Best public golf courses in Canada: GOLF’s 2021-22 ranking

Cabot Cliffs, GOLF's top-ranked course in Canada.

Brian Oar

With seven courses on GOLF’s 2021-22 ranking of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play, Canada is a fantastic and underrated destination for a summer golf trip.

Nova Scotia’s Cabot Cliffs took the honors for GOLF’s top public course in the country, and the course also ranked fourth overall. Other courses in the top 20 include the Links course at nearby Cabot Links, and Banff Springs in the province of Alberta. Which course are you most interested in playing? Check out our full list below.


GOLF’s 2021-22 ranking of the best public courses in Canada

With overall rank, course name, city, state, architect and year opened.

Canada (7)

4. Cabot Cliffs
Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2016

12. Cabot Links (Links)
Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada
Rod Whitman, 2012

17. Banff Springs
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Stanley Thompson, 1928

24. Jasper Park Lodge
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Stanley Thompson, 1925

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28. Cape Breton (Highlands Links)
Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada
Stanley Thompson, 1941

74. Muskoka Bay
Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada
Doug Carrick, 2007

94. Blackhawk
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
Rod Whitman, 2003

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