Date: 2007-Sep-19 Review by Alberta Bound
The greens were all new this year and they were excellent. The fringe and the rough surrounding the fringe were also in excellent shape. The bunkers were well maintained with good sand and rakes. There were a couple of greens with tiers and some that sloped back to front. Check you yardage guide and remember to check for where the pin is placed, it will help. A few greens have false fronts so use the right club. The greens were fast and the ball rolled very well.
They are in great shape, cut very nicely. The sprinkler heads are marked and there are markers at 100, 150, 200 and 250 on the par fives. Most fairways are generous and give way to well trimmed rough. If you are off the fairway a long way you will be in the forest. There are over 30 fairway bunkers that are also well groomed and contain good sand. These bunkers help frame the holes and make them look very attractive.
You have a choice of four tees. Check the yardage and choose the right tee for your ability. The tees are flat and in good shape. The traditional items are on the tees. The tees are colored grey, black, blue and white.
For this course I am going to say very little. You will have to go and play it. The design is awesome, enjoyable and well worth the little trip up the mountains. I find it remarkable that Doug Carrick can go into the mountains and design a course that fits, is playable and scenic. There are elevation changes, attractive bunkers, water and other factors that make a great course. This has to be one of the best true mountain courses in the world.
This is a hard call. It is the most expensive course in the valley from Golden to Cranbrook but it is the only high country course. If you compared this to the other courses in the valley then you would have to say it's value was lower. But you probably have to compare this to the Banff courses that are similar in nature. If you do this then the greens fees are $ 60 or more cheaper. This course is not like the valley courses so I have to compare the value to like mountain courses. This course represents good value.
The black and blue tees play to 6700 and 6200 yards. The slopes from these tees are 136 and 127. We played from the blues and found the yardage just right. We also followed the course guide and found the slope of 127 to be a little too high as the course did not play that tough. Water comes into play on about five holes. The fairway bunkers can also cause some trouble. There are a number of elevated tees that create longer drives then you might normally achieve.
The rest of the valley gets a 9/10, Greywolf gets a 10! You are higher and right in the mountains. When we were there the fall colors were displaying at their very best. There was fresh snow on the tops of the mountains. The views from the elevated tees were outstanding. You will play golf at over 4000 ft surrounded by the Purcell Mountains. The mountain lakes and creeks add to the visual display.
We had a great welcome from the fellow at the bag drop and he helped us get our clubs and carts ready to go. The staff on the beverage carts and the food stand on the course were friendly and wanting to chat. The pro shop staff helped us with tee times and the people in the restaurant were very good. We had an interesting starter and the marshal was quick to apologize for mistaking us for the group in front.
If this course a short coming it is for it's clubhouse. It is a smaller attractive building with a nice deck. It has a restaurant that is open in the evenings for dinner. Pro shop is well stocked and adjoins the restaurant.
The course gives you an excellent yardage book with all the details you need to play each hole. The scorecard is well done with a color course layout showing all the holes. The card also has the greens and where the pin placement is for each day. The cart path is paved and in good shape. Washrooms are well spaced and attractive in design. They have two beverage carts, one for each nine. They do not have a practice range which could be a problem if you were staying up there for a while and playing more then one round.
This is a course we recommend. You can stay on the mountain at the resort or make the drive up the hill. You owe it to yourself to play this course at least once.