We recently played the Canmore Golf & Curling Club on a beautiful September day. Clear blue skies, a light breeze, beautiful scenery and a lovely atmosphere made the day a pleasure. The course is a flat, walkable, wide open affair with few hazards and is very hospitable to recreational golfers. When someone thinks about the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies, you will experience it all here.
For a real gamer though, that is where the interest ends. This is a dull 50+ year old layout. Thankfully the green complexes have been rebuilt in the last 20 years to add some interest. Notably, hole 5 and 6 are classy and demanding but the rest of the holes are forgettable. The course is short from the back tees and when combined with the high altitude, there are only 3 or 4 holes where the driver can even be considered, a gamer will find themselves with hybrids and 4 irons off most tees followed by a sand wedge. A big hitter like my playing partner was teeing off with 6-iron and 7-iron. The par-5's were reached in two with a 3-metal and an 8-iron. A entire day of bunts off the tee and sand wedges into flat greens is boring golf.
The real problem is the unreasonable green fees given the course conditions and layout. $115 per round including your cart is bad value considering the general bumpiness of the greens but, to be fair, the fairways were very good.
This is when I realized that the Canmore Golf Club serves the target market of tourists and Calgary oil money. Real gamers are here only if they also happen to be in one of the two target markets. For full disclosure, I am a tourist who was fortunate to play off the largesse and generosity of Calgary oil money. I would return under those circumstances but, as a gamer, I wouldn't visit again.