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.


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)
Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Architect: Unknown (1875)
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)


  1. Formerly on the list but played in 2017: North Berwick Golf Club (West Links) and The Old Course at St. Andrews!

  2. Formerly on this list but played in 2019: Cruden Bay Golf Club and Royal Dornoch Golf Club (Championship Course)