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Golfing at Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba
Golfing at Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba

Traveling to Manitoba? Pack your golf clubs!

Bring your favorite golf clubs to Manitoba and explore the province as you travel the roads from one challenging golf course after another. If you’re still a beginner, don’t worry, there’s plenty of courses for every skill level and spectacular scenery that will enchant everyone.

With more than 125 courses to choose from, the difficulty may be deciding which ones to play and limiting yourself to just one region.

Western Manitoba golf courses

Let’s start in Western Manitoba where there’s 25-plus courses providing everything from easy walking fairways, fast greens, picturesque scenery, both nine- and 18-hole courses, and convenient locations.

Practice your swing on the driving range at the Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone Golf Course before heading out to experience the demanding greens and challenging pin placements. Easy to access it’s only a short drive north of the Trans-Canada Highway and worth visiting just to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Take advantage of their camp and golf packages.

For a touch of history bring your clubs to the Virden Wellview Golf Club, the very first golf course created in Manitoba. Don’t let the fact that it was designed in 1892 bother you because everything has been updated and the restaurant menu is inviting.

Elgin’s Whitewater Centennial Park and Golf Course not only has nine holes to golf, there’s barbecue pits, group camping and a boat launch.

Watch out for the water hazards at the Boissevain golf Club and enjoy the well-groomed fairways on this nine-hole course. Not into walking? No problem. There are power carts available for rent and golfers of all skill levels will enjoy the challenge of this course.

Golfing at Kimball Beach (photo courtesy of Destination Canada)
Golfing at Kimball Beach (photo courtesy of Destination Canada)

Eastern Manitoba golf courses

The best and most challenging courses in the eastern portion of the province will have golfers returning repeatedly.

The 18 holes at Falcon Lake Golf Club are lined by a thick forest, has a large water hazard and considered to be one of the premier courses in Manitoba. The driving range and putting green will warm up the muscles before golfers jump in a cart to challenge themselves.

Want to take a day off? Then it’s time to play a game of tennis, lawn bowling, horse shoes or bocce ball. Online tee time reservations can be made 15 days in advance and alternative spikes are mandatory.

If golfing in a championship course is important then it’s time to try the fairways at Grand Pines Golf Course at Traverse Bay, north of Winnipeg. The scenery is breath taking and golfers of all skill levels will appreciate the spring fed fresh water reservoir that winds its way through the course.

In the western part of the province is the oldest golf course and in the eastern section there’s the Granite Hills Golf Course and Estates, a really outstanding and brand new course near Lac du Bonnet. The 18 holes are challenging but all golfers will enjoy the lakeside fairways, abundant wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Watch out for the 35 sand bunkers!

Set in the middle of the Sandhills Wildlife Management area the Mars Sandhills Resort and Golf Course offers another 18 holes of championship golfing. Located in the Municipality of Brokenhead it’s probably more affordable than the courses closer to the capital city of Winnipeg.

Ridgewood South Golf Course and Campground in Steinbach has it all! Not only is there golfing and volleyball the campground is fully serviced with private treed sites to relax in after a good round of golf.

If golfers would like to experience the feel of traditional Scottish golf or feel like they might be on a course in Arizona or California, then the Links at Quarry Oaks should be their destination because they have both. This 27-hole golf course is one of Manitoba’s premier tournament courses with terrific amenities.

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Winnipeg golf courses

Watch out for hole  No. 9 at Canoe Club Golf Course. It’s a very long 235-yard, par three that will require a tee shot to carry the ball over a bunker in front of the green. Be prepared for out-of-bounds on almost half of the holes and, if you have been considering taking lessons to expand your skills, this might be the place to do it. Private lessons are available.

All levels of golfers will appreciate the challenges at the Players Course in Winnipeg where accurate shot making is important. Don’t wander too far off the fairway or you’ll end up in the thick trees.

Practice your swing on either or both the grass and mat tees at the driving range at Shooters Family Golf Centre. This is a beginner friendly course where golfers can enjoy a game of mini golf or plunge right into a challenging round of 18 holes on the executive course.

Check out their dress code for an interesting set of guidelines and try their new golf simulator for an hour of excitement. Being able to camp right at a golf course is an added bonus and the fully serviced campground is perfect.

North of Hwy. 53

There’s golf north of Winnipeg and the Thompson Golf Club close to the City of Thompson is worth visiting. The challenges will appeal to both a beginner and experienced golfer who likes to avoid bunkers and water hazards — and it could be worth the 450-mile drive to get here.

Golfing in the Province of Manitoba is worth pursuing and by doing a bit of research, contacting local clubs, and route planning RVers will appreciate the variety of courses available. There’s no need to leave the clubs at home and be disappointed. Bring your golf clubs to Manitoba for a challenging and fun round of golf.

Resources

Manitoba Tourism — www.travelmanitoba.com/things-to-do/spring-summer/golf

Golf Gladstone — www.golfgladstone.com/#!camp/ccbt

Falcon Lake Golf Course — www.falconlakegolfcourse.com

The Players Course — www.theplayerscourse.ca

Shooters — www.shootersgolf.ca

Thomspon Golf Club — www.thompsongolfclub.com

About Carol Ann Quibell

Carol Ann Quibell is an RVer currently living in beautiful British Columbia. She is a freelance writer and columnist who enjoys sharing her travel tips and information. You can view her websites online at http://roamingrv.com and http://writefortravel.com

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