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Thursday, July 2, 2012

Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club Review

Full review online at: www.calgarygreenfees.com/calgary-golf-courses/dinosaur-trail-golf-country-club/


A quick eighty minute drive to the north-east of Calgary yields one of the most picturesque golf courses I've ever seen nestled in the badlands of Alberta on the outskirts of Drumheller's city limits. Almost like two separate nine hole courses, due to their startling contrast, this par 72, 18 hole is, in my opinion, one that every Calgary golfer should take advantage of. A true Alberta golf experience.

Course Beauty

The Drumheller golf course borders the outskirts of the corporate limits but fully nestled in the badlands of Alberta. If you've never seen the beauty of Drumheller and the nature surrounding it, I would make sure to plan a day trip to the town to experience all it has to offer; especially if you have kids. The front nine are open, lush green (a nice contrast to the dirt and cacti in the out of bounds areas) with mature trees with wide spread branches (although look out for the large spreading tree right in front of hole 5's green). Water and flowers dot a few holes on the front nine, making it a lovely experience. However, the real beauty of the course is the back nine which weave through the badland canyons (see the golf course image gallery below). It is an indescribable golfing experience to say the least and one every golfer (in my opinion) should take advantage of at some point in his/her life. It is one thing when a golf developer makes a beautiful course; but entirely another when a developer finds a truly incredible piece of nature and preserves the beauty while carving a golf course through it.

Difficulty

The front nine play like a normal mature Alberta golf course; however, the back nine are formidably difficult. Hole 10 drives you up the side of a badland canyon to a long par 4 fairway bordered by the canyon's edges. A little to the right or left, with the Drumheller wind, will take your ball for good. The whole back nine weaves through the canyons making for spectacular views but daunting hazards with hole 14 teeing off quite a ways past your line of site. This hole ends by you ringing a huge bell to notify the foursome behind you that they can proceed teeing off (since the green is nowhere to be seen from the tee boxes). Nature note: we also saw some fairly large snakes weaving through the wet portions on the side of the fairways which could be a hazard to some :)

Personal rating

5 stars

I give this golf course 5 out of 5 stars. This isn't necessarily a reflection of a perfect course (although I was hard pressed to find problem with it); however, it is a reflection of a must-see Alberta golfing destination for every Calgary golfer.


Full review online at: www.calgarygreenfees.com/calgary-golf-courses/dinosaur-trail-golf-country-club/

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Wednesday, June 24, 2012

Personal Review of Shaw-nee Slopes

Course: Shaw-nee Slopes Golf Course (SW Calgary, AB)

Full review online at:
www.calgarygreenfees.com/calgary-golf-courses/shaw-nee-slopes-golf-course/

What a pleasure to play on this Calgary golf course this morning. An early morning with perfect weather, we were one of the first groups out to the links. Fairways were well treed, nicely labeled, and had lots of variety in play. Many holes had a very decent difficulty rating, although not too hard for a beginner to have a great time. The Golf Marshall told us that the course has been conditionally sold to a developer who will tear up the golf course for a new community. Bit of a shame and I'd definitely recommend taking in the golf course before it closes down (this might be its last year). The only thing I would have liked is maps of each hole on the golf course itself on the tee and the yardage was different on the score card than labeled at the tees.

Course Beauty

The course was very beautiful. Very mature trees and beautiful houses map this lovely South West Calgary community golf course. Fountains were present in the limited number of water hazards. Rabbits and geese were in no short supply. Quite lovely.

