A place for golf and smelling the roses

Scenic fairways and wild roses fill your senses while golfing

by Dan Williams

The Camrose Golf Club began in 1922 and has grown with the Alberta town of 18,000 that supports a population of mostly retired residents and passionate golfers. Designed for every level of player and skill, the front nine is primarily flat while the back nine offers a more physical challenge with a hilly landscape.

“You need to think your way around the course,“ said Bill Penny, the club's general manager and head professional.  

Penny is one of a handful of PGA Masters in Canada and has been the head prof at the Edmonton Golf and Country Club and Northern Bear. As well, he founded an international golf school in Thailand and initiated a golf education program with the Thai Department of Education.

Penny said the Camrose course—at 6,300 yards—is a smaller course. The banks of Stoney Creek provide a variety of challenges for the seasoned golfer, yet the course remains very playable for beginners.

Penny considers Hole 4 as Camrose’s signature hole. The hole sets up nicely at par three; players hit 115 yards downhill, shooting over water, and there is a slight elevation that plays well for the lady golfers. 

The striking southern-style mansion clubhouse includes the pro shop, locker rooms, a full-service restaurant and a lounge.

The Camrose Golf Club rounds out your golfing experience with a practise green for sharpening your putting skills, a par three hole and a driving cage. Camrose, named for its many scenic parks filled with Alberta wild roses, is indeed a spot for golfers to stop for a round and take time to smell the roses.

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