One of the most scenic golf courses in western Canada, Crowsnest Pass Golf Club, is entering another season of change as they operate their new clubhouse for the first full golf season under a new food and beverage manager, Drew Double who joins the team from Kananaskis.

Jason Roth, the course’s head professional, says in the past they have leased out their clubhouse, but this year they are taking over food and beverage.

“We’re hiring all the people for it and we’re going to run it ourselves and hopefully it’s going to be fantastic,” said Roth. “I’ve been testing the food for the last four or five days and it’s been pretty good.”

Crowsnest Pass moved into their new clubhouse on Aug.1, 2020 and Roth says it became popular very quickly.

“Golf courses got nuts last year, so we were busy, busy,” he said. “It went awesome, the new clubhouse worked great and we’re excited to have a full year in the new place.”

Over the last four years, Crowsnest Pass has also opened up their new golf course. The 18-hole course features eight brand-new holes across Blairmore Creek and they also renovated the majority of holes that were already there. Roth says the new course can go up against any course in Alberta.

“It’s the mountain vistas,” he said. “Once you get into the back area there, it’s just so quiet.

You get out of the wind and it’s just a super scenic course. Every tee box you’re looking kind of off to the mountains – there’s some great views.”

The golf club is home to over 200 members from neighbouring communities of Bellevue, Blairmore, Coleman, Frank and Hillcrest. Roth adds they usually have a men’s league with a hundred-plus guys every Wednesday but were not able to have it last year due to COVID-19 and it’s looking like they won’t be able to have it again.

However, Crowsnest Pass is known to bring in visitors from Calgary, Lethbridge and even Medicine Hat, which is just over a three-hour drive from the course.

“We’re just trying to get as many people as we can to come see the new course and enjoy it,” said Roth. “We had tons of people that played it last year that have already booked and are bringing groups back and showing their friends.”

The course is continuing to offer their stay and play package this golf season, allowing

golfers to drive out to golf and stay the night at the nearby Kanata hotel. Golfers pay $129 for one round of golf and one night at the Kanata during the week or $164 for the same package during the weekend. Two rounds of golf and two nights at the Kanata is also an option that’s priced at $249 on weekdays and $309 on weekends.

During the course’s peak season between June 15 and September 14, green fees Monday through Thursday are $89, while green fees for Friday through Sunday are $109. Before and after their peak season, Monday through Thursday will cost golfers $79, while the weekend green fee is $99. All bookings include 18 holes, a golf cart and time at the driving range.

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