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SUMMER IN ALBERTA – ENDLESS GOLF

Author: Travel Alberta

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Summertime golfing in central and northern Alberta gives me some 18 hours of daylight to enjoy a wide range of courses, scenic vistas and a refreshingly unhurried atmosphere. I can start golfing as early as 5:30 a.m. and finish as late as 11:00 p.m. Not all on the same course, mind you – and yes, I’ve been known to hit more than one course in day.

You’re definitely spoiled for choice in this province, so to help get you started I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite courses in central and northern Alberta.

Central Alberta

The appeal here is variety – there are more than 20 private and public and semi-private courses – easily accessed from pretty much anywhere in the province.

  • Olds Golf Club – a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary dedicated to protect and preserve the course’s natural environment and prides itself on affordability and fast greens.
  • Alberta Springs Golf Resort just west of Red Deer is one of the courses that Alberta Processional Golf Association members are tested on for their pro cards.
  • Pine Hills Golf Club in Rocky Mountain House offers dramatic views over 18 holes of par 72 championship golf.
  • Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club in Wetaskiwin features level fairways with many water and tree challenges. You’ll also find excellent dining at the course restaurant.

Northern Alberta

  • Choose from more than 100 golf courses in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. Amidst a mix of boreal forest, lakes and rivers you’ll enjoy a golfing experience that challenges all skill levels and makes the most of Alberta’s scenic wilderness.
  • Lush groves of birch and poplar trees at Cougar Creek Golf Resort create the look and feel of a mountain course, even though you’re only 30 minutes outside of Edmonton.
  • The Ranch Golf and Country Club’s front nine features a links-style design, while the back nine kicks it up a notch with trees and water hazards.
  • Athabasca Golf and Country Club, one hour north of Edmonton, is considered the toughest course in Alberta and one of the most scenic in the north.
  • At the Fort McMurray Golf Club, watch for the sharp right on Hole #1, although a skilled tee shot will get you in striking distance to the green guarded by bunkers.
  • Try the economical 18-hole Bear Creek Golf Club on the edge of Grande Prairie, one of the earliest to open in the spring and last to close in the fall.
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