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Make the Most of Our Short Golf Season with these top public courses

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Once again golf season is in full swing in Edmonton – for a few months anyway – and finding the right course at the right price can be tricky.

With more than 40 private, semi-private and public courses in the city alone and several dozen more in a short drive to surrounding regions, finding the right course to fit your budget is sometimes a hit or miss affair.

Amateur golfers in Edmonton seeking lush greens, immaculate fairways and manicured sand traps are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Being a northern city means that golf season is short and sweet in the Capital Region.

If you are not lucky enough, or can’t afford to have a membership at one of the many exclusive clubs in the Edmonton area, hacking and slashing your way through public courses with little knowledge can also get expensive. We highlight some of the best and affordable public courses in Edmonton to make sure those short golf days are maximized.

 

Lewis Estates Golf Club ($$$)
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Voted Top Public Golf Course in Edmonton by the Top Choice Awards in 2013, Lewis Estates is a fantastic public course with immaculate conditions and holes that cater to players of varying ability. Well-known for its nicely manicured course and the right amount of sand and water to keep things interesting, Lewis Estates is also conveniently located just off the Anthony Henday and Whitemud Drive. Prices vary depending on the time of play, and range from $59 to $85 for 18 holes, but include a cart, range ball and often a $10 food and beverage voucher.

 

RedTail Landing ($$$$)
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If you plan on flying out of Edmonton anytime soon, or just feel like a great round of golf, be sure to stop by RedTail Landing, located minutes from Leduc and the Edmonton International Airport. With its many links-style features, the course has been masterfully crafted by the celebrated Edmonton-based team of Puddicombe Golf, whose designs challenge golfers to use every club in their bag. Public rates are a bit more on the pricey end, ranging from $80 to $100 for 18 holes, but that includes a power cart and the use of their 19-acre learning facility.

 

 

Coloniale Golf Club ($$$$)
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Coloniale-01Located in the exploding Town of Beaumont, Coloniale is an 18-hole Championship links-style that has regularly received a 4-Star Rating from Golf Digest’s Places to Play. Designed to be playable for people of all skill levels, Coloniale has an array of bunkers and lakes throughout to offer a challenging but rewarding round. This picturesque course is well worth the extra drive to Beaumont. Rates are on the upper end and vary from $82 to $95, but include a shared power cart and use of the driving range. Junior players can also play free with an adult during dusk times.

 

Jagare Ridge Golf Club ($$$$)
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Situated along the banks of the Whitemud Creek Valley within Edmonton city limits sits the tranquil setting of Jagare Ridge. This 18-hole championship-style course was designed with the natural elements of the valley in mind, which in turn dictates the various challenges for golfers. Designers have gone even further though to ensure the course has a minimal impact of the many animals sharing this habitat. With flowing creeks, abundant cliffs, various elevation changes and plenty of large, old growth trees, this course is a pleasure from start to end. For adults, prices range from $75 to $90, but that includes a power cart and access to the driving range.

 

The Legends Golf and Country Club ($$$)
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Legends-01This full facility, 27-hole golf course offers everything the serious golfer expects. This picturesque course, just outside of Sherwood Park features large, beautiful ponds, gently rolling hills, elevated tees, and combines spectacular views of the North Saskatchewan River valley. The result is a tranquil setting to provide the golfer with an exciting and enjoyable experience. Water is in play on many holes, so shoot straight or you’ll be swimming often. Prices are excellent for the course, ranging from $35 to $57 for 18 holes, but that does not include a shared power cart.

 

The Ranch Golf and Country Club ($$$)
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Head out west on Stoney Plain Road and make sure to stop at the always challenging “Ranch.” This Canadian Tour course has earned its reputation as a difficult course with a championship design. The front nine feature a links-style design, while the back nine include narrow tree-lined fairways and dangerous water hazards. The 18th hole has even been dubbed one of the hardest on the Canadian Tour. But don’t be intimidated by one or two tough spots, as the comfortable environment is a great place to hone your skills. Prices for adult guests are either $72 or $85 depending on the day of the week. The quality of this course is great for the price.

 

Riverside Golf Club ($$$)
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riverside-01Riverside is a city-owned but challenging 18-hole course that incorporates the North Saskatchewan River as a water hazard just metres away from many fairways. Located in the river valley for the past 60 years, there are plenty of opportunities at Riverside to sharpen skills and swing every club. The club also offers various fun but competitive leagues for all skill levels. The nice bonus at

Riverside is the price. Ranging from $44 to $54 for 18-holes, Riverside is a good deal considering the challenges this course offers. Price does not include power cart.

 

Victoria Golf Course($$$)
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Officially Canada’s oldest city-run course, Victoria is a good challenge for beginners and mid-level players. With forgiving fairways and greens along the backdrop of the North Saskatchewan River valley, it’s a great course to develop your skills and fundamentals. It can get busy, but most golfers are patient and will even help with tips! Throw in views of the Alberta Legislature and University of Alberta buildings and the rich history in the course dating back to 1896 and you can be sure Victoria is a great place to spend a few hours. Prices for adults range from $46 to $57.

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