St. George’s Golf and Country Club

Having been born and raised in Toronto, Mark Rivkin has played all the top courses in the area, and today we wanted to review a country club that’s not only the best in Toronto, but the best golf course in Canada.

St_Georges_LogoThe St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Toronto is a Canadian favorite, and it’s a must play by anyone visiting our fine city; when the weather permits of course! The country club and course actually rank number ten in the world outside the United States and number one in Canada by Golf Digest and Golfweek, as well as ScoreGolf, which is Canada’s top golf publication.

St. George’s Golf and Country Club was designed by legendary Canadian golf course architect Stanley Thompson in 1929, though it was originally known as The Royal York Golf Club. This was because Sir Edward Beatty, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, was in the midst of constructing the Royal York Hotel in Toronto and he was looking to incorporate the facilities of a fine golf club. Etobicoke was the perfect location for the golf course and the club would be designed as “A little bit of England — far from England.”

Mark Rivkin Golf St GeorgeThe course truly has withstood the test of time, and it constantly receives praise for its traditional design and its persistent demand for accuracy. The club has hosted the Canadian Open in 1933, 1949, 1960, 1969 and most recently in 2010, as well as the LPGA Classic five times, and the du Maurier Champions, Canadian Senior Open.

If you’re in the area, the course is located at 1668 Islington Avenue in Etobicoke, Ontario in the west end neighbourhood of Islington; otherwise you can visit the club’s official website at StGeorges.org to learn more about the club and its membership. In addition to a world-class golf course, the club has a luxurious clubhouse, a superb curling facility remarkable social events and more. Mark Rivkin definitely suggests making a tee time at St. George’s Golf and Country Club once the weather warms up!

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