8 must-play golf courses in Alberta

Alberta is one of Canada’s top destinations for golf. Not only is it home to exquisitely maintained courses but the breath-taking backdrop is more than any golfer could ever ask for. Whether you decide to play among the towering Rocky Mountains or amid the Canadian Badlands, this will be one of the most scenic rounds you’ll ever play. With 250 courses to choose from you’ll find what you’re looking for, but we’ve shortlisted eight of the most renowned to get you started.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

If you’re a passionate golfer, you’ve probably already heard of this one. Continuously making top-ten lists across the world, it was designed by golf-legend Stanley Thompson and is considered one of his grandest courses. The 18-hole course seamlessly blends into the curves of the natural landscape and winds through lush forests, providing a challenging but charming experience.

Greywolf Golf Course

This award-winning alpine course can be found just two hours west of Banff within the Panorama Mountain Resort. The course’s fame has been largely built around the Cliffhanger, which is considered one of the best holes in Canada. Golfers are challenged to swing their ball across what is known as the “Hopeful Canyon” while avoiding rocky cliff sides and passing winds.

Silvertip Golf Course

Silvertip Golf Course boasts some impressive stats. A par-72 course, it is home to a 600 feet change in elevation and a slope rating of 153. The course was designed by the world-renowned Les Furber and is set among valleys and spectacular grasslands. The south-side location at the base of local mountain peaks also creates a warmer breeze and lighter nights.

Trickle Creek Golf Resort

We’re cheating a little bit with this one as it’s technically in British Columbia (but only just). This is the second course of Les Furber to make our list and is also considered one of the top courses in Canada. Built into the slopes of the North Star Mountain, thrilling and exciting are two words that many golfer who’ve played here use to describe it.

Stewart Creek Golf Course

Beautifully crafted into the contours of the Rocky Mountains this course is a perfect example of golf architect Gary Browning’s minimalist but challenging style. Regularly making lists of the best places to play in Canada, this is a course for when you’re wanting to play as close to nature as possible.

Blackhawk Golf Club

Consistently ranked as one of the best courses in the country, it was designed by Alberta native Rod Whitman and was among the first minimalist course designs in Canada. Located southwest of Edmonton and found perched on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, here golfers will find wide fairways, rugged bunkering and dynamic green sites.

Northern Bear Golf Course

Jack Nicklaus is a name that requires little introduction in the golfing world, so when visiting Alberta all keen golfers need to stop-by his only local creation. Located 30 minutes from Edmonton, the course is a perfect blend of scenic lakes, tactical bunker placements, tree-lined fairways and perfectly maintained greens. Like all of his courses, Nicklaus likes to design for players of all abilities and you’ll find five sets of tees ranging from 5,800 to 7,400 yards throughout the course.

Heritage Pointe Golf Course

Found just south of Calgary and offering beautiful views of Pine Creek Valley, this public course is ranked as one of Canada’s most popular courses. Taking inspiration from traditional Scottish golf fairways, you’ll get to choose from three 9-hole courses: Heritage, Dessert and Pointe (as well as a 3-hole practice area).

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