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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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Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club
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Drumheller $59.50
Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake Golf Course
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Sicamous $65 - $85
Trestle Creek Golf Resort - Jack Pine Nine
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Entwistle $25
Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club
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Edmonton $38 - $75
Kokanee Springs Resort Club
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Crawford Bay $79
Granite Pointe Golf Club
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Nelson $56
Shadow Ridge Golf Club
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Kelowna $49 - $63
Collicutt Siding Golf Course
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Crossfield $37
Balfour Golf Club
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Balfour $40 - $59
Canoe Creek Golf Course
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Salmon Arm $45 - $80
Ironhead Golf & Country Club
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Wabamun $40 - $72
Trochu Golf & Country Club
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Trochu $16 - $32
Three Hills Golf Club
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Three Hills $16
Castlegar Golf Club
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Castlegar $47 - $67
Athabasca Golf & Country Club
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Athabasca $50
Lakeside Greens Golf & Country Club
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Chestermere $40 - $55
Edmonton Springs Golf Course
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Spruce Grove $29 - $44
Taber Golf Club
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Taber $37
Magrath Golf Club
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Magrath $30 - $78
Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course
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Cremona $40 - $72
Nursery Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $30 - $37
Meadowlands Golf Club
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Sylvan Lake $27 - $45
Orchard Greens Golf Club
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Kelowna $20
Golden Golf Club
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Golden $34 - $61
Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Club
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Blind Bay $45 - $72
The Rise Golf Club
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Vernon $69 - $115
Big Tee Golf
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Breton $20
Wainwright Golf & Country Club
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Wainwright $32
Vulcan Golf & Country Club
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Vulcan $35
Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club
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Wetaskiwin $45
Homestead/Harvest 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
Heritage/Homestead Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $40 - $78
Kaslo Golf Club
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Kaslo $21
Ponoka Community Golf Club
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Ponoka $45
Pipestone Golf Club
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Wembley $36
Indian Hill Golf Club
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Coaldale $11 - $21
Water Valley Golf & Country Club
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Water Valley $45.00 - $79.29
Kimberley Golf Club
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Kimberley $49
Fort Saskatchewan Golf Club
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Fort Saskatchewan $25
Coyote Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $31
River Bend Golf Course
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Red Deer $35
Twin Willows Golf Club
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Edmonton $44
Anglemont Estates Golf Club
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Anglemont $19
Cranbrook Golf Club
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Cranbrook $49
Revelstoke Golf Club
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Revelstoke $58
Hunters Green Golf Club
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Sturgeon County $24 - $39
Rich Valley Golf Club
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Gunn $15 - $30
Drayton Valley Golf Club
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Drayton Valley $41 - $74
Pigeon Lake Golf Club
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Mulhurst Bay $30 - $55
Muirfield Lakes Golf Club
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Lyalta $40 - $77
Crystal Ridge Golf Club
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Okotoks $28 - $38
Birchdale Golf Course
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Grindrod $15
Lacombe Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $25 - $62
Trickle Creek Golf Course
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Kimberley $104 - $115
Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $31
Barrhead Golf Club
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Barrhead $29 - $69
Silvertip Golf Course Canmore $90 - $160
Harvest Golf Club Kelowna $75 - $115
Jagare Ridge Golf Club Edmonton $90
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Links Ponoka $30.00 - $77.50
Kelowna Springs Golf Course Kelowna $56 - $106
River Ridge Golf & Country Club Edmonton $55
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Sulphur Banff N/A
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course Jasper $130 - $225
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Riverside Fairmont Hot Springs $69
Bootleg Gap Golf - Championship Eighteen Kimberley $49
Ranch Golf & Country Club Acheson $55 - $69
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Predator Vernon $110 - $140
Greywolf Golf Course Panorama $99
Banff Springs Golf Club - Sulphur/Tunnel Banff N/A
Okanagan Golf Club - Bear Kelowna $100 - $120
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Mountainside Fairmont Hot Springs $49
Leduc Golf & Country Club Leduc $51 - $85
Raven Crest Golf & Country Club Edmonton $55
Okanagan Golf Club - Quail Kelowna $100 - $120
Cougar Creek Golf Resort Wabamun $59
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club Kelowna $95
St. Eugene Mission Golf Resort Cranbrook $55 - $65
The Links of Glen Eagles Golf Course Cochrane $37 - $99
Eagle Ranch Golf Course Invermere $105
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Tunnel Banff N/A
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Ridge Vernon $130 - $160
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Creekside Fairmont Hot Springs $17
Banff Springs Golf Club - Tunnel/Tunnel Banff N/A
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Old Course Ponoka $45.50 - $102.50
Bootleg Gap Golf - Recreation Nine Kimberley $19
Sandpiper Golf & Country Club Sturgeon County $40 - $50
Black Bull Golf Course Ma Me O Beach $35 - $67
Wildstone Golf Course Cranbrook $69
Sparwood Golf Club Sparwood $25
Silver Sands Golf Club Fallis $34 - $60
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club - Pinnacle 9 Kelowna $16 - $25
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