The Takeaway: A classic club featuring a Donald Ross design after redoing the original Tom Bendelow routing, Rosedale sits on prime Toronto real estate in the city but feels away from it all. Relatively short and not too difficult, but some quality architecture along the way. Grade B-
Designer: Donald Ross 1919 (Tom Bendelow 1909 original, John Fought 2010 restoration)
Phone Number: 416-485-9321
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Rosedale Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 1901 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, Ontario M4N 2W3 – CANADA
What to Expect: Rosedale sits on some of Toronto's most prime real estate just north of downtown. As is the case with most courses over 100 years old, the property is blanketed in grass and framed in trees with very few waste areas. Tom Benedelow did the original design and in 1919 Donald Ross was brought in to redesign the course. One of the most exciting moments on the course is right off the bat with an opening tee shot that boasts an impressive downhill descent before playing along a creek for much of the routing. The front nine concludes with a driveable par four that will boost your ego before the well known uphill par three 13th stands ready to take strokes back. Of the two sides, the back nine is clearly the more intriguing group of holes with several memorable holes and more interesting terrain to play across. The routing is very well done with holes running a variety of different directions while making for a comfortable walk for those that forgo the carts that are made available. The vast majority of bunkers on the course are found greenside but half of the holes feature fairway bunkers as well. At 6500 yards from the tips it is short by today's standard and is well past its ability to host the Canadian Open, however the club did own that distinction in 1912 and 1928. Ultimately, Rosedale is the kind of course you can enjoy everyday, rarely lose a ball on, and be satisfied with the architectural merits of the hole designs. While it may not be one of Canada's elite tracks at this stage, it is a solid course with unbeatable access to the heart of Toronto.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 1st Hole – 396 Yard Par 4 –
Best Par 3: 13th Hole – 206 Yards –
Best Par 4: 15th Hole – 406 Yards –
Best Par 5: 12th Hole – 502 Yards –
Birdie Time: 9th Hole – 265 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 14th Hole – 445 Yard Par 4 –