Remember that time you got that hole in one and you talked about it for months? You know what, even if it was glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, it was pretty awesome. Well, we’ve got a new way to earn your bragging rights – conquer Canada’s longest golf hole at The Nursery Golf & Country Club in Central Alberta.
41,000 trees is a lot of trees
The Nursery is in Lacombe, just 40 minutes north of Red Deer on Hwy 2. The course was created on the grounds of a 75-year-old tree nursery, which totally explains the astounding 41,000 trees that line the gorgeously green course. Besides the park-like setting, the course is characterized by large greens, tough tees, grass bunkers and water on 14 of the 18 holes.
The course at the Nursery
There are lots of tricky holes on this 6,700-yard course that rounds around tight corners, crosses streams and rolls over some undulating terrain. Hole 1 starts you off with a serious dogleg around the trees and 2, 8 and 16 are the same – so play to the corners, don’t try and cut them. Holes 3, 6, 10 and 13 are all about the water, crossing streams or cutting just inside lakes – and holes 14 and 15 do both! And hole 18 ends your game with a real toughie – blind shots, lakes, creeks, tall trees and a sloping green.
The longest golf hole in Canada
But the signature hole here is, of course, the par 6 hole 11 – at 782 yards it is the longest hole in the entire country. You’ll tee off next to a small pond to get to the fairway then shoot blind to get to the edge of the water that lies smack in the middle of this very tough hole. It’ll take you at least two more drives to get to the green and then your mad putting skills will get you to par. I believe in you – remember that time you got that hole-in-one? And that was in the dark.