Explore the Canadian Badlands sublime landscape one golf swing at a time. Golf where dinosaurs lived, coal miners sought black treasures, First Nations hunted bison, and where a myriad of unique birds and animals make their home. Swing your way through history and culture.
The Canadian Badlands is home to five premier courses: Dinosaur Golf and Country Club in Drumheller, Hanna Golf and Country Club, Desert Blume Golf Club in Medicine Hat, Paradise Canyon Golf Resort in Lethbridge and Speargrass Golf Course in Carseland. Take a week and experience all five courses or choose one or two and combine them with the many great regional golf courses found throughout the Canadian Badlands.
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This is one of the few courses on earth where you can golf in the footprints of dinosaurs and that’s just one of its many unique attractions. This course is home to two completely different nines. The front nine was built with the idea of offering an oasis in the middle of the desert-like badlands. It’s a traditional course with banks of trees and water features dotting the flawless fairways. The back nine is a stark contrast as its played amongst jagged hills, ancient boulders, and cacti. Ravines jet out on all sides, elevation changes are frequent, and fairways are an unpredictable connection of green patches.
The Hanna Golf and Country Club has come a long way since it had rubber mats for tees, greens of oiled sand and annual membership fees of $10. Created by local cattlemen in 1921, the humble nine-hole course has since been redesigned twice. Today, an 18-hole championship course awaits visiting golfers to the heart of the Canadian Badlands, but the spirit of this small-town club remains. As the golf course sign on Highway 9 aptly states: "Hanna –Worth the Drive!" Dare to take a shortcut on the challenging dog-legged seventh hole all while clearing water hazards and two-tiered greens backed by bunkers.
Medicine Hat's newest golf course is like no other in the Canadian Badlands or even western Canada. Carved from cliffs and coulees and following a winding creek, Desert Blume reflects the sublime beauty of southeast Alberta, making it one of Alberta’s toughest par fives. Here, designers created a links-like course by following the lay of the land and working with the raw materials of notched cliffs, tough grasslands rough, a lively stream and the course’s only tree, a Russian olive on the first hole. Though you won’t find much shade here, there’s no absence of water.
Lethbridge is known as a windy city, but its championship golf course is what will blow you away. With unparalleled scenery, a links-style layout, and a vast sky above, Paradise Canyon Golf Resort is another jewel of the Canadian Badlands. It’s an oasis of perfectly-manicured fairways and beach-white bunkers, with water trickling from fountains and the mouth of the Oldman River. Long fairways, uniquely designed hazards, and high rough all help make this one of Western Canada’s best courses.
One word sums up almost everything about Speargass Golf Course – big. It applies to the fairway curves, the bold bunkers and even the grins of golfers hunting for wayward balls. Opened in 2002, it may be a be a newcomer on the Canadian Badlands golf circuit, but its distinct design, superior condition, and spectacular scenery are quickly proving Carseland to be a big hit.
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