Here we look at the Top 5 courses worth visiting under $99. That means courses with prime time green fees that max out somewhere between $75 and $99, not including taxes. Many of these courses are playable for less in the off-season or during twilight times, but the focus here is prime time.
The criteria we considered for these lists are many and include: conditions, layout, routing, scenery, location and more. We also considered whether we felt spending $99 at one course proved more valuable than another all things considered. For example, was course A better than course B at $99? Or how about course A at $80 vs. course B at $99? Finally, all these lists take into consideration whether the courses are worth traveling for.
Here they are in no particular order.
HUMBER VALLEY RESORT
Green Fee: $79.65 (Fri – Sun); $70.80 (Mon – Thurs)
Is the River Course at Humber Valley Resort on the western side of Newfoundland remote? Definitely, but that’s what makes it great. Few have had the opportunity to visit and those who do can’t wait to get back. It almost feels like you’re getting away with something you shouldn’t be when handing over just $80 to play here. Mountain, river and valley views are everywhere on this layout. The course starts high and then works downhill towards the river. The grand scale of the surrounding environment called for a golf course designed in grand scale and Doug Carrick delivered. Remote it might be, but worth the effort indeed.
KAWARTHA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Green Fee: $90 (Fri – Sun); $75 (Mon – Thurs)
Kawartha presents golfers with an opportunity to experience a once fully private golf club with an intimate feel at a very affordable price. A Stanley Thompson gem, this classic course was restored by Canadian architect Ian Andrew, has a fantastic routing, perfect tumbling topography and a set of par-3s to rival any in the country. The bold greens are some of the best on any Thompson course and the bumps and hollows in the fairways provide enough lies to make an honest man of even the most offensive mulligan golfer.
WOLF CREEK OLD & LINKS COURSES
Green Fee: $75 (Mon – Sun)
Wolf Creek has not just one but two Rod Whitman designs. The Old Course has been around for quite some time and age tends to rid some courses of the excitement that surrounds them, but for the purists at heart who see through the modern marketing hype, The Old Course at Wolf Creek is still one of the better courses in Canada and so is its sister Links Course. Some will argue Links to be the better half of this two course facility, but you’ll just have to visit to find out. At these rates, it’s easy to do.
Green Fee: $92.50 (Mon – Sun)
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea is one of our favourite places in the country. Set on a peninsula, this small town oozes maritime charm and the same can be said for the Algonquin Resort. Though its history dates back to 1894 and includes draft plans by Donald Ross, Algonquin is largely a modern course remodeled in 2000 by Tom McBroom. Its remarkable setting hard against Passamaquoddy Bay was conceived by McBroom when 30 additional acres bordering the shoreline were purchased for the remodel. What came of this is one of the most dramatic stretches of golf in Canada starting with the 10th and includes the world famous par-3 12th. The course will undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade in the next two years but that won’t effect play during the season.
DUNDARAVE GOLF COURSE
Green Fee: $80 (Mon – Sun)
Despite a turbulent past few years, Dundarave is one of the best ways to spend $80 on golf in Canada. It’s a Hurdzan/Fry design that is very playable, but also tough as nails from the back tees. The course uses the property well and even incorporates red sand in the bunkers, of which plenty was found on site. The signature hole is the 8th (pictured) with its gorgeous river views, but the finishing stretch from of 16-18 are as good as any. It also doesn’t get much better than being surrounded by beautiful Prince Edward Island countryside.
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