Walkable delight in the heart of Central Alberta - Alberta Springs Golf Resort
Located in the heart of central Alberta minutes from red deer and just off the QEII and HWY 11 you will find Alberta Springs Golf Resort. This 18 hole facility is known for their exceptional service, course conditions and is one of the top corporate tournament sites in the area.
This parkland style golf course was built in 1996 and has been delighting Central Albertan’s ever since. If you love to walk and play golf, you’ll love Alberta Springs. The course is relatively flat, plays to 6801 yards from the back tees and the holes flow together seamlessly making it a joy to walk. Upon first glance one might think Alberta Springs is an easy course, that is not the case at all and with four sets of tees, the course is a fun, yet challenging for all types of golfers.
While brute strength and power is nice to have (I mean on what course is it not) it is not required at Alberta Springs, it is more of a strategic course that requires you to think your way around the course.
As the name of the course indicates, water is a major design feature and comes into play on 14 of the 18 holes. Match that up with a handful of dogleg holes and tree lined holes and you are in for a fun day out on the links. Alberta Springs is a course you will want to arrive early to so you have time to hit balls on the aquatic driving range, a fun feature to say the least and makes Alberta Springs a unique golf experience.
Par 3 - Alberta Springs is home to 4 beautiful and challenging par 3's ranging from 128 - 201 yards picking a favourite was not easy. The 190 yard slightly downhill 8th (shown below) however stands out to us. It is a visually stunning hole with trees lining either side of the hole opening up to a creek short and large pond to the left. When picking a tee shot be aware of the swirling winds and take note of which of the three green tiers the pin is located, a putt from the bottom up to the third tear or vice versa is asking for a 3 putt.
Par 4 - The 392 yard 11th is quintessential Alberta Springs (shown below). The 11th hole features a large body of water all the way down the left side of this dogleg left hole. We enjoy this hole because it presents you with options off the tee - The smart shot is to hit something out to the 150 yard markers and attack from there. Or you can get aggressive and try to cut the dogleg by hitting driver over the water and if pulled off, will leave you only a tiny wedge in. After you hit your drive you can't relax as approach shot can be tricky especially with a left pin - the water is only steps away from the left side of this shallow yet wide green.
Par 5 - The par 5's at ABS can be tricky and take a number of rounds to figure out your best plan of attack. We are picking the 18th as our favorite (shown below) because it is a beautiful finishing hole and if played correctly can end your round on a positive note, a birdie and reason to keep you coming back again, again. The 18th is a 501 yard dogleg left where the tee shot is critical to your success on the hole. If you hit it dead straight off the tee, the aquatic driving range will come into play. If you can hit a high draw this is the place to do it, we have played with a number of guys and gals who have had 150 yards into this finishing hole. If you play it safe and lay back on the tee you likely will have 250 - 225 into the green which sounds very tempting but any shots miss hit short right or left will find the trees.
•5141 - 6801 yards | par 72
•Rating 72.4 | Slope 134 (back tees)
•4 sets of tee-boxes
•Parkland style course, water is featured on 14 of 18 holes
•Very walkable course
•$70 walking weekday
•$75 walking weekend
•Aquatic driving range