BRAGG CREEK, ALBERTA – The Tsuu T’ina Nation, one of Southern Alberta’s most influential First Nations groups, owns a portion of the Canadian landscape that is coveted by all in the nation. High in the southwest corner of Calgary, the forest sprinkled with wildflowers is superior – as is the Nation’s golf course, the Redwood Meadows Golf Club, which the PGA Tour awarded to host the Alberta Classic of the Nationwide Tour.
“Calgary’s southwest is not foreign to high-profile championship golf tournaments,” said Kyle Redman, Canadian golf expert. “In fact, Redwood Meadows is just one of a bunch of great golf clubs on this end of town that has hosted major golfing events and been the envy of numerous golf vacations in Alberta.”
Excellent Golf Courses in Alberta, Canada
The Glencoe Club, which features two Robert Trent Jones Jr. courses here near Calgary, was host to the 1998 AT&T Canada Senior Championship (Champions Tour). Priddis Greens, a picturesque 36-hole facility in the area, hosted the 1999 du Maurier Classic, then a major on the LPGA Tour. Other courses to Calgary’s southwest, such as Wintergreen, Elbow Springs, and Pinebrook, have been in the spotlight numerous times and are regarded as some of the Calgary area’s most scenic courses.
Redwood Meadows Still Top Course in Alberta, Canada
Due the great golfing options around Calgary, Redwood Meadows has remained in the shadows, shy to proclaim to the city of Calgary, the province of Alberta, and the rest of Canada, just how good of a course is in these trees on this far west corner of the Tsuu T’ina Nation.
However, with the announcement of the Alberta Classic switching venues from the compelling but ill-equipped Links of Glen Eagles in Cochrane to Redwood, the bubble has burst.
The Alberta Classic competitors played a beefed up Redwood Meadows track that tippd the scales at approximately 7,200 yards (par 72). Four new tees were added to the Bill Newis-designed layout, including a new tee on the existing first (nines will be reversed for the tournament), which requires a 270-yard blast to get a look at the green.
In addition to the increased yardage, the most significant change to this Alberta gem of a course for the tournament was the reversing of the nines. Redwood’s existing 18th ends with a green tucked in a grove of mature pines. To accommodate the gallery, to save the trees, and to provide clear television viewing (The Golf Channel covered all four days of the tournament), the decision was made to flip the nines for the tournament.
A testament to the quality of the golf at Redwood Meadows is how memberships have grown, both in numbers and in worth. A few years ago shares at the club were a paltry $5,000, not even close to the average in Calgary’s golf-thirsty environment. Now, with the recent improvements, shares have jumped to $15,000.
Despite the triple jump in price, members are still pleased. The course is the pride of the Calgary area and the gem of Alberta, Canada. So, if you are lucky enough to tee off here on your next golf vacation to Canada, be sure to enjoy the moment – it could cost even more down the road as it becomes more and more of a popular golf destination.
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