Find a Course
There are many great courses to play across Canada for players of all capabilities. Some of the best in the world as a matter of fact!
To find the course suited to your ability and budget, use the Golf Canada Course Search Engine.
Golf Canada runs a variety of programs aimed at introducing juniors to the game of golf across Canada.
These programs include:
Future Links, driven by Honda
As Canada’s national junior golf program, Future Links, driven by Honda, has delivered world-class programming to over 1.6 million juniors since its inception in 1996. Over that period, Future Links, driven by Honda has remained committed in leading the charge to provide new and insightful junior programming at affordable costs. Developed in conjunction with the PGA of Canada, Future Links offers a suite of programs: Golf in Schools; Get Linked; Learn to Play; Junior Skills Challenge; Mobile Clinics and Girls Club. Future Links is at the core of Canada’s Long-Term Player Development framework, aimed at guiding Canadian golfers along a pathway to reach their full potential.
Future Links, driven by Honda Golf in Schools
Offered at the Elementary, Intermediate and High School level, Golf in Schools has introduced over 480,000 students to golf since the program was established in 2009.
Developed by Physical Health Education (PHE) Canada in partnership with Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada, Golf in Schools features age-appropriate equipment alongside teacher-friendly learning resources for seamless program delivery.
In continuation of the program’s focus to provide cutting-edge lesson plans, learning resources have evolved with the addition of the Life Skills curriculum, developed from research conducted by the University of Ottawa. This extension places added focus on integrating transferable life skills such as honesty and respect into the Golf in Schools lesson plans.
For more information on how to register, visit the Golf in Schools website.
Golf Canada’s NextGen program aims to support and develop Canada’s next wave of future Team Canada athletes. The program is composed of four main components including NextGen Championships, NextGen Super Camps, NextGen National Junior Orders of Merit and NextGen Athlete Tracking. The NextGen program is proudly sponsored by Titleist Canada, FootJoy Canada, and Sport Canada.
The NextGen Championships include eight tournaments across Canada that aim to provide a high performance training ground and competitive experience that showcase the next wave of up-and-coming junior golfers.
Click here to see a list of Golf Canada’s competitions.
Golf Fore the Cure
As the National Sport Organization (NSO) for golf in Canada, Golf Canada is passionate about growing the game of golf in this country. Introducing women to the game and providing them with opportunities to develop their skills is an integral part of Golf Canada’s efforts to foster female participation nationwide.
Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru
The Golf Fore the Cure program, presented by Subaru, is the largest national grassroots female recreational golf program in Canada. The program was created to grow women’s participation in the game of golf by introducing them to the sport through fun, non-intimidating activities, while also featuring unique partnerships with the Canadian Cancer Society and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation that add awareness and fundraising components to support the fight against breast cancer.
With the help of volunteers from across the country, the Golf Fore the Cure program has exposed more than 100,000 women to the game of golf and raised $6.8 million dollars in support of breast cancer research initiatives over the past 16 years.
The Golf Fore the Cure program is all about using the sheer power of women playing the game of golf to make a difference.
The annual Golf Fore the Cure campaign culminates in a National Event that recognizes the outstanding efforts of female golfers from across the country. It is a celebration of the success of the entire Golf Fore the Cure campaign and it recognizes all those that have contributed to a future without breast cancer. In September, individuals, friends, and corporate teams come together to enjoy a great day of golf, food and camaraderie.
For more information and to fund-raise online, visit www.golfcanada.ca/golfforethecure
Long-Term Player Development
The Long-Term Player Development Guide—version 2.0—marks the second iteration of the important blueprint which provides research, statistics and insight into Canada’s player development pathway. Included are findings and adjustments that have evolved within the sport of golf since the last version of the LTPD Guide was launched. LTPD is an extension of our goal to place Canada among the top golfing nations in the world.
Golf Canada is fully committed to fostering a safe sport environment for golf.
Golf Canada is also proud to implement Respect Group training across our organization including mandatory Respect in the Workplace for all staff and corporate volunteers); Respect in Sport for all coaches and support staff and Respect in Sport for Parents for parents of National Team athletes). These exceptional modules provide the base training and education for our broader organization.
