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In Saskatoon, golf is one of the most popular summer activities for all ages, for everyone from kids to seniors. Our summers may be short but they are also hot and often pretty beautiful, perfect for spending the day on the links. With 10 excellent Saskatoon golf courses within a 20-minute drive of the city, central Saskatchewan is a prairie golf mecca. And, while you won’t be surprised to find some great links courses, many people don’t realize just how much variety in style there is among the many great Saskatoon golf courses.
I got into golf as a kid playing the sand greens in Warman (a course which no longer exists, sadly), then later the lush, tree-lined fairways of Waskesiu Golf Course (still my favourite to this day). And as avid golfer, it is awfully handy to have so many great Saskatoon golf courses to choose from. Each of them has its own style and quirks, from the fantastic views of Riverside to the atmospheric sage brush of Dakota Dunes to the the old-growth trees of Holiday Park.
The order of this list is obviously very subjective but even if the rankings are debatable, I’ve tried to provide a decent overview to help you make a decision for your next round.
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Green fee rates listed are mid-summer weekend fees including a cart (it will usually be $20-25 cheaper if you walk). Obviously, there are many variations for weekdays, twilight, juniors, seniors, walking and push carts. Most of the courses also offer good multi-round deals and frequent visitor passes.
As for difficulty, I’m rating the Saskatoon golf courses on the overall danger factor – hazards, hills, density of the rough and trickiness of the greens. Any of these courses can be pretty tough on a typically windy Saskatchewan day but even the hardest can be manageable as long as you choose the proper set of tees.
Probably the biggest mistake most golfers make is playing from longer tees than necessary. With guys, the “manliness” factor often gets in the way of logic. But unless you just shot a 68, you really have no business saying your round was “too easy”. So unless you are practicing for a tournament, why not pick a set of tees that gives you a fighting chance at some birdies, especially if you are playing the course for the first time?
Anyway, obviously this list is pretty subjective and even my usual playing partners would argue fiercely about some of these rankings. In many ways, though, that is the beauty of golf – every Saskatoon golf course is different to every player, and opinions can change as quickly as the weather.
Saskatoon Golf Courses Ranked from 1 to 10
1. Dakota Dunes Golf Links
A fantastic links course built into the contours of the sand dunes, Dakota Dunes is my pick for the best of the Saskatoon golf courses. It has hosted Canadian PGA Tour events and is surprisingly hilly with a great blend of different holes. From blind, driveable par 4’s to long, challenging par 3’s to hard greens that are difficult to stick, this wild, natural course is a huge challenge.
It is one of the best courses in Saskatchewan because almost every hole forces you into a risk/reward decision off the tee and if you find yourself in the rough you have to deal with shrubs, fescue and even cacti. Good luck. Oh yeah, one more thing, the wind is almost always howling out here so you will probably have that to deal with, too.
On the par-5 10th (564 yards from the blues) I’ve gone driver/3-wood/3-wood/wedge into gale force winds one day, then driver/7-iron the next with the wind at my back. It’s like playing a dozen different courses every summer. There is also a beautiful hotel and casino on-site if golf & gambling & room service constitutes your perfect Saturday (plus you won’t have to worry about driving home).
If you are going to be playing a few rounds out there it is well worth picking up a Player’s Passport. For $119 you get two free rounds (one regular, one twilight), one free cart and $10 off regular green fees all year. Hard to beat that.
2. Riverside Country Club
$105 (guest fee – all guests need to play with a member)
Many people (particularly club members) would claim Riverside is actually the best of the Saskatoon golf courses and, honestly, I wouldn’t argue too much. Both of my top two are phenomenal, but so different that it is hard to even compare. It’s personal preference, really.
Riverside is a private course and gets top marks for immaculate conditioning, a top-notch golf shop, spectacular South Saskatchewan River scenery and a wild ride of hills and tricky holes. It has also hosted some big professional events and year after year represents the pinnacle of Saskatoon golf. Now you just need to make friends with a member…
3. Holiday Park Golf Course
City of Saskatoon website
This 60-year-old municipal City of Saskatoon golf course has long been a local favourite. There was a time in the 80’s (back before many of these other courses were built) when Holiday Park was the busiest golf course in Canada. It isn’t quite so hard to get a tee time now but it remains popular because of its classic “doglegs-and-big-trees” style. The greens are deceiving and the holes along the river offer some great views.
4. Saskatoon Golf and Country Club
$115 (guests must play with a member)
Another beautifully maintained private course that allows public players under certain conditions, the original Saskatoon golf course seems straightforward at first glance but features a lot of subtle difficulties that sneak up on you. It is the kind of course where you haven’t been intimidated by a single tee shot but then realize you still haven’t managed a par in over an hour. A true member’s course, and the first private course in Saskatchewan (opened in 1907).
5. The Legends Golf Club
This beauty in Warman, just north of Saskatoon, is the newest of the bunch and is making its way up this list as it matures. For now, the trees are still pretty small, offering little protection from the fierce prairie winds. The layout is quite interesting, though, with a generous variety of water hazards and lots of difficult risk/reward decisions.
6. Moon Lake Golf and Country Club
Walkability: Moderate (not many hills but some long distances between holes)
This is almost always the first course I play every summer since somehow they manage to get their greens in mid-summer form right from the start. Nonetheless, there is a lot of water on this open links course and some of the fairways can be pretty wet in spots.
