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Toronto’s St. George’s Golf and Country Club was the top-ranked course in Canada at No. 30 in Golf Digest’s biennial rankings of ‘America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.’

A number of Canadian golf courses made the 2013-14 list in Golf Digest’s biennial rankings of ‘America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses,’ which was expanded to include courses worldwide.

According to a report in The Globe & Mail,Toronto’s St. George’s Golf and Country Club was the top ranked course in Canada, placing No. 30, while Cabot Links in Inverness, N.S., which has been open for less than two years, was ranked No. 42.

“St. George’s is an outstanding Stanley Thompson design routed through forest-covered glacial land, with meandering fairways that diagonally traverse valleys and greens perched on domes,” stated the Golf Digest. “The putting surfaces are tightly bunkered and full of hidden undulations. These are considered some of Thompson’s best bunkers, thanks in part to Canadian architect Ian Andrew, who supervised their rebuilding over a five-year period, highlighting their sweeping lines and graceful movements.”

The other Canadian courses making the list included National Golf Club in Woodbridge, Ont., (No. 61) and Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Hamilton (No. 98).

The judging panel comprised almost 850 people from the magazine’s U.S. course ranking panel, including panelists who work with Golf Digest’s international editions and other selected golfers. Each course is scored on seven criteria, including shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, esthetics, conditioning, and ambience.

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Cabot Links in Inverness, N.S., was No. 42 in Golf Digest’s ‘Top 100’ golf courses.