The Takeaway: Long regarded as Canada’s most revered course, St. George’s is a historic layout with strong architectural bones and a timeless routing. In Toronto’s strong golf scene, St. George’s and Toronto Golf Club square off for who reigns supreme. Grade A-
Designer: Stanley Thompson 1929 (Robbie Robinson work in the 60s, Doug Carrick 1992 renovation, Ian Andrew & Tom Doak bunker and green work in 2001, 2014, and 2019)
Phone Number: 416-231-3393
Course Website: Official Website - Visit St. Georges Golf & Country Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 1668 Islington Ave, Etobicoke, Ontario M9A 3M9 – CANADA
What to Expect: No discussion about the top golf courses in Canada is complete without giving St. George’s Golf & Country Club consideration. The historic layout designed by legendary architect Stanley Thompson is a pillar in Canadian golf and acted as host for the RBC Heritage Canadian Open in 2022 that saw Rory McIlroy hoist the trophy at the end. Carts are available to players but the course is such an enjoyable walk that it is highly recommended to take a caddy and soak in the terrain and features on foot. The course features an almost ideal amount of movement throughout the routing such that hole designs are compelling while not being too severe for virtually every age of player to comfortably walk the terrain. Trees frame the fairways throughout the course with a nice combination of thickness and thin so as to generally being afforded an option to advance a second shot towards the green but not so thinned out to where you can get away with hitting the ball anywhere. As one would expect from a course with a championship pedigree, there is plenty of challenge to be found at St. George’s but not in an overwhelming fashion as can be felt at Winged Foot or Bethpage Black. Rather superior architecture that is compelling for all levels of players is found here while various pin placements can add all the challenge you’d want. No two holes feel similar at St. George’s which is a feature I love to see and its greatness is rivaled by just Toronto Golf Club as the finest track in Ontario.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 5th Hole – 454 Yard Par 4 –
Best Par 3: 8th Hole – 215 Yards –
Best Par 4: 14th Hole – 475 Yards –
Best Par 5: 9th Hole – 538 Yards –
Birdie Time: 11th Hole – 528 Yard Par 5 –
Bogey Beware: 4th Hole – 474 Yard Par 4 –