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Toronto's historic St. George's G&CC tops
ScoreGolf's bi-annual Top 100 Canadian Courses List

Canada's top golf publication ScoreGolf has released the results of its bi-annual Best Golf Courses in Canada survey with St. George's Golf & Country Club in Toronto garnering top spot. A select panel of over 45 golf professionals, amateurs, media, superindendents and over golfing luminaries voted for the what they felt were Canada's top courses according to Condition, Design and Enjoyability elements.

St. George's has long been considered one of Canada's best and certainly most historic courses. Designed in 1929 by legendary Canadian architect Stanley Thompson, St. George's was originally named the Royal York Golf Club. Built near the banks of the Humber River in West Toronto, it was built to be the golf get away for guests staying at the luxurious Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto.

St. George's has hosted four Canadian Opens and is one of the courses in the world to have hosted events for the PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA tours. St. George's layout puts an emphasis on accurate play and is well known for its gruelling final four finishing holes.

2002 Rank Course 2000 Rank Architect Opened Location Public?
1 St. George's G&CC -3 Stanley Thompson 1928 "Islington, Ont." NO
2 Highlands Links -1 Stanley Thompson 1939 "Ingonish Beach, N.S." YES
3 Capilano G&CC -7 Stanley Thompson 1937 "West Vancouver, B.C." NO
4 The National Golf Club of Canada -2 Tom Fazio 1975 "Woodbridge, Ont." NO
5 Redtail Golf Course -20 Donald Steel 1992 "St. Thomas, Ont." NO
6 The Links at Crowbush Cove -10 Thomas McBroom 1993 "Morell, PEI" YES
7 Royal Montreal Golf Club - Blue Course -4 Dick Wilson 1959 "Ile Bizard, Que." NO
8 The Lake Joseph Club (n/e) Thomas McBroom 1997 "Port Carling, Ont." YES
9 Hamilton G&CC -- South & West Nines -5 Harry Colt 1914 "Ancaster, Ont." NO
10 Beacon Hall Golf Club -6 "Bob Cupp, Thomas McBroom" 1988 "Aurora, Ont." NO
11 Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club -21 Stanley Thompson 1925 "Jasper, Alta." YES
12 Le Geant -31 Thomas McBroom 1995 "Mt. Tremblant, Que." YES
13 Glen Abbey Golf Club -8 Jack Nicklaus 1977 "Oakville, Ont." YES
14 Westmount G&CC -11 Stanley Thompson 1931 "Kitchener, Ont." NO
15 Banff Springs Golf Course -45 Stanley Thompson 1928 "Banff, Alta." YES
16 Predator Ridge Golf Resort -17 Les Furber 1991 "Vernon, B.C." YES
17 Wolf Creek Golf Resort -23 Rod Whitman 1984 "Ponoka, Alta." YES
18 Angus Glen Golf Club - South Course -14 Doug Carrick 1995 "Markham, Ont." YES
19 Toronto Golf Club -28 Harry Colt 1912 "Mississauga, Ont." NO
20 Radium Resort -- Springs Course -37 Les Furber 1957 "Radium, B.C." YES
21 Osprey Valley -- Heathlands Course -77 Doug Carrick 1992 "Caledon, Ont." YES
22 Royal Colwood Golf Club -19 A.V. Macan 1913 "Victoria, B.C." NO
23 Nicklaus North Golf Course -9 Jack Nicklaus 1995 "Whistler, B.C." YES
24 Shaughnessy G&CC -24 A.V. Macan 1961 "Vancouver, B.C." NO
25 Victoria Golf Club -13 Harvey Coombe 1893 "Victoria, B.C." NO
