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 steady myself on the tee of Hole #12 at Wolf Creek Golf Resort in Ponoka, listed in Score Golf’s 2012 ranking as one of the top 20 Canadian courses. Landing on the green that’s tucked into a bank of trees on the right will give me the bragging rights I’m seeking in this foursome.
“Play it down the left side and you have a full length of green to work with, but down the right is a bit tighter with more risk,” advises Ryan Vold, director of golf at the 36-hole course, characterized by its rolling fairways and undulating greens.
In central Alberta, you’ve got a lot of choices. The region’s appeal includes variety – there are more than 20 private and public/semi-private courses – and accessibility from pretty much anywhere in the province.
Here are a few options to get you started.
Choose from more than 20 golf courses in northern Alberta amidst a mix of boreal forest, lakes and rivers. The result is a golf experience that challenges all skill levels and makes the most of our scenic wilderness.
Athabasca Golf and Country Club one hour north of Edmonton is considered the toughest course in Alberta and one of the most scenic.
At the Fort McMurray Golf Club, watch forthe dogleg right on Hole #1, although askilled tee shot will get you in strikingdistance 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 latest to close in the fall.
Visit Golf Northern Alberta for more information on more listings.
For information on courses all around Alberta, go to Play Golf Alberta.