Uniquely Cool Canadian Golf Experiences

Taking a break from the ‘great golf’ discussions which seem to come about whenever national course ranking lists come out, I thought I would share a modest list (no order) of unique and cool Canadian golf experiences.  It’s incomplete (so help me out, comment and share your additions) but this does seek to show some fun Canadian golf experiences which golfers can enjoy across the country:

  • Devil’s Cauldron – Banff Springs. The greatest par 3 I have every experienced.  I can only imagine course designer, Stanley Thompson’s excitement when presented with this location for a golf hole.


  • The walk between the 12th and 13th holes at Highlands Links along the Clyburn River highlights the feeling at Highlands of stepping back in time. It’s a long walk, but it’s so peaceful and in its own way can help to recharge and re-energize a player.  Savour it.
  • The 10th tee at Humber Valley, outside of Deer Lake, NL. If there’s a shot that calls for a ‘grip it and rip it’ experience, this is it.  The ball suspends in the air seemingly forever (a 180′ drop will create that effect).  Awesome!
  • Oxley Beach – Canada’s Southernmost Golf Course. A fun, 18-hole par 3 with no pretense.  The people are amazing and the course is easily walkable.  Play all putts to the back of the cup.


  • All you can eat mussels after a round at Andersons Creek in PEI (and some other PEI courses, but only in peak season).


  • The Lobstick tree at Waskesiu in Saskatchewan. The history of the Lobstick tree makes a great story which has been captured in a book, available in the pro shop.  One of the more enjoyable and underrated golf experiences I have ever had.


  • Wooden Sticks – building in holes modeled from St. Andrews, Troon, Augusta National, Pine Valley and TPC Sawgrass was fun to experience.
  • The elevator lift at Calgary GCC is welcomed to avoid the steep climb early on the back nine.


  • Winter golf – my favourite, a Christmas Eve round at Hidden Lake with my stepson. 18 holes in blissfully comfortable 7c conditions.  If Santa wasn’t so busy he’d of loved the experience.  Southwest BC residents can enjoy year round golf, along with southern Ontario residents when conditions are perfect.  Tarandowah opens most months, even if only for a few days in winter when conditions are mild enough.
  • Night putting, lobster sliders and the couches off 18 at Cabot combine to take a memorable golf experience to the next level. But then isn’t everything about Cabot cool?


  • Summer solstice golf – These two are top of my must-do golfing list, from a cool factor; North America’s northernmost golf course, Ulukhaktok Golf Course, or perhaps an easier commute for many, seeking to play all 54 holes at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in the height of summer. Sometimes 36 a day just isn’t enough!

So, there you have it.  I acknowledge it’s merely a starting point.  There likely so many more, and I’d love to hear about them!  Leave a comment.

Mildly addicted to the game of golf. Fiercely loyal. A planner, a dreamer, reflective and a proud and passionate Canadian. A father. A fiancé. A tree planter. A Trent graduate. A dog owner. Falling in love with my putter after many failed relationships. A scratch golfer stuck in a 10 handicap body. Love, love, love golf value. Fade on a good day. One ace (and seeking a second). A golf writer/blogger focused on public golf in Canada. Chipping away at my own Bucket List of Canadian golf courses.

4 thoughts on “Uniquely Cool Canadian Golf Experiences

  1. Hey Mike,

    This is awesome! Brought back some great memories, and also inspired me to check a few others off the list. Hopefully that wasn’t the last time we’ll take the CG&CC elevator together!


    1. That was a fun round, mate! Reminds me to follow up for Sept 8 and see if we can access tee times at Wolf Creek. Hope all is well with you. Cheers, Mike.

  2. The golf courses in Canada look AMAZING! Do the groundskeepers do a good job of draining the greens, and how often can you golf through the year? I have to assume weather conditions make the season short 🙂

    1. Season varies – in some cases only about 6 months. Where I live it’s about 8-9 months. Greenskeepers are certainly busy managing the course against all kinds of weather issues. Thanks for writing.

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