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Destination: Alberta

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Destination: Alberta

Whether it's a business trip to the booming oil capitals of Edmonton and Calgary or a long-awaited mountain vacation that leads you to Alberta, Canada, be certain to take your clubs along for the golf of a lifetime. Alberta offers an almost overwhelming selection of more than 275 golf courses unsurpassed anywhere in the world for natural beauty, diversity and challenge.

With so many options, it's hard to know where to begin. But a popular choice, especially with first-time visitors, is to start in Calgary and then follow a route known as the Alberta Rocky Mountain Circle Tour, stopping at several of Canada's top-rated courses along the way. The tour winds through the Canadian Rockies with visits to Banff and Jasper before completing a circular return to Calgary via Edmonton and Red Deer.

Calgary, remembered as the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics, has emerged in recent years as a sophisticated metropolis of skyscrapers, corporate head offices, shopping complexes and top-flight hotels.

A 10-minute drive west of Calgary, The Links of Glen Eagles delights golfers with ravines, escarpments, natural grasses and spectacular views of the Bow River Valley and the mountains beyond.

An hour or so away in the mountains above the town of Canmore, approaching Banff, you'll find SilverTip. Opened in 1999, SilverTip has a stunning collection of holes, almost every one offering views of the surrounding peaks.

A short drive past increasingly majestic Rocky Mountain peaks brings the traveler through the gates of Banff National Park to the famous resort town of Banff, renowned as the home of Banff Springs Golf Course. An essential stop for every golfer, the breathtaking valley design is the handiwork of Stanley Thompson, Canada's most revered golf architect.

Leaving the Banff Springs behind, the Circle Tour follows the Icefields Parkway on a 287-kilometre route that snakes through the heart of the Rockies into Jasper National Park, adjoining Banff National Park to the north.

It was at Jasper Park Golf Course that Stanley Thompson first made his mark. Opened in 1926, his stunningly beautiful layout flows with the natural contours of the land. Thompson startled the golf world by clearing gaps through Jasper's forest to point golfers toward greens aligned with distant mountains, and by whimsically patterning his bunkers after the snow formations on their peaks.

Few courses in the world rival the Banff Springs and Jasper Park for animal life. Bears, elk, big-horn sheep, mountain goats, wolves, coyotes and eagles are frequently seen at both courses.

The journey east from Jasper to Edmonton, Alberta's capital city, is a memorable ride through mountains, foothills, and finally wide open and gently rolling countryside.

About a half-hour west of Edmonton is Cougar Creek, a golf course nestled in a forest of spruce, birch, poplar and aspen that presents a championship test in every sense.

Even closer to Edmonton is The Ranch Golf and Country Club, the site of four Canadian Tour events. The Ranch's front nine is links-style in design, while the closing holes are more traditional, with tree-lined fairways and numerous water hazards.

Edmonton, Alberta's capital city, is famous for its natural beauty, friendliness and the incredible West Edmonton Mall. Located within Edmonton's southern limits is Jagare Ridge Golf Club, which offers a memorable selection of risk-reward holes in landscape ranging from wetlands to old-growth forest.

Red Deer, an energetic city of 60,000, is located 149 kilometres south of Edmonton. Twenty minutes or so north of Red Deer is Wolf Creek Golf Resort, a 27-hole links-style layout that ranks among Canada's very best facilities.

In addition to acclaimed Wolf Creek, the Red Deer area offers several more courses to tempt golfers: Alberta Springs, Pheasantback, Pine Hills, Ponoka and River Bend.

Like every stop on Alberta's fabulous Rocky Mountain Circle Tour, the choice is almost overwhelming.

