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16 Wonderful Alberta Golf Courses Can Now be Booked!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

It’s time to play more golf in Alberta! With the long winter behind us and the weather finally cooperating, GolfPatio is pleased to announce there are now 16 Alberta golf courses that can be booked online through our site. If you are looking to hit the links, Book your Alberta Tee Time through our convenient and secure site. Alberta golf choices now include:

Banff Springs GC
Broadmoor GC
Cougar Creek Golf Resort
Eagle Rock GC
Henderson Lake GC
Heritage Point GC
Inglewood GC
Jasper Park Lodge GC
Leduc GC
Lewis Estates GC
Links at Spruce Grove
RedTail Landing Golf Club
River Spirit GC
SilverTip GC
Wolf Creek Golf Resort

With a short golf season ahead, what are you waiting for? It is time to hit the links and get as many rounds as possible before the snow flies once again.

Please note GolfPatio will no longer be offering discount tee time through weekly emails, and will instead be offering golfers the ability to book tee times on our website in “real-time” at these wonderful Alberta golf courses. View all Available Alberta Tee Times or view what golf courses are currently offering Alberta Discount Tee Times.

Northern Bear Partners With

Monday, June 8th, 2009

GolfPatio is excited and pleased to announce the Northern Bear Golf Course as a new partner.  The Northern Bear is located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada – a 30 minute drive from downtown Edmonton. It is a Jack Nicklaus design, built in the legendary tradition of his other prestigious and spectacular courses, and is the latest Canadian addition to the Nicklaus family of golf courses.  The Northern Bear is the third Canadian Signature daily fee course – Toronto’s Glen Abbey and Whistler’s Nicklaus North are the first two.  Play the “Bear” and you will find a perfect blend of tree lined fairways and strategic bunker placements.  There are five lakes and USGA standard greens all designed to give the ultimate in playability to every golf enthusiast.

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I have had the opportunity to play Northern Bear on many occasions as it is just ten minutes down the road from my old golf course, the Belvedere Golf and Country Club.  I must say that the “Bear” is perhaps my favourite layout of golf holes in Alberta.  Every hole is aesthetically pleasing to the eye when standing on the tee box and all are true golf holes without gimmicks or silly shots to be made.  The 9th and 18th holes are marvellous par 4’s with greens protected by lakes and the spectacular clubhouse up on the hill right behind them. You really feel as though you are in a special place when walking down these fairways and knowing that Nicklaus himself walked them as well.

The 10th hole is a fun, risk / reward par 5 that a player can try to go for in two shots or play conservative and make the “easy” par.  There are many more excellent holes, and I would have trouble singling out one hole over another as they are all challenging and fun to play.  It is not often that a golfer can say that about a golf course as there are usually a few holes that do not suit your eye or that you really do not enjoy playing.  When you play many golf courses, at the end of the round you can think back and have trouble remembering each golf hole but when you play the Bear, each hole seems to stick out and you remember the scenery and each shot you have made.

Though the Bear is a championship golf course, Nicklaus designs his courses for players of all skill levels.  There are five sets of tee boxes ranging from 5,800 to 7,400 yards which will entice novices and experts alike.  Holes appear intimidating from the tee box thanks in large part to some very well placed bunkers, but once you have hit your tee shot and are safely in the fairway you can look back and wonder what you were so nervous about.  The greens are well bunkered and have many collection areas if a ball is not hit deep enough into a green.  The course is demanding, but fair, and rewards a well hit golf shot.

The Northern Bear is not just about golf.  The club is able to accommodate corporate tournaments and outings to suit any business’ needs.  They are also able to host corporate retreats and meetings as well as weddings and other special events.  The setting is beautiful, and as you enter the clubhouse, which overlooks the 9th and 18th holes, you are met by their signature waterfall in the lounge entrance.  Real estate is also available with the Villas at Northern Bear.  Visit the course profile page for Northern Bear Golf Club to see more course details.

Book your tee times for Northern Bear today and enjoy! Also, continue to check our Discount Tee Times for periodic reduced rates.

Until next time,
Jay Barrett
CPGA Head Professional

Save on Tee Times in Columbia Valley, BC

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

If flurries in May are not reason enough to escape to sunnier destinations perhaps, these deals being offered by Columbia Valley golf courses will help you decide to finally take that trip to B.C.

Columbia Valley golf courses are located in the Kootenay Rockies mountain range of British Columbia. The Columbia Valley, BC region is a fantastic location for a golf vacation and offers a multitude of options for intermediate and experienced golfers to enjoy.

Learn about the fantastic golf courses in the Columbia Valley and the special deals they are offering right now!

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

The two courses offered by the Fairmont Hot Springs appeal to golfers for different reasons. The Mountainside Golf Course has been challenging golfers for 46 years and is home to one of the trickiest holes in Canada which is lovingly referred to as the “the Fairmonster.” Comparatively, the Riverside Golf  Course has a charming stream that runs through the middle of its golf course, offered by the majestic Columbia River that runs just past the course.

Presently, the Fairmont is offering a 10% discount off tee times for next week from Monday to Friday.

