Golfweek's Best 2021: Top 25 Modern Courses in Canada

Welcome to Golfweek’s Best rankings of the Top 25 Modern Courses in Canada – built in or after 1960 – as determined by Golfweek’s Best Raters for 2021 (pictured atop this story: Cabot Cliffs).

The members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on our 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. Those overall ratings on each course are averaged to produce a final rating for each course. Then each course is ranked against other courses in Canada to produce the final rankings.

Golfweek also ranks top Classic Courses in Canada, and the 2021 version of that list will be made available next week. For more on top courses outside the U.S., check out the following lists:

Listed with each course below is its average rating, location, designers and year opened. Private clubs include a p, daily fee courses have a d, and resort courses are marked with an r.

Nos. 1-10

Cabot Links (Courtesy of Cabot Golf/Jacob Sjöman)

1. Cabot Cliffs 8.44
Inverness, Nova Scotia; Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw (2015); r

2. Cabot Links 7.69
Inverness, Nova Scotia; Rod Whitman (2012); r

3. Pulpit Club (Paintbrush, formerly Devil’s Paintbrush) 7.61
Caledon East, Ontario; Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry (1992); p

4. Mad River 7.42
Creemore, Ontario; Bob Cupp (1991); p

5. Memphrémagog 7.35
Magog, Quebec; Thomas McBroom (2008); p

T6. Sagebrush 7.32
Quilchena, British Columbia; Rod Whitman, Richard Zokol, Armen Suny (2009); p

T6. Coppinwood 7.32
Goodwood, Ontario; Tom Fazio (2006); p

8. Rocky Crest Resort 7.30
MacTier, Ontario; Thomas McBroom (2000); r

9. Muskoka Bay Resort 7.25
Gravenhurst, Ontario; Doug Carrick (2007); r

10. Bigwin Island 7.24
Baysville, Ontario; Doug Carrick (2002); p

Nos. 11-20

Tobiano (Courtesy of Tobiano)

11. Beacon Hall 7.22
Aurora, Ontario; Bob Cupp, Thomas McBroom (1988); p

12. Taboo Resort 7.16
Gravenhurst, Ontario; Ron Garl, Alan Chudnovsky (2002); r

13. Tobiano 7.06
Kamloops, British Columbia; Thomas McBroom (2007); d

14. National Golf Club of Canada 6.99
Woodbridge, Ontario; Tom Fazio, George Fazio (1975); p

15. Georgian Bay Club 6.94
Clarksburg, Ontario; Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, Jason Straka (2004); p

T16. Eagles Nest GC 6.87
Maple, Ontario; Doug Carrick (2004); d

T16. Deer Ridge 6.87
Kitchener, Ontario; Thomas McBroom (1990); p

T16. Pulpit Club (Pulpit, formerly Devil’s Pulpit) 6.87
Caledon Village, Ontario; Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry (1990); p

T19. Greywolf 6.83
Panorama, British Columbia; Doug Carrick (1999); r

T19. London Hunt and Country Club 6.83
London, Ontario; Robert Trent Jones Sr., Rees Jones (1960); p

Nos. 21-25

Fox Harb’r (Courtesy of Fox Harb’r)

21. Port Carling 6.82
Port Carling, Ontario; Thomas McBroom (1991); p

22. TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley (Hoot) 6.80
Caledon, Ontario; Doug Carrick (2001); d

23. Redtail 6.79
Port Stanley, Ontario; Donald Steel, Tom Mackenzie (1992); p

24. Fox Harb’r Resort 6.75
Wallace, Nova Scotia; Graham Cooke (2000); r

25. Magna 6.72
Aurora, Ontario; Doug Carrick (2001); p

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