2015 in Review – Best Courses Played

Best Golf Courses Played in 2015

My plans in 2016 are to head west and represent some great courses in my writing over the year. The past few years have had a notable slant on eastern Canada and I am excited about the possibility of some spring golf in BC and AB. The itinerary is not set yet…I’ll be wrapping my golf around business. But looking back here are my standouts:

Crowbush – best public play (Honourable Mention – Grand Niagara)

This is a worthy public play top 10 Canadian course. Unique, challenging, and very enjoyable. I want to get back there and experience it again.  With weather like below this time.

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The 7th hole at Crowbush – Photo Credit – Golf PEI


Montebello – underrated gem (Honourable Mention – Springfield GCC)

Playing it as single seemed appropriate as I felt I had stepped back in time. The sense of history was pervasive throughout the day.

The stunning fireplace in the clubhouse dining area


Devil’s Paintbrush – best private play (Honourable Mention – Brampton GCC)

What a tremendous golfing experience. Add to it the opportunity to briefly speak to Dr. Michael Hurdzan about his bunkering design on this course, while playing, was a treat.

Devil’s Paintbrush – evidence of the steep bunkering


South Muskoka – best value play (Honourable Mention – Dundarave)

This course simply doesn’t get the respect it deserves. While other Muskoka resort courses get considerable press, this throwback parkland course is stout, picturesque and a natural beauty.

Between rains at SMGCC. Course was flawless. – Photo Credit – Jill Grande


Brampton GCC – best round played (Honourable Mention – Montebello)

One missed putt and two poor shots resulted in a 78 on a course where I can’t remember breaking 90. My best round of the year and marked me turning a corner to better and more consistent play.

17th Green – BGCC – Photo Credit – bramptongolf.com


Stanhope – most relaxed and fun golf experience (Honourable Mention – Angus Glen)

When you see someone walking down 9 with their dog accompanying them, it is a good sign for a relaxed and fun round of golf. The more I reflect on it, the happier the memories. This course has no pretense.

Stanhope Golf Course – That is my idea of a relaxed round of golf!