Radium Resort

Look no farther than the Radium Resort for two spectacular golf courses (The Springs Course and The Resort Course) and one of the most scenic views of the Columbia Valley. In fact, the Springs Course has often been ranked one of Canada’s top 100 golf courses. In addition to being located among the serene Purcell Mountains, the Radium Resort offer golfers challenging, but playable courses.

At the moment, the Radium Resort is offering discounts between 32 – 41% off its tee times for both its Spring and Resort Courses.

Copper Point Golf Club

Be sure to check out Copper Point Golf Club and the Ridge at Copper Point. These relatively new courses use existing hills and ravines to emphasize the courses’ ‘classic feel’ however, still offer the latest in golf technology such as, color GPS in the carts and full clubhouse amenities.

Currently, Copper Point Golf Club is offering golfers discounts between 8 – 11% on tee times for the week of May 25 – 31.

Windermere Valley Golf Course

This sporty, family-friendly course offers visitors a round of golf that is short and sweet. With beautiful vistas, well-maintained and highly walkable courses; Windermere’s golf experience is a breath of fresh air.

For the week of May 25 – 31 the Windermere Valley Golf Course will be offering numerous tee times at the special rate of $28.10!

To learn more about the Columbia Valley and the other golf courses that are located in this region of B.C., check out Golfpatio’s Columbia Valley Golf page.  Also, search by for more special deals on tee times by clicking on Golfpatio’s Discount Tee Times search tool.

Discount Tee Times to Heal Spring Golf Itch

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The weather is warming and we’re all itching to dust off the clubs and hit the links. Depending on where you live you might have a more patient wait than others (ie. me in Edmonton). However, simply because you live in a colder climate does not mean you can’t play some golf in March and April!

Due to the tough economy there are lots of great flight seat sales currently so it might be cheaper than you think to book a weekend golf trip to a sunny destination. As a result, I wanted to inform our readers that GolfPatio has a nice inventory of Discount Tee Times in many of the popular sunny spots, such as Arizona, Florida, California, Texas, Nevada, and Hawaii.

I was browsing the Discount Tee Times today and saw deals up to 70% off normal rates, such as a 68% tee time special for the Links Course at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. This course is absolutely beautiful and you can play 18 holes with a power cart for $59US, which saves you a whopping $126US.

Prefer Southern California? There is a nice tee time discount for the Carlton Oaks Golf Course just outside of San Diego. You can golf 18 holes there for an amazingly low price of $35US. If you always thought you could be a pro than you will be happy to know that Carlton Oaks Golf Course is hosting both a Canadian Tour School Qualifier and PGA Tour First Stage Qualifier in 2009. Put yourself to the test on this beautiful Perry Dye designed course.

I don’t want to forget everyone out East! In Florida alone I believe there are about 400 Discount Tee Times each day currently. One tee time special that stood out to me was at the famous Great White Course at Doral Golf Resort, which was designed by Greg Norman. The Great White Course at Doral is known to be the only true “desert-scape” golf course of high quality within the Southeastern United States. The tee time discount is 24%, which for such a high quality course is quite generous. Golfing at Doral will still run you about $190US but the $60 you save can definitely buy you a nice souvenir or a fun 19th hole feast.

I could go on for days about the many discount tee times being offered but I encourage you to take a look and get out there golfing sooner rather than later. Browse the links provided below for Discount Tee Times at the most popular destinations or search other locations on our Discount Tee Times page – enjoy!

Arizona Discount Tee Times
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Florida Discount Tee Times
Hawaii Discount Tee Times
Nevada Discount Tee Times
Texas Discount Tee Times

Play Spring Golf at Olympic View British Columbia

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Take a trip to Vancouver Island and play the Olympic View Golf Club. This magnificent golf course is just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria on the south tip of the island which boasts year round golf.

Olympic View has been rated #20 Best Golf Experience in Canada and USA West by Fairway and Greens Magazine in 2006. It has the distinction of being rated within the top 50 public golf courses in Canada by the Golf Course Ranking Magazine and Score Golf Magazine.

Olympic View Golf Club begins with a few holes that allow a golfer to warm up and get accustomed to the golf course and as one gets deeper into the round they begin to be met with a variety of holes that constitute individual masterpieces. There are several areas that offer magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains. There is the roar of two waterfalls; there are eagles soaring and deer grazing. There are twelve lakes and many stylish rock outcroppings, which all come together to deliver an award winning golf experience.

The further a golfer gets into a round at Olympic View the more surprises you can expect to be met with, due to the sheer beauty of the grounds and the tranquility of nature surrounding you. The 17th hole may very well be the signature hole of this course. The tee is slightly elevated as you look out towards a picturesque waterfall behind the green. Tiger Woods himself has even played Olympic View as an amateur in 1994.