In addition, an Ethics Commissioner has been appointed with a mechanism for internal and external access and we have the following safe sport policies in place:
Golf Canada is fully aligned with the important work of Sport Canada in this critical issue and encourage all those connected with our sport – athletes, parents, coaches, staff , volunteers and club representatives – to maintain an open dialogue to ensure a safe and supportive environment, without exception, across the Canadian golf landscape.
The Canadian Sport Helpline was launched this week providing a safe place for victims and witnesses of harassment, abuse and discrimination to speak in confidence to a neutral third party and get the help they need.
This professional listening and referral service is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, by phone or text at 1-888-83SPORT (77678), and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Players
Canadian Junior Competitive Pathway
Canada’s Junior Competitive Pathway is a valuable tool to assist players and parents in choosing appropriate competitions for junior aged players based on several factors including age, current tournament handicap and stage of development (based on the Long-Term Player Development Guide for Golf in Canada). The pathway also illustrates what level of PGA of Canada training / certification is recommended for coaching players at the various stages of development. An online and interactive version of the Canadian Junior Competitive Pathway can be found by clicking here.
Goal setting is a very important tool that can help athletes reach their peak mental and physical performances. By establishing a final destination and outlining a path to get there, success becomes more attainable. The powerpoint details the importance of smart goal settings, the different types of mental and physical goals, and how to set and achieve them. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.
Proper Training Methods
Research shows that no one attains world class performance without many hours of dedicated practice and attention to detail in their area of expertise. This power point explains the concept of deliberate practice and outlines effective practice strategies and drills for competitive golfers. Download the powerpoint presentation by clicking here.
Athletes from all sports spend a lot of time preparing themselves for competition and developing a great warm up is an essential step. Making a good warm-up routine part of your game will help you play better, avoid injuries, and improve performance. This power point takes you through seven simple warm up exercises that can be incorporated into your pre-game routine. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.
Research clearly shows that your eating and hydration schedule and what you eat and drink is important to help achieve your goal of high performance. This power point explains the importance of proper nutrition / hydration during training, pre-round, in-round and post-round situations along with sample menu / snack suggestions. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.
Traveling to competitions can be a new and challenging experience for players. Dealing with new conditions and ensuring players bring all the necessary equipment and gear can be easily controlled. This power point provides pre-travel, travel and on-site checklists to help eliminate distractions and allow players to focus on the competition in a healthy and prepared state. Download the power point by clicking here.
Custom Club Fitting
Properly fitted equipment provides the best opportunity for success, enjoyment, and opportunity. Club Fitting is facilitated by a professional who performs a series of tests utilizing specialized tools to discover optimized golf club specifications. To learn more about custom club fitting and equipment variables, click here.
Post-secondary Golf Opportunities
Athletes aspiring to pursue post-secondary opportunities opportunities will find important information on both US and Canadian Collegiate golf including: the application process, admission requirements, training programs and scholarships. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.
Periodization involves creating very detailed training, competition and recovery plans in an effort to ensure that an athlete “peaks” at the right time. Click here for a full guide to volume and intensity of training and competition.
How to Make the National Team
While producing some of the best amateur players in the world, the National Team Program provides young players wit the best possible support service in facilitating their development. For more information on how to make the national team and what it entails, click here.
The Role of Parents and Coaches
Parents and coaches play a pivotal role in the development of high-performance athletes. In order for any athlete to succeed, a positive support system within a healthy environment must be established. To learn about the specific tasks and expectations of parents, guardians and coaches, click here.
The Spirit of the Game
Unlike many sports, golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf.
Players should ensure no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing. Players should not play until the players in front are out of range. Players should always alert greenstaff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them. If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, they should immediately shout a warning. The traditional word of warning in such a situation is “fore.”
Consideration for Other Players
No Disturbance or Distraction Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making any unnecessary noise. Players should ensure any electronic device taken onto the course do not distract other players. On the teeing ground, a player should not tee his ball until it is his turn to play. Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.
On the Teeing Ground A player should not tee his ball until it is his turn to play. Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.
On the Putting Green Players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or when he is making a stroke, cast a shadow over his line of putt. Players should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have holed out.
