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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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Balfour Golf Club
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Balfour $10
Collicutt Siding Golf Course
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Crossfield $19
Coyote Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $19
Lacombe Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $25
Meadowlands Golf Club
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Sylvan Lake $20
Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $19
Lakeside Greens Golf & Country Club
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Chestermere $15.65
Twin Willows Golf Club
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Edmonton $15
Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake Golf Course
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Sicamous $20
Trestle Creek Golf Resort - Jack Pine/Creekside Course
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Entwistle $20
Canoe Creek Golf Course
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Salmon Arm $20
Granite Pointe Golf Club
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Nelson $10
Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club
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Edmonton $20
Shadow Ridge Golf Club
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Kelowna $23
Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course Cremona $40 - $72
Three Hills Golf Club
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Three Hills $10
Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Club
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Blind Bay $22
Nursery Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $13
Castlegar Golf Club
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Castlegar $10
Ironhead Golf & Country Club
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Wabamun $15
Golden Golf Club
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Golden $50
Athabasca Golf & Country Club
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Athabasca $26.25
Drayton Valley Golf Club
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Drayton Valley $37
Anglemont Estates Golf Club
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Anglemont $10
Wainwright Golf & Country Club
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Wainwright $10
Revelstoke Golf Club
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Revelstoke $10
Trochu Golf & Country Club
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Trochu $18
Magrath Golf Club
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Magrath $10
Vulcan Golf & Country Club
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Vulcan $19
Ponoka Community Golf Club Ponoka $45
Cranbrook Golf Club
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Cranbrook $24
Indian Hill Golf Club Coaldale $11 - $21
Kaslo Golf Club Kaslo $21
Pigeon Lake Golf Club Mulhurst Bay $30 - $55
Crystal Ridge Golf Club Okotoks $28 - $38
Homestead/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
Birchdale Golf Course Grindrod $15
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Old Course Ponoka $45.50 - $102.50
Rich Valley Golf Club Gunn $15 - $30
Heritage/Homestead Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
Edmonton Springs Golf Course Spruce Grove $29 - $44
River Bend Golf Course
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Red Deer $25
Pipestone Golf Club Wembley $36
Hunters Green Golf Club Sturgeon County $24 - $39
Heritage/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
Kimberley Golf Club
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Kimberley $25
Water Valley Golf & Country Club Water Valley $45.00 - $79.29
Trickle Creek Golf Course
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Kimberley $75
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Links Ponoka $30.00 - $77.50
Muirfield Lakes Golf Club Lyalta $40 - $77
Barrhead Golf Club Barrhead $29 - $69
Fort Saskatchewan Golf Club Fort Saskatchewan $25
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Predator Vernon $110 - $140
Orchard Greens Golf Club Kelowna $20 - $25
Kokanee Springs Resort Club Crawford Bay $79
Harvest Golf Club Kelowna $75 - $115
Jagare Ridge Golf Club Edmonton $40 - $94
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club Kelowna $95
Eagle Ranch Golf Course Invermere $105
Okanagan Golf Club - Quail Kelowna $49 - $99
The Quarry Golf Club - Ironstone Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Greywolf Golf Course Panorama $99
Ranch Golf & Country Club Acheson $25 - $75
Sparwood Golf Club Sparwood $25
Bootleg Gap Golf - Championship Eighteen Kimberley $49
Black Bull Golf Course Ma Me O Beach $35 - $67
The Rise Golf Club Vernon $69 - $115
Silvertip Golf Course Canmore $90 - $160
Wildstone Golf Course Cranbrook $69
The Quarry Golf Club - Slate Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Ridge Vernon $130 - $160
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Sulphur Banff $153 - $239
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Creekside Fairmont Hot Springs $17
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course Jasper $129 - $199
The Quarry Golf Club - Granite Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Raven Crest Golf & Country Club Edmonton $50 - $55
River Ridge Golf & Country Club Edmonton $55
Cougar Creek Golf Resort Carvel $59
St. Eugene Mission Golf Resort Cranbrook $55 - $65
Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club Wetaskiwin $45
The Links of Glen Eagles Golf Course Cochrane $39 - $99
Big Tee Golf Breton $20
Silver Sands Golf Club Fallis $34 - $60
Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club Drumheller $59.50
Leduc Golf & Country Club Leduc $51 - $85
Okanagan Golf Club - Bear Kelowna $49 - $99
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Riverside Fairmont Hot Springs $69
Taber Golf Club Taber $37
Banff Springs Golf Club - Sulphur/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club - Pinnacle 9 Kelowna $16 - $25
Kelowna Springs Golf Course Kelowna $56 - $106
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Mountainside Fairmont Hot Springs $49
Sandpiper Golf & Country Club Sturgeon County $49 - $55
Banff Springs Golf Club - Tunnel/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
Bootleg Gap Golf - Recreation Nine Kimberley $19
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