The shorter, the better
Nine-hole golf courses Saskatchewan
By Stan Bartlett
If you have limited cash for green fees or only a couple of hours to spare, a nine-hole golf course is ideal. Juniors, seniors, novices, duffers, or even scratch golfers, will find plenty of quality nine-hole grass green courses in every corner of Saskatchewan. Here are a few favorites:
Katepwa Beach Golf Course has built solid reputation around its quality conditions and improved services. The track features undulating terrain, dramatic elevation changes and lovingly maintained greens. The new clubhouse has decks overlooking the course, the QuíAppelle Valley and Katepwa Lake. www.katepwabeach.com
Moose Creek Golf Club near Oxbow, a waterfront course on the Alameda Dam Reservoir, was opened by local golfers a couple of year ago. The newly-formed Moose Creek Regional Park features 45 campsites, a boat launch, filleting shack, and a beach.
Sherwood Forest Golf and Country Club west of Regina is located in a pleasant valley setting with plenty of elevation changes and a new clubhouse. They cater to company and family tournaments.
Indian Head Golf Club boasts 30,000 mature pine and spruce, and several species of prairie trees and shrubs. While there may be lots of trees, most fairways are wide and forgiving, making this a favorite family course.
Cypress Hills Golf Course near Maple Creek is one of several courses that has converted to grass from sand greens in recent years. This family course located within wonderful Cypress Hills Provincial Park is a good choice. www.saskgolfer.com/cypress/
Thompson Lake Golf Club near Swift Current is reported to be a gorgeous course with high-quality conditions. The course is set along the lake and like most nine-hole layouts, golfing isn't the only attraction. After a day on the links, Thomson Lake provides some good fishing.
Willow Bunch Golf Course located in a beautiful valley setting, is the pride of the community. The golf course is built using the natural terrain with considerable elevation changes that traverse through large hills and valleys. Nearby Coronach Golf Club is also worth a stop. This family track overlooks the Poplar River, rolling hills and grain fields. The Clubhouse is a restored CP Railway Station. www.willowbunchgolf.com
Eston Riverside Regional Park Golf Club Club is a challenging track among rolling hills, sporting large grass greens surrounded by sand traps. In an area with lots of prairie, Eston is a surprisingly green oasis situated along the South Saskatchewan River. www.saskregionalparks.ca
McNab Regional Park Golf Course at Watson has attracted a loyal clientele since opening in 2001. It plays long and favors those who possess the long drive in their arsenal. The course features three par-3 holes, and three elevated par-4 and par-5 holes Ė and a recently added new clubhouse. www.saskgolfer.com/mcnab/
Riverbreaks Golf ResortResort at Riverhurst, perched at the northern end of Lake Diefenbaker, is one of those in the "absolutely must play" category. It's a course that brings a touch of Scotland to the Saskatchewan prairie. The seventh is a par-3 signature hole with an elevation drop of 168 feet. www.saskparks.com/golf
Outlook Riverview Golf Course although squeezed onto just 38 acres, is a good test for golfers of any talent level. Itís located along the South Saskatchewan River and features irrigated greens and fairways, wooded areas and great views. An adjacent campground and regional park overlooks the golf course. www.saskregionalparks.com
Manitou Beach Golf Course has water hazards, trees and bush with which to contend. Established in the 1920s, the course has good-sized greens and lots of bush. After a few pars, enjoy the popular Manitou Springs in this resort community. www.manitougolf.com
Wakaw Lake Regional Park Golf Course overlooks the scenic Wakaw Lake and has an abundance of natural and planted trees. Itís a pretty, family oriented course with a challenge for everyone. www.townofwakaw.com/golf.html
Tisdale Riverside Golf Course along the banks of the Doghide River, is a friendly nine-hole course that offers plenty of challenge. Thereís an interesting combination of well-treed holes: some wide fairways and some not so wide. www.townoftisdale.com
Pasquia Regional Park near Arborfield is a lush and well-designed course. The course lies next to the Carrot River and descends into the scenic landscaping of the river valley. Itís a busy course popular with tourists. www.saskregionalparks.ca
Eagle Point Resort in La Ronge is one of the more unique courses around. Cliff tee boxes, bubbling creeks, and a ball-stealing raven, all add up to a challenging course that will delight you. The course, part of a full-service resort complex, is carved out of the forest and rock outcrops of the Canadian Shield. www.eaglepoint.ca
Chitek Lake Golf Course lies within the boreal forest and features rolling fairways and mature spruce, pine and aspen. Itís not unusual to encounter wildlife during play on this family course. Chitek Lake offers a variety of quality recreation facilities. www.saskgolfer.com/chitek/
Northern Meadows Golf ClubClub at Goodsoil has fairways cut out of the boreal forest and wide-open landing areas over gently rolling terrain. The quality of the golf experience will be even better in 2006 when expanded to championship-length 18 holes. www.northernmeadows.com