Overall, though, this course features nice, wide fairways and approachable greens that are perfect for your rusty early season game. The ponds on all the starting and ending holes can wreak havoc with your score any time of year and as the summer wears on the rough gets thicker and more troublesome. Moon Lake is yet another course that gets a lot of wind (although early mornings are usually calm and relaxing).
I have dropped it a few spots over the last couple of years because the pace of play has slowed down (in our experience, anyway). They have gone back to the 7/8 minute tee times and it seems like everytime we play there a new group gets wedged in front of us at the turn. Last time we played on a Saturday it took 5 hours, although during the week you probably won’t have any issues.
7. The Willows Golf and Country Club
Located right on the edge of the city and featuring 27 holes, the Willows is usually the most convenient of all the Saskatoon golf courses and normally the easiest place to get tee times. They also have a gorgeous clubhouse and excellent practice facilities.
The reason it falls it little bit down the list for me is that the condition of their greens is often hit and miss, plus a lot of the holes are very similar (360 yards, dogleg, trap at the corner), especially on the original 18 (Lakes / Bridges). The newer 9 (Xena) offers a bit more variety, though, and having 27 holes allows you to mix things up from round to round.
8. Greenbryre Golf and Country Club
$86 (to play 18 holes)
The most notable thing about Greenbryre is the fact it is only 12 holes. Which is unusual, obviously, but it’s all part of their “faster rounds for faster lifestyles” motto. You can play in chunks of 6, 12 or 18 holes (for those traditionalists out there) but regardless of how long your round is, Greenbryre is a simple, tree-lined course that is enjoyable for golfers of all ages and abilities.
9. Silverwood Golf Course (Par-3)
$40.15 (no power cart rentals)
City of Saskatoon website
The shortest of the Saskatoon golf courses, Silverwood is well-manicured par-3 course is the ideal place to take the family for a round or just to brush up on your iron play. With lots of water and a generous helping of sand, Silverwood may be short but it’s no walk in the park.
10. Wildwood Golf Course
City of Saskatoon website
I feel bad putting simple, straightforward Wildwood last on this list since it was the site of my very first competitive tournament as a kid (4th flight runner-up!). However, it just doesn’t match up with the others in terms of quality or variety.
It is still a fun place to play a round, though, and when the wind kicks up it can get a bit tricky, especially until you get used to your drives bouncing an extra 30-40 yards on (and often through) the hard fairways.
Saskatoon Golf Courses Map
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Other Golf Courses Near Saskatoon
There are several more courses within an hour’s drive of Saskatoon, most of them small 9-hole offerings. There are two 18-hole courses that stand out, though, and are definitely worth a visit.
Rosthern Golf Course, officially Valley Regional Park, is a personal favourite. It is fairly short and the back 9 is pretty tight but it has good variety and a lot of interesting water holes. If it qualified for this list I’d probably rank it right behind the Willows.
Perdue Oasis is a wide-open course with plenty of water and some really difficult bunkers. It has some similarities to Warman (the immature trees and howling prairie wind) but is much less busy so if you’re willing to drive an extra half an hour you can usually enjoy a relaxing, uncrowded round.
If you’re willing to drive a little bit farther, Elbow and Sage View are well worth the trip. Both of these unique lakeside courses are often mentioned when people talk about their favourite Saskatchewan golf courses.
Harbor Golf Club in Elbow is located on the north side of Lake Diefenbaker and features amazing views and very unique holes. Sage View Golf Course is in Riverhurst is on the south side of Lake Diefenbaker and has some of the most scenic holes in the province, along with some truly treacherous slopes.
Both offer some excellent stay and play deals and are popular places to organize tournaments. We have golfed Elbow twice as part of friends’ stag parties.
When Do Saskatoon Golf Courses Open and Close?
As you might expect, that is pretty weather dependent. Under normal circumstances (if there is such a thing when it comes to Saskatchewan weather), Saskatoon golf courses start opening up in mid-April and begin winding down in early October.
Of course, there have been a handful of March and November rounds played over the years, as well as some pretty annoying May and September snowstorms. So no promises.
In general, the courses start looking normal in May, just a little less green and with fewer leaves on the trees. October will be fairly similar, with warm days and chilling temps equally possible. At least it is easier to find any wayward drives…
June to August is prime time for golfing in Saskatoon, with the courses lush and popular (with both people and mosquitos). September is probably my favourite month for Saskatoon golf since the mosquitos have mostly gone into hiding, the afternoons are no longer sweltering and the courses tend to be a little less busy.
Saskatoon Golf Courses Summary
I’m sure if you asked ten Saskatoon golfers, you would end up with ten different orders for this list of Saskatoon golf clubs. One of the great things about golf is the way different courses appeal to different people. Although, in my opinion, the top 3 Saskatoon golf courses on this list are definitely a cut above the rest so if you only have time for a round or two, try to make it one of those.
Of course, even within each course there are holes that are among my favourites that some of my friends can’t stand, and others that many love that just don’t suit my eye, like the 120-yard 15th at Dunes that I usually only par about once per summer, and Moors 4 at Moon Lake, which is one of those holes where I always take an extra ball to the tee box (defeated before I even start).
I guess you just have to play all ten (or fourteen) and decide for yourself.
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