Golfing at Heritage Pointe in Alberta

Teeing off on an almost treeless Desert course at Heritage Pointe
Teeing off on an almost treeless Desert course at Heritage Pointe

Located just 15 kms south of Calgary, Heritage Pointe Golf Course is a 27-hole semi-private course designed by famed American course architect Ron Garl in 1992. The three nine-hole courses are the Pointe, Heritage and the Desert, offering three 18-hole combinations. Each course has its challenges, but it’s one of the best courses in the Calgary area, and a favourite of rock singer Alice Cooper, and hockey great Theoren Fleury. It opened this year on May 2, about two weeks later than usual, having been given the go-ahead – along with most other courses in Alberta – by the Alberta Government at the tail end of the COVID-19 outbreak.

An interesting facet of Heritage Pointe’s services is their association with the Golf Academy. As it states on their website, “The Golf Channel Academy at Heritage Pointe offers a variety of instruction and coaching program options for any level of golfer or corporate group, from new players to aspiring competitive juniors to tour professionals…Golf Channel Academy is among the most expansive golf instruction networks today, including some of the top golf coaches in the world.”

A few tips about the three courses

The Pointe starts with a sharp drop into Pine Creek Valley, and the course generally follows the creek. The fifth hole is one of the toughest we have encountered. It’s a 518-yard par 5, but making par is made extremely difficult by a green that rises some 30 feet from the fairway. That means getting close enough to chip a high shot onto the green. I’m sure there are dozens of golf balls laying in the muddy scrub at the base of the green that couldn’t quite make the shot – mine included.

Avoiding the bunkers on the Desert course at Heritage Pointe
Avoiding the bunkers on the Desert course at Heritage Pointe

If you’re a fan of beaches, you’ll love the 8th hole on the Desert course. A 150-yard bunker runs along the left side of the fairway. It’s a par 4 but bogeys are more likely on this one. Generally, there are no water hazards on the Desert course and, as the name suggests, is almost treeless except for scrub brush on the edges and the trees in the yards of nearby homes. That doesn’t make for an easy round. Watch out for that tall grass at the edge of the fairways where well-intentioned shots go to die.

On the Heritage course, there are several holes with challenges. On the first hole, it’s a 500-yard par 5 that has a steep drop leading to a left turn at the bottom. Try to place well because your next shot has to clear scrub, water and a bridge. On 4, a well-placed shot off the fairway is needed to clear a major water hazard. And on 8, a little oomph is need off the tee – at least 200 yards worth – to clear a canyon to reach the fairway, hence the name of the hole, the Gorge. And on 9, the finish is daunting. The hole is almost completely surrounded by water and rocks, so a well placed shot is needed not only to reach the green but to stay on it. Because of the varying heights and the hazards, it’s probably the most visually interesting course at Heritage Pointe.

Check out our Bookstore

We’ve set up an online bookshop to give you a resource for guide books, golf how-to books and the like. We’ve found them handy and suggest that you might as well. Check out our store at this link.

A Word About Our Partners

We’re big fans of golfing. In fact, we live on one of the finest private courses in Alberta! If you are planning a trip to Alberta or B.C., send us a note and we would be happy to help with your arrangements – even providing a third and fourth if you need some golf partners. We’ve partnered with a few big names to help get you to where you want to go…in style! You’ll find them along the right side of the page.

For instance…

We are very pleased to welcome Peter Millar golf apparel to our site. Peter Millar features a wide range of casual sportswear, tailored menswear, and luxury and performance golf apparel appropriate for the golf course, the office or a night on the town. So if you’re looking for golf clothing for men, or golf clothing for women, click their link here or on the right side of the page.

Looking for golf clubs? Check out the deals at Carl’s Golfland. Click this link, or check the right side of the page.

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And we’re partners with the new eBay new and used program, so if budget is a consideration, check out the eBay link here, or on the right side of the page for golf club deals and more.

Have a look at our Cheap Flights page for some search suggestions, and check out our partners listed along the right side of the page who can help with flights, accommodation and travel resources.

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