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Value
4.2
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4.1
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Pace
4.2
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3.9
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Traditional
Par 72
Length 6409 yards
Slope 127
Rating 71.4

Located in Drumheller, Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club is situated in the heart of the Badlands. The course's wooded terrain provides a striking contrast to the surrounding desert-like landscape. Jagged hills sprinkled with ancient boulders and cacti provide a setting that is truly unique. The site is home to dinosaur bone beds that date back 75 million years, which is where the club gets its name. The golf course was carefully constructed around these beds and the 11th hole was even reconfigured so as not to disturb the possible dinosaur skeletons embedded in the hillside. The layout has a player-friendly front nine, which you'll want to take advantage of because the back nine is much more challenging. Dinosaur Trail's final nine holes are even known for being one of the area's toughest closing nines.

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Course Details

Year Built 1965
Golf Season Apr 15 to Oct 15
Architect Sid Puddicombe (1965)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted MasterCard‎‎, Visa‎‎, Interac Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant, Halfway House

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.1
35 Reviews (35)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 7
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 6
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 6

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Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Scenery plus

Check in was quick. Staff was great. Front nine is supposed to be easier but you cant go too far offline because of beautiful big old trees lining fairways. Conditions were lush and green. Greens are small, nice, very fast but receptive. Going under highway up to top of 10th teebox is easy to be overwhelmed by scenery/views. Its just really cool up there. This is more of shotmakers nine so pace of play will slow down a touch due to extra navigation. Its all about ball placement and club selection. Conditions again V good with greens much more undulating. Enjoy the views, count on some 3 putts and lost balls particularly for 1st timers……..and maybe 2nd timers. Gas carts as well as cart paths showing a little age but we do wish course was closer to home so we could play it every weekend.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

A very unique back 9.

We love to come again to get challenging. Great course!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Unique course

Great course to visit. Front nine is nice and not too difficult and easy to keep a good pace. Back nine is quite difficult but worth it for the view.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Very unique back 9 holes.

We love to come back playing again! You could not find such unique golf course in western Canada. Thanks you and appreciate all course staff's efforts maintaining your course in great condition?

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth playing

Front nine nicely laid out and in great shape. Back nine narrow fairways plays at a higher elevation to front 9 and wind the day we played a real factor. Some of the holes difficult to pick the line on the drive until you have played a few times. A couple holes maybe a little tricked up vs great layout. Could use some better mapping on scorecard or on tees to help. All in all good course need to come back and try again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Potential

The course has potential to be excellent but some improvement is needed. As a 1st time player you would need a booklet that would tell you where to lay up to on at least 3 holes. Also no concession open on course and no beverage cart on course. Challenging course but back 9 isn’t playable for high handicappers.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Unique, but gimmicky

First off, let's give credit where credit is due: you will be hard pressed to find another course quite like this in Canada. I've played other courses in Southern Alberta and the Okanagan that have a similar aesthetic, but nothing quite like the experience you get on the back 9 at Dinosaur Trail. It truly feels like you are playing down in St. George or Mesquite. But, that doesn't necessarily make it a great golf course. It's not. The front 9 is actually decent. That's the "traditional nine". It's reminiscent of a good-quality community course that you would find in many small towns. There's a good mix of holes, and a really pretty short par 3 over water. That side gets the thumbs up from me. But really, the back nine is why many people travel to play this course, and it's where the problems lie. It's gimmicky. It's "target golf" with lots of blind shots and quirks, and it made for a frustrating experience. I was never quite sure where I was supposed to hit it off the tee, and the layout calls for less than driver on many holes. The last par 3 is neat, but apart from that I didn't care for it. Yeah, it's cool that you are playing out in the hoodoos, and you get some great views. But, for someone like me who appreciates a course when it's laid out in front of you, it proved uninviting. I would imagine most higher handicaps would go through a bag of balls on the back nine. Clearly, that doesn't bother some - after reading other reviews, it's evident that you either love it or hate it. Some golfers seem to enjoy the "challenges" of a quirky course, but I'm not one of them. Lots of potential for a cool experience, but the architect missed the mark in my eyes. Aside from that, the driving range is good and the staff are really nice.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Hidden gem

Great course to play. If you’re looking for a round that feels like your in another country then this is the place you have to go. It’s a great track. Front nine is a typical tree lined course and a good warm up for the picturesque adventure of the back nine. Put the driver away and work on hitting the fairways.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 228
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Alberta Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club

I last played golf here about four years ago and it was disappointing to see a course that has one of the most unique settings for nine holes of golf has seemingly allowed the course to slide into a state of disrepair.

Pulling into the parking lot was an adventure dodging deep pot holes and areas of broken pavement. The driving range appeared to have more dirt than grass. Cart paths were in varying states of decay, most notably on Hole 12 where someone is definitely going to get hurt attempting to navigate down this white knuckle incline.

The fairways were scruffy. I was happy that at least the greens were in playable condition. Staff were friendly and it was interesting to learn that the course is currently for sale. No further explanation needed.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 228
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Alberta Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club

South central Alberta is home to one of the most unique golfing experiences you may come across, that being Dinosaur Trail G&CC. Two distinctly different courses in one, the front 9 is your conventional parkland style course with lush green fairways framed by mature trees, a few water hazards & well placed bunkers. It provides you a relatively safe place to shake out any rust in your game as the fun is about to begin.

Pick up your cart as you make the turn & take the cart path up to the 10th tee box. Take a minute to look around & let your imagination transport you into the pages of Edgar Rice Burroughs "The Land That Time Forgot." Spectacularly rugged & panoramic views of an ancient landscape where dinosaurs once held dominion.

Interspersed throughout the innumerable ravines, canyons & steep drop-offs there really are fairways & greens out there, you just need to come up with the shots to find them. No matter how often you've played here, every hole on the back 9 will give one pause as this is target golf...but on steroids. You will either love it or loath it but one things is for certain, you will remember it.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Nice Course

If you want to play 2 different styles of course in one 18 hole round this the the place to play. Front nine was fun, well treed with sand traps around the greens and some holes with water. The back nine is my fav as it is laid-out atop the badlands. Need to play smart as there is lots of trouble left and right on most of the holes. Love it....

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course, very challenging back 9

Played on Sept 22. Gorgeous day and a great golf experience
Did the 18 holes in just over 4 hours

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

its like playing 2 different courses

Amazing course, playing the back nine is an awesome experience

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Bring Your A Game to the Back 9

The front nine along the Red Deer River was reasonably easy, beautiful and fun. The back nine in the badlands was extremely challenging. The views were great, the course conditions were great but an A Game was needed to card a good score. Tough describes the back nine in a complimentary way. You should seriously consider a cart if you are going to do the badlands nine - lots of elevation changes. I'd come back in a heart beat and I will return. Pace of play depends on how good a golfer you are! The world class Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum is a must and is within a mile of the course - don't miss it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very unique course

Good course. Worth the drive!! Would recommend to anyone. Playing the back 9 on the Badlands is an incredible & definitely rare experience!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Challenging Back Nine!

The course was in excellent shape. The back nine is quite challenging! The front nine is in very good shape and offers some interesting water holes!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Back nine spectacular

Front nine through trees and parkland, Back nine through badlands really enjoyed the course although slow because of difficulty of back nine

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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