All of those words could be used to describe Brantford Golf and Country Club, one of Canada’s most venerated golf courses.
With a stately modern clubhouse and a timeless golf course designed by Nicol Thompson and his brother Stanley, Canada’s greatest golf architect, Brantford has aged to near perfection. The mix of holes offers variety and nuance not regularly seen on other classics. That’s probably why, nearly a century after the firm of Thompson, Cumming and Thompson laid out the initial holes, it remains one of Canada’s golfing jewels. It is ranked No. 22 in Canada by Golfweek and No. 57 by SCOREGolf.
“I think Brantford is spectacular—certainly among the twenty best courses in the province,” writes golf course critic Marc Saltzman.
“In my opinion Brantford has the best set of par threes in Ontario,” says Ian Andrew, a member of the American Society of Golf Architects.
In the words of Alena Sharp, an LPGA player who learned the game at Brantford, the course “has everything.”
“It is fun and I enjoy playing it,” says PGA Tour star David Hearn, who has played the course since he was a teenager and continues to return to it every summer. “It still challenges.”
With its stately clubhouse, which was rebuilt in 2002, curling in the winter, a sophisticated short game facility and a stunning location above the Grand River, as history has proven, there are few courses that rival Brantford Golf & Country Club.
“Brantford feels like classic, country golf . . . as if you’ve been transplanted to years long lost—everything about the course is understated and underrated,” says Canadian Golf Magazine.
And once you’ve played Brantford, you’ll find it impossible to disagree.