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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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Shadow Ridge Golf Club
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Kelowna $35
Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club
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Drumheller $59.50
Trestle Creek Golf Resort - Jack Pine Nine
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Entwistle $25
Granite Pointe Golf Club
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Nelson $19.5
Kokanee Springs Resort Club
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Crawford Bay $79
Collicutt Siding Golf Course
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Crossfield $32
Balfour Golf Club
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Balfour $28.5
Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake Golf Course
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Sicamous $65 - $85
Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club
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Edmonton $14.25
Lakeside Greens Golf & Country Club
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Chestermere $45
Magrath Golf Club
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Magrath $30 - $78
Trochu Golf & Country Club
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Trochu $16 - $32
Nursery Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $30 - $37
Canoe Creek Golf Course
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Salmon Arm $45 - $80
The Rise Golf Club
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Vernon $69 - $115
Ironhead Golf & Country Club
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Wabamun $40 - $72
Meadowlands Golf Club
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Sylvan Lake $27
Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course
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Cremona $40 - $72
Three Hills Golf Club
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Three Hills $16
Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Club
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Blind Bay $29
Edmonton Springs Golf Course
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Spruce Grove $29 - $44
Orchard Greens Golf Club
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Kelowna $19.99
Taber Golf Club
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Taber $30
Athabasca Golf & Country Club
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Athabasca $50
Wainwright Golf & Country Club
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Wainwright $41.99
Big Tee Golf
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Breton $30
Black Bull Golf Course
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Ma Me O Beach $35 - $67
Trickle Creek Golf Course
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Kimberley $104 - $115
Kimberley Golf Club
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Kimberley $49
Leduc Golf & Country Club
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Leduc $51 - $85
Cranbrook Golf Club
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Cranbrook $32
Water Valley Golf & Country Club
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Water Valley $45.00 - $79.29
Fort Saskatchewan Golf Club
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Fort Saskatchewan $25
Indian Hill Golf Club
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Coaldale $11 - $21
Raven Crest Golf & Country Club
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Edmonton $55
Vulcan Golf & Country Club Vulcan $35
Anglemont Estates Golf Club
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Anglemont $19
Twin Willows Golf Club
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Edmonton $44
Revelstoke Golf Club
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Revelstoke $58
Rich Valley Golf Club
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Gunn $15
Kaslo Golf Club
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Kaslo $21
Drayton Valley Golf Club
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Drayton Valley $41 - $74
Pipestone Golf Club
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Wembley $25
Coyote Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $40
Silver Sands Golf Club
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Fallis $34 - $60
Birchdale Golf Course
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Grindrod $15
Heritage/Homestead Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $40 - $78
Heritage/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $40 - $78
River Ridge Golf & Country Club
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Edmonton $55
Ponoka Community Golf Club
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Ponoka $45
Castlegar Golf Club
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Castlegar N/A
Muirfield Lakes Golf Club
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Lyalta $40 - $77
Pigeon Lake Golf Club
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Mulhurst Bay $20
Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club
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Wetaskiwin $45
Sandpiper Golf & Country Club
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Sturgeon County $40 - $50
Golden Golf Club
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Golden $34 - $61
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Links
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Ponoka $30.00 - $77.50
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Old Course
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Ponoka $45.50 - $102.50
River Bend Golf Course
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Red Deer $35
Crystal Ridge Golf Club
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Okotoks $28 - $38
Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $40
Kelowna Springs Golf Course
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Kelowna $56 - $106
Homestead/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $40 - $78
Lacombe Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $25 - $62
Barrhead Golf Club
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Barrhead $29
Hunters Green Golf Club
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Sturgeon County $24 - $39
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Mountainside Fairmont Hot Springs $49
Jagare Ridge Golf Club Edmonton $90
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Sulphur Banff N/A
Eagle Ranch Golf Course Invermere $105
Banff Springs Golf Club - Tunnel/Tunnel Banff N/A
Cougar Creek Golf Resort Wabamun $59
St. Eugene Mission Golf Resort Cranbrook $55 - $65
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club Kelowna $95
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club - Pinnacle 9 Kelowna $16 - $25
Sparwood Golf Club Sparwood $25
Silvertip Golf Course Canmore $90 - $160
Ranch Golf & Country Club Acheson $55 - $69
The Links of Glen Eagles Golf Course Cochrane $37 - $99
Harvest Golf Club Kelowna $75 - $115
Banff Springs Golf Club - Sulphur/Tunnel Banff N/A
Wildstone Golf Course Cranbrook $69
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Riverside
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Fairmont Hot Springs $69
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Predator Vernon $110 - $140
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Ridge Vernon $130 - $160
Bootleg Gap Golf - Championship Eighteen Kimberley $49
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Tunnel Banff N/A
Greywolf Golf Course Panorama $99
Bootleg Gap Golf - Recreation Nine Kimberley $19
Okanagan Golf Club - Bear Kelowna $100 - $120
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course Jasper $130 - $225
Okanagan Golf Club - Quail Kelowna $100 - $120
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Creekside Fairmont Hot Springs $17
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