Hamilton Golf & Country Club

232 Golf Links Rd,

Ancaster, Ontario L9G 2N5

  • Office

    +1 (905) 648 4471
  • Pro shop

    +1 (905) 648 2294
  • Fax

    +1 (905) 648 8024
  • Golf pro

    Emerson Mahoney (Head Golf Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    27 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and limited, unobtrusive residential.

  • Designer:

    South and West-nines designed by Harry Colt (1913), with some later adjustments made by Colt's protégé Charles "Hugh" Alison (1920). East-nine designed by Clinton E. "Robbie" Robinson (1974).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6928
6255
5128
Par
70
70
70
SSS or slope
74.1
70.6
69.9

At the same location:

Above distances are for the original South-West combination (used for Canadian Open championships). The newer East-nine is slightly shorter than the other two nines. Also at Hamilton is a 9-hole Short course (par-27, 1205 yds from back tees).

Location

Latitude:

43.219431

Longitude:

-79.976842

How to get there:

7.5 km SW of Hamilton.

Hamilton Golf & Country Club

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.

Est. 1894

Hamilton Golf & Country Club: "Ancaster" as it is more commonly known, is home to a championship golf course that ranks with Canada's best. Legendary English designer Harry Colt crafted 18 of the picturesque and testing 27 holes, which roam their way across delightfully undulating, partly wooded terrain. Colt's original front-nine loop is now known as the West-nine (holes 1-9); his back-nine loop is today's South-nine (holes 10-18). The much newer East-nine dates from 1974.

Laid out over undulating terrain, the highly rated West-South combination (holes 1 thru' 18) remains faithful to Colt's original routing. Some lengthening has occurred over the years and changes were made to a couple of holes to accommodate the new East-nine. But that's about it.

The West-nine exudes a distinctly woodland feel, with some of Ancaster's tighter holes to be played. The South-nine, which also starts with three testing par-4s, has a slightly more "parkland" character. On this second-nine (of West-South) the trees lining the holes feel less imposing and the demands from the tee a little more forgiving.

Many memorable holes are played from nicely elevated tees onto undulating fairways, then back up to strongly bunker-defended elevated greens. The round finishes in grand style at the uphill par-4 18th (the South's 9th). On this final hole you play over a small stream and up to a fabulous amphitheatre green, which sits just below Ancaster's large impressive clubhouse.

On both nines the excellent mix of straight and doglegging holes are lined by a wonderful variety of trees. Stylish bunkering is also ever-present. The small stream that wanders across the South-nine is only really in play at the closing hole, or if you miscue from the tee on one or two others. As with most Harry Colt designs, there's a stunning collection of par-3s, each one different in character, all equally handsome and testing.

List of courses: Around Toronto

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Private club; visitors/guests may only play if hosted by a member.

Green fees

Outside visitor fee not applicable; private course for members and their guests.

Other information

Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent. Caddies available.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

When Hamilton G&CC moved to its present site in Ancaster in 1913, the 18-hole course (today's South and West-nines) was designed by Harry Colt. The legendary English golf course architect was in North America at the time to inspect two of his other projects: Pine Valley in New Jersey and Toronto Golf Club. He charged $1,500 for the Ancaster design. Hamilton's 9-hole Short course provides a reminder of Harry Colt's involvement with Ancaster, and pays tribute to his genius as an architect.

Hamilton's resident professional for 37 years was Nichol Thompson, the older brother of Canada's legendary course designer Stanley Thompson.

Hamilton is an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program course.

Hamilton G&CC has hosted numerous national and international amateur and professional tournaments including the Canadian Open, a PGA Tour event. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Hamilton Golf & Country Club.

Published ranking

West-South nines:
Canada's 4th best course (SCOREGolf, 2022).
World's former 100th best course (GOLF Magazine, 2007; not in subsequent editions of this ranking).

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