The National Golf Club of Canada

The National Golf Club of Canada is a golf club in Woodbridge, Ontario. It has frequently been called the best golf course in Canada,[1][2] and has been called one of the best golf courses in the world.[3] The club has also been criticized for its men-only membership policy.

The National Golf Club of Canada
Club information
The National Golf Club of Canada is located in Southern Ontario
The National Golf Club of Canada
Coordinates43°48′31″N 79°34′47″W / 43.8085°N 79.5796°W / 43.8085; -79.5796Coordinates: 43°48′31″N 79°34′47″W / 43.8085°N 79.5796°W / 43.8085; -79.5796
Total holes18
WebsiteThe National Golf Club of Canada
Length7,235 yards (6,616 m)


The club was founded by Harvey Kalef, Gil Blechman and Irv Hennick.[4] The golf course was designed by George Fazio and Tom Fazio.[4] Construction began on May 15, 1973 and the course officially opened in 1975.[4] The club's first professional was Ken Venturi, a retired professional golfer and later a commentator for CBS Sports.[2] The course is notoriously difficult, and has been called the toughest in Canada.[5] It is also highly acclaimed - the course has been called the best in Canada by a number of reviewers.[1][2] It also has received acclaim from international publications, where it was ranked among the world's best.[3]


Club membership is famously open to men only. The policy came under scrutiny after Augusta National Golf Club abandoned its men-only policy in 2012.[5][6] The club faced calls to open its membership up to women.[5]


  1. ^ a b Mastroianni, Frank (January 30, 2014). "Course Review: The National Golf Club of Canada". Canadian Golf Magazine. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c McCarthy, Jon (11 September 2014). "Just like Tiger Woods, the golf industry will be fine". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b Robinson, Peter (24 May 2012). "Golf in Canada not a cheap pursuit". CBC. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Long, Brett. "Adam Brown and the National Golf Club of Canada Celebrate 40th Anniversary". Golf Association of Ontario. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Golf clubs should no longer exclude women". The Globe and Mail. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  6. ^ Thompson, Robert (23 August 2012). "Anachronistic, but not Augusta National". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 May 2015.