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Address: 100 Links Road, Spruce Grove

Type: Public Golf Course

Holes: 18   |   Par: 72

Tips:  6,794 Yards

Location
30 minutes west of Edmonton on Hwy 16 or Hwy 16A.

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All rates include power cart & driving range.

The Links Rates per Player:

Monday – Friday excluding holidays:  $69 plus GST

Saturday – Sunday including holidays:  $85 plus GST

Play Golf Alberta’s Rates per Player:

Monday – Thursday excluding holidays: $45-$60 plus GST

Friday – Sunday including holidays: $55-$70 plus GST

 

The Links at Spruce Grove is an 18-hole championship golf course just minutes west of Edmonton. Featuring tree-lined fairways, varied terrain, generous bentgrass greens and challenging hazards, the course welcomes players of all skill levels. The Links is a favourite tournament facility among Edmonton golf courses, thanks to its exceptional, consistent conditions and friendly, accommodating staff.

Women’s Tee Boxes:

Red:  Yards – 5,121  Slope – 130  Rating – 71.0

White:  Yards – 6,078  Slope – 139  Rating – 74.6

Men’s Tee Boxes:

White:  Yards – 6,078  Slope – 123  Rating – 68.6

Blue:  Yards – 6,410  Slope – 127  Rating – 70.1

Gold:  Yards – 6,794  Slope – 129  Rating – 72.2

Restaurant: The Grill at The Links is where golfers and guests quench their thirst – and their appetite – with a varied selection of mouth-watering appetizers, main courses and desserts. Complete your round with a frosty beverage from our selection of premium beers. Unwind and debrief in our stylish clubhouse or on our expansive and inviting outdoor patio. All are welcome to enjoy The Grill – no tee time required!

Tournaments:  With an exceptional tournament facility, great course layout and friendly, professional staff, The Links is a popular golf tournament destination. Whether you are hosting an intimate company golf tournament or a charity tournament with a shotgun start, let our tournament experts help you plan the perfect event.

Meetings & Banquets:  The Links at Spruce Grove provides professional event planning service with on-site personnel to make your meeting, banquet, reunion, or special occasion memorable.  Our newly renovated facility is 4,000 square feet and features charming décor and a brilliant view of the course. Our full-service team will happily organize your event and take care of all the details from the dining menu to the linen colours.

Weddings:  Invite The Links at Spruce Grove into your special day and we promise a memorable wedding experience with an elegant setting and stunning backdrop. Imagine saying your “I do’s” while overlooking the luscious greens of The Links golf course. Enjoy a worry-free day while our full-service staff cater to all the details, from preparing a formal, delicious meal to providing linens, napkins, professional catering staff and bartenders.

The Links at Spruce Grove continues to live up to its well deserved reputation

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf

Considered as one of the top public golf courses when it opened back in the early 1980s, The Links at Spruce Grove has done nothing to dispel that reputation since then. In fact, it may be getting even better as it grows older.

While many golfers shied away from this 18-hole layout early on because of the fear of whacking a shot, or two, into the surrounding residential neighbourhoods, the old growth fir trees that line the majority of the fairways here have largely taken that fear out of play. Of course, you still need to hit good shots to score well here, and stay out of those trees, but the occasional sideways missile now tends to find tree bark well before ever finding its way off the property.

 That’s a sentiment shared by the course’s Head Golf Professional Veeraphon (Vee for simplicity’s sake) Thephasouvanh. He noted that the course looks tight, and can play that way if you try to overpower it, as evidenced by a recent round by one of Alberta’s best playing professionals, Wes Heffernan who used brains over brawn to take his opposition, as well as par, down.

Heffernan, from Calgary, won a recent PGA of Alberta tournament at The Links by carding a superb 7-under par 65. “He told me he only hit driver three times that day,” said Vee, pointing to the fact shorter and straighter there can be better than long and crooked. Ver continued by explaining he feels this is a thinking course as much as anything. “It’s fairly tight and the greens are a little tough to read sometimes. There like turtle backs that slope off to the sides,” meaning putts need to be studied carefully before the trigger’s pulled. And the fact the greens are now rolled on a regular basis means they can be deceivingly quick.

In what keeps his track on the radar of all area golfers, Vee noted, “I think it has something to do with the value. You get a good bang for your buck.”

From The Front Deck

While the layout here hasn’t changed over the years, the yardages have to a degree. Where it was originally a grind for anyone hitting off the front tees, that has now become a less demanding task. In fact, a playing partner who prefers playing from up front told me, “It’s a lot less intimidating now than it used to be. It’s not so long and demanding now.”

The Red blocks here originally sat where the White tees now reside. That switch a few years back means from the front porch there is almost 1,000 yards less turf to manoeuvre over which means less stress and strain, and more fun for the shorter hitters.

Even still, the one place where the Red tees don’t get a big jump is on the par-3 holes. In total, of the four that are on the scorecard, there is only a difference of about 70 yards. That means the other shortened distances come from some of the larger holes par 4 and par 5 holes here, where distances between the original teeing spot and what’s used now for the front deck, can be up to 100 yards.

“When we opened in the eighties, we were long by those standards,” Vee said about the addition of the newer boxes on the course. “Now, we’re not short but we also aren’t long by any means.”

From The Other Tees

If you dare to challenge this track from the back Gold tees, it’s a trek of 6,800 yards. That yardage drops to 6.400 from the Blue tee and 6,078 from the White. There are also combo tees here that can be played to suit one’s abilities and handicap. As mentioned previously about the tree-lined fairways, the further back you go to hit your opening volley, the narrower the landing areas look, thus the comment from Heffernan about this being a tight course.

For the average golfer though, The Links at Spruce Grove sets up very well, Vee continued.

“You find a yardage that works for you and that makes the course more playable,” he said, adding that the reputation of being overly tight isn’t necessarily true if you start from the right position. “Yeah. I keep saying it’s tight but it’s tree lined. If you find yourself off the fairway a bit, you’re going to be chipping out,” more often than not so at this course, be sure to bring your thinking cap as well as you’re straight shooter hat to enjoy one of the finest golf properties in the Edmonton area.

 

 

 

 

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