Northern Bear a place where your money’s well spent

By Gord Montgomery, Senior Writer, Inside Golf In golf, as in life, you get what you pay for. And, at the Northern Bear Golf Club you most definitely get your money’s worth. Seen by many as one of the best places to play in the Edmonton area this is a true test of your game. Needless to say, Northern Bear is a gem from start to finish as proven by the fact that it is continually ranked in Score Golf as a member of their Top 100 Canadian layouts. Designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1992, this bear of…

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Cougar Creek Golf Resort is closer than you think, and worth the drive

By Gord Montgomery, Senior Writer, Inside Golf There are two things you should know about the Cougar Creek Golf Resort as you look to book you next tee time. First of all, it’s not all that far away from Edmonton down the Yellowhead Highway. Secondly, the weather in this part of Parkland County is often quite different from what people see in the urban areas. Head Professional Jake Behiels was quick to point out it’s not all that far to his track, set in the quiet countryside. “The majority of our players are from Edmonton but we also get quite…

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The Quarry Edmonton has matured into one great track

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf Like a good bottle of wine, The Quarry has aged well. And it’s likely to only get better and matured with time. After all, a course named for the place it was built – a sand and gravel area – saw rock hard fairways when it first opened. But, after a decade, that’s changed dramatically. Taylor Scinski who has been at The Quarry since the start as the Director of Golf noted since this gem opened, the 27-hole course has matured into an outstanding facility that the public loves. The original…

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Leduc Golf Club steps up game with new clubhouse, tee box improvements

Leduc Golf Club steps up game with new clubhouse, tee box improvements  By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf When people hear of upgrades to a golf facility their first thought is likely along the lines of the tees, fairways, or greens getting a facelift. But, remodelling a golfers hangout can go further than something in the great outdoors, as shown by the Leduc Golf Club. After consultation with the City of Leduc, the two entities came to a land swap agreement to partner and in doing so, a major upgrade was made to the decades old clubhouse….

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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…

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Family run Course is Family Friendly

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf As a second generation family operation, the Fort in View Golf Course welcomes everyone with a family-friendly approach, meaning regardless of your ability at the game, you can enjoy this 27-hole facility no matter which nines you combine. Located just outside Fort Saskatchewan, and a short drive from all the suburbs surrounding Edmonton proper, Fort in View is one of only three courses with three different nines to tee it up on. And that, says General Manager Gord Hayward, means finding a tee time here that fits your busy schedule isn’t…

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Goose Hummock softens its playability for all to enjoy

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf True story: I told some friends I had recently played Goose Hummock and their reply was almost in unison: “Oh, I’ve never played there. I hear it’s really hard.” Well, it used to be. But now, after some yardage and layout changes, The Goose as it’s known, is a fun play. Yes, it has water and it has trees, but then don’t all good golf courses have those elements? Based just outside of Gibbons, this 18 hole track built in 1988 was originally designed to challenge the best because it was…

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The Barrhead Golf Club is not one to be overlooked

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf Every golf course has at least one hole that becomes etched into your mind after a round of play. Then there’s a course like the Barrhead Golf Club where at least three, and maybe even four or five holes become embedded in your memory bank. These particular holes don’t have to be overwhelmingly hard or overly pretty to look at. Rather, they need a touch both of those characteristics to stick in your mind long after you’re finished your appointed round — and which make you want to head back to…

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McIlroy wins THE PLAYERS Championship

Shoots final-round 2-under 70 to win by one shot over Furyk in dramatic finale at TPC Sawgrass   PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy made two late birdies amid the wild theatrics of Sunday at THE PLAYERS Championship and closed with a 2-under 70. McIlroy, a former FedExCup champion, earned 600 FedExCup points, a $2.25 million check and is the proud owner of the redesigned PLAYERS trophy. McIlroy could not afford to make a mistake over the final hour because of Jim Furyk, 48, nearly pulled off a stunner. Furyk, one of the last players to get in…

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THE PLAYERS Championship, Round 1: Leaderboard, tee times, TV times

The Florida Swing continues as Round 1 gets underway today at THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach. Webb Simpson is the defending champion at TPC Sawgrass. Round 1 tee times Round 1 leaderboard HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN (ALL TIMES ET) TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 1-7 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday, 2-7 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (NBC). PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Featured Groups). Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Featured Groups). Sunday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Featured Groups). LIVE ON TWITTER: Thursday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – approx. 8:30 a.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – approx. 9:30 a.m.; Sunday,…

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