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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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Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $25 - $35
Shadow Ridge Golf Club
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Kelowna $24
Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club
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Drumheller $59.50
Lacombe Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $25 - $62
Meadowlands Golf Club
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Sylvan Lake $25
Trestle Creek Golf Resort - Jack Pine Nine
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Entwistle $40
Twin Willows Golf Club
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Edmonton $29
Lakeside Greens Golf & Country Club
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Chestermere $24
Kokanee Springs Resort Club
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Crawford Bay $79
Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake Golf Course
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Sicamous $45
Balfour Golf Club
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Balfour $25
Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club
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Edmonton $29
Granite Pointe Golf Club
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Nelson $29
Collicutt Siding Golf Course
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Crossfield $33
Coyote Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $25 - $35
Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Club
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Blind Bay $30
Anglemont Estates Golf Club
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Anglemont $18
Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course
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Cremona $32
Athabasca Golf & Country Club
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Athabasca $50
Canoe Creek Golf Course
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Salmon Arm $45 - $80
Magrath Golf Club
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Magrath $32
Wainwright Golf & Country Club
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Wainwright $25
Edmonton Springs Golf Course
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Spruce Grove $29 - $44
The Rise Golf Club
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Vernon $69 - $115
Big Tee Golf
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Breton $20
Nursery Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $27
Taber Golf Club
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Taber $25
Vulcan Golf & Country Club
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Vulcan $38
Golden Golf Club
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Golden $34
Three Hills Golf Club
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Three Hills $16
River Bend Golf Course
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Red Deer $45
Trochu Golf & Country Club
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Trochu $23
Ironhead Golf & Country Club
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Wabamun $40 - $72
Castlegar Golf Club
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Castlegar $45
Orchard Greens Golf Club
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Kelowna $20 - $25
Revelstoke Golf Club
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Revelstoke $24
Rich Valley Golf Club
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Gunn $15 - $30
Ponoka Community Golf Club
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Ponoka $16
Trickle Creek Golf Course
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Kimberley $104 - $115
Drayton Valley Golf Club
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Drayton Valley $41 - $74
Kimberley Golf Club
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Kimberley $30
Indian Hill Golf Club
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Coaldale $11 - $21
Hunters Green Golf Club
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Sturgeon County $24 - $39
Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club
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Wetaskiwin $45
Pipestone Golf Club
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Wembley $20
Fort Saskatchewan Golf Club
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Fort Saskatchewan $25
Heritage/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $40 - $78
Crystal Ridge Golf Club
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Okotoks $28 - $38
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Old Course
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Ponoka $45
Barrhead Golf Club
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Barrhead $29 - $69
Muirfield Lakes Golf Club
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Lyalta $40 - $77
Birchdale Golf Course
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Grindrod $9
Heritage/Homestead Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $40 - $78
Pigeon Lake Golf Club
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Mulhurst Bay $30 - $55
Water Valley Golf & Country Club
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Water Valley $45.00 - $79.29
Homestead/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $40 - $78
Kaslo Golf Club
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Kaslo $21
Cranbrook Golf Club
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Cranbrook $32
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Links
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Ponoka $71
The Quarry Golf Club - Ironstone Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Bootleg Gap Golf - Recreation Nine Kimberley $19
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club - Pinnacle 9 Kelowna $16 - $25
Eagle Ranch Golf Course Invermere $105
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Mountainside Fairmont Hot Springs $49
Wildstone Golf Course Cranbrook $69
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Riverside Fairmont Hot Springs $69
The Links of Glen Eagles Golf Course Cochrane $39 - $99
Kelowna Springs Golf Course Kelowna $56 - $106
Harvest Golf Club Kelowna $75 - $115
Leduc Golf & Country Club Leduc $51 - $85
Banff Springs Golf Club - Sulphur/Tunnel Banff N/A
Jagare Ridge Golf Club Edmonton $40 - $94
Black Bull Golf Course Ma Me O Beach $35 - $67
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Creekside Fairmont Hot Springs $17
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club Kelowna $95
Silvertip Golf Course Canmore $90 - $160
Banff Springs Golf Club - Tunnel/Tunnel Banff N/A
Cougar Creek Golf Resort Wabamun $59
Okanagan Golf Club - Bear Kelowna $100 - $120
Raven Crest Golf & Country Club Edmonton $50 - $55
Ranch Golf & Country Club Acheson $25 - $75
Sandpiper Golf & Country Club Sturgeon County $49 - $55
Silver Sands Golf Club Fallis $34 - $60
Okanagan Golf Club - Quail Kelowna $100 - $120
Bootleg Gap Golf - Championship Eighteen Kimberley $49
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Predator Vernon $110 - $140
River Ridge Golf & Country Club Edmonton $55
St. Eugene Mission Golf Resort Cranbrook $55 - $65
The Quarry Golf Club - Slate Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Sulphur Banff N/A
The Quarry Golf Club - Granite Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Greywolf Golf Course Panorama $99
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course Jasper $130 - $225
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Ridge Vernon $130 - $160
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Tunnel Banff N/A
Sparwood Golf Club Sparwood $25
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