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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 71
Length 6522 yards
Slope 139
Rating 72.1

The country hospitality at The Ranch, five minutes west of Edmonton, belies the fact that this is one challenging course. One elevation change has been nicknamed the "Pit of Doom" and the final hole has been rated the toughest on the Canadian Tour. Rated one of the Top 100 courses in Canada, The Ranch comprises two distinct nine-hole layouts. The front nine feature a links-style design, while the back nine include a narrow, tree-lined fairways and ominous water hazards.

Course Details

Year Built 1991
Golf Season Apr 1 to Oct 31
Architect Bill Robinson (1991) John F. Robinson (1991) Geoffrey Cornish (1991)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes - "Ranch Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.6
7 Reviews (7)
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Reviews 20
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best in the area right now

One of our favourite places to play. Arguably the best condition course we have played this year. The greens were nearly flawless with only a few with winter damage and turf repairs. They were quick but not too fast and putted true. The fairways were nearly flawless as well, the ball sat up nicely. The rough was thick and juicy but fair and playable. Their revamped bunkers were a treat to play out of...that is if you don't mind being in them. The tee-boxes were the best maintained we have played so far. The staff were friendly and thorough in explaining their Covid-19 procedures and course rules. The pace of play was good, just under four hours. Looking forward to going back soon.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 221
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Alberta Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Ranch GC

The Ranch plays to a maximum length of 6522 from the tips and 5018 from the forward tees giving players of all abilities a reasonable test. Cordial greeting and check in from the pro shop and restaurant staff.

An even mix of dogleg left and dogleg right holes require consistency of the large, flat tee boxes. The maintained fairways flow nicely through rolling terrain. There are a few small elevation changes. Numerous bunkers protect a few of the greens, and water hazards should only come into play on two holes. The well conditioned greens come in a variety of sizes and shapes and were rolling true and at a great pace.

Holes 14, 15 and 16 are good fun. I can't say the same for Hole 18...disappointing finishing hole. The restaurant makes an excellent burger.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 97
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor

Going through repairs

Pretty outstanding course. This could be a 5 star once they make all the repairs. I loved the club rentals, Taylor made M6s. The 19th hole food and drinks were pretty good too.

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

Great layout, great pro shop and great staff.

I play at The Ranch regularly because it’s a great course with the best staff. I love the course layout itself. It’s very well maintained and the practice facilities are perfect on their own if you don’t have time to play. Little music and a beer at the driving range make for a nice quiet evening enjoying the fresh air and beautiful sunset.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging

Course is in reasonably good condition but some of the fairways were trimmed a little low. We also found that some of the greens were not consistent in speed and possibly had been replaced. I tried out to many bunkers and again found very little sand in a couple.
It was a great day to play. The group in front of us fell behind and this pushed the round out to 4:45 hrs. which is slow.
They do offer a loyalty card which sounds very interesting and better value if you play more rounds.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Alright course

The course wasn't bad. The greens are a bit spotty in places, but it's early season. I've played later in the season and it's been fine. Pace of play is pretty good, as with most courses with GPS carts, the marshals don't typically patrol. There are some weirdly laid out holes (15 and 18 stand out in this), but its a nice enough track. Staff have always been friendly, and you can't beat the twilight rate with a meal certificate.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Stay Away, far far away

12 of us went there , as we have virtually every year. This year (a Monday at 11:30 am no less) one of our guys couldnt play at the last minute. They refuse, & continue to refuse, to provide a raincheck for the non player (we paid in advance). Classy operation.
Now for the golf. Its a bit of a goat track. But they clearly put out too many players as $$$ is all they care about. Pace of play was ridiculous. No marshall in sight (I guess thats because it costs $$).Course has some beyond stupid holes. I would stay far away. Far better alternatives out there..
And oh, the clubhouse is a joke. Barely better than an Atco trailer imo.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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