Review: Heritage Pointe Golf Club – Desert/Heritage

Heritage Pointe Golf Club is a 27 hole golf facility located a few minutes south of Calgary in De Winton, Alberta, Canada. It consists of three “9’s” called The Desert, The Pointe, and The Heritage. This review is for The Desert and The Heritage.

Upon arriving through the front gates of Heritage Pointe I was very impressed. It felt like a high end establishment right from the get go as you’re greeted at the bag drop next to the large clubhouse.

After checking in we hopped into our cart that was already loaded up for us and went down to the full sized driving range where we hit a bucket of balls off of mats to get warmed up. They even have a 3 hole practice loop which you can purchase a day pass for, but the range sufficed for our warm up needs. A quick pit stop at the short game area located right next to the driving range and we were off to the 1st tee of The Desert.

With the Desert/Heritage combination, you get a nice mix of two different feeling nines. The Desert is fairly flat and open with a links style feel to it. By “open” I do not mean overly forgiving, the long grass off the fairways can be thick and punishing. I was fortunate enough to keep it in the short grass, but my playing partners weren’t so lucky as they had several balls swallowed up that they would never see again.

The Desert/Heritage combination is the longest of your three options at Heritage, playing as long as 7143 yards from the back tees and also boasts the most difficult rating of the three combinations of 9’s.

The 1st hole of The Desert from the fairway:

Heritage Pointe The Desert 1st hole

The par 3 5th hole on The Desert:

Heritage Pointe The Desert 5th hole

As you can see in the photo above and below, one of Heritage Pointe’s unique design characteristics is sharply raised greens. The green on the par 5 7th hole of The Desert:

Heritage Pointe The Desert 7th hole

The tee shot on the par 4 8th hole of The Desert:

Heritage Pointe The Desert 8th hole

As you transition from The Desert nine to The Heritage nine you’ll immediately notice a change in style due to the natural terrain in which The Heritage is situated. You’ll be challenged with elevation changes, a winding creek, and a few target golf shots, such as the tee shot on the par 5 1st hole of The Heritage shown below. It requires a carefully placed layup down to the fairway before the hole bends 90 degrees to the left.

Heritage Pointe The Heritage 1st hole

The par 4 2nd hole of The Heritage:

Heritage Pointe The Heritage 2nd hole

The par 3 5th hole of The Heritage:

Heritage Pointe The Heritage 5th hole

The island green on the par 5 finishing hole of The Heritage:

Heritage Pointe The Heritage 9th hole

Although I scored better on The Heritage, I would consider it more challenging compared to The Desert as it demands a slightly higher level of shot making ability to get it around successfully. Overall, I really enjoyed both of the nines and thought they complimented each other nicely for 18 holes of golf.

Although Heritage Pointe pushes a fairly high price point ($138 with a cart and range balls), they follow through with a high quality golfing experience. Something I look for in a great golf course is the ability to effortlessly run through each of the holes in your mind after the first time playing. Looking back on Heritage, I can certainly do this. Each hole felt unique, well thought out, and the course as a whole provided an array of different challenges to test all aspects of your game. It was also in fantastic shape from tee to green.

Unfortunately during this visit we didn’t have time to stay and eat at the restaurant, but it looked extremely inviting. Hopefully during my next visit I’ll get the chance to enjoy a meal there as well. Their halfway house is also quite nice and the service was pleasant and efficient as we made the turn.

If you’re looking to splurge on a round of golf in the Calgary area, Heritage Pointe Golf Club is sure to provide a memorable day on the links.

Happy golfing!

Josh

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  3 comments for “Review: Heritage Pointe Golf Club – Desert/Heritage

  1. September 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Josh

    Southern Alberta has many great courses. It has been a while since I played golf in Alberta, mostly around Cold Lake and Edmonton, but I still remember the picturesque courses.

    Cheers
    Jim

    • September 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Jim,

      Yes there sure are a lot of great courses out here. If you’re ever back this way be sure to let me know.

      Cheers!
      Josh

      • September 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        Sure will. Thanks for the invite!

        Cheers
        Jim

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