There are popular golfing destinations in Canada, with some 5.7 million people playing golf annually. Some of the top destinations are Whistler, British Columbia, the Canadian Rockies, Alberta, and Prince Edward Island.
In Canada, 23 percent of people entered the game as a junior and 17 percent – as a child. Some 1.5 million people or about 26 percent play the majority of rounds, which means that the majority of Canadians or 73 percent show little interest in the game. The population of golfers is predominantly male and comprises people with a high income and high level of education, including traders, sales and service representatives, professionals, and executives. This means that golf is limited to people in the high income bracket rather than low-income, heavily indebted Canadians. At the same time, golf is an accessible sport in Canada and according to a report by the National Golf Foundation, participation rates are significantly higher than in the U.S. Some 61 percent of golfers in Canada are in Quebec and Ontario which are popular destinations. The majority of facilities or 89 percent are found in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario, meaning that courses are mainly located in the large provinces. The highest concentration of facilities is in Ontario, followed by Quebec, which is the home to real estate and resort operations.
Top Golfing Destinations in Canada
In general, facilities can be divided into private, municipal, and daily fee facilities and par-3, executive, regulation, golf, champion golf, and 18-hole equivalent courses. They are also divided into real estate-related, public, and private facilities. Close to 2,070 facilities are daily fee and 230 are private. The country takes pride in being the home to more than 33,000 facilities or 7 percent of the world’s courses.
Some of the best golfing destinations in Canada are the Links at Crowbush Cove, Highland Pacific, and Wooden Sticks Golf Club. The latter is an 18-hole semi-private course in Toronto, Ontario which is suitable for different skill levels. There is a dress code for women and men. No track pants, cut-offs, or denim jeans are allowed. Women wear tailored pants or Bermuda length shorts and crew neck or collared shirts. Men also wear tailored pants or Bermuda length shorts and mock neck or colored shirts. The golf course itself is found in open, tree-lined parkland and welcomes visitors on weekends and during weekdays. Credit cards are accepted.
The Links at Crowbush Cove is found on the Prince Edward Island and is a highly rated gold course, featuring greens, 8 dunes, and 9 water holes. The course was designed by Thomas McBroom and opened in 1994. It was built on sand dunes, wetlands, and spruce woodlands and offers unique golfing opportunities. Highland Pacific is yet another highly acclaimed public course that is found in Vancouver, British Columbia. Visitors enjoy breathtaking views of the Thetis Lake Park, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic Mountains. The course features a water hazard, terrain targets, lighting for evening practices, practice areas, and CPGA golf instruction. Other great destinations in Canada include the Mountain Course and Valley Course at the Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club, Predator Course and Ridge Course at the Predator Ridge Resort, and La Bete in Quebec.