Difficulty

In my opinion, there weren't a whole lot of sand or water hazards on this course (although I hit most of them :) but difficulty came into play with the large amount of trees. Long narrow fairways were unforgiving in stray golf balls and I honestly lost quite a few. Even many of the par 3 had tricky layouts - sometimes hard to recover from bogeys on previous holes. I found many of my shots having a tree in my way rather than sand or water. Someone with a very controlled shot would likely have no problem, but beginner to intermediate golfers (or those of us having a bad day) might have a bit of a problem.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2012

First Calgary Golf Course Review


Course: Boulder Creek Golf Course (Langdon, AB)

Full review online at:
www.calgarygreenfees.com/calgary-golf-courses/boulder-creek-golf-course/

Well, I was hoping that my first Calgary golf course review would be a positive one, but unfortunately, I was unimpressed. Today was my first time on a Calgary golf course this season at Boulder Creek Golf Course, just outside of Calgary (Langdon) in the South East. Luckily, my brother and I received free green fees from the current Calgary green fee special.

It took us about twenty minutes to get to the course from city limits, but it was poorly marked. When we finally arrived at the course, there wasn't even a sign welcoming us, just a gravel lot with a decent looking clubhouse. Boulder Creek Golf Course is one of Calgary's newest golf courses (2012 is their third season) so maybe some of these things are still under construction?

Course Beauty

One of my favourite parts of golfing is the beauty of the courses. Boulder Creek Golf Course left much to be desired with treeless fairways, damaged grounds, yellow grass, and a very flat layout. The newness of the course is very apparent.

Difficulty

The challenge of Boulder Creek was decent with 14 of its 18 holes considering water hazards (as always with water courses, bring bug spray). The flat layout and absence of natural large trees or hills allows for strong prairie winds. More than once, my ball blew off my tee and a previously stopped ball on the green rolled a few inches from a passing gust. Many of the fairways are quite narrow and long, with one of Alberta's longest par 4 holes (hole 9- 489 yards) and one of Alberta's longest holes stretching over 630 yards (hole 12).

Personal rating

1 out of 5 stars

I give this course a 1 out of 5 stars. If invited again, I would probably not revisit the course and would try to convince a friend to play a round at another Calgary golf course.

Full review online at:
www.calgarygreenfees.com/calgary-golf-courses/boulder-creek-golf-course/

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Saturday, May 2, 2012

Is the snowing over?

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Well folks, it's May and usually this means that the snow is done and the links are open. Every Calgary golf course is now open and many are sporting great specials for the beginning of the season.

The website is coming along although there is still much to do. My best guess is that everything will be finished by mid-May and polished by the end of May. It takes time to make sure this is up to date, time I could be golfing ;)

Special of Note:
My golfing partners and I are going to be going to one of Calgary's newest golf courses this week for a round, Boulder Creek. Why? Because until May 14, 2012, you can golf there for free simply by filling out an online form.

http://bouldercreek.ca/golf/proto/bouldercreekca/new_account/new_account.htm

Give it a try. I will be doing my first golf review on this course while I'm there, so check back for an excellent look at what to expect from Boulder Creek.

Until next time, drive far, golf often, putt excellently, and have fun on the links!

Clarke.
www.calgarygreenfees.com

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Tuesday, April 14, 2012

Calgary Green Fees First Blog

Hello fellow avid Calgary golfers,

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After a fruitless effort on the search engines to find any sort of proper Calgary Golf Directory, I decided that I should take matters into my own hands and create a website that reports up to date specials and green fees around Calgary. The purpose of this site will basically be the large table on the home page showing each golf course in Calgary, information about said golf course, and the lowest possible price of playing a round of golf there. It will be sorted by price, so you can see where the lowest green fees are in Calgary and hopefully notice some golf courses within your price range that you can go try.

As a golfer myself, I will also be trying out new Calgary and area golf courses that I will play and write personal reviews on. As this site evolves, personal comments as well as a rating system by visitors will be available to see what other are saying about certain golf courses to assist you in your choice of new Calgary links to try.

I will try to have all prices for all Calgary golf courses in the city limits up by late April, and will be updating the site every week with fairly new options and information, so please feel free to come back and tell your friends about the site.

Until next time, drive far, golf often, putt excellently, and have fun on the links!

Clarke.
www.calgarygreenfees.com

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