26 Devil's Paintbrush -30 Michael Hurdzan 1992 "Caledon, Ont." NO
27 King Valley Golf Club -12 Doug Carrick 1990 "King City, Ont." NO
28 Devil's Pulpit -15 Michael Hurdzan 1990 "Caledon, Ont." NO
29 Essex G&CC -25 Donald Ross 1929 "Lasalle, Ont." NO
30 Deerhurst Golf Resort -- Highlands Course -16 "Bob Cupp, Thomas McBroom" 1990 "Huntsville, Ont." YES
31 Heron Point Golf Links -26 Thomas McBroom 1991 "Dunbarton, Ont." NO
32 Oakdale Golf Club -52 Stanley Thompson 1926 "Downsview, Ont." NO
33 Kananaskis Country Golf Course - Mt. Kidd -32 Robert Trent Jones 1983 "Kananaskis, Alta." YES
34 Big Sky G&CC -22 Bob Cupp 1994 "Pemberton, B.C." YES
35 Westwood Plateau G&CC -34 Michael Hurdzan 1995 "Coquitlam, B.C." YES
36 Brantford G&CC -48 "Nichol Thompson, Stanley Thompson, George Cumming" 1906 "Brantford, Ont." NO
37 Eagle Creek Golf Course -51 Ken Venturi 1990 "Dunrobin, Ont.." YES
38 Wooden Sticks (n/e) Ron Garl 2000 "Uxbridge, Ont." YES
39 Le Diable (n/e) "Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry" 1998 "Mt. Tremblant, Que." YES
40 Heritage Pointe Golf Club -35 Ron Garl 1992 "Calgary, Alta." NO
41 Gallaghers Canyon G&CC -43 William Robinson 1980 "Kelowna, B.C." YES
42 Fairview Mountain Golf Club -18 Les Furber 1991 "Oliver, B.C." YES
43 Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community -33 Graham Cooke 1993 "Courtney, B.C." YES
44 Greywolf Golf Course (n/e) Doug Carrick 1999 "Panorama, B.C." YES
45 Kananaskis Country Golf Course - Mt. Lorette -44 Robert Trent Jones 1984 "Kananaskis, Alta." YES
46 National Pines Golf Club -40 Thomas McBroom 1992 "Barrie, Ont." YES
47 Whirlpool Golf Course -90 Stanley Thompson 1951 "Niagara Falls, Ont." YES
48 Deer Ridge Golf Course -60 Thomas McBroom 1991 "Kitchener, Ont." NO
49 Mississaugua G&CC -38 Percy Barrett, George Cumming 1906 "Mississauga, Ont." NO
50 Salmon Arm Golf Club (n/e) Les Furber 1928 "Salmon Arm, B.C." YES
51 London Hunt & Country Club -41 Robert Trent Jones 1960 "London, Ont." NO
52 Harvest Golf Club -69 Graham Cooke 1994 "Kelowna, B.C." YES
53 Chateau Whistler Golf Course -39 Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1993 "Whistler, B.C." YES
54 Morgan Creek Golf Course -36 Thomas McBroom 1995 "Surrey, B.C." YES
55 Le Mirage Golf -- Carolina (n/e) Graham Cooke 1993 "Terrebonne, Que" NO
56 Bell Bay Golf Club (n/e) Thomas McBroom 1997 "Baddeck, N.S." YES
57 Lionhead G&CC - Legends 57 Ted Baker 1990 "Brampton, Ont." YES
58 St. Thomas G&CC 87 Stanley Thompson 1899 "Union, Ont." NO
59 Northview G&CC -- Ridge Course 42 Arnold Palmer 1994 "Surrey, B.C." YES
60 Glencoe G&CC - Forest Course 49 Robert Trent Jones, Jr. 1984 "Calgary, Alta." NO
61 Red Deer G&CC (n/e) William Robinson 1922 "Red Deer, Alta." NO
62 Greystone Golf Club 46 Doug Carrick 1991 "Milton, Ont." NO
63 Marine Drive Golf Club 53 A.V. Macan 1922 "Vancouver, B.C." NO
64 Glen Arbour Golf Club n/e Graham Cooke 1999 "Hammond Plains, NS" YES
65 Golden Golf Club 75 Bill Newis 1986 "Golden, B.C." YES
66 Le Blainvillier - Royal n/e Graham Cooke 1991 "Blainville, Que" NO
67 Maple Downs G&CC 54 William F. Mitchell 1954 "Richmond Hill, Ont." NO