Play a round at the Olympic View Golf course set in the pristine Vancouver Island forest and you will not be disappointed. Let GolfPatio help you to book your next Tee Time for a golf experience on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Find a Tee Time at Olympic View

Golf and Fun in the City of San Diego

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

With the Canadian golf season still about two months away, why not get a jump on the season with a golf getaway to San Diego, California.   San Diego boasts consistent weather through the winter months and is a city waiting to be discovered. A golfer has a wonderful selection of courses to choose from and each course is distinctly unique from the next.  Green fees can be quite reasonable at courses such as Riverwalk Golf Club, or for someone looking for the high-end touch there are courses such as Maderas Golf Club and La Costa Resort. 

San Diego is a wonderful city with an amazing amount of sites to see and activities to partake in.  Spending one week there, a person can only scratch the surface of what there is to do.  From Sea World and the Wild Animal park to having a tour on the USS Midway aircraft carrier or taking a scenic drive through the La Jolla area with all of its shops and restaurants and scenery.  Throw in a round of golf or two and this is a city that one can keep coming back to time and time again, always leaving with a completely different experience. 

I recently spent some time there and played the Steele Canyon Golf Club.  It is a Gary Player designed course that offers 27 holes of spectacular golf.  Located slightly east of the city, each nine has a very different feel from the next with the Canyon nine offering some spectacular views with many elevation changes and dramatic shot making challenges. The Ranch course winds its way through fields of working ranch while the Meadow course stretches along the valley floor though woodlands and streams.  Greens fees here average about $99 in the winter months and for the quality of golf the value is excellent.  Steele Canyon has been awarded Golf Digests four-star rating and has some of the best greens in the area.  The staff was fantastic and service at the club is as good as the golf.  

Let GolfPatio help you with your next vacation to the San Diego area and book your golf times at a variety of world-class destinations.

Winter Golf Vacations

Monday, December 15th, 2008

With Christmas fast approaching and the long cold winter setting in for the next four months, why not get the golfer on your list the ultimate Christmas gift. Send them to a warm, tropical destination to play some GOLF! With the North American economy on the slide, there are some amazing deals to destinations such as Mexico, Dominican Republic and Bermuda. Have a look online or in the travel section of your newspaper and you are sure to see some very enticing vacation packages. What could be better than deciding to use some of those holidays you have banked and get out of the cold weather for some golf. also offers some great Golf Vacation Packages.

Head to Mexico and play:

Palmilla Golf Club in San Jose del Cabo has been rated one of the top 100 in the world by Great Golf Resorts of the World and is a Jack Nicklaus design. There are five sets of tees for golfers of any skill level and the course is divided into the Arroyo nine, Ocean Nine and Mountain Nine. The course has features four lakes and many elevation changes. There are wonderful views of the Sea of Cortez while you play among fairways lined with towering cacti. Palmilla Golf Club truly ranks as one of the best golf resorts.

The Cabo San Lucas Country Club (formerly the Raven Golf Club) is an 18-hole design by Pete Dye that is carved out of the Cabo San Lucas Mountain and desert terrain. Its 745-acres is largely untamed desert terrain, and provide habitat for a wide array of plant and animal life. Equally stunning are the fountains and lush gardens at the entrance to the golf club. The beautiful Cabo San Lucas Country Club offers fairway views of Land’s End, San Lucas Bay and the Sea of Cortez. With elevation changes of 300 feet and subtle terracing up the hillside, this sensational course offers the area’s only fairway views of Lands End, San Lucas Bay and the Sea of Cortez.

Playa Mujeres Golf Club is located in the 930 tropical acres of Playa Mujeres Resort. It is only seven miles north of Cancun in Quintana Roo. This Greg Norman design course sits between the Caribbean Sea and Chachmochuc Lagoon. This ecologically friendly course is carefully crafted with water holes, jungle surroundings, and utilizes the site’s native plants and trees and offers excellent views of the Caribbean Sea.
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Head to Dominican Republic and Play:

La Cana Golf Course at the Puntacana Beach Resort in the Dominican Republic is innovative, challenging, beautiful and fun. The course plays long at 7,152 yards from the tournament tees, but there are a variety of tee boxes for golfers of all levels. The rewards include four fantastic holes playing directly along the Caribbean Sea and 12 holes with magnificent sea views. The course is a Pete Dye design and the Dye pot bunker is ever present. Hole seven has a cluster of 21 pot bunkers jokingly refer to as “Hecklebirnie” a type of golfer’s purgatory according to Scottish lore.
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Head to Bermuda and Play:

Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club is a private Club but visitors to the island are welcome. Opened in 1922 it is Bermuda’s oldest golf course. It is described by Bermudian golfers as “a real gem” and “the course you must play”. It winds along a peninsula, which at its widest measures only some 600 yards, the 5800 yards of this par 70, 18-hole course offer scenic delights and plenty of challenges, including two ponds and three ocean holes. These scenic links provide the golfer with a magnificent challenge to both his or her game and camera.

An Island gem designed to take your short game to new heights, The Fairmont Southampton Golf Course features 18 challenging par-3 holes. Taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings and dramatic elevation changes, this 2,684-yard course forces prudent club selection, with wind a definite factor. It was a winner of the 2002 Golf Digest, Best places to play golf. Whether tournament play, or just a friendly game takes you out on the course, you’ll be delighted with the myriad of bunkers, two water hazards and three tee offerings.
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