Calgary’s Value/challenge/design/condition/ List

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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!

Banff Springs

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.

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