Top five spring golf trips in Canada

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So the snow is finally gone and we are getting reacquainted with the green stuff covering the ground that we think might be grass. No one appreciates seeing it come back to life more than a golfer, so get your clubs out and your shoes shined up, the 9th hole is calling your name.

Highland Links Golf Course - Ingonish Beach, N.S.

First opened in 1939, Highland Link has been rated one of the top public golf courses in Canada. Designed to take advantage of the layout of the land, it is often referred to as the “Mountains and Oceans” course because you get the best of both landscapes as you make your way through this classic 18-hole, par 72 links course. And with every hole being 100% different from the others, it truly offers a challenge like no other.

The Links at Crowbush Cove – Morell, PEI

The Links at Crowbush Cove opened in 1993 and quickly ranked in the Top 2 Best Value Golf Courses in Canada by SCORE Golf Magazine. The course was designed by Canadian architect Tom McBroom, known for developing unique designs that captures the character of the land. The course overlooks the north short dunes, and offers undulating fairways, water holes with a wisp of wind, post bunkers and challenging greens.

The Lake Joseph Club – Port Carling - Ontario

When The Lake Joseph Club opened in 1997, the course caused jaws to drop around the golf world. Architect Thomas McBroom made the most of towering trees, granite crags and the heaving topography of the incomparable Muskoka vacation region, just north of Toronto. His work and design was so well received that the course was named the best new course in the country by Golf Digest.

Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club – Jasper, Alberta

The renowned Stanley Thompson left his mark on this course when it opened in 1925. Set in a World Heritage site and built from the hard work of over 200 men and 50 teams of horses, this luxury golf course hugs snow-capped mountains, meanders past glacial-fed lakes and through a wildlife corridor featuring elk, caribou, bears and wolves. The course itself has 18 holes, with elevated tee boxes, mountain-view greens and dramatic bunkering, offering a challenging terrain. It’s a ‘must-play’ course for all avid golfers.

Le Géant – Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Built into the mountainside this amazing golf course offers breath-taking views of the vast Laurentian landscapes. In operation since 1995, this golf course spreads over 6800 yards and with a par of 72 offers, a challenge for all who chose to accept it. With its plateaus sculpted into the mountainside, its quick greens and rolling fairways, and with two lakes and 52 sand traps sprinkled throughout the course, you’ll be hard pressed to keep your eye on the ball.

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