Bargains are often found off the beaten track, and Aberdeen Glen Golf Course is no different. This manicured, 7,100-yard par-73 meanders over rolling, rugged terrain through narrow stands of dense B.C. forest—a stern test for the better player, and a gentler route from the forward tees. Jeans are allowed, too!
Adults pay $46 for 18 holes and $26 for nine holes; $24 for juniors, $14 for nine holes. Juniors who attended an Aberdeen Glen golf camp get a Privilege Card, good for $10 off each green fee. Power carts are $25 for 18 holes ($15 for nine holes). Club rentals are $20 for 18 holes, $10 for nine. (250-563-8901)
Where to Stay
Check out the “Family Getaway Package” at the Ramada Hotel downtown. At $160 a night, this deal gets you a connecting-room suite with four beds, two bathrooms with heated tile floors, two flat-screen TVs, discount coupons for local attractions and free parking. As a bonus, kids 6 and under eat for free.
40 km north of Prince George is the Huble Homestead Historic Site, a collection of authentic heritage buildings from the turn of the 20th century. Tour the Salmon Valley Post Office, the general store or see the blacksmith shop, then have a picnic on the grass and stock up on Huble berry jam, all for a recommended donation of $10 per family. (250-564-7033)
Aberdeen Glen boasts an impressive practice range, with a short-game area and putting green. One-on-one instruction from pro Ian Wrynn runs $40 to $60 for a single 30-minute session. Players teeing up at the range don’t even need their own clubs—the pro shop lends them out gratis.
Spend the afternoon on the water, casting in the Nechako River. Ferguson Lake is within the city limits and stocked with bull and rainbow trout. (250-565-6135)
Prince George, B.C. C.-B.; 250-563-8901; aberdeenglengolf.com
This story was originally published in the April 2010 issue of up! magazine as part of the Value Golf Guide feature, profiling 10 of Canada’s most affordable and family-friendly golf courses. Take a look at The Great Canadian Value Golf Guide: The Family Edition.
Jägare Ridge Golf Club
Carved out of fertile farmland in the Whitemud Creek Valley in Edmonton, Jägare Ridge Golf Club boasts a narrow, target-oriented front nine, with a more windswept, links-style back.
$90 (includes power cart); $78 seniors (power cart, range, Mon. – Thu.); juniors, $43 (includes range). Twilight rate after 4 p.m. (and early-bird before 9 a.m. Mon. – Thu.), $73.
Doon Valley & Rockway Golf Course
Doon Valley is freshly renovated with 10 brand-new holes, while the tree-lined fairways of Rockway are the perfect places for youngsters to shape their game.
Otter Creek Golf Club
Voted Ontario’s best new course of 2009 by Fairways magazine, Otter Creek Golf Club is a 7,100-yard, roller-coaster Dick Kirkpatrick layout that winds through three separate creek valleys. With a new clubhouse opening this spring, head pro Darren Allan promises plenty of food-and-beverage promotions to mark the occasion.
$70 during weekdays, $77 for weekends and holidays, with a power cart included. Juniors play for half price.