Having grown up playing golf in a small town, I have a huge soft spot for small town courses. It has instilled a permanent sense of appreciation for access and affordability, both of which were crucial in giving me the opportunity to fall in love with the game of golf.
Sundre Golf Club, located in the small town of Sundre, Alberta, provides not only access and affordability, but a great golf experience to boot. The par-72, 6778 yard layout out in the country-side is as down-to-earth as it gets, but is no pushover.
The course is situated on a fairly flat piece of land, but offers plenty of contour and subtle undulations to keep things interesting. I’m a big fan of the green complexes and tight runoff areas around the greens featured throughout the layout.
While the photo below doesn’t do it justice, the short par-3 5th green is a great example of contouring around the green you’ll see at Sundre. I loved the front pin location out on the “nose” of the green, where any miss short or left will run down a sharp slope and leave a tricky up-and-down. Putting, bump-and-runs, pitches or flops are all in play – love me some options!
Most of the holes at Sundre are tree-lined, but with exception of a couple that feel a little tight, the playing corridors offer sufficient width. The treed areas are kept clean of underbrush, providing a fair chance to find your ball and advance it even if you stray from the beaten path. There are several long views down multiple holes and greens which give the course a slightly more expansive feel than many other treed courses.
We were blown away by the conditioning of the course, even though we had already heard how great of a job they do with their turf. They were arguably some of the most pleasant fairways we’ve played all season. The staff and members we interacted with showed a great sense of pride in their course, which was reflected in how meticulous they keep their little slice of the country.
With a peak rate of $79 on the weekends, a weekday rate of $59, and even better rates for afternoon and twilight play, it’s tough to beat Sundre’s value in Alberta. Located only an hour from Calgary, it’s well-worth the scenic drive to escape the steeper big city green fees.
They also offer some great stay-and-play deals which feature a night at the Best Western Mountainview Inn, with rounds of golf on both your arrival and departure day for around $170 for both golf and accommodation. Sounds too good to be true, but it’s real.
Sundre Golf Club checks a lot of boxes — access, affordability, fun and challenging golf, great conditioning, and a friendly vibe. Throw in good food and cold beer to cap off your round, and you’ve got a winning combination that’ll leave you feeling like you got more than you paid for.
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