Review: Sundre Golf Club

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.

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Beth enjoying the country-side vibes

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.

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Approach to the par-5 4th green
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Looking back on the par-5 4th hole

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!

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The par-3 5th green

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.

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Par-3 14th green with a view down the par-4 12 hole

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.

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Tee shot on the par-4 16th hole
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Looking back on the par-4 16th hole

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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7 thoughts on “Review: Sundre Golf Club

  1. Great review Josh. I am a little partial as this is my home course. This is where I learned to golf! Glad to see you are letting people know… it is a bit of a hidden gem.

    1. Thanks, Darin! What a killer place to learn to golf. It still seems under the radar for how good yet affordable it is.

      Cheers
      Josh

  2. Josh,

    I have not played Sundre, but have heard of it years ago. I am surprised to see the amount of trees on the course. The hour from Calgary must be towards the Mountains. Great pictures and write up.

    Cheers Jim

    1. Hey Jim,

      Thank you kindly! It’s definitely a bit of a hidden gem, and is a little closer to the mountains being west and north of Calgary.

      Cheers!
      Josh

  3. Thanks for the write-up. Work brought me through Sundre a few years ago and I saw this course along the road on my way and thought it must be one of those sweet small town courses. Glad to see some shots of it and hear it’s as good as it looked from the road. I’ll have to return to play there at some point.

    1. Hey Brent,

      Thanks for the comment! I definitely recommend giving it a play next time you have the opportunity, it’s tough not to enjoy!

      Cheers
      Josh

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