Picture Butte Golf Club
Picture-perfect Picture Butte
As Southern Alberta’s only championship golf club offering 27 holes of play, the Picture Butte Golf Club has a wide variety of holes and strong availability.
“We expanded to 27 holes in 2004,” said PGA of Canada head professional and club manager Dean Sklarenko. “With the amount of play that the golf course was receiving, we had an opportunity to purchase land that was available adjacent to our property, expand and offer a little bit more availability.”
In 2005 the club renamed the three nines to highlight the farming culture of the local community. The original front and back nine were named Heritage and Homestead, and the newest nine holes were named the Harvest nine.
Sklarenko said the expansion of the course has allowed the club to offer a wider variety of holes.
“We have a variety of holes, including a number of holes that we like to call risk/reward holes, where a well-played shot will reward you with a great score, but any miss shots can add up to a higher number on the hole,” he said. “The original 18 is more of your traditional tree-lined golf course with water hazards and such, and a nice variety of holes. We’re known for our signature hole—number 7 on Homestead.”
Dubbed the Ash Hole because it sits atop an old ash coal mine, Homestead’s Hole 7 is a par three measuring anywhere from 157 yards from the back to 108 yards from the forward tee. The hole plays from an elevated tee down into an undulating green, and according to Sklarenko the challenge is the club choice, which can change depending on the strength of the prevailing west wind.
As for his personal favourite, Sklarenko said it’s Hole 5 on the Homestead nine.
“The hole measures 308 yards from the back tee. The nice thing about this hole is all the water,” he said. “Water skirts the entire hole from tee to green along the right hand side. The hole is a huge risk and reward hole where a long hitter can hit the green in one with a challenging shot across the water. The distance to carry the water is approximately 250 yards. The hole generally plays directly into the wind. This is a very fun hole where eagle is a potential, birdie is there for the taking, but any miss hit changes birdie to double bogie with a penalty shot for hitting the water. This is a hole that is fun to play every day.
“The new nine, the Harvest nine, is more of a links-style layout with more mounding,” Sklarenko said. “It’s more defined by natural grasses as opposed to the tree lining that you will find on the original golf course.”
As for availability, Sklarenko said the additional nine has given the club a distinct advantage over other courses in the area.
“Monday through Thursday we do have league play each night, but with the third nine we have the option of still having 18 holes of play for our membership and guests,” he said.
The club also offers members and guests a complete facility with a fully stocked pro shop with CPGA professional staff, a fully licensed restaurant and lounge with a sunroom and patio that overlooks much of the golf course, a sports lounge located on the third level of the clubhouse with two big screen TVs, a grass driving range with two hitting decks and a 115-yard short game practice area.
Over the 2013 season, head superintendent Clint Collier and his grounds staff undertook an intensive fairway and green side-cutting process, which, according to Sklarenko, “offers not only a very attractive look to each hole, it also offers a variety of play options from errant shots narrowly missing the green surface.”
This type of quality control and maintenance of the surfaces and grounds is extremely important to Picture Butte.
“Our club and membership are proud of our reputation year after year as one of Alberta’s best conditioned golf courses offering superb value to our golfers,” said Sklarenko.
The club looks forward to welcoming you to the grounds and giving you a memorable experience in south-central Alberta.
At a Glance
Just over 20 km north of Lethbridge on Highway 25, a short 15 minute drive.
Overall course condition improvements to the new Harvest Nine that opened for play in 2004, such as widening fairways and cutting down the natural grass to make it easier to find mishit golf balls.
Heritage: White 2724 yards, Par 37 • Blue 3095 yards, Par 37 • Copper 3315 yards • Par 37
Homestead: White 2610 yards, Par 35/36 • Blue 2882 yards, Par 35/36 • Copper 3106 yards, Par 35/36
Harvest: White 2516 yards, Par 36 • Copper 3204 yards, Par 36
63, Dale Valley
Men’s Scramble – First weekend of June.
Ladies’ Scramble – Annual event that takes place during the month of May.
Mixed Scramble – July 6, 2013
Men’s Night: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m.
Ladies’ Night: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m.
Date Night: The last Friday of every month from 6 p.m.
Regular lessons with PGA of Canada head professional and club manager Dean Sklarenko are available at the Picture Butte Golf Course. The regular lesson rate is $55 per lesson and group and couples’ rates are available.
Instructional summer camps are also available.
“We are proud of our junior and junior-junior programs, which run throughout the summer,” said Sklarenko. “We have Spring Swing classes in May, junior-junior classes for juniors ages 3 to 7 in June, and our junior league starts in July.”
The new Deer Run Estates housing development is adjacent to the Picture Butte Golf Course: www.deerrunestates.ca