Country Hills Golf Communities
ABOUT COUNTRY HILLS GOLF-COURSE:
Country Hills Golf Club offers a unique golfing experience with its two 18 hole courses, giving even more variety for your regular golfing. The Talons course meanders along the Nose Creek pathway, featuring waterways and bunkers, making it one of the most challenging tracks in Alberta. Meanwhile, the parkland style Ridge course is split into an upper, opening nine and a lower nine. Up on the ridge, you start your golf course with spectacular city views. Down in the valley, the course features bold cliffsides and the winding creek. With the communities of Hanson Ranch, Panorama Hills and Country Hills all bordering the golf course, and with the two courses, there are plenty of golf features to keep you happy.
HISTORY OF COUNTRY HILLS GOLF-COURSE:
The golf course lands were originally owned by the Calgary Winter Club, and ownership was transferred to Country Hills Golf Club in 1992. The original plans that had been established for the golf course development faced some difficulties along the way. Unforeseen construction obstacles and extreme weather conditions contributed to the delay in opening the courses.
At one point the viability of completing the golf course project had become questionable. However, the reorganization of the Calgary Winter Club / Country Hills Golf Club, which was approved by the Golf Members on April 22, 1992, provided the opportunity to actualize the vision of the golf course. A Board of Directors was elected and operation of the Country Hills Golf Club continued independently of the Winter Club on June 1, 1992.
The golf course was designed by David Bennett of Browning and Bennett Golf Course Architects and included both a “links” and a “country club” style layout.
The raw golf course lands contained very few trees and were thus ideally suited to the “links” style of architecture. However, in order to achieve the “country club” status for the secondary course, an extensive tree planting program was required. The planting program began at the initial time of the courses construction and continued into the next ten plus years while the course developed and later opened for play. Construction of the first 27 holes commenced September 1989, with initial tee off projected for 1991.
The first 18 holes, the “Links”, (now the "Talons") opened May 1992. Play on the first nine holes of the "Ridge” followed in August 1992 with play on the second nine following five years later in July 1997. Acquisition and construction costs of the 36 holes totaled approximately $15 million, which was nearly $5 million more than was originally estimated. The $5.2 million, 40,000 square foot clubhouse was completed May 1999. July 23, 1999 marks the grand opening of Country Hills Golf Club. A major $6 million redevelopment of the Links, designed by Thomas McBroom, was completed in early 2010.
The redesigned course was named the Talons, as it is today. Now, 25 years later, Country Hills is a thriving golf club with 1,200 member, 850 of which are principle members. Each summer, Country Hills facilitates great programs for all members and of all skill levels. With Men’s, Ladies, Juniors and Seniors programs, Country Hills is a place where friendships are made and members' families come together. During the off-season, Country Hills caters to a wide variety of corporate and private events ranging from business meetings, birthdays, weddings and much more. Sportsmanship and camaraderie has been the foundation of Country Hills 25 years of success.