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For Rugged Beauty, Visit Canada

From the mountains of British Columbia to Nova Scotia’s oceanfront cliffs, Canada has some world-class golf getaways, each with spectacular landscapes together with excellent accommodations, restaurants, and a variety of activities in addition to golf. Here’s a selection of Canada’s best golf vacation resorts any of which will fulfil your expectations.

Whistler is the largest ski resort in Canada, but also attracts passionate golfers to its Nicklaus North Golf Course. Jack Nicklaus designed the 18-hole championship course in 1996, with its panoramic views of Whistler Mountain and Green Lake. You might even spot bears near the tree-lined 13th hole! And if you choose to take a break from golf, there is zip lining, hiking or white-water rafting.

Predator Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, is a luxury 36-hole golf resort in the region’s wine country. Here you tee off amid rolling hills and granite outcroppings that overlook Okanagan Lake. You can also take bike rides along the Okanagan Rail Trail, passing orchards and tranquil creeks. Gray Monk Estate Winery, by the way, has an exquisite Pinot Gris and the restaurant’s seasonal menu is also recommended.

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Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are the dramatic backdrop for the Stanley Thompson-designed course at Fairmont Banff Springs, set next to a castle-like railway hotel that originally opened in 1888. The par-3 4th hole, dubbed the “Devil’s Cauldron,” where you should see your tee shot soar over water to a heavily bunkered, bowl-shaped green. Follow up an energetic game with some relaxation by taking a dip in the hot mineral-rich springs, then move on to enjoy roast duck and baked brie at Grapes, the Fairmont Banff Springs wine bar.

Within a contrasting setting of rocky Canadian Shield terrain and lush wetlands, Muskoka Bay Resort is among Ontario’s most popular and scenic golf getaways. Here, guests stay in a multi-bedroom villa or loft, while outside there’s the wonderfully fresh air and woodland atmosphere to soak up. The resort is less than three-hours from Toronto.

Le Maître de Mont Tremblant, Quebec, has a Fred Couples-designed, 18-hole course set alongside the swift-flowing Rivière Diable. At the Mont Tremblant Resort, you can also enjoy in falconry, canoeing, and fly fishing in this unspoiled Quebec region that’s just a two-hour drive from Montréal.

Heading to Nova Scotia’s windswept Cape Breton Island you can experience SCORE Golf’s top-rated course in Canada, Cabot Links & Cliffs. Two distinct courses offer Atlantic Ocean panoramas and dramatic fairways contoured by cliffs and ravines.

This article first appeared in the PGA TOUR December 2019-May 2020 issue, which can be read here.

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