Scoring In stroke play, a player who is acting as a marker should, if necessary, on the way to the next tee, check the score with the player concerned and record it.
Pace of Play
Play at Good Pace and Keep Up Players should play at a good pace. The Committee may establish pace of play guidelines that all players should follow. It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group.
Ready Golf In stroke play, players are encouraged and play ready golf which means whoever is ready to play when it is safe to do so may play their ball and players do not have to adhere to the traditional rule where the player farthest from the hole plays first. Here are some tips to laying ready golf:
- Hit before assisting in ball searches
- Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait
- Hitting a tee shot if the person with honour is delayed in being ready to play
- Putt out whenever possible
- Putt when other players have the rake bunkers or have long walks around the green
Care of the Course
There is an old saying that says “leave the course in better shape than you found it.” This encourages the behaviour of players to take care of the course as they play it and is for the benefit of fellow players and club staff.
Divots After hitting a golf shot which results in taking a divot, players should repair the divot by filling it with sand provided by the club. Player who take a power cart or pull cart should ensure there is a full bucket on their cart before teeing off. Players who carry their bags should make sure they take a sand bucket with them too. If the divot is recoverable, players may replace the turf where the divot was taken and press it down with their foot or club.
Ball Marks on Putting Green After hitting an approach shot to the green, players should locate and repair the ball mark that was made from the impact of the ball hitting the green. Players are free to repair other ball marks they find as well.
Bunkers Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.
Conclusion; Penalties for Breach
If players follow the guidelines in this Section, it will make the game more enjoyable for everyone. If a player consistently disregards these guidelines during a round or over a period of time to the detriment of others, it is recommended that the Committee consider taking appropriate disciplinary action against the offending player. Such action may, for example, include prohibiting play for a limited time on the course or in a certain number of competitions. This is considered to be justifiable in terms of protecting the interest of the majority of golfers who wish to play in accordance with these guidelines.
Improving Pace of Play
Pace of play has become a hot button issue facing the golf industry in Canada and abroad.
The fact is, golfers see and golfers do. The swing habits and on course routines we see each week on the professional tours are all too often mirrored at the recreational level.
Count me among those who believe a few more slow play penalties assessed at the pro level would go a long way towards educating everyday golfers about the ready position.
But pace of play is not simply a Rules of Golf issue. It’s an entire industry issue rooted in the culture of golf. That culture is ultimately set by the golfing bodies, the clubs, the professionals, the superintendents and especially the golfers themselves.
So how do we promote change? It starts with educating golfers on simple ways to play faster: playing ready golf; continuous putting; moving quickly from greens to tees; and for a great many of us, playing from the skill-appropriate tees and distances for a most enjoyable golf experience.
It means encouraging alternative formats other than stroke play, such as match play, Stableford scoring, scrambles and alternate shot events that take less time yet still offer competitive elements to a round of golf. For Golf Canada members who track their Handicap Factor, following the guidelines of Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) goes a long way as well (pick up your ball after having exceeded a net double bogey score for that hole)
PGA of Canada members and club officials play a key front line role in educating golfers on how to play at a proper pace and select the most appropriate tees. The same is true for course starters and marshals as important golfer touch points. A friendly tip from an expert goes a long way.
Some courses encourage a good pace of play by promoting nine-hole rounds and nine-and-dines or offering incentives such as discounts in their pro shops or food and beverage facilities for rounds played under a set time. Other clubs may take a harder line approach with an expected time par strictly enforced and understood among the membership.
Not to be forgotten are the stewards of the playing field. Superintendents and greens staff need to ensure a course set-up that encourages a good pace by maintaining the rough at a reasonable height, manageable green speeds and fair hole locations. The same is true for properly marked and effectively spaced yardage markers or sprinkler heads.
The pace of play resource centre that the USGA had made available is a good start for those interested in finding out more about little things every golfer or industry stakeholder can do to improve overall pace of play. You can find links to many of those pace of play resources below.
There’s no silver bullet to improve pace of play or golfer awareness. But there’s something to be said for making the turn in two hours or less that’s good value and a lesson worth learning for any golfer.