In yesterday’s email from SCORE (their current Players issue is their best of the year) I clicked the Best Public courses in Alberta, only to find that it is their 2011 edition. The following is IMHO a 2012 version, as put together by myself and some of our 36 course marshalls. They play a lot more than I do!
After Shagannappi, hands down best value in the province!
1st Tie Kananaskis LORRETTE, Kananaskis KIDD (both great designs, superb outside service operation, marginal course management), WOLF CREEK OLD (fine design), D’ARCY RANCH (excellent condition of a fine design, would be the ideal LPGA host course, hard to get a time as it’s so popular), WATERTON (bit of a drive, but worth it, great old design) and WOLF CREEK LINKS (fun, Cabot West). Sorry hedged my bets bit much!
7th SIROCCO although I don’t think it’s public as Score mentions, it is a good track
8th BLUE DEVIL the new kid on the block, built to be private but public, play it in 2013 before they jack up the rate
9th PARADISE CANYON Arizona in Alberta, bit of a drive but also worth it. Could be in the “next” area where great golf courses could be built
10th GLENEAGLES (Links) fun course with nice views, could be improved by reversing the nines, so present #1 (Furber’s worse hole) could be played later (it would be a fun 16th hole)
11th HERITAGE DESERT & HERITAGE an excellent course, bit too much soft turf, odd 1st hole, excellent staff and service, would be higher but too expensive
12th STEWART CREEK excellent course bit expensive
13th SILVERTIP also great service, not quite as good as Stewart Creek, expensive
14th JASPER & BANFF probably the best in the province and the country, but expensive as parts of resorts with limited golf season. Jasper is the best design, but bit remote. Banff has suffered from “improvements” over the years but remains a Canadian Gem.