The golf is right, Bob. And it couldn’t be more right than in Southwestern Manitoba where the hills roll, the water meanders and the greens are lush. Grab your clubs, a pocketful of tees, and, if you’re anything like me, a large bucket of golf balls (darn water hazards!), because it’s time to try and make par at a variety of clubs this year.
Here are 15 courses that are waiting for you to just tap-tap-taaaap it in…
1. Wheat City Golf Course, Brandon
Swing into action in the Wheat City! Nestled in Brandon’s Assiniboine River Valley, Wheat City’s picturesque 18-hole course offers a challenging layout for players of all skill levels. There’s also a tennis club and the best snack shack around.
2. Miniota Golf Club
It’s a trap! A good ol’ sand trap that is. Miniota is a challenging 9-hole course full of lush greens, beautiful fairways and some pesky sand traps. This picturesque course snakes along the Birdtail River.
3. Boissevain Golf Course
Boissevain’s well treed and excellently groomed fairways lead into a wide range of fast and angled greens at this 9-hole (par 36) course. Includes water hazards.
4. Clear Lake Golf Course, Riding Mountain National Park
You’re gonna need a bigger club. Built in 1928, this classic course is an institution. Clear Lake is a majestic 18-hole course full of challenges — Stanley Thompson designed the front 9, while the back 9 was constructed by Vic Creed. This golf course remains one of our most unique and beautiful ones.
5. Killarney Lakeside Golf Course
Fall in love with the fairways along the shores of Lake Killarney. Killarney’s challenging 18-hole course is perfect for all levels of golfers. Frosty beverages on the clubhouse’s sunny deck are just the ticket after a hot game.
6. Carberry Sandhills Golf & Country Club
Relaxing and challenging? Yep. Carberry Sandhills is a great course to enjoy the outdoors while trying to achieve par on their 9 holes. This place is a must play and it doesn’t break the bank!
7. Pleasant Valley Golf Club, Belmont
Get out the plaid golf pants because there’s nothing more pleasant than golfing Pleasant Valley. Set in the picturesque Pembina Valley, this 18-hole course lies at the south end of Pelican Lake and rises up 125 feet on beautiful tree lined fairways where large undulating greens challenge you on every hole.
8. Oak Island Resort, Oak Lake
Escape to the Island. Designed by Les Furber, one of Canada’s most prolific golf course architects, Oak Island Resort’s A-4 bentgrass greens provide one of the best putting surfaces available in the world. This beauty of an 18-hole championship course is completely surrounded by prairie wetlands and majestic oak trees.
9. Cartwright Town & Country Club
Run by a passionate board of volunteers, Cartwright Town and Country is a scenic 9-hole course. Every Friday is Fun Day here! You can golf all day on Fridays for just $15! (except Friday, June 10)
10. Glenboro Golf & Country Club
Golf, drink, eat, repeat! Located on the southern edge of Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Glenboro is a challenging 9-hole course with lush fairways, great people and a most excellent atmosphere.
Take a swing on the newest, oldest course in town. Hartney’s been around since 1926, but due to flooding in 2011 this 9-hole course has been completely reconfigured along with a new clubhouse — built on higher ground! This is a great course to walk.
12. Deloraine Golf & Country Club
Deloraine’s 9-hole beauty of a course is located next to the Turtlehead Creek Dam. The “Wall” on the 7th hole provides a special challenge to many. Remember, you want a hole in one, not a hole in wall. Golfers can access the driving range and putting green prior to tee off.
13. Minnedosa Golf & Country Club
Head for the valleys! Minnedosa’s 18-hole course is located in one of the prettiest parts of the province. It offers elevation changes of over 120 feet with breathtaking views from some of the elevated trees. PGA of Canada Professional, Deb Pritchard, is on hand to help you with your game. Your golf game.
14. Souris & Glenwood Community Golf Course
Three blind holes! See how they challenge you. The Souris & Glenwood 9-hole course is a scenic challenge that has three blind holes and plenty of water hazards.
15. Townsend Valley Golf Course, Melita
Follow the banana to Melita! Townsend Valley’s 9-hole course is well manicured and surrounded by trees, sand traps and challenging greens. There’s a creek flowing through the course affecting play on four holes.
Here’s a handy map of these fabulous courses. Golfing road trip, anyone?