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Where to Golf in Calgary: Top 10 Local Public Courses

Blue Devil Golf Club is Calgary's newest course. (Photo: courtesy Blue Devil Golf Club)

Blue Devil Golf Club is Calgary’s newest course. (Photo: courtesy Blue Devil Golf Club)

Fooooore! Whether you’re looking to sharpen your game or just get in a few relaxing swings, Calgary has everything a golfer could desire—challenging courses, well-maintained greens and stunningly beautiful views. Here are Where Calgary publisher Brian French’s picks for the best public golf courses in the city and surrounding area.

1. Heritage Pointe Golf Course
Located 20 minutes south of the downtown area in Pine Creek Valley, this 27-hole facility is surrounded by scenic forested area, cliffs and beautiful flowing water. Heritage Pointe is among the best-maintained courses in the city and features the quickest greens. Green fees $55 to $118.
• 1 Heritage Pointe Dr, DeWinton, 403-256-2002, www.heritagepointe.com
Map and reviews

2. Silvertip Golf Course
Silvertip is perched on the benchlands of Mount Lady MacDonald in Canmore, 50 minutes west of Calgary. It’s a little further away from the city, but most definitely worth the drive. It seems like each of the 18 holes on this championship layout are signature holes, many with breathtaking elevations. Green fees $95 to $165.
• 2000 Silvertip Tr, Canmore, 1-877-877-5444, www.silvertipresort.com

3. Blue Devil Golf Club
Calgary’s newest golf venue, Blue Devil offers an 18-hole championship course and an executive nine-hole track aptly called “Lil Devil.” The big course features wide undulating fairways that present ample deception. The surrounding fescue, numerous sand bunkers and subtly breaking greens provide a great challenge for players of any skill level. Green fees $34 to $89. Lil Devil 9-Hole: $20 to $23.
• 2300 – 194 Ave SE, Calgary, 403-452-7892, www.bluedevilgolf.com

The Links of GlenEagles overlooks the scenic Bow Valley. (Photo: courtesy The Links of GlenEagles)

The Links of GlenEagles overlooks the scenic Bow River Valley. (Photo: courtesy The Links of GlenEagles)

4. The Links of GlenEagles
Northwest of Calgary in the town of Cochrane, this 18-hole course overlooks the stunning Bow River Valley. The course has multiple signature holes with dramatic elevation changes and several holes are wound tightly through a residential development, placing a premium on accuracy from the tee. Green fees $29 to $109.
• 100 GlenEagles Dr, Cochrane, 403-932-1100, www.gleneaglesgolf.com
Map and reviews

5. Hamptons Golf Club
Once one of Calgary’s most exclusive private golf clubs, The Hamptons is now open to public play. Situated in Calgary’s northwest region, it offers a tremendous challenge with tight fairways framed with foliage and well bunkered, rolling greens. Green fees $50 to $120.
• 69 Hamptons Dr NW, Calgary, 403-239-1455, www.hamptonsgolfclub.com

6. D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club
Located in the town of Okotoks, 30 minutes from Calgary, this 18-hole course is situated on the site of a former racetrack and horse ranch and is surrounded by prairie farm fields and tree-covered escarpments. The 503-metre (550-yard), par five #7 may be the best (and most challenging) golf hole in the Calgary area. Green fees $25 to $75.
• Highway 2A and Milligan Dr, Okotoks, 403-938-4455, darcyranchgolf.com
Map and reviews

7. Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club
Overlooking the Elbow River, this 18-hole course is located west of Calgary in a scenic forested area near the town of Bragg Creek. Redwood Meadows is a long course with many narrow fairways. From the back tees, it plays over 6,580 metres (7,200 yards) and is not for the faint of heart. Green fees $70 to $95.
• 100, 1 Tsuu T’ina Dr, Redwood Meadows, 403-949-3663, redwoodmeadowscom.webstarts.com
Map and reviews

8. River Spirit Golf Club
With an excellent view of the Elbow River Valley in the city’s southwest, this 27-hole course is scattered among prairie fields, grassy marshlands, a river valley and magnificent trees. Green fees $39.50 to $88.
• 241155 Range Rd 34, Calgary, 403-247-4837, www.riverspiritgolf.com

9. Speargrass Golf Course
Speargrass is a golf course with multiple personalities. Lulling players into a false sense of security with an approachable design through the first 15 holes, the course takes a significant turn with its final three holes, winding down through and back up out of a river valley that requires heart-stopping gamble shots. Green fees $42 to $89.
• 82 Speargrass Blvd, Carseland, 403-901-1134, www.speargrass.ca
Map and reviews

10. McKenzie Meadows Golf Club
This 18-hole course in the city’s deep southeast is positioned right next to the Bow River. McKenzie Meadows has recently been renovated as a result of the significant flood damage in 2013 and offers some of Calgary’s lushest fairways and truest greens. Green fees $34 to $71.
• 17215 McKenzie Meadows Dr, Calgary, 403-257-2255, mckenziemeadows.com

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