Summertime golfing in central and northern Alberta gives me around 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.
The appeal here is variety – there are more than 20 private and public and semi-private courses – and easy access from pretty much anywhere in the province.
- Olds Golf Club – a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary – is dedicated to protecting and preserving 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 Professional 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.
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 within striking distance of 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 autumn.