National Golf Club of Canada - Photo @ Dave Finn

Here at Leadingcourses we’re all about the golfer. Back in the day (2007 to be exact) we seen the need for a service that provides information on the best courses to play all around the world. We weren’t talking about the usual, over-produced reports on the same top 10 golf courses that you hear from every Tom, Dick and Harry. We wanted real insights from real golfers. Golfers that play the inconspicuous, ordinary and unknown golf courses of this world. The courses you didn’t even know you wanted to play… but you do! Our site is built on the reviews and insights of golfers like you, that play their local course, tell others about it, and put it on the radar for other golfing fanatics.

Our Ambassadors

This series of blog posts is aimed at getting to know the Leadingcourses ambassadors and getting insights into why they play the game of golf. We also hope to give you some fun stories and hidden gems along the way. These lads and ladies have developed a love of the game, after years of playing, so there are no better people to answer the question “Why should you play golf?”.

Without further ado, we’ll continue with our next ambassador; The Crafty Canadian, Dave Finn!

Dave Finn - Why Should You Play Golf


Name: Dave Finn
Nationality: Canadian
Years playing golf: 48
Home Course: Peel Village
Handicap: 21

When did you start playing golf and why?

My father first introduced me to the game when I was around 14, even though he was not really a golfer himself. When I turned 17, I met a buddy who worked part-time with me and we just started playing every weekend.

What is your favourite thing about playing golf? Your least favourite?

My favourite: Somebody else mowed the lawn, planted the flowers and I get to enjoy the scenery over a four-hour walk.

My least favourite:  Those golfers that take themselves way too seriously

Do you have a favourite course/why?

I’ve been asked this question about a thousand times and my answer is always the same โ€“ it depends on the style. You cannot compare a links courses to a mountain course or an ocean course to a parkland course. Having said that my favourites from each would have to be:

The Highlands Course at Primland, USA
The magnificent Highlands Course at Primland – Virginia, USA

Whatโ€™s your favourite golfing destination/why?

I would say Los Cabos Mexico.ย  There are so many great courses that traverse from the mountains, through the desert and along side the ocean. Plus you always get excellent food and plenty of activities.ย  ย 

What is the best golfing trip you have ever been on? Why?

I spent two weeks in Thailand playing in and around Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. The scenery, the kindness of the people and the most amazing food in the world made this golf trip my favourite ever.

Chiangmai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort
Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort in northern Thailand

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you during a round of golf?

I was playing golf with my brother at Sun Peaks in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.ย  It was a steep downhill par 3 and we both talked about how great it would be to get a hole-in-one on this gorgeous hole. I hit a perfect shot and the ball landed about 3 feet from the pin. My brother stands up and hits another great shot. As we followed the trajectory, I looked down and saw a little fox picking up my ball and trotting away.ย My brother’s shot ended up even closer to the pin than mine. The fox looked around, dropped mine and picked up his before sauntering off the green and back to his home. We swear to this day that he must have a used golf ball sale out of his nearby den!

Do you have a favourite type of course? Why? (Eg. links, heathland etc.)

Another tough question. I love them all, but I would have to say an ocean or links golf course are my favourite to play. The views are amazing and every day the wind conditions will change, making it a whole new experience.

What is the toughest course youโ€™ve ever played?

I may be a little biased, but I would say The National Golf Club in Canada. This ultra-private Tom Fazio design located north of Toronto has a slope of 152, with a course rating of 76.3 and some of the fastest greens you may ever play.

The National Golf Club of Canada
The National Golf Club of Canada – one of Dave’s favourites

What courses are on your bucket list? What golfing destinations are on your bucket list?

My courses โ€“ Augusta National, Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach and Barnbougle Golf in Tasmania.

My destinations – Portugal, Vietnam, Australia, France ย 

What is the best price/quality destination for playing golf?

The cheapest โ€“ Santee National GC, South Carolina US. $60 per day for unlimited golf, power cart, range balls, hotel accommodations and all taxes. That’s hard to pass up.

The most expensive – The Ocean Course at Kiawah, South Carolina at $320.

The best price/quality โ€“ Any golf course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama. Golf Digest declared the RTJ Trail as โ€œthe number one value in the country for golf!โ€

Find courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail here!

Kiawah Island Golf Resort - The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island Golf Resort – The Ocean Course

Who is your favourite course designer and why?

Banff Springs Course in Alberta
The beautiful Banff Springs Golf Course designed by Stanley Thompson

How did you find Leadingcourses? Why should people join?

I was writing for the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World initially and decided to look for another avenue. Leadingcourses is a very informative and interactive research tool. You will find unbiased reviews from everyday golfers like yourself on which courses you should consider playing when you are travelling away from home. They now have the ability to book tee times directly through for 100โ€™s of courses!

Follow Dave!

A special thanks to Dave for chatting to us. We’re looking forward to more of his stories in the future. You can read all of his reviews on his profileย here.

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