5. Beacon Hall Golf Club, Aurora

No. 10 at Beacon hall by Brent Long web

Score: 53.86

“I wish it were mine to play every day,” expressed course architect Robert Cupp, who worked with Canadian architect Tom McBroom in crafting this perennially top-5-ranked Ontario layout.

Elegant in design and traditionally billiard-table-smooth in its conditioning, Beacon Hall opens down a shoot of tall pines, lending it the feel of a classic Carolinas course, before transitioning dramatically on the 10th tee to a links-like excursion through wispy fescue-framed fairways, waste bunkers, pot bunkers and a pair of the finest par-5s in Canada.

“This may be the best par-5 I have ever played,” former PGA Tour pro Curt Byron exclaimed after holing out at one of that dazzling duo, No. 15—580 yards from the tips, with a vast waste bunker splitting the fairway as the hole curls left to an unseen green in the distance. The right side offers a generous landing area, while to the left, across both the waste bunker and some hidden pot bunkers, is a very narrow landing area from which the green can be reached in two.

“This is my favourite work by Bob Cupp, who also designed the very underrated Mad River,” says panel member Marcus Strom. “You have the opportunity to play two completely different 9s—links and parkland. Once you’ve walked this course, you’ll be telling every golfer you know about it.”

 “Beacon Hall not only features the combination of parkland and open links holes, but offers it on a grand golf scale with a beautifully routed set of holes highlighted by terrific tee shot visuals and approach shots into some of the best green complexes in Ontario,” observes Rick Young.

 

PANEL COMMENTS

“The variety of holes on display, the change of scenery, the sense that it’s two golf courses in one—that’s what always stands out for me about Beacon Hall.” —James McCarten

“Every hole is unique.” —Kevin Holmes

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