June 6, 2017
Northern Alberta boasts some of the province’s best golf courses, world-renowned for their course design, stunning locale and their ability to cater varying levels of expertise, diamonds in the proverbial rough for golf players of all levels. With that in mind, here’s a list of golf courses that offer excellent golfing options and feature some sort of camping or RV options (whether it be fully or semi serviced RV lots) for those wishing to make this a true weekend getaway experience.
Westlock Golf Course is one of Alberta’s oldest golf courses, and it’s held up over the years. Westlock’s a staggering 18-hole course, the more older front nine suited for traditional play with its tighter fairways, winding creek and several water hazards. You will get wet. The back nine is designed by Les Furber of Les Furber Design – anyone with a cursory knowledge of golf knows that Furber-designed courses have a reputation for high quality. Its spacious design and modern greens presents a challenge in its own right for players – the stark contrast between both nines defining the complexity that is Westlock.
Alberta Beach is one of the newer golf resorts in the region. Its biggest plus is in the name; you’ll never have a hard time convincing people to join you for a weekend golf retreat when it happens to be right by the beach. It’s the perfect golf staycation but with 18 holes feeding directly into an Aspen forest and rolling terrain aplenty, it’s sure to be a test of your will and patience.
Rich Valley is a community where your game is comforted by the calming waters of Majeau Lake. It’s safe to say the lake won’t be a huge bonus to your burgeoning game but Rich Valley does provide an inclusive environment for golfers of all levels. It’s only an hour northwest of Edmonton and its 3,150-yard, nine-hole is an ample resource for those looking to cut their teeth in a pristine setting.
The Furber connection continues over at Barrhead, a course also boasting design work from the man himself. As a result, it’s not exactly the easiest golf course – the layout’s a challenge at 6650 yards with difficult greens, contoured fairways framed by a dense foliage of trees and water hazards abound. But the quality of the course speaks for itself; it’s been included in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” multiple times as a must-play course for golfers of all levels. Barrhead also offers an impeccable dining service along with 16 camping stalls, making this one of the best weekend destinations. Barrhead offers a world-class experience with the convenience of being in your backyard.
Much like Alberta Beach, the locale of Silver Sands might be the best part about playing the course. Silver Sands has the layout of a country course on its front nine, with white sand bunkers dotting the landscape and a back nine offering the feel of a mountain resort. With holes such as Cattail Hollow, Barranca Ravine and Shattered Nerves, golfers will not have an easy time teeing off. The course does offer three sets for varying skill levels and fantastic stay packages offered to woo the hardest of weekend warriors into spending significant time at a hidden gem of a golf course.