Saskatoon’s top golf courses

A look at the top golf courses in and around Saskatoon

by Kimberly Schoenberger
Wildwood Golf Course. — Photo courtesy Silverwood Golf Course/City of Saskatoon

Located in central Saskatchewan along the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon is a great destination for prairie golf, with a wide variety of courses that range from public to private, nine holes to 36 holes, and historical to modern. Here’s a look at our picks for the top golf courses in Saskatoon.

The Willows Golf and Country Club

The Willows Golf and Country Club is Saskatchewan’s premier 36-hole golf course, with four different nine-hole sections (Bridges, Xena, Lakes and Island) that offer a variety of terrain styles. The course features a combination of challenges, including silica bunkers, dog legs and lakes. The two signature holes on the course, Island Green and Xena Peninsula Green, are surrounded by water, providing both additional difficulty as well as calming beauty.

The club is also home to a unique 1950s-style building called the Red Barn, located in the natural wooded area of the property and available for hosting events such as weddings, tournaments and business meetings. With the rental of the barn comes a barbecue dinner organized by the incredibly helpful staff at The Willows. If you’re just in need of some relaxation after the end of a day of golf, the club features an Italian restaurant called Il Salici, where guests can enjoy lunch and dinner any day of the week as well as brunch on Sundays.

Phone: 306-956-4653

Moon Lake Golf and Country Club

Located just 15 minutes southwest of Saskatoon on a scenic drive down Valley Road, Moon Lake Golf and Country Club is a Scottish links-style championship golf course with three different combinations of 18 holes respectively titled the Heather, the Highlands and the Moors. This 27-hole facility was constructed in 1989 and opened its first nine holes in June of 1990, and has since been providing some of the best golf in Saskatoon. Each combination of 18 holes is a par 72 with slope ratings ranging from 125 to 136, earning Moon Lake the highest slope rating in Saskatchewan.

This facility features a clubhouse called the Station, available for hosting both large and small events. The course itself hosts a variety of events and leagues through the season, including an incredibly successful 2013 edition of a ladies’ Nine with Wine weekly event. With the weekly fee, women taking part receive a full round on the course, appetizer, wine or another drink substitute, as well as the chance to win any of the weekly prizes. With very reasonable prices on all golf packages and green fees, this course has some of the best golf deals around the province.

Phone: 306-382-5500

Saskatoon Golf and Country Club

Founded in 1907, Saskatoon Golf and Country Club is the oldest private facility for golfing in Saskatchewan. Members at this private club have a range of amenities, including both the 18-hole course as well as one of the best practice facilities in the province. The shining star of the practice area is the driving range, covering a span of 40 acres, with six target greens and a six-acre, double-ended tee deck. Also available are a short game area and a three-hole practice loop, featuring par 3, par 4 and par 5 holes.

The club’s additional services include a 160-seat dining area that is available for event hosting, two outside decks that overlook the course, a locker room and a myriad of food and beverage options. Initially designed by golf course architect Bill Kinear and then re-imagined by Ian Andrew in 2009, Saskatoon Golf and Country Club is a place where members go to relax and experience a friendly atmosphere at an excellent and playable golf facility.

Phone: 306-931-0022

Riverside Country Club

Located right on the shores of the South Saskatchewan River, Riverside Country Club is an 18-hole private golf course with some of the best views of any Saskatchewan golf course. From any of the holes players will see panoramic prairie vistas, rolling fairways and a stunning view of the South Saskatchewan River Valley. Players can finish off their day by relaxing in the comforting atmosphere at the club’s restaurant and clubhouse.

The club was established in 1912 by a group of businessmen who wanted the beauty of the British golf courses they loved to be available on their front step. Since its inception, Riverside has been considered one of the most challenging and beautiful courses in Canada, and it certainly does not disappoint.

Phone: 306-373-8687

City of Saskatoon public golf courses

The City of Saskatoon owns and operates three high quality public golf courses: Holiday Park, Silverwood and Wildwood. Each has varying levels of difficulty that will appeal to golfers of all skill sets, and will appeal to their wallets, as well—these three courses offer low green fees and various golf packages, providing their visitors with some of the the best golf deals in Saskatoon.

Holiday Park Golf Course is a 27-hole facility located in the river valley that features both the natural beauty of the prairies and the groomed aesthetic of a golf course. Two unique courses are available for play: the championship 18-hole course for the more advanced player and the recreational nine-hole course for beginners or those with a more casual approach. Holiday Park is also equipped with a fully-stocked pro shop, practice greens and a driving range, as well as  a coffee shop in its licensed lounge. Just last year the course celebrated its 50th anniversary of operation.

Silverwood Golf Course offers both nine-hole and 18-hole options as well, with its two nine-hole layouts: the Lake Nine and the River Nine. The River Nine takes players right alongside the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, offering both beautiful views and a unique obstacle, and the Lake Nine features water hazards on seven of its holes. Silverwood offers a variety of deals and golfing bundles for its visitors, making it one of the most affordable options for fun family golf.

Wildwood Golf Course is an intermediate level facility, making it the ideal playing grounds for players of all levels. Many of Saskatchewan’s top junior golfers have learned the ropes and perfected their game at this 18-hole course featuring tree-lined fairways and undulating greens. Like Holiday Park, Wildwood also features a pro shop, practice green and coffee shop.

Holiday Park: 306-975-3325
Silverwood: 306-975-3314
Wildwood: 306-975-3320

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