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Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake Golf Course
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Sicamous $40
Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club
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Edmonton $22.5
Lakeside Greens Golf & Country Club
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Chestermere $25
Meadowlands Golf Club
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Sylvan Lake $21
Shadow Ridge Golf Club
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Kelowna $25
Collicutt Siding Golf Course
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Crossfield $33
Lacombe Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $20
Trestle Creek Golf Resort - Jack Pine/Creekside Course
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Entwistle $33
Canoe Creek Golf Course
Salmon Arm $45 - $80
Granite Pointe Golf Club
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Nelson $10
Homestead/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
Castlegar Golf Club
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Castlegar $25
Indian Hill Golf Club Coaldale $11 - $21
Hunters Green Golf Club Sturgeon County $24 - $39
Twin Willows Golf Club
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Edmonton $30
Drayton Valley Golf Club
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Drayton Valley $29
Pigeon Lake Golf Club Mulhurst Bay $30 - $55
Cranbrook Golf Club
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Cranbrook $24
Barrhead Golf Club Barrhead $29 - $69
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Old Course Ponoka $45.50 - $102.50
Three Hills Golf Club
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Three Hills $12
Heritage/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
Ponoka Community Golf Club Ponoka $45
River Bend Golf Course Red Deer $54
Rich Valley Golf Club Gunn $15 - $30
Wainwright Golf & Country Club
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Wainwright $12
Water Valley Golf & Country Club Water Valley $45.00 - $79.29
Kaslo Golf Club Kaslo $21
Athabasca Golf & Country Club Athabasca $50
Ironhead Golf & Country Club
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Wabamun $15
Heritage/Homestead Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
Muirfield Lakes Golf Club Lyalta $40 - $77
Nursery Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $20
Magrath Golf Club
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Magrath $26
Vulcan Golf & Country Club
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Vulcan $26
Kimberley Golf Club
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Kimberley $42
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Links Ponoka $30.00 - $77.50
Trickle Creek Golf Course
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Kimberley $75
Fort Saskatchewan Golf Club Fort Saskatchewan $25
Edmonton Springs Golf Course Spruce Grove $29 - $44
Revelstoke Golf Club
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Revelstoke $29.99
Pipestone Golf Club Wembley $36
Anglemont Estates Golf Club
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Anglemont $19
Trochu Golf & Country Club
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Trochu $18
Golden Golf Club
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Golden $35.7
Birchdale Golf Course Grindrod $15
Crystal Ridge Golf Club Okotoks $28 - $38
Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Club
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Blind Bay $29
The Links of Glen Eagles Golf Course Cochrane $39 - $99
Raven Crest Golf & Country Club Edmonton $50 - $55
The Rise Golf Club Vernon $69 - $115
Silver Sands Golf Club Fallis $34 - $60
Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort Sundre $25 - $35
Harvest Golf Club Kelowna $45 - $125
Bootleg Gap Golf - Recreation Nine Kimberley $19 - $36
Greywolf Golf Course Panorama $79 - $119
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course Jasper $129 - $199
Eagle Ranch Golf Course Invermere $69 - $119
Leduc Golf & Country Club Leduc $51 - $85
St. Eugene Mission Golf Resort Cranbrook $35 - $88
Bootleg Gap Golf - Championship Eighteen Kimberley $40 - $72
Kokanee Springs Resort Club Crawford Bay $79
Silvertip Golf Course Canmore $90 - $160
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Ridge Vernon $130 - $160
Balfour Golf Club Balfour $40 - $59
Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course Cremona $40 - $72
Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club Drumheller $59.50
Okanagan Golf Club - Quail Kelowna $49 - $99
Banff Springs Golf Club - Tunnel/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
Sparwood Golf Club Sparwood $25
Taber Golf Club Taber $37
Okanagan Golf Club - Bear Kelowna $49 - $99
Ranch Golf & Country Club Acheson $25 - $75
Orchard Greens Golf Club Kelowna $20 - $25
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Sulphur Banff $153 - $239
Black Bull Golf Course Ma Me O Beach $35 - $67
The Quarry Golf Club - Ironstone Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Sandpiper Golf & Country Club Sturgeon County $49 - $55
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club Kelowna $45 - $119
Banff Springs Golf Club - Sulphur/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Mountainside Fairmont Hot Springs $49
Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club Wetaskiwin $45
Kelowna Springs Golf Course Kelowna $56 - $106
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club - Pinnacle 9 Kelowna $26 - $46
Wildstone Golf Course Cranbrook $45 - $102
The Quarry Golf Club - Granite Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Big Tee Golf Breton $20
The Quarry Golf Club - Slate Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Cougar Creek Golf Resort Carvel $40 - $79
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Creekside Fairmont Hot Springs $17
River Ridge Golf & Country Club Edmonton $55
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
Jagare Ridge Golf Club Edmonton $40 - $94
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Riverside Fairmont Hot Springs $69
Coyote Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort Sundre $25 - $35
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Predator Vernon $110 - $140
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