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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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Lacombe Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $25 - $62
Granite Pointe Golf Club
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Nelson $29
Lakeside Greens Golf & Country Club
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Chestermere $55
Coyote Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $25 - $35
Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club
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Edmonton $40
Collicutt Siding Golf Course
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Crossfield $33
Shadow Ridge Golf Club
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Kelowna $25
Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake Golf Course
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Sicamous $50
Trestle Creek Golf Resort - Jack Pine Nine
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Entwistle $40
Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
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Sundre $25 - $35
Balfour Golf Club
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Balfour $27.55
Twin Willows Golf Club
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Edmonton $30
Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club
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Drumheller $59.50
Meadowlands Golf Club
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Sylvan Lake $25
Kokanee Springs Resort Club
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Crawford Bay $79
Ironhead Golf & Country Club
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Wabamun $40 - $72
Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course
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Cremona $42
Canoe Creek Golf Course
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Salmon Arm $45 - $80
Big Tee Golf
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Breton $20
Nursery Golf & Country Club
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Lacombe $27
Revelstoke Golf Club
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Revelstoke $24
Trochu Golf & Country Club
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Trochu $23
River Bend Golf Course
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Red Deer $61
Wainwright Golf & Country Club
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Wainwright $25
The Rise Golf Club
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Vernon $69 - $115
Magrath Golf Club
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Magrath $34
Orchard Greens Golf Club
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Kelowna $20 - $25
Edmonton Springs Golf Course
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Spruce Grove $29 - $44
Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Club
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Blind Bay $30
Castlegar Golf Club
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Castlegar $49
Vulcan Golf & Country Club
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Vulcan $38
Taber Golf Club
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Taber $25
Three Hills Golf Club
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Three Hills $16
Athabasca Golf & Country Club
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Athabasca $50
Anglemont Estates Golf Club
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Anglemont $20
Golden Golf Club
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Golden $34
Kimberley Golf Club
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Kimberley $42
Birchdale Golf Course
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Grindrod $10.99
Heritage/Homestead Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $40 - $78
Cranbrook Golf Club
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Cranbrook $32
Barrhead Golf Club
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Barrhead $29 - $69
Fort Saskatchewan Golf Club
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Fort Saskatchewan $25
Hunters Green Golf Club
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Sturgeon County $24 - $39
Pipestone Golf Club
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Wembley $20
Indian Hill Golf Club
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Coaldale $11 - $21
Rich Valley Golf Club
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Gunn $15 - $30
Trickle Creek Golf Course
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Kimberley $104 - $115
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Links
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Ponoka $71.25
Heritage/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $40 - $78
Drayton Valley Golf Club
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Drayton Valley $41 - $74
Wolf Creek Golf Course - Old Course
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Ponoka $45
Pigeon Lake Golf Club
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Mulhurst Bay $30 - $55
Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club
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Wetaskiwin $45
Kaslo Golf Club
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Kaslo $21
Ponoka Community Golf Club
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Ponoka $35
Crystal Ridge Golf Club
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Okotoks $28 - $38
Homestead/Harvest Course at Picture Butte Golf Club
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Picture Butte $40 - $78
Water Valley Golf & Country Club
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Water Valley $45.00 - $79.29
Muirfield Lakes Golf Club
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Lyalta $40 - $77
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Mountainside Fairmont Hot Springs $49
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Ridge Vernon $130 - $160
Jagare Ridge Golf Club Edmonton $40 - $94
Banff Springs Golf Club - Sulphur/Tunnel Banff N/A
Raven Crest Golf & Country Club Edmonton $50 - $55
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course Jasper $130 - $225
Leduc Golf & Country Club Leduc $51 - $85
Harvest Golf Club Kelowna $75 - $115
Greywolf Golf Course Panorama $99
Okanagan Golf Club - Quail Kelowna $100 - $120
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club Kelowna $95
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Riverside Fairmont Hot Springs $69
Black Bull Golf Course Ma Me O Beach $35 - $67
Ranch Golf & Country Club Acheson $25 - $75
Wildstone Golf Course Cranbrook $69
Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club - Pinnacle 9 Kelowna $16 - $25
Kelowna Springs Golf Course Kelowna $56 - $106
The Quarry Golf Club - Granite Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Bootleg Gap Golf - Recreation Nine Kimberley $19
Sparwood Golf Club Sparwood $25
Okanagan Golf Club - Bear Kelowna $100 - $120
Sandpiper Golf & Country Club Sturgeon County $49 - $55
The Quarry Golf Club - Slate Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Silvertip Golf Course Canmore $90 - $160
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Tunnel Banff N/A
Eagle Ranch Golf Course Invermere $105
Predator Ridge Golf Resort - Predator Vernon $110 - $140
Bootleg Gap Golf - Championship Eighteen Kimberley $49
Banff Springs Golf Club - Tunnel/Tunnel Banff N/A
River Ridge Golf & Country Club Edmonton $55
Cougar Creek Golf Resort Wabamun $59
The Links of Glen Eagles Golf Course Cochrane $39 - $99
Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Sulphur Banff N/A
Silver Sands Golf Club Fallis $34 - $60
The Quarry Golf Club - Ironstone Course Edmonton $45 - $50
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Creekside Fairmont Hot Springs $17
St. Eugene Mission Golf Resort Cranbrook $55 - $65
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