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Alberta


When most people think of Alberta province, Canada, they think of Calgary or Edmonton (with its West Edmonton Mall,) or Banff and Jasper National Parks. Some may also have warm memories of the Calgary Stampede, the world’s largest rodeo. Perhaps Edmonton’s Folk Music Festival, Symphony Under the Sky, Yardbird Jazz Festival or Labatt Blues Festival comes to mind or Maybe Calgary’s International Film Festival or Canmore’s Mozart on the Mountain or Drumheller’s Beethoven in the Badlands concerts appeal to some. They are all very worthy activities within this west-Canadian province, and only represent a small portion of the festivals, fetes and celebrations held there every year.

Golfers, though, are more likely to think of places like Blackhawk Golf Club, and Wolf Creek, both Rod Whitman designs. Where Wolf Creek involved major terraforming to produce that links environment, Whitman worked largely within the existing terrain in developing Blackhawk, and intended it to be a thinking person’s golf course. And you’d best be on your toes at that, because dandies like the 11th hole will be lying in wait.

Don’t think that’s a monopoly on good golf, though. The picturesque terrain has lent itself well to several courses. (Golf is still a Heritage Game in Canada, after all.) In Medicine Hat alone, there are the Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club (right on the north bank of the South Saskatchewan River,) the Connaught Golf Course, Cottonwood Golf Course (on Seven Persons Creek,) Paradises Valley and Ross Creek, both Par 3 courses, the Riverview Golf Course in Redcliff, and The Links at Desert Blume, which is opening in Spring, 2007.