Canada's best private golf club.
The National was devised with one focus in mind: to be the country’s best.
There are few more honest tests of golf than The National. “The National remains a singular vision and is likely to stay the most challenging course in Canada,” wrote the description in the Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses. While it has challenged the best golfers in the world—Nick Price, Mike Weir, Lee Trevino, and plenty of others—it remains playable by all, which is a demonstration of the genius of the design created by George and Tom Fazio.
The National is, as Canadian Hall of Fame Golf writer Lorne Rubenstein once said, “a masterwork of design.” That’s been the perception of The National since it first opened, when the Globe and Mail called it, “a Rembrandt, a masterpiece.”
What makes The National so special? Some courses have great holes, or great routings—The National has both. A course that can be readily walked, The National’s incredible topography offers a wide variation in holes, with no two alike.
This remarkable mix of holes has been widely recognized by golf writers and magazines all over the world, with the club’s fourth hole, an incredibly picturesque and devilishly par five, listed in Golf Magazine’s Top 500 holes in the world. The National’s “difficulty and allure are highlighted in the fourth hole,” the magazine commented. It has been said the character of a course resides in its greens. That’s surely the case at The National, where its impeccably maintained putting surfaces have few rivals. “Slick, treacherous, subtle, undulating: words can scarcely hint at the work that is left once the ball reaches the putting surface,” wrote John Gordon in his book Great Golf Courses of Canada.
Combine the breathtaking routing, mix of holes, and great greens, and you have one of the world’s truly great golf courses, which is a rare thing indeed. “It all adds up to character,” wrote Lawrence Martin in the Globe and Mail soon after The National opened, calling the course “the most handsome, complex and challenging character one could ask for.” And now, more than four decades after it opened, The National’s character continues to evolve, getting better every year.