses in Muskoka
Lake of Bays, Muskoka
The sweeping fairways drape naturally over the rugged Muskoka terrain, exposing glorious lake vistas at every turn.
Deerhurst Resort – Highlands
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.
Grandview (Mark O’Meara)
Greens feature subtle breaks that one does not easily master. Large elevation changes throughout give spectacular views of Fairy Lake.
Lake Joseph Club
Port Carling, Muskoka
In 1997, the club opened with such success that the course was named the best new course in the country by Golf Digest.
2010 – 2013; 9th Best Course In Canada By Score Golf Top 100 Courses In Canada.
Oviinbyrd Golf Club
An exclusive course with a classic feel.
Port Carling Golf & Country Club
Port Carling, Muskoka
A private club with a world class golf course and clubhouse in the heart of Muskoka.
Rocky Crest Golf Club
“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.
Seguin Valley GC
Situated on a spectacular 1000 acre northern wilderness property that features several ponds, lakes, rocky ridges, creeks and wetlands.
South Muskoka Golf And Curling Club
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
Consistently voted among Canada’s Top 50 courses and renowned for its panoramic beauty and innovative use of the dramatic landscape
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.
In 2004, Golf Digest Magazine selected Wildfire as the best new private Golf Club in Canada.
Best Golf Courses near Niagara
Cherry Hill Club
Cherry Hill is one of the finest courses in the Niagara Region.
Grand Niagara Golf Club
Discover Niagara’s other natural wonder.
Lookout Point Country Club
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.
Best Golf Courses in Northern Ontario
Crimson Ridge Golf Club
Sault Ste. Marie
Waterfalls, creeks, numerous elevation changes, mature hardwoods and spectacular views and vistas abound on this scenic par 72 layout.
Whitewater Golf Club
Official golf club of the Staal Foundation Open. One of Canada’s “Unsung – But Must-Play” Courses, according to Canadian Golf Traveller.
Best Golf Courses near Ottawa
Black Bear Ridge Golf Club
A traditional parkland layout designed with sweeping vistas, natural water features, and superior conditioning.
Cataraqui has hosted the Ontario Open, Ontario Ladies Amateur, Canadian PGA Senior Championships and annually plays host to the Women’s Eastern Provinces Championship.
Camelot Golf & Country Club
A beautiful setting complemented by majestic views of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills.
Eagle Creek Golf Club
Almost every hole dares you with dangerous options, as well as easier ones.
One of Canada’s Top 100 Golf Courses by SCOREGolf Magazine.
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.