St. George’s Golf and Country Club is ranked No. 10 in the world outside the United States and No. 1 in Canada by Golf Digest and Golfweek magazines. Designed by legendary Canadian golf course architect Stanley Thompson in 1929 the course has truly stood the test of time. It continues to receive much praise for its traditional design and most notably its four outstanding finishing holes, according to PGA Tour players, while hosting the 2010 RBC Canadian Open.
Click on any of the hole numbers on the map to see an overview of the individual hole:
Hole #1 — Par 4, 370 yards
Elevated tee shot to a generous fairway. Friendly introduction to the golf course. Approach is to an elevated green surrounded by several greenside bunkers.
Hole #2 — Par 4, 478 yards
A long and accurate tee shot is crucial on this challenging par four. A carrying bunker on the left of the fairway is reachable from the tee. A long uphill second shot is made difficult by eminent danger on the left hand side of the green.
Hole #3 — Par 3, 213 yards
The green on this par three is notorious for its severe slope from back to front. Hitting the green from the tee leaves you your best chance at par.
Hole #4 — Par 5, 474 yards
This winding par 5 has many challenges. Long hitters may opt to reach the green in two following a good tee shot to a fairway sloping severely from right to left. The downward sloping green is well guarded by a deep greenside bunker.
Hole #5 — Par 4, 459 yards
The fairway funnels most tee shots to the bottom, leaving a mid to short iron to the green. Missing the fairway invites trouble, including the fairway bunker and large strategically placed tree. The approach to the small green leaves little room for error.
Hole #6 — Par 3, 210 yards
This is a challenging par 3 with a forced carry to a small green. Reaching the green from the tee does not guarantee a par, as this putting surface has many severe slopes. Good luck if you end up putting from above the hole.
Hole #7 — Par 4, 446 yards
A long par 4 often played into the prevailing wind. From the tee, centre left in the fairway is ideal in order to avoid the menacing fairway bunker to the right. Since the second shot is uphill, club selection is important to this downward sloping, undulating green.
Hole #8 — Par 3, 233 yards
A classic Stanley Thompson par 3, where playing to the right of the green is a good option. The green is partially concealed by the hill and protected by the bunker short. The green slopes from left to right, more than it might otherwise appear.
Hole #9 — Par 5, 538 yards
A generous landing area flanked on both sides by two fairway bunkers. For most, the hole is usually a three shot par 5 demanding accuracy from both the tee and to the lay up zone. Bunkers become more problematic as you near the green.
Hole #10 — Par 4, 377 yards
Think twice before deploying the driver on this hole. A long drive will end up in the valley leaving you with a blind approach shot to a well-guarded green.
Hole #11 — Par 5, 528 yards
By avoiding the left fairway bunker, there is a chance to reach the green in two. A lay up to the left of the green is also a good option. Regardless of your decision, your approach is to a long and narrow green protected to the right by a series of hillside bunkers.
Hole #12 — Par 4, 399 yards
Another challenging tee shot demanding accuracy between the hillside bunker complex on the left and the tree line on the right. Approach is to an elevated green that slopes severely from back to front.
Hole #13 — Par 3, 213 yards
This downhill par 3 with a forced carry over a creek that plays shorter than the posted yardage. Avoiding the greenside bunkers is a prerequisite for par.
Hole #14 — Par 4, 480 yards
With the fairway sloping from left to right, a long and accurate tee shot is essential. The approach from the fairway is to an angled green guarded in the front by a creek and three greenside bunkers. Considered to be one of the toughest holes on the course.
Hole #15 — Par 5, 570 yards
The longest par 5 on the course plays longer than the yardage indicates. The lay up zone can be reached with a well-directed drive and second shot through a maze of bunkers that will be sure to catch any errant shots. The final approach is played to an elevated green renowned for its difficult pin placements.
Hole #16 — Par 3, 214 yards
Don't let looks fool you. This is arguably the most deceptive par 3s on the golf course. The hole plays uphill often requiring an extra club. The smartest (and safest) shot is to the middle of this downward sloping green. Par is a great achievement.
Hole #17 — Par 4, 486 yards
A long par 4 that requires a well positioned tee shot to the left of the fairway. Anything right or near the fairway bunker significantly reduces the chance to make par. The approach is to well-guarded and narrow green that slopes from front to back.
Hole #18 — Par 4, 467 yards
A long and accurate tee shot is required to navigate its way between the fairway bunkers on both the left and right. Playing slightly uphill, club selection is essential on your approach to the green in order to keep the ball below the hole.
2012 - Rated #10 in the world
2011 - Rated #90
2010 - Rated #3
2012 - Rated #1 Classic Design in Canada