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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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Meadowlands Golf Club
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Sylvan Lake $20
Lacombe Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $36
Coyote Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $19
Balfour Golf Club
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Balfour $10
Lakeside Greens Golf & Country Club
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Chestermere $42.5
Granite Pointe Golf Club
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Nelson $10
Shadow Ridge Golf Club
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Kelowna $25
Canoe Creek Golf Course
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Salmon Arm $20
Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club
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Edmonton $20
Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $19
Trestle Creek Golf Resort - Jack Pine/Creekside Course
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Entwistle $20
Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake Golf Course
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Sicamous $20
Collicutt Siding Golf Course
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Crossfield $19
Twin Willows Golf Club
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Edmonton $15
Ponoka Community Golf Club Ponoka $45
Heritage/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
Edmonton Springs Golf Course Spruce Grove $29 - $44
Indian Hill Golf Club Coaldale $11 - $21
Muirfield Lakes Golf Club Lyalta $40 - $77
Heritage/Homestead Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
Hunters Green Golf Club Sturgeon County $24 - $39
Rich Valley Golf Club Gunn $15 - $30
River Bend Golf Course
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Red Deer $25
Kimberley Golf Club
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Kimberley $42
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Links Ponoka $30.00 - $77.50
Barrhead Golf Club Barrhead $29 - $69
Three Hills Golf Club
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Three Hills $10
Nursery Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $13
Trickle Creek Golf Course
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Kimberley $75
Vulcan Golf & Country Club
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Vulcan $19
Castlegar Golf Club
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Castlegar $10
Cranbrook Golf Club
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Cranbrook $24
Pipestone Golf Club Wembley $36
Trochu Golf & Country Club
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Trochu $18
Kaslo Golf Club Kaslo $21
Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Club
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Blind Bay $28
Homestead/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
Ironhead Golf & Country Club
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Wabamun $15
Water Valley Golf & Country Club Water Valley $45.00 - $79.29
Magrath Golf Club
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Magrath $10
Drayton Valley Golf Club
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Drayton Valley $37
Revelstoke Golf Club
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Revelstoke $10
Pigeon Lake Golf Club Mulhurst Bay $30 - $55
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Old Course Ponoka $45.50 - $102.50
Golden Golf Club
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Golden $50
Athabasca Golf & Country Club
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Athabasca $26.25
Birchdale Golf Course Grindrod $15
Fort Saskatchewan Golf Club Fort Saskatchewan $25
Anglemont Estates Golf Club
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Anglemont $12
Wainwright Golf & Country Club
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Wainwright $10
Crystal Ridge Golf Club Okotoks $28 - $38
Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club Drumheller $59.50
Greywolf Golf Course Panorama $99
Silvertip Golf Course Canmore $90 - $160
Wildstone Golf Course Cranbrook $45 - $102
Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course Cremona $40 - $72
River Ridge Golf & Country Club Edmonton $55
Silver Sands Golf Club Fallis $34 - $60
The Quarry Golf Club - Ironstone Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Taber Golf Club Taber $37
St. Eugene Mission Golf Resort Cranbrook $55 - $65
Bootleg Gap Golf - Championship Eighteen Kimberley $49
Big Tee Golf Breton $20
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Sulphur Banff $153 - $239
Banff Springs Golf Club - Sulphur/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
Banff Springs Golf Club - Tunnel/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
Okanagan Golf Club - Bear Kelowna $49 - $99
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club - Pinnacle 9 Kelowna $16 - $25
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Riverside Fairmont Hot Springs $69
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
The Rise Golf Club Vernon $69 - $115
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Mountainside Fairmont Hot Springs $49
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Creekside Fairmont Hot Springs $17
Okanagan Golf Club - Quail Kelowna $49 - $99
Sparwood Golf Club Sparwood $25
Orchard Greens Golf Club Kelowna $20 - $25
Sandpiper Golf & Country Club Sturgeon County $49 - $55
Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club Wetaskiwin $45
Harvest Golf Club Kelowna $45 - $125
The Quarry Golf Club - Slate Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Black Bull Golf Course Ma Me O Beach $35 - $67
Cougar Creek Golf Resort Carvel $59
Leduc Golf & Country Club Leduc $51 - $85
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Ridge Vernon $130 - $160
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course Jasper $129 - $199
Raven Crest Golf & Country Club Edmonton $50 - $55
Kokanee Springs Resort Club Crawford Bay $79
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club Kelowna $95
Bootleg Gap Golf - Recreation Nine Kimberley $19
The Quarry Golf Club - Granite Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Ranch Golf & Country Club Acheson $25 - $75
Jagare Ridge Golf Club Edmonton $40 - $94
The Links of Glen Eagles Golf Course Cochrane $39 - $99
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Predator Vernon $110 - $140
Eagle Ranch Golf Course Invermere $105
Kelowna Springs Golf Course Kelowna $56 - $106
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