68 Falcon Lake Golf Course 91 Norman H.Woods 1958 "Falcon Lake, Man." YES
69 Calgary G&CC 47 Willie Park Jr. 1911 "Calgary, Alta." NO
70 The Priddis Greens G&CC 72 Bill Newis 1985 "Priddis, Alta." NO
71 Whistler Golf Club 80 Arnold Palmer 1982 "Whistler, B.C." YES
72 Trickle Creek Golf Resort 62 Les Furber 1992 "Kimberley, B.C." YES
73 The Mad River Golf Club 59 Bob Cupp 1991 "Creemore, Ont." NO
74 Rivershore Estates & Golf Links 58 Robert Trent Jones 1981 "Kamloops, B.C." YES
75 Weston G&CC 27 Willie Park Jr. 1920 "Weston, Ont." NO
76 Silver Tip 68 Les Furber 1998 "Canmore, Alta." YES
77 Mont Bruno 67 Willie Park Jr. 1918 "St. Bruno, Que" NO
78 Rodd Brudenell River Resort 88 C.E Robinson 1969 "Roseneath, P.E.I" YES
79 Glendale G&CC 56 Norman H.Woods 1961 "Edmonton, Alta." NO
80 St. Charles Country Club 55 "Donald Ross, Alistair McKenzie, Norman Woods" 1904 "Winnipeg, Man." NO
81 Pine Ridge Golf Club 79 Donald Ross 1912 "Winnipeg, Man." NO
82 Scarboro G&CC (n/e) A.W. Tillinghast 1912 "Scarborough, Ont. " NO
83 Dundarave Golf Course n/e Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry 1999 "Roseneath, P.E.I" YES
84 Windermere G&CC 98 C.E. Robinson 1959 "Edmonton, Alta." NO
85 Mayfair G&CC (n/e) Stanley Thompson 1922 "Edmonton, Alta." NO
86 Summit G&CC 71 Stanley Thompson 1912 "Richmond Hill, Ont." NO
87 Storey Creek Golf Club 73 Les Furber 1990 "Campbell River, B.C." YES
88 Richelieu Valley Golf Club   David & William Gordon   "Sainte-Julie, Que" NO
89 Royal Quebec Golf Club 86 Willie Park Jr. 1874 "Boischatel, Que." NO
90 Paradise Canyon Golf Course (n/e) Bill Newis 1992 "Lethbridge, Alta." YES
91 Ashburn Golf Club -- New Course (n/e) Geoffrey Cornish 1970 "Halifax, N.S." NO
92 Kanawaki Golf Club   Albert Murray 1912 "Kanawaki, Que." NO
93 Riverside Country Club 66 William Kinnear 1912 "Saskatoon, Sask." NO
94 Twin Rivers Golf Course (n/e) "Doug Carrick, C.E. Robinson" 1984 "Port Blandford, Nfld." YES
95 Royal Ottawa Golf Club (n/e) Stanley Thompson 1891 "Aylmer, Que." NO
96 Dunes at Kamloops 65 Graham Cooke 1996 "Kamloops, B.C." YES
97 Niakwa Golf Course (n/e) Stanley Thompson 1923 "Winnipeg, Man." NO
98 Cataraqui G&CC 81 Stanley Thompson 1917 "Kingston, Ont." NO
99 Royal Woodbine Golf Club 85 Michael Hurdzan 1991 "Toronto, Ont." YES
100 Sunningdale G&CC -- Thompson Course (n/e) Stanley Thompson 1934 "London, Ont." NO

It is also worth noting that the top 3 courses in the country (St. Georges, #2 Highland Links in Ingonish Beach, NS and #3 Capilano G&CC, Vancouver) were all designed by Stanley Thompson between 1928 and 1939. In all, Thompson had a hand in 17 courses that appeared on this list. Quite a testament to the 'Toronto Terror', his designs are just as relevant in today's golf world as they were when they were built.

Among the other awards handed out by Score, the newly unveiled Magna Golf Club in Aurora was named best new course, St. George's was named Canada's best conditioned course and Angus Glen Golf Club kept its perch atop the Best Service at a Public Golf Course list.

For more information on the Score Top 100 list visit ScoreGolf.com .


 

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