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Experience Golfing along the Cowboy Trail Sundre Golf Club

Just a split second after impact, a wave of doubt shot through me. In the air, my ball – soaring against the snow-dusted peaks that loomed over the Kananaskis Valley – was a righteous thing of beauty. But I missed the sweet spot. Caught it on the toe. And, fearing the watery grave in front of the green was the most probable outcome, I yelled “get going!” so loud I scared away the whiskey jacks. But, as every golfer knows, once your ball is in the air you can’t really do much about the outcome. Your fate is in the hands of other powers. Thankfully, there are some things in golf that you can control. Like where you play. And, for me, one of my favourite places to peg it up in Alberta is along the beautiful Cowboy Trail. (And the moment described above took place on the iconic par-3 4th on the recently refurbished Mount Kidd Course at the Kananaskis Country Golf Course, one of my favourite holes in the world. Too bad I often hit it into the water!)

Wintergreen Golf & Country Club

Having travelled the Cowboy Trail numerous times over the years (I usually take it one section at a time), I’ve long since realized that this 700 km route is a road with plenty of riches. Stunning mountain scenes. Rolling ranchland peppered with homesteads and hay bales. Small towns oozing with rural charm. Indeed, the drive alone is worth its weight in gold. But, for golfers, “the drive” has multiple meanings! And, with dozens of beautiful courses along the route to unleash your pent-up power, “driving” golf balls can quickly take center stage. And, to be honest, it should. I’ve always thought that the rolling, variety-filled terrain along the foothills is absolutely ideal for golf. Flat parcels of land with little character just do not cut it if you want to build a compelling course! With outstanding character-filled courses in Waterton, Turner Valley, Priddis, Bragg Creek, Cochrane, Water Valley, Sundre, Rocky Mountain House and Drayton Valley, there is no shortage of excellent places to play. And there are many more courses if you include the small 9-hole courses or are willing to venture a few miles off the trail to places like Nanton, Okotoks, Kananaskis, Olds, and Whitecourt, just to name a few. In a lot of ways, the Turner Valley Golf Club, established way back in 1930, epitomizes what golf along The Cowboy Trail 44 | Enter Our Photo Contest

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Welcome to the seventh annual edition of Experience the Cowboy Trails, a visitor’s guide to the many unique western attractions and events i...

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