Wintergreen Golf and Country Club is nestled in the beautiful foothills of Bragg Creek, Alberta, only 20-30 scenic minutes west of Calgary.
I had a great feeling about the golf course from the minute I pulled into the parking lot and caught a glimpse of the large rustic clubhouse. The surroundings immediately made me forget about the hustle and bustle of city life and got me into a relaxed state of mind for my round ahead.
The course itself can play as long as about 6700 yards from the back tees and offers a tee box for all skill levels, including an option to play combination tees. The golf course is no pushover for the skilled golfer but remains very playable for higher handicaps as well.
They have a great short game area where you can hit up to 60 yard shots, 2 putting greens, and a driving range to get your game fully prepared for the day ahead.
I was lucky enough to tee it up with two very friendly members, Susan and Brett. As well as Wintergreen’s director of golf, Walter. They really made me feel welcome at their course and shared some of their local knowledge with me as we played.
Seeing how they interacted with the staff and other members gave me the impression that everyone is very happy and relaxed out there.
The downhill par 5 1st hole really sets the stage for what you will be treated to during your round. A great risk-reward hole where you can hit anything from hybrid to driver off of the tee.
Hit a good opening tee shot and you’ll be rewarded with a great scoring opportunity to start your round. However, the water left and trees right remind you that Wintergreen is willing to show it’s teeth if you hit any wayward shots or become too greedy.
Throughout your entire round, the course is going to challenge your decision making ability by offering many risk-reward opportunities. Playing aggressively can really pay off, particularly on the par 5’s, but there is always enough trouble lurking to make you think twice. It makes for an extremely fun and stimulating round of golf.
The par 3 3rd hole:
The par 3 5th hole:
The dogleg left par 5 6th hole (below) is another great example of a risk-reward opportunity. You can challenge the dogleg with driver and have a chance to get home in two, but bite off more than you can chew and you’ll no doubt find yourself with a penalty stroke and struggling to make par or even bogey.
The approach to the dogleg right uphill par 4 9th hole:
The downhill dogleg right par 4 10th hole:
Approach to the 10th green:
The uphill approach to the par 4 14th hole:
Wintergreen’s signature hole, the downhill 200 yard par 3 15th hole:
There are so many great holes and views at Wintergreen that it was difficult not to post all of my photos, but part of the fun is getting out there and discovering it for yourself!
Each hole feels unique and provides different challenges. There is a good mix of short holes and long holes, difficult holes and scoring opportunities. It’s the perfect mix to keep you feeling challenged while still having a lot of fun.
After the round we went upstairs to the restaurant and enjoyed a nice cold beer, some lunch and took in the beautiful view. I ordered a chicken ceaser salad and was impressed with the quality, presentation and flavor. I didn’t go there for the food, but it’s certainly an additional incentive to return in the future.
All in all, I couldn’t find anything to complain about during my visit to Wintergreen Golf and Country Club. An extremely fun and scenic golf course in great shape. Smooth rolling greens. Great facilities. Great people. Great food. It all adds up to a memorable day on the course.
If you haven’t discovered Wintergreen Golf and Country Club yet, I recommend giving it a try.