Jun 13, 2019
The Ultimate Medicine Hat Golf Guide
Once known for its vast natural gas fields and clay products industry, Medicine Hat, Alberta has become more of a tourist destination thanks to its beautiful, lush parks, historic downtown, and golf courses. With golf season soon underway, the Comfort Inn and Suites gives you a several reasons to improve your swing at one or more of our top-notch local golf courses.
- A Short History of Golf in Medicine Hat
- Golf Courses
- Ways to Lower Your Golf Handicap
- Fun with the Family
- Where to Get Golf Gear
- Fore the Apps
- Stay and Play
A Short History of Golf in Medicine Hat
Golf has always been a favourite pastime in Medicine Hat from its days as a gentlemen’s sport to its now all-inclusive courses open to families and all levels of players.
The Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club’s history goes back to 1913 when club shareholders met and later secured a six-acre plot of land 6 miles east of the city of Highway 41. In 1934, the course was relocated to its current location on land leased by the City of Medicine Hat.
In 1977, the city received a grant to build a clubhouse on the property, but after a fire destroyed the original clubhouse in 1980, it was replaced the following year.
Opened in 1922, the Connaught Golf Course recently celebrated its 95th anniversary and has been located at its present site for more than 60 years.
Now, many more golf courses have joined the greens, for all ages and skill levels.
Work on your golf game by visiting one or more of our six golf courses, all of which are located within an easy drive from hotels.
Cottonwood Coulee Golf Course
A short 8.2-km drive along the Trans Canada Highway from our accommodations, Cottonwood Coulee is an executive–style, family-friendly 18-hole Par 4 course that has panoramic views of the city coulee. Drive, chip and putt along the blue-grass fairways, 38 sand bunkers, and bent-grass greens, starting from four tee distances with different ratings and slopes. The club also has a state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator, which allows participants to play a round all year long while enjoying a beverage or appetizer in the clubhouse.
Connaught Golf Club
Said to be Southern Alberta’s “friendliest place to play,” Connaught is a well-established, full-service, and semi-private golf course located just a five-minute drive from our hotel. The Par-3 championship, 18-hole course features five sets of tees for all different skill levels and measures 6,943 yards from the longest tee, with a slope rating of 125 and a 72.8 USGA rating. The club also features a full practice facility with public driving range, a pro shop, licensed pub, restaurant and outdoor patio, where you can take in the spectacular views of tree-lined fairways.
Desert Blume Golf Club
A world-class facility, Desert Blume is located off South Boundary Road, approximately a 7-minute drive from our Comfort Inn and Suites hotel. Desert Blume is Medicine Hat's newest golf course, opening in 2007. The links style course is set in a true prairie desert community. The par 72 layout provides an enjoyable and challenging golf outing with 4 sets of tee boxes offering playability for all. It also features a full grass driving range, large putting green, and short game practice facility with greenside bunker, as well as a full-service clubhouse and pro shop. Desert Blume played host to the Canadian Collegiate Golf National Championships in October 2018.
Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club
The Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club is a Par 72 Championship golf course nestled along the north shore cliffs of the South Saskatchewan River next to Police Point Park. Home to several tournaments, it was host to Canadian Junior Boys Championship in 2018 and voted the best golf course in 2019 from the Medicine Hat News Readers’ Choice Awards. The semi-private club has a mission to provide its members and guests with a “high-quality family and social country club lifestyle with the highest standards of service, including a superlatively maintained golf course.” Visitors can also improve their skills on the driving range and enjoy a meal in the clubhouse.
Paradise Valley Golf Course
A family-friendly golf course, Paradise Valley features an 18-hole range with a Par-3 on every hole. New golfers and those with a low-handicap can enjoy various challenges and hazards while taking in scenic views. Enjoy an on-course beverage service, practice facilities, “glow” night golfing events, as well as a restaurant and outdoor deck.
Riverview Golf Club
Just 10 km west of the City of Medicine Hat, in the community of Redcliff, Riverview is a public golf course perched on the cliffs and hoodoo-filled landscape overlooking the South Saskatchewan River. The course features 4 sets of tee boxes to accommodate golfers of all levels and offers a junior program, discounted rates for military members of the Canadian and British Armed Forces as well as corporate memberships and game-pass memberships.
Read more about these courses on Gord Montgomery's Inside Golf blog!
Ways to Lower Your Golf Handicap
Looking to improve your golf game before you hit the links? Don’t divot. Try some of these ideas that will stoke your stroke.
Book a Lesson with a Pro
Learning from a pro is one of the best ways for beginners and even advanced players to learn how to play the game of golf properly. Most of Medicine Hat’s champion courses offer a golf pro or academy where you can book a private, semi-private or group lesson.
Trevor Moore, who is PGA of Canada Certified Golf Professional, is also available for private and group lessons and provides various golf programs at Cottonwood Coulee Golf Course.
A pro can help you figure out important steps, such as:
- Proper grip
- Correct set-up and stance
- Target aiming
- Swing plane correction
- What clubs to use
Play with Others
Golf wasn’t made to be a solitary sport. Along with the fresh air, exercise and socialization that golf provides, playing with others is one of the best ways to improve your game, as it kicks in those competitive juices and allows you to bounce off ideas and share tips. Travelling solo to our accommodations and looking for a golf partner? Why not contact one of the golf clubs to enquire whether you can join a golf league game or if any members are willing to show you their home course.
Practice on a Golf Simulator
Sweeten your swing and get your groove back by practising on an indoor golf simulator. A virtual golf game is the closest thing to reality you’ll get to actually playing outdoors, and allows you to work on the mechanics of your game in the off-season, at night, or whenever you can’t make it on the course. One of the fun things to do during your visit is to try out the new golf simulator at Cottonwood Coulee Golf Course.
Fun with the Family
Most of Medicine Hat’s golf courses are open to young players when accompanied by an adult. However, if your kids are nervous or not interested in playing a long game, you can always take them out to these fun golf activities for something a little different.
Public Glow Golf at Paradise Valley Golf Course
Your kids will love whacking the glow-in-the-dark golf balls at Paradise Valley’s Public Glow Night Golf. 2019 dates include June 14, July 12, Aug. 16, and Sept. 13. Cost is $35 per person for nine holes. Pre-bookings only. Call the Pro Shop at 403-526-3330 ext. 1 for more information.
Mini Golf At Hooplas
Listed by Tourism Medicine Hat as a fun thing to do with the family, Hooplas Family Entertainment Centre has a feature-filled 18-hole mini golf course, where you can work on your putting skills while enjoying quality time with the kids. Mini golf also makes a great date night.
Where to Get Golf Gear
Forgot your lucky golf shirt at home? Need a new driver or pair of gloves? Medicine Hat has many sporting goods and specialty golf stores where you can get all the gear you need for your game. They include:
- Sport Chek, just a short walk from our hotel next to the Medicine Hat Mall
- Bob Sailer Golf Service
- Who’s Your Caddy Golf Shop
- Pro Shop at Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club
- Cottonwood Coulee Pro Shop
- Connaught Golf Club Pro Shop
Fore the Apps
Book a tee time and bring along your very own digital caddie by downloading some of these savvy golf apps.
Track each of your shots, keep score, review stats, and check the latest golf news on this Golfshot, available for your Android or Apple smartphone, Apple Watch or Android Wear. The app comes as a free download or as a Pro version, which gives you a bird’s eye view map of your chosen course with a full 3D display of the hole.
Hole 19 Golf GPS and Scoring App
Discover more than 41,000 courses around the world, find out available tee times, and improve your game with Hole 19, available for free on Premium. Three different packages are available: Pro, which offers a full suite of features, Lite for Wearables (watches, etc.), and Lite Birdie, with key features to improve your performance.
R&A: The Official Rules of Golf
Play the game the right way with this comprehensive app put out by the R&A, which organizes The Open at Royal Portrush and other amateur and junior golf events. The 2019 Rules of Golf App features nearly 30 diagrams and how-to videos to explain the rules and provide guidance for common situations.
Accommodation in Medicine Hat
Whether you are visiting for business, leisure or a golf tournament or other event, our Choice hotel offers accommodation for individuals, families, and groups.
All of our guests enjoy:
- Complimentary hot breakfast buffet to start your day
- A swimming pool and hot tub to unwind after the game
- Fitness Centre
- Well-appointed suites and rooms that sleep up to six guests
- Pet friendly suites
- Business facilities for executive guests
- Free bus and vehicle parking
Stay and Play
We give you even more reasons to play a round, or two, at your choice of golf courses with our Hotel Golf Packages.
Entertain your clients or take a break from that business meeting with our Executive Golf Package, which includes:
- One night stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites, with all amenities included
- Two 18-hole rounds at either Cottonwood Coulee, Paradise Valley or Riverview Golf Club
- Power Golf Cart
Hit some of Medicine Hat’s champion courses with our Championship Golf Package, which includes:
- One night stay at our hotel
- Two 18-hole rounds at either Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club, Connaught or Desert Blume Golf Club
- Power Golf Cart
For more information or to book one of our golf packages, contact us at 1-877-527-0101 or email email@example.com.
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