Golf is a tricky little sport. The kinesiology alone is killer. Then, of course, you’ve got petulant playing partners and all those messy mind games to deal with. But, even if you’re prone to major meltdowns (see Happy Gilmore), a round of golf is always enjoyable when the course you’re on is, well, sweet. Here are a few Canadian courses you’ll definitely walk off tickled pink you played—regardless of your score.
Dakota Dunes Golf Links, Whitecap, Saskatchewan
Draped across Whitecap Dakota First Nations land near Saskatoon, Dakota Dunes is another inland links that will take you for a wild Prairie ride. If your slice is out of control, take heart; the native grassland is filled with beautiful crocuses, cactus flowers and wild roses. You should stop and smell them.
Wolf Creek Golf Resort, Ponoka, Alberta
Yes, it’s rough around the edges. Yes, it’s tough as nails. And, yes, Wolf Creek remains one of the best inland links golf experiences this side of Scotland. Designed by local boy Rod Whitman, Wolf Creek—thanks to the addition of the brash and brawny Links Course—now boasts 36 holes of golf. Check your ego at the door.
Greywolf Golf Course, Panorama, British Columbia
There’s something about hammering 300-yard-plus drives down a mountainside that just works. Case in point: Greywolf at Panorama Mountain Village. With its cliffside greens, creekside fairways and jaw-dropping beauty, Greywolf is, hands down, one of the best mountain golf courses in the world. (greywolfgolf.com)
Humber Valley Resort, Little Rapids, Newfoundland
“The Rock” boasts better-than-you-think golf. And, in the case of Humber Valley, we’re talking one of the best under-the-radar golf courses in North America. It’s that good. Designed by golf architect Doug Carrick, the layout features eye-popping drops, gorgeous waterside par-3s and enough spirit to match your favourite Great Big Sea party tune.
Predator Ridge Resort, Vernon, British Columbia
Tumbling through rugged, pine-peppered terrain high above Lake Okanagan, The Ridge Course at Predator Ridge epitomizes what resort golf should be. The course is wide and playable, with a higher-than-average forgiveness factor. And, thanks to the dazzling views and the cliff-top tee boxes, there are enough “wow” moments to ease your anger after every triple bogey you make.
The Vancouver Island Golf Trail—for those interested in a “left” coast swing-fest—is a no-brainer. Topping the list of must-plays is Victoria’s Bear Mountain. Although the original Mountain Course takes hackers for a high-octane roller-coaster ride they won’t forget, the newer Valley Course is even better—and, thank God, a few shots easier. Storey Creek in Campbell River is the other showstopper on the trail.
Granite Hills Golf Club, Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba
Manitoba cottage country is home to plenty of sweet lakeside layouts. The best of the bunch is Granite Hills. A 7,082-yard brute that blasts through the boreal forest along the shores of Lake Lac du Bonnet, Granite Hills also features cool rock outcroppings, a wicked finish along the water and an away-from-it-all aura that makes it a Canadian classic.
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