Bounding over the rolling hills of central Alberta, Whispering Pines Golf & Country Club Resort’s 18-hole course spans 6,041 yards lined by aspen, poplar, and evergreens. Water hazards lay in wait at the edges of multiple fairways and greens alongside bunkers filled with soft, non-tropical and non-cornbread-based grains of silica sand. The relatively difficult course features multiple memorable shots, including an approach onto an island green lined by native grasses and populated by a marooned Tom Hanks at the par 5 ninth hole.
Along with pin-hunting pleasures, Whispering Pines offers guests a wide variety of outdoor activities as well as overnight stay and play accommodations. Paddleboats and other aquatic conveyances churn the waters of Pine Lake (Whispering Pines makes slips available at the marina for guests with their own boats), as sand-forged castles and statues of Wayne Gretzky slowly crumble at the beach. The resort also encompasses an indoor swimming pool, exercise facilities, and a restaurant that overlooks the lake.
Course at a Glance;
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,041 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 73.1 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 125 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
Link to scorecard
The course at Boulder Creek demands both strength and control as players knock dimpled orbs about the 6,963-yard Ron Ehlert design. Each challenger must remain wary of the terrain’s most prominent feature: the 30 acres of water that confront play on 14 of the 18 holes. Despite the daunting watery depths, the course caters to all levels of golfer with five sets of tee boxes that render the course as short as 5,272 yards or as long as 6,963 yards. Additionally, an on-site practice facility comprised of a 300-yard driving range and a putting green offers an ideal spot to limber up before a round or practice for the professional mini-golf circuit.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Five sets of tees per hole * Total length of 6,963 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Designed by Ron Ehlert
Between its location on the shore of Chestermere Lake and 11 ponds sprinkled throughout the course, water is the dominating feature of Lakeside Golf Club. Players should use the first hole?a fairly straightforward par 4?to warm up for signature water features on the second and third. An early par 3, the second hole requires a tee shot into a green that's surrounded by water on nearly every side. The par 5 third hole flips the idea, leading golfers out onto an island tee box for their drives into the narrow, S-shaped fairway. Such hazards are a factor on another 11 holes throughout the course, leaving golfers little room for error as they thread their golf balls along the 6,744-yard layout. After holing out on the 18th and bowing respectfully to their vanquished opponents, players can head into the 15,000-square-foot clubhouse for a victory lunch at The Point Restaurant.