The Future 45

A bucket list, of sorts, as I blatantly rip off a similar concept called The Next Fifty over at my favourite golf course architecture website Golf Club Atlas.

I’ve broken down my dream list into three groups of fifteen, with Canada, the United States and the rest of the world all represented.

Thankfully, most of the great private clubs in Canada and the rest of the world are accessible to non-members so I’ve not restricted myself in any fashion in those two groups. However, the elite private clubs in the United States are a different matter altogether and many are simply out of reach for mere mortals like myself. I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed.

I have not played any of the following courses but hope to visit all of them at some point in my life.


Blackhawk Golf Club
Spruce Grove, Alberta | Architect: Rod Whitman (2003)

Cabot Cliffs
Inverness, Nova Scotia | Architect: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2015)

Cabot Links
Inverness, Nova Scotia | Architect: Rod Whitman (2012)

Cape Breton Highlands Links
Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia | Architect: Stanley Thompson (1939)

Capilano Golf & Country Club
West Vancouver, British Columbia | Architect: Stanley Thompson (1938)

Goodwood Golf Club
Stouffville, Ontario | Architect: Martin Ebert (2007)

Kawartha Golf & Country Club
Peterborough, Ontario | Architect: Stanley Thompson (1932)

Club Laval sur le Lac – Blue Course
Laval, Quebec | Architect: Mike Weir & Ian Andrew (2012)

Club de Golf Memphremagog
Magog, Quebec | Architect: Thomas McBroom (2008)

Mount Bruno Country Club
Saint-Bruno, Quebec | Architect: Willie Park Jr. (1918)

Redtail Golf Course
Port Stanley, Ontario | Architect: Donald Steel (1991)

Summit Golf Club
Richmond Hill, Ontario | Architect: Stanley Thompson (1919)

Toronto Golf Club
Mississauga, Ontario | Architect: Harry S. Colt (1912)

The Toronto Hunt
Toronto, Ontario | Architect: Willie Park (1907)

Victoria Golf Club
Victoria, British Columbia | Architect: Harvey Combe (1893)


Bluejack National
Montgomery, Texas | Architect: Tiger Woods (2016)

Country Club of Buffalo
Williamsville, New York | Architect: Donald Ross (1926)

Chicago Golf Club
Wheaton, Illinois | Architect: C.B. Macdonald (1894)

Crag Burn Golf Club
East Aurora, New York | Architect: Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1969)

Cypress Point Club
Pebble Beach, California | Architect: Alister MacKenzie (1928)

Eastward Ho! Country Club
Chatham, Massachusetts | Architect: William Herbert Fowler (1922)

Fishers Island Club
Fishers Island, New York | Architect: Seth Raynor (1926)

Forest Dunes Golf Club – The Loop
Roscommon, Michigan | Architect: Tom Doak (2016)

Friar’s Head Golf Club
Riverhead, New York | Architect: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2003)

The Park Country Club
Williamsville, New York | Architect: Harry S. Colt & Charles Alison (1928)

Pine Valley Golf Club
Pine Valley, New Jersey | Architect: George Crump (1914)

Prairie Dunes Country Club
Hutchinson, Kansas | Architect: Perry Maxwell (1937); Press Maxwell (1957)

Sleepy Hollow Country Club
Scarborough, New York | Architect: C.B. Macdonald (1911)

Sweetens Cove Golf Club
South Pittsburg, Tennessee | Architect: Rob Collins & Tad King (2014)

The Valley Club of Montecito
Montecito, California | Architect: Alister MacKenzie (1929)


Ballybunion Golf Club – Old Course
Ballybunion, County Kerry, Ireland | Architect: Lionel Hewson (1906); Tom Simpson (1936)

Barnbougle Dunes
Bridport, Tasmania, Australia | Architect: Tom Doak & Mike Clayton (2004)

Diamonte Cabo San Lucas – Dunes Course
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico | Architect: Davis Love III (2009)

Kingston Heath Golf Club
Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia | Architect: Dan Soutar (1923); Alister MacKenzie (1926)

Lahinch Golf Club – Old Course
Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland | Architect: Old Tom Morris (1894); Alister MacKenzie (1928)

Machrihanish Golf Club
Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland | Architect: Old Tom Morris (1879)

New South Wales Golf Club
La Perouse, New South Wales, Australia | Architect: Alister MacKenzie (1928)

Royal County Down Golf Club – Championship Links
Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland | Architect: George Coombe (1907); Harry S. Colt (1926)

Royal Melbourne Golf Club – Composite Course
Black Rock, Victoria, Australia | Architect: Alister MacKenzie & Alex Russell (1926)

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Rest Bay, Mid-Glamorgan, South Wales | Architect: Charles Gibson (1895); Ramsey Hunter (1897)

Royal Portrush Golf Club – Dunluce Links
Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland | Architect: Harry S. Colt (1932)

St. Enodoc Golf Club – The Church Course
Rock, Cornwall, England | Architect: James Braid (1907)

Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club
Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, Scotland | Architect: Willie Fernie (1896); Willie Park Jr.

Swinley Forest Golf Club
Swinley Forest, Berkshire, England | Architect: Harry S. Colt (1907)

Walton Heath Golf Club – Old Course
Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England | Architect: William Herbert Fowler (1904)


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