Originally a 9-hole course upon its opening in 1978, community-owned The Bridges at Claresholm expanded into an 18-hole course in 2005 after designer Les Furber spent four years expertly crafting a back nine. Four tee boxes and attachable Gadget arms precede each hole, allowing patrons to adjust their distance to the green and driving angle to better avoid obstacles such as 12 water hazards. The Bridges at Claresholm also employs golf expert Lyle Broderson to offer private, semiprivate, or group lessons to golfers looking to make improvements, and hosts tournaments and male, female, and gopher leagues. Additionally, an on-site pro shop supplies participants with essential gear such as balls, clubs, and golf-suitable clothing, and Putter's Restaurant & Catering in the facility's clubhouse satiates visitors with weekly specials such as the Friday-night all-you-can-eat fish fry.
Hidden just off the highway, the course at Crowsnest Pass Golf & Country Club carves through the dense evergreen forests that blanket the Rocky Mountain pass for which it’s named. As groups start their rounds on the par 5 first hole, Turtle Mountain juts skyward on the horizon, providing a suitable target for drives off the tee. This sort of scenery is commonplace throughout the Les Ferber-designed course, as players drive and putt their golf balls beneath the peaks of Mt. Tecumseh, Crowsnest Mountain, and the Flathead Range hovering above the pines. The mountain path leads players past trout-filled streams and over drastic elevation changes, demanding strategic shot selection or a caddie who happens to be a Gold Rush-era mountaineer.
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