In honor of Tiger Woods’ tenacious win at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia yesterday, it seemed like a perfect time to tell you about our beautiful course here in Waterton. The Waterton Lakes Golf Course is one of Canada’s oldest, it was developed by genius golf course architect Stanley Thompson of Banff Springs and Jasper Golf Courses. It was constructed from 1929 – 1939 just after the Prince of Wales Hotel and the Northland Lodge were completed.
The Waterton course will both challenge you and take your breath away. The great thing about this course is that it works for the novice golfer as well as those who are experts at the game. It is astonishing how impressive the mountain scenery is surrounding this course. Looking off down the valley you have epic views of Mt Cleveland, The Citadel, and The Prince of Wales Hotel sitting perched on its hillside. This public course offers a range of amenities including club and cart rentals, a pro shop, a practice green and a licensed clubhouse all of which are open seven days a week from May until October.
This 18 hole course is challenging, fun, and reminds you of why you started to play the game. Located right in Waterton National Park (2.5 hours south of Calgary) and plays right next to the Southern Alberta Rockies. Like most of the courses in the Rockies, the mountain scenery is often a “hazard” all its own. This is a must play course if you are in Northern Montana or Southern Alberta. Its’ fairways are lush with its greens restored to reclaim their position as being among the best in Alberta. It is the only place I have golfed where without much effort you can see quite a bit of wildlife and marvel at the scenery. It is possible to see moose, fox, elk and bear. I’ve heard the bears love to break off the sprinkler heads to get a drink of watered play around the greens!
With friendly staff and unforgettable surroundings, this is the perfect place to spend a day in Waterton. The food at the clubhouse is very good with the beef dip sandwich being my absolute favourite. There is a lovely patio overlooking the golf course where you can sit and enjoy the scenery, eat lunch and visit with friends – and once again this is a public course and clubhouse so even if you don’t golf you can go to eat and just enjoy the epic views – no membership is required. We recommend this adventure highly when you are planning your visit to Canada, Banff, Waterton and Glacier National Parks; it is for sure a bucket list item in Waterton. Check them out at our website Northlandlodge.ca under things to do where you can book a tee time, reserve clubs and carts, view the course map, and read a description of the entire course.