With elk, caribou and even bears for company plus fresh apples and mussels to eat, travelers can enjoy an unforgettable 18 holes.
19 February 2014
By Suzanne Morphet
Canada boasts some gorgeous golf courses. In fact, the scenery may be so distracting you’ll have trouble focusing on that little white ball. Here are 10 of our most talked about courses.
1) If ever there was a golfing Garden of Eden, it must be The Harvest Golf Club overlooking Kelowna’s Okanagan Lake. Scattered along the impeccably manicured fairways are dozens of mature fruit trees. Pick an apple—it’s not forbidden fruit here—and munch while you play.
2) One of Canada’s best courses belongs to Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. The Canada’s master golf course architect, Stanley Thompson, designed the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course in 1924. Wildly beautiful, you might see elk, caribou and even bears on this historic 18-hole course in the Canadian Rockies.
3) Another Thompson-designed gem, Waskesiu Golf Course, aka The Lobstick, proves Saskatchewan isn’t all flat and certainly not boring. These 18 holes wind through beautiful boreal forest.
4) Clear Lake Golf Course in Riding Mountain National Park, MB, overlooks a popular boating and fishing lake. With four-fifths of the shoreline undeveloped, it feels like you’re golfing in the heart of nature.
5) In Ontario’s cottage country, Muskoka Bay Club offers a championship golf course designed by acclaimed architect Doug Carrick. Wetlands, beaver ponds, and rocky outcroppings add up to a fun course in an unforgettable landscape.
6) At Quebec’s Mont-Tremblant, take your pick of two championship courses: Le Diable, where red-sand bunkers provide devilish surprises, and Le Géant, which stretches across panoramic plateaus carved out of the mountainside.
7) Boasting Canada’s oldest golf clubhouse, The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, NB, is still top of the leaderboard with its recently redesigned 7,000-yard, par-72 course. The ocean breezes and briny air are as fresh as ever.
8) Numerous creek crossings at Andersons Creek Golf Club, PEI, are a big part of the design—and the fun—of playing this course. Enjoy some of the province’s famous mussels after your game, compliments of the house.
9) The long-awaited Cabot Links on Cape Breton, NS, is Canada’s only true links course, with the requisite sand dunes, wild grasses and beaches. Lose yourself in a stunning landscape that awakens all your senses.
10) Newfoundland’s Doug Carrick-designed Humber Valley Resort won numerous awards in 2007, including Best New International Course by Golf Magazine. Gently rolling hills and undulating greens nicely camouflage a challenging 18 holes.