Colin Carson // Tourism Prince George
Surrounded by the wild north, Prince George boasts six distinct golf courses and ample opportunities to play. Nestled in between valleys and running through natural northern forests, golfers can choose between a variety of play styles and terrain. You’ll soon find yourself on the edge of the city playing among wildflowers and local wildlife or centered in the core of the city valley, with amenities only minutes away.
Located less than ten minutes from downtown, this premier course is the longest course in the Prince George area. Aberdeen Glen is a tremendous course that showcases the wonderful scenery around Prince George. The course is stocked with elevated tee boxes and greens and has wide, well-maintained fairways. If you’re not accurate you can lose a few balls in the long rough and brush.
Course Tip: Number 2 is a Par 5 with an elevated tee. Take out your driver and try to cut the corner by hitting over the trees on the left. If you hit a long enough ball you can take the fairway bunkers out of play and leave yourself an iron into the raised green.
One of Prince George’s Par 3