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 to enjoy excellent food and warm hospitality.
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Geologically speaking, islands seldom crop up in the middle of the prairie—unless, of course, you're at Collicutt Siding Golf Club. There, in the midst of a front nine that boasts all the characteristics of true prairieland—flat, open terrain dotted only with low trees—golfers encounter a true island green at the sixth hole, a 530-yard par five. More topographical variety awaits on the back nine, which features streams, undulations, and a links style—a change of pace from the wide-open front side. Instead of attempting to drive a ball through their neighbor's doggy door, golfers can hone their swing at the course's driving range before rounds.
Akokiniskway Golf Course's nine holes skirt the Rosebud River, approximately one hour east of Calgary and 20 minutes from Drumheller, making the scenic landscape not just a feast for the eyes but a challenge to overcome on the course. But playing the par-30 course isn't the only way for visitors to appreciate the local landscape. An onsite campground features power and water hookups, fire pits, and firewood for purchase, allowing even non-golfers to take in the verdant grounds.