I didn’t get a whole lot of info when I played Red Deer Golf & Country Club a few weeks back. I can’t tell you who designed the course or whether the course today is the original layout. I can tell you the course opened in 1922 and sits on a real nice piece of property hugging a horseshoe bend in the Red Deer river.
The course is of parklands style, most, if not all, fairways are tree lined and a number of holes feature water hazards of one kind or another. While there isn’t a lot of elevation change on the property, the elevation change that does exist has been integrated into the course quite well.
The course plays as a par 72 between 5819 and 6921 yards. While not a long course, it features a number of dog legs that prevent you from just bombing it around. The real protection against low rounds are the tricky greens that are slick (rolling about an 11 in early May) with subtle breaks you really have to look for.
Red Deer Golf & Country Club is located right in the City of Red Deer along the Red Deer river at 4500 Fountain Dr.
The course is private, so don’t expect to just make a tee time or walk on, you will need to find a member to take you as a guest.
The website features a number of good shots of the original clubhouse, as well as today’s clubhouse, that opened in 2005.
The clubhouse is quite large, featuring a pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a restaurant that takes up the entire top floor plus second floor patio overlooking the 9th green.
While I didn’t explore the entire facility, it was clear it featured pretty much any amenity one would expect in a full functioning clubhouse of a private golf club.
Red Deer Golf & Country Club, while situated in the City of Red Deer provides a sense of seclusion. There are very few houses visible from the course and on one side of the course is just the river. Although minutes from the cities core, you feel like you are out in the country.
As to be expected at a private course, the conditions were very good, especially for early in the season (we played first week of May).
The course was tight with mature tree lines shaping most holes. Keeping the ball down the middle was definite a requirement to score well. In addition, a number of holes featured well placed fairway bunkers (which you don’t always see on parklands layouts) and water hazards.
Getting onto the green was only half the battle. While the greens appear fairly flat, they feature a lot of subtle break and were rolling true and pretty quick, although they seemed to slow as the round went on.
The signature hole at Red Deer Golf & Country Club is undoubtedly the par 5 4th, which runs along the Red Deer river. You start the hole well above the river, but at 200 yards or so out you descend down to almost level with the river. The hole itself is well layed out and the view is second to none.
A few more photos from around the course
Red Deer Golf & Country Club featured a decent range, well positioned right beside the first tee, which made it easy to get in some warm up swings without having to go far from the starting hole.
The putting green was a little awkwardly placed behind the 18th green and was very narrow. I could easily see someone over shooting the 18th green and ending up on the putting green.
The putting green also doubled as the chipping green, but there was no practice bunker.
Bits and Bites
- A portion of the course was flooded during the Alberta flood of 2013.
- The course features a 19th hole in the middle of the front 9 that looks to play as a dog leg right par 4 and shares a tee deck with the 8th hole. I didn’t really get an answer as to why the hole exists or whether or not they ever use it, but I believe it was used when they rebuilt the 4th hole, which was damaged in the 2013 flood.
- We must have seen 20 deer on the course, adding the out in the country vibe the course has.