All They’re Missing Is the Water Hazard: The Top 5 Golf Courses in Canada

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You don’t have to travel to the Maldives (soon to be home to the world’s first 18 hole floating golf course) to play a round on water. Just follow Kevin and Andrew, and you can build your own golf course up at the cottage! But be careful! If you’re prone to spending lots of time in the rough and bunkers, there’s really no avoiding the water hazards!

In this week’s episode, the boys visit The Snow Queen Leisure World for a little inspiration and to take in a round of mini-golf before getting to work retrofitting last year’s swim raft as a floating golf course.

For us, we’re much more inclined to park ourselves in front of the TV set to watch the upcoming 79th edition of the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club.

So, in honour of the Masters (and a reminder that golf is way better on land), we take a look at the top 5 golf courses in Canada.

5. Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, Vancouver, BC: Shaughnessy is a well-treed parkland style course overlooking the Fraser River and Strait of Georgia in beautiful Vancouver, BC.There are more than 150 species of trees on the property, which flower at different times between March and September. Some of the course’s large firs and cedars are more than 200 years old.

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4. National Golf Club of Canada, Woodbridge, ON:  What makes The National Golf Club of Canada so visually remarkable and challenging at the same time? Much of it lies in the greens. The course was designed by world renowned golf course architect, Tom Fazio, and while the fairways can be tricky they are nothing compared to the putting surfaces. Played at treacherous speeds, and with undulations that can be both dramatic and subtle, The National Golf Club of Canada’s greens may be unrivalled in Canada.

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3. The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, Banff, AB:  Renowned for its panoramic beauty, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course in Alberta is a captivating and challenging layout set in the heart of Canada’s Rocky Mountains.

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2. Cabot Links, Inverness, NS: Nestled along the breathtaking shoreline of Cape Breton, Cabot Links is Canada’s first and only true links golf course.  It was recently awarded a spot on both the Golf Digest‘s “World 100 Greatest Golf Courses” and Golf Magazine‘s “Top 100 Golf Courses in the World”.

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1. St. George’s Golf and Country Club, Etobicoke, ON: Designed by legendary Canadian golf course architect Stanley Thompson in 1929, this course has truly stood the test of time. It continues to receive much praise for its traditional design and most notably its four outstanding finishing holes.

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