Mandarin Golf & Country Club, Markham, Ontario
The Mandarin Golf & Country Club was the brainchild of four prominent businessmen from the Mandarin Club of Toronto. The former 18-hole Windmills Executive Golf Course was re-designed into a challenging, compact championship layout that went on to host the Canadian PGA Championship in 1996 and 1997.
The flat 135-acre property presented many design challenges including floodplain concerns that required detailed hydraulic modelling to ensure that none of the neighbouring properties would be impacted by the water flow through the golf course.
Mandarin is a modern version of the old classic style of golf courses built in the 1920s and 1930s and as a result it has a timeless feel, with generous sweeping fairways, artistically sculpted bunkers and subtly contoured greens.