Rosedale Golf Club
1901 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON M4W 2W3
Rosedale is like a debutante heading towards a graduate degree. In other words it is known more for being the haunt of Toronto’s blue bloods, an elite, inner-city course that obscures its urban surroundings. But this isn’t just a plaything of the rich and famous — it is also a fine golf course, one that doesn’t likely get its due because many dismiss it as simply another club where exclusivity overshadows the fact the course is marginal. Not the case at Rosedale where the golf course is outstanding, easily one of the most overlooked in Canada. Built on a tumbling piece of property where a creek winds through a significant amount of the land, Rosedale offers a classic city course with elevation that one would not expect. And you almost never see the city.
From the day you get a member to vouch for you to the day you become a senior member, count on a 12-year wait. A moment’s drive from your Rosedale mansion, which is nice. A beautiful, green oasis in the heart of the city, blends into the neighbourhood seamlessly. How old-school is it? Women members (they call them ladies) have restricted tee times; men get first dibs. Holes don’t have tee markers. If you have to ask where the next hole is, you don’t belong.