Two Great Reasons to Golf at Alberta’s Kananaskis Golf Course

Amazing scenery at Kananaskis Golf Course
Amazing scenery at Kananaskis Golf Course

Kananaskis Golf Course – One of the Top Courses in Canada

Enjoying amazing views while you work your way through a round of golf is a major reason why people love the game. Alberta’s Kananaskis golf course offers the city dweller breathtaking surroundings combined with two challenging 18-hole courses with plenty of sand and water traps to appeal to our sense of gamesmanship while surrounded by forest and mountains.

Alberta is a terrific province to explore. The Canadian Rockies just west of Calgary serve as the backdrop to the two 18-hole courses designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1983. The Mount Kidd and Mount Lorette courses are named after nearby mountains. Mount Kidd has a large number of sand obstacles, while Mount Lorette features water. Both courses are surrounded by abundant forest, and wildlife can often be seen on the fairways. Watch for bears! We spotted two while golfing – two separate times! If you see a bear notify a staff member and don’t approach your ball. It’s not worth your fingers.

Mountains and sky back Kananaskis golf course
Mountains and sky surround the Kananaskis Golf Course

A Little about the Kananaskis Golf Course

Both courses are par 72s at just over 7,000 yards each. While in the mountains, both courses are not particularly challenging when it comes to elevation, so both are walkable should you choose to bypass a cart. The first down hill to the course is the biggest hill you’ll face, although a cart for weather coverage is also advisable. The weather can change from hole to hole without notice. As we say in Calgary, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute!” So dress for sun and rain.

In June 2013, Calgary and area were hit by devastating floods caused by melting snow in the mountains combined with heavy rains which forced rivers over their banks and, among wide-ranging destruction, also flooded the two Kananaskis courses. They were reopened in 2018 and you can still see evidence of the flooding along the fairways.

Today the courses are in great shape, so if you’re a golfer interested in golfing in Alberta’s Rockies, this is a course to put on your itinerary. It’s a comfortable hour’s drive from Calgary. The courses are beautiful and quiet. It can be slower on the weekends or holidays but a round during the week is like a walk in the park.

Stunning mountain views at Kananaskis Golf Course
Stunning mountain views take the edge off hitting a sand trap

A Few Tips to get you started

Hardy golfers taking in the last day of golf just as a snowstorm hit
Taking in the last day of golf just as a snowstorm hit

The Kananaskis course is open from May to October and can be very busy, so book your tee times early. It’s a public course but feels more like an exclusive country club.

We suggest using the club valet by dropping your clubs at the top of the hill before you park. It’s a bit of a hike.

Oh, and if you’re from Alberta, you’ll get a local discount here when you show your Alberta ID. This was an idea from former premier Peter Lougheed, as he wanted as many locals to enjoy the course as possible.

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