55. Mad River

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Mad River Golf Club

  • Creemore, Ontario (125KM northwest from Toronto)
  • 30th in the Province
  • Bob Cupp
  • 1991
  • 56.5631 points

Bob Cupp’s résumé is not overly long in Canada, but the three of his four original designs made this list—Mad River sitting in the middle. No. 81 Big Sky and upcoming Beacon Hall usually do not receive common talking points on how difficult the layout is, but at Mad River, golfers of all skill levels often talk about the demand on one’s game.

Of course, some may take us pointing out the difficulty of Mad River as criticism. Such is not the case. In reality, the difficult layout provides a great sense of balance. The stretch starting at the drivable par 4, 6th, continuing at the short par 3, 7th, and ending on the par 4, 8th balances out the demanding 2nd and 9th. The same could be said on the back nine: the 10th and 13th come early before the demanding closing stretch featuring a 237 yard par 3, a 612 par 5, and a 460 yard par 4.

If you like Mad River Golf Club, you may like:

Beacon Hall

Deerhurst (Highlands)


  • Andrew Harvie

    Based in Toronto, but having lived in Alberta, British Columbia, Montana, Arizona, and Texas, I have been lucky enough to see over 400 golf courses and counting!

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