Review: D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club

D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club is located a few minutes south of Calgary in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. It’s one of those courses that makes me wish I had a “fun” factor in my rating system, as it would surely receive perfect grades.

The course winds over gently rolling fairways and through a beautiful coulee which provides unique challenges and elevation changes.

The fun, challenging, well thought out and aesthetically pleasing D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club is consistently reflected on its very busy tee sheet. If you’re looking for a prime weekend tee time, I suggest you be online at 7am, four days in advance, ready to pull the trigger on a tee time as they will disappear very quickly.

D’Arcy ranch provides everything you need to get ready for your round. A very spacious full length grass tee driving range, a chipping area and a putting green located right beside the 1st tee box. The pro shop, snack shack, practice facilities and the 1st/10th tee boxes are within very close proximity of each other which helps to keep things moving smoothly for a typically busy course.

The opening hole gives you a great chance to jump start your round, a forgiving tee shot on a reachable par 5.

The par 5 opening tee shot:

D'Arcy Ranch 1st hole

The approach shot to the par 4 2nd hole:

D'Aarcy Ranch 2nd hole

The elevated par 3 third hole:

D'Aarcy Ranch 3rd hole

The par 4’s offer a variety of choices off the tee. Many of them you can hit anything from long iron to driver off the tee and nobody could fault you for either choice, depending how you’re feeling that day.

The approach to the par 4 8th hole:

D'Arcy Ranch 8th hole

One thing I love about D’Arcy Ranch is that there are so many ways to play it. Most of the par 5’s are reachable in two for medium to long hitters, however, going for the par 5’s is never a free ride as a stray shot can get you into some nasty spots.

The tee shot on the risk-reward dogleg right par 5 10th hole:

D'Arcy Ranch 10th hole

The approach to the par 4 11th hole:

D'Arcy Ranch 11th hole

The par 3 12th hole:

D'Arcy Ranch 12th hole

A beautiful finish to a beautiful day. The approach to the par 4 finishing hole:

D'Arcy Ranch 18th hole

The pace of play for such a busy course is actually pretty good. I’ve experienced a couple of 5 hour rounds there, but those seemed to be isolated incidents. Typically you can plan to play in about 4.5 hours. They have a great local rule that all of the long unkept grass off of the fairways simply plays as a lateral hazard. This definitely helps with pace of play at such a busy public course.

The value at D’Arcy Ranch is quite good for a region that typically has inflated green fee costs. It’s $75 to walk on weekdays, weekends, and holidays. That fee includes your taxes and warmup balls. No fuss, no dynamic pricing confusion. They also offer a very good twilight rate of $40.

I wouldn’t call it an “easy” walk with all the elevation changes, but it is certainly walkable for the moderately fit person that is up for some exercise.

After your round I’d recommend making your way up to the patio overlooking the course for a cold beverage and a snack. My personal favorite are their freakishly large hot wings.

I always make a point of playing D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club at least a couple times per season. I can’t help but being drawn in by the beautiful setting and a golf course that provides an extremely fun and unique challenge. I can promise you that it won’t disappoint.

Happy golfing!


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