Is it too early for golfing in Calgary

Posted by Justin Havre. on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 11:05am.

The Ground Hog may have called it right.  Spring has come early in Calgary and to prove it, a local golf course opened for business two weeks after the furry critter made his prediction.

Golfers at Fox Hollow in north east Calgary couldn’t believe it themselves when they unloaded their clubs on Feb. 16 for a few rounds on temporary greens and tees.

Fox Hollow is a public course adjacent to Deerfoot Trail on the south side of 32 Ave NE.  The course is mostly dry with some hints of snow in low-lying areas.  The ground is hard and you have to really push your tees into the ground.

Despite opening a full month ahead of schedule, Fox Hollow Golf Course saw action as enthusiastic duffers arrived en masse to be the first out on the fairway.

This isn’t the earliest the north east course has ever opened.  In 2012, Fox Hollow opened the first week of February, also on temporary greens.  The only other Alberta course to open this early in 2016 was Paradise Canyon in Lethbridge, and only the driving range is open at the present time.

Could it be other golf courses could follow suit?

Live in Calgary’s Golf Communities

If you love golf, wouldn’t you like to have a nice green fairway right outside your back door? There are many golf course communities in Calgary and area where you can live and golf!

Blue Devil

This is a public course and close to some of the brand new south east communities such as Cranston, Walden, Legacy and Seaton.  It’s situated along the Bow River and is a great family course.

Calgary Golf & Country Club

The ultra-luxury homes of Bel-Aire and Mayfair in south west Calgary back onto this spectacular golf course, the oldest course in Calgary on its original site along the Elbow River.  There is no finer course in the city limits than this.

Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club

The communities of Canyon Meadows and Woodlands back onto this private course, founded in 1961 on the north side of Fish Creek Provincial Park.  It’s home to many PGA events and the annual Shaw Charity Classic.  Picturesque and close to home.

Country Hills Golf Club

Another private course, Country Hills is in Calgary’s North West and has 36-holes in total offering two diverse golf experiences. Neighbourhoods next door are Country Hills Estates, Panorama and Hanson Ranch.

Earl Grey

Another historic course, this private club is on the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary’s South West quadrant.  The community of Lakeview hugs the western edge of this course which blends into North Glenmore Park.  An oasis in the city.

Glencoe Golf & Country Club

This course just outside the city limits is operated by the venerable Glencoe Club in Calgary. It offers 45-holes of outstanding golf and is surrounded by pristine forest and luxury chateau homes. A private course for discerning golfers.

Hamptons Golf Club

If you’re looking for real estate in Calgary’s North West, consider a home adjacent to this beautiful course, which boasts a 37,000 square foot clubhouse. 

Maple Ridge

The community of Maple Ridge surrounds with public course in Calgary’s South East quadrant.  Maple Ridge offers affordable family homes with a golf community lifestyle offered by the 18-hole course next door.

McKenzie Meadows Golf Club

Along the Bow River below the South East community of McKenzie is the Meadows, a private links course with ponds, sand bunkers and plenty of good tee boxes.

Silver Springs Golf & Country Club

Also in Calgary’s North West is Silver Springs, a community and private golf course along the edge of the river escarpment.  It’s a 300-acre course between Silver Springs and the community of Varsity.

Willow Park Golf & Country Club

Built in the 1960s, Willow Park was Calgary’s first master-planned golf course communities.  Executive homes flank either side of this large 18-hole championship golf course with an elegant clubhouse for members.

Valley Ridge Golf Club

This golf course is on the banks of the Bow River, built on a former campground and amusement park site.  Homes back onto the front-nine next to the river and the challenging back-nine in the community of the same name.  It’s a semi-private facility in North West Calgary.

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