Summer is the perfect time to try and break par. Choose from one of Central Alberta’s many golf courses and hone your putting skills, or get ready to swing in some tournaments!
A plethora totalling five golf courses litter Red Deer and the surrounding area. The Red Deer Golf & Country Club, the Balmoral Golf Course, the River Bend Golf Course, Alberta Springs Golf Course, and the Spirit Creek Golf & Country Club. The Red Deer Discount Golf Center offers golf club repair and lessons, in case you’re new to the range! And if that somehow doesn’t satisfy you, you can find more only a short twenty minute drive away in Sylvan Lake.
A whopping three golf courses can be found mere minutes away! Meadowland Golf Club boasts par 72 on 18 holes in a 6500 yard course, complete with event space, a restaurant, and lounge. The Sylvan Lake Golf & Country Club offers special rates, and even an RV campground nearby with firepits, picnic tables, sewer hookups, and power! To top it off, the Lakewood Golf Resort has a Multi-Sport & Activity Summer Camp. Sylvan Lake is the perfect destination for your summer golfing.
The Olds Golf Club is a tournament-caliber golf course that strives to maintain low prices for golfers of all levels. It is also a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its effort to invoke positive environmental change. If you’re visiting Alberta, or maybe you just love the prairies, check out 9 holes of beauty at the Trail Creek Golf Course, only 15 minutes west of Olds.
Lacombe is beautiful and picturesque, with several lakes right in the heart of the city, and there aren’t many better ways to show it off than with the Lacombe Golf & Country Club. Or, you can drive over to Gull Lake for the Gull Lake Golf Course. They’re a par three golf course open 7 days a week until dusk, so it’s perfect for a family golf trip. You can even get to know the course by taking a virtual tour before you go! If you need to practice your driving, The Nursery Golf & Country Club boasts the longest hole in Canada at par 6 hole 11, a grand 782 yards long. They’re celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, and they’re located only a short 10 minute drive north of Lacombe.
Rocky Mountain House
Enjoy the mountains? Check out the view while you golf! Rocky Mountain House has two golf courses for you to enjoy. Canyon Creek Golf Course & Camping offers a clubhouse and spacious yet private RV camping. Pine Hills Golf Club is a hidden gem in excellent condition and has three leagues – Men’s, Ladies’, and Juniors’. An hour’s drive farther into the mountains, you’ll find Nordegg’s Historic Golf Course, situated right in the splendor of the foothills.
If you’re feeling confident enough for a tournament, or if you just enjoy a thrilling game, check out Golf Canada Competitions, or more locally, Innisfail Golf Tournaments. For those already registered, the prestigious Alberta Men’s Amateur Championship will be from July 16-19th in Ponoka. Everyone who missed the deadline will have to wait until next year, but remember to practice, as your Handicap Factor must be 8.0 or under by the registration deadline. The champion of this tournament is awarded a place on the 2020 Pacific Coast Amateur Championship Morse Cup Team. There’s also the Smiley Memorial Golf Tournament from July 13-14th at the Sylvan Lake Golf & Country Club with registrations open until the day before, and The Alberta Senior Ladies Championship in Rocky Mountain House from July 23-25th, with registrations open until July 14th. Next year, be sure to test your skills in the Oilmen’s Annual Golf Tournament. Of course, if you’re looking for something a bit more relaxed, the Lacombe Golf & Country Club is hosting their Hole in One Tournament on June 20th, and welcomes all skill levels.
Feature Image: River Bend Golf & Recreation Area
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