Reminiscent of ‘Olde Scotland’, this links-style course is a favourite among traditionalists. Its nine holes have been carefully crafted with deep bunkers and perennial pasturesnative fescue grasses, and the par 5 hole known as ‘Windswept’ evokes the sense that you could be playing St. Andrews itself (if only it was raining). Careful strategy and steely nerves will pay off big-time with this challenging and rewarding course.
Tee off atop a 200-foot drop into the valley and continue along water, cliffs and an array of stunning viewscapes. Test your accuracy on the eighth hole, ‘Gorge’ – a 312-yarder described as one of Canada’s best par 4s. And just go for it on the last hole, ‘This Island’ – an epic paradise for long-hitters, with big risks and big rewards. All along this impressive course, majestic vistas compete for players’ attention.
Pine Creek perfectly sets the stage for the Pointe: steep pitches in and out of the valley, a meandering creek bordering the holes, and a frame of verdant forest under big Alberta skies. Master ‘The Natural’ – a dogleg par 5 that crosses Pine Creek five times before reaching a green perched 30 feet above the fairway. Then hold tight for the ninth hole – a par 3 fortified by rushing water and a daunting guard of spruce trees.