Date: 2006-Aug-30 Review by Alberta Bound
The greens were fast around 9.8 and in very good condition. With the GPS on the cart you can keep the ball below the hole. Most greens did not have severe breaks but there were a few greens that had different levels. The fringes around the greens were very good. Bunkers protect most greens and they were well trimmed and had plenty of rakes.
The fairways were excellent. Cut short with attractive mowing. Fairway bunkers were well maintained and placed in strategic positions. On a number of holes the fairways narrow and can be tough to hit. If you follow the advice on the GPS and leave your driver in the bag on a few holes, practice course management you will do much better. When I did this I scored 12 shots better than the week before when I tried hitting the driver too much.
Excellent tees with 5 different tee boxes. These were the softest tee boxes that I played on this year. With the choice of tee boxes you can choose the one that fits your game.
SilverTip is a wonderful design. The course moves up and down the mountain with all holes being different. You cannot walk this course, as there are 22 km of cart paths with a lot of vertical change. There are about 14 holes that would be signature holes on any other course. Water comes into play on a number of holes and two par threes that have mostly all carry.
This course is one of Canada’s best and is a must play course. The value comes from the course, scenery, clubhouse and amenities. The green fees are around average for the top mountain courses.
The slopes are high here and the course can play very difficult if you use the wrong tees and do not follow the course management tips on the GPS system. Follow the tips and you should be able to shoot your handicap.
The scenery on this course is as good as it gets. In fact you may spend too much time taking photos, starring at the mountains or down into the Bow Valley and forget your game. On a number of holes you get remarkable views of Canmore’s famous Three Sisters Mountains.
All the staff from the fellows at the valet service to restaurant staff, starter and pro shop were well trained in customer service. They also demonstrated a high regard for their course.
This clubhouse is brand new. It fits the mountain surroundings very well with quality dining as well as having a normal clubhouse menu. The patio is wonderful place to sit after your round and watch the golfers come down ( I mean down, 100 ft elevation drop) the 9th fairway. The parking lot was paved but they are doing a lot of construction up there. I was told they are building condos, hotel and some shops to make kind of a village. Because of this construction I deducted one from the clubhouse score.
They have a good practice area with range balls included. The putting green was a long way at the 10th tee but they are building a new one beside the 10th tee, which will be number one next year. The carts were electric, with GPS systems, ball and club washer, two towels, water, rain cover for your clubs and tees. The washrooms were neat and clean and well placed.While you are putting on the 18th one of the staff cleans your clubs. There was not a beverage cart but a snack bar that you came by twice on the front and once on the back. You could also stop at the clubhouse after nine. You can also get your picture taken on the first tee and they will have it ready at the end of your round.
I played this course three times last month and enjoyed it each time. I would not hesitate to play it again and will next year. The last time I played it the temperature was around 9 degrees with a little drizzle coming down. My playing partner, from Australia, say if you had to play golf in 9 degrees and rain then this was the best place to play. Even though we could not see the entire valley the course is beautiful and the mountains with snow on the tops above the clouds added to the beauty.