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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 $30
Trestle Creek Golf Resort - Jack Pine/Creekside Course
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Entwistle $34
Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake Golf Course
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Sicamous $30
Lacombe Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $20
Lakeside Greens Golf & Country Club
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Chestermere $22
Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club
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Edmonton $22.5
Canoe Creek Golf Course
Salmon Arm $45 - $80
Granite Pointe Golf Club
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Nelson $10
Collicutt Siding Golf Course
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Crossfield $33
Rich Valley Golf Club Gunn $15 - $30
Athabasca Golf & Country Club Athabasca $50
Nursery Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $32
Vulcan Golf & Country Club
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Vulcan $25
Hunters Green Golf Club Sturgeon County $24 - $39
Golden Golf Club
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Golden $33
Birchdale Golf Course Grindrod $15
Water Valley Golf & Country Club Water Valley $45.00 - $79.29
Drayton Valley Golf Club
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Drayton Valley $29
Three Hills Golf Club
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Three Hills $12
Fort Saskatchewan Golf Club Fort Saskatchewan $25
Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Club
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Blind Bay $29
Pipestone Golf Club Wembley $36
Muirfield Lakes Golf Club Lyalta $40 - $77
Homestead/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
River Bend Golf Course Red Deer $54
Crystal Ridge Golf Club Okotoks $28 - $38
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Links Ponoka $30.00 - $77.50
Ponoka Community Golf Club Ponoka $45
Heritage/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
Kaslo Golf Club Kaslo $21
Castlegar Golf Club
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Castlegar $25
Anglemont Estates Golf Club
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Anglemont $19
Ironhead Golf & Country Club
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Wabamun $15
Barrhead Golf Club Barrhead $29 - $69
Trickle Creek Golf Course
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Kimberley $75
Edmonton Springs Golf Course Spruce Grove $29 - $44
Wainwright Golf & Country Club
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Wainwright $12
Heritage/Homestead Course at Picture Butte Golf Club Picture Butte $40 - $78
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Old Course Ponoka $45.50 - $102.50
Pigeon Lake Golf Club Mulhurst Bay $30 - $55
Kimberley Golf Club
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Kimberley $42
Revelstoke Golf Club
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Revelstoke $29.99
Twin Willows Golf Club
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Edmonton $30
Trochu Golf & Country Club
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Trochu $12
Magrath Golf Club
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Magrath $26
Cranbrook Golf Club
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Cranbrook $24
Indian Hill Golf Club Coaldale $11 - $21
The Rise Golf Club Vernon $69 - $115
Balfour Golf Club Balfour $40 - $59
The Links of Glen Eagles Golf Course Cochrane $39 - $99
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Sulphur Banff $153 - $239
Wildstone Golf Course Cranbrook $45 - $102
Raven Crest Golf & Country Club Edmonton $50 - $55
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
Big Tee Golf Breton $20
Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club Drumheller $59.50
Shadow Ridge Golf Club Kelowna $49 - $63
Leduc Golf & Country Club Leduc $51 - $85
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club Kelowna $45 - $119
The Quarry Golf Club - Slate Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Ranch Golf & Country Club Acheson $25 - $75
Bootleg Gap Golf - Recreation Nine Kimberley $19 - $36
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Predator Vernon $110 - $140
Jagare Ridge Golf Club Edmonton $40 - $94
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club - Pinnacle 9 Kelowna $26 - $46
Silver Sands Golf Club Fallis $34 - $60
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Creekside Fairmont Hot Springs $17
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course Jasper $129 - $199
Kokanee Springs Resort Club Crawford Bay $79
Banff Springs Golf Club - Tunnel/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
Okanagan Golf Club - Bear Kelowna $49 - $99
Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club Wetaskiwin $45
Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course Cremona $40 - $72
Orchard Greens Golf Club Kelowna $20 - $25
Black Bull Golf Course Ma Me O Beach $35 - $67
Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort Sundre $25 - $35
Banff Springs Golf Club - Sulphur/Tunnel Banff $153 - $239
Kelowna Springs Golf Course Kelowna $56 - $106
Harvest Golf Club Kelowna $45 - $125
Coyote Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort Sundre $25 - $35
Bootleg Gap Golf - Championship Eighteen Kimberley $40 - $72
Taber Golf Club Taber $37
Sparwood Golf Club Sparwood $25
Eagle Ranch Golf Course Invermere $69 - $119
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Riverside Fairmont Hot Springs $69
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Mountainside Fairmont Hot Springs $49
Greywolf Golf Course Panorama $79 - $119
St. Eugene Mission Golf Resort Cranbrook $35 - $88
River Ridge Golf & Country Club Edmonton $55
The Quarry Golf Club - Granite Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Cougar Creek Golf Resort Carvel $40 - $79
Okanagan Golf Club - Quail Kelowna $49 - $99
Sandpiper Golf & Country Club Sturgeon County $49 - $55
The Quarry Golf Club - Ironstone Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Ridge Vernon $130 - $160
Silvertip Golf Course Canmore $90 - $160
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