As its website literature attests, this is “purely and quintessentially a golf club.” Provided plenty of room to breathe, this elegant 2006 Tom Fazio creation was laid upon a vast 357 acres of rolling terrain in the midst of quiet farm country northeast of Toronto—a property Fazio described as “an ideal piece of land; rolling, with great views. You have big spaces, elevation changes and tree cover. Then the client tells us to build the best course we can. How good is that? You’ll remember every hole after you have played Coppinwood.”
One of those memorable holes is No. 5. The only true forced carry on the golf course, this pond-fronted, bunker-framed par-3 ranges from 116 to a nasty 236 yards. But perhaps the best hole is the superb, picturesque dogleg-right par-4 12th. Considered one of the finest par-4s in Canada, an undulating fairway bends toward a raised green that appears suspended above the tree line.
But there’s not a weak hole to be had. Superbly manicured bentgrass fairways are framed by bluegrass rough and fescue throughout, while subtly contoured greens reward well-struck shots, while also allowing for high green speeds. Fazio’s bunkers are minimalist yet dramatic and consistent in their playability. And although Fazio’s variety of holes includes regular elevation changes, the course, as its golf purist mantra mandates, is easily walkable, with cutouts of the tall, flowing fescue making for simple pathways from green to tee and tee to fairway.
The practice facility, meanwhile, stands second to none in Ontario and is complemented by three full-length practice holes whose loop returns to the first tee.
This modern classic is playable for novice and serious golfers alike, although, like The National, it was in particular favour among low-handicap panel members.
“While I generally love the overall style of traditional courses, Coppinwood’s design intrigues me. Seemingly always in great condition, it tests your golf skills by demanding quality shots, and takes advantage of the rolling countryside and spacious surroundings with distant target bunkers and challenging sightlines.” —Anne Edgar Dodds-Hebron
“Traditionally in fabulous condition, with length and contours to host national amateur and professional events, Coppinwood is a course for everyone, with accommodating yardages and the best practice facility in the country.” —Liz Hoffman
“This brilliant Fazio design stands alone in the attention to detail of the course and practice facilities. It gives you great variety of holes through the moraine with great targets off the tee. Playing course conditions are always top shelf with greens speeds close to a tour speeds.” —Danny King
“Driveway, clubhouse, golf course—everything about this place is big, including the multi-tiered practice facility, which is the best I’ve ever seen anywhere. The course itself is magnificent.” —Gerry Dobson
“A real gem that doesn’t get the hype it deserves, and fit to host a Canadian Open, Coppinwood is a fantastic mixture of parkland golf with rolling hills and a wonderful clubhouse.” —Santino Pompeo
“I personally think this outdoes the National in terms of playability and raises the fun factor. Lots of land to wind the course through results in no compromise on any hole. A new gift.” —David Sanders
“My favourite element of Coppinwood is the fast and true greens—I think they are the best in Ontario.” —Peter McCarthy