For those that love playing golf, there are so many great courses all over the world, that it can be hard to choose the best place to go on a golfing trip. If you are traveling with other golfers, then choosing can be even more difficult, as they will all have their favorites. However, there is a lot to be said for heading north to Canada and experiencing not only their pristine best courses in Canada but also the beautiful scenery that will be surrounding you.
Canadian Rockies, Alberta
There are four courses to choose from in this area, and all of them are surrounded by glorious mountains. There are two Stanley Thompson designed courses at Banff Springs and Jesper Park Lodge, and there are also things for the non-golfers in the family to do. You might also see some bears or elk while you are playing that can add to the surreal feeling of playing in this landscape.
Whistler, British Columbia
Just north of Vancouver, this mountain getaway was one used as the skiing portion of the 2010 Winter Olympics. There are many great courses including some that are named after famous golfers. The Nicklaus North feels like an old country club and is perfect for those that want a classic experience. Another is the Arnold Palmer Whistler Golf Club that conveniently sits in the walk able village. It is home to many bars and restaurants that will offer a nice break after a grueling day on the fairway.
Ontario is blessed with many great and beautiful golf courses, and there are several top daily-fee and semi-private examples near Toronto. Some of them sit far out into the suburbs, but the benefit is that you might find some close to luxurious Mont Tremblant accommodations. If you stay in locations such as these, they also have their own courses if you are feeling too tired to travel far. One of the most well-known courses in the Toronto area is the ClubLink’s Glen Abbey in Oakville. It was Jack Nicklaus first solo design and has hosted many Canadian Opens.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
For the diehard golfers, this area is one of the most spectacular locations in Canada. However, there is also a five-mile hike to navigate from the nearest airport in Halifax. It has been under restoration for many years, and in 2012 the opening of Cabot Links on the southern shore of the island has meant more visitors to this historic place. Not that you would be short of choice, there are now just the six courses on this tiny island. For that reason alone, you might want to try and get some accommodation nearby.
For the golfing enthusiast, Canada is a dream, with so many courses all over the country. You are best to find some good accommodation and plan your trips around it, so you remain close by. It will also give you the opportunity to go back and try another location next time.