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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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Lakeside Greens Golf & Country Club
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Chestermere $40
Collicutt Siding Golf Course
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Crossfield $37
Balfour Golf Club
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Balfour $23.75
Trestle Creek Golf Resort - Jack Pine Nine
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Entwistle $25
Shadow Ridge Golf Club
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Kelowna $30
Granite Pointe Golf Club
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Nelson $29
Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake Golf Course
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Sicamous $50
Kokanee Springs Resort Club
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Crawford Bay $45
Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club
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Edmonton $38 - $75
Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club
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Drumheller $59.50
Meadowlands Golf Club
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Sylvan Lake $27 - $45
Edmonton Springs Golf Course
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Spruce Grove $29 - $44
Taber Golf Club
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Taber $25
Nursery Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $30 - $37
Fort Saskatchewan Golf Club
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Fort Saskatchewan $22
Magrath Golf Club
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Magrath $42
Trochu Golf & Country Club
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Trochu $16 - $32
Athabasca Golf & Country Club
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Athabasca $50
Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course
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Cremona $40 - $72
The Rise Golf Club
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Vernon $59
Orchard Greens Golf Club
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Kelowna $24
Ironhead Golf & Country Club
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Wabamun $40 - $72
Big Tee Golf
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Breton $20
Wainwright Golf & Country Club
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Wainwright $32
Barrhead Golf Club
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Barrhead $29 - $69
Homestead/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $59
Drayton Valley Golf Club
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Drayton Valley $41 - $74
Crystal Ridge Golf Club
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Okotoks $30
River Ridge Golf & Country Club
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Edmonton $55
Coyote Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $31
Heritage/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $59
Revelstoke Golf Club
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Revelstoke $58
Pipestone Golf Club Wembley $36 - $68
Heritage/Homestead Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $59
Vulcan Golf & Country Club Vulcan $35
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Old Course
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Ponoka $45.50 - $102.50
Anglemont Estates Golf Club
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Anglemont $19
Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club
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Wetaskiwin $45
Muirfield Lakes Golf Club
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Lyalta $40 - $77
Sandpiper Golf & Country Club
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Sturgeon County $40 - $50
Pigeon Lake Golf Club
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Mulhurst Bay $30 - $55
Twin Willows Golf Club
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Edmonton $30
Silver Sands Golf Club
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Fallis $34 - $60
Raven Crest Golf & Country Club
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Edmonton $55
Castlegar Golf Club
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Castlegar N/A
Lacombe Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $35.5
Kelowna Springs Golf Course
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Kelowna $56 - $106
Ponoka Community Golf Club
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Ponoka $45
Black Bull Golf Course
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Ma Me O Beach $35 - $67
Three Hills Golf Club
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Three Hills $16 - $32
River Bend Golf Course
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Red Deer $35
Canoe Creek Golf Course
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Salmon Arm $80
Birchdale Golf Course
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Grindrod $15
Kaslo Golf Club
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Kaslo $21
Hunters Green Golf Club
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Sturgeon County $24 - $39
Cranbrook Golf Club
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Cranbrook $32
Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $31
Leduc Golf & Country Club
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Leduc $51 - $85
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Links
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Ponoka $30.00 - $77.50
Indian Hill Golf Club
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Coaldale $11 - $21
Kimberley Golf Club
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Kimberley $25
Rich Valley Golf Club
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Gunn $15 - $30
Water Valley Golf & Country Club
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Water Valley $45.00 - $79.29
Banff Springs Golf Club - Sulphur/Tunnel Banff N/A
Silvertip Golf Course Canmore $90 - $160
Cougar Creek Golf Resort Wabamun $59
St. Eugene Mission Golf Resort Cranbrook $55 - $65
Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Club Blind Bay $72
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club - Pinnacle 9 Kelowna $16 - $25
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club Kelowna $95
Sparwood Golf Club Sparwood $25
Trickle Creek Golf Course Kimberley $125
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Creekside Fairmont Hot Springs $17
Okanagan Golf Club - Bear Kelowna $100 - $120
Eagle Ranch Golf Course Invermere $105
Okanagan Golf Club - Quail Kelowna $100 - $120
Greywolf Golf Course Panorama $99
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Ridge Vernon $130 - $160
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Sulphur Banff N/A
Jagare Ridge Golf Club Edmonton $90
Bootleg Gap Golf - Championship Eighteen Kimberley $49
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Tunnel Banff N/A
Golden Golf Club Golden $60
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Predator Vernon $110 - $140
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Riverside
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Fairmont Hot Springs $69
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Mountainside Fairmont Hot Springs $49
The Links of Glen Eagles Golf Course Cochrane $37 - $99
Harvest Golf Club Kelowna $75 - $115
Banff Springs Golf Club - Tunnel/Tunnel Banff N/A
Ranch Golf & Country Club Acheson $55 - $69
Bootleg Gap Golf - Recreation Nine Kimberley $19
Wildstone Golf Course Cranbrook $69
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course Jasper $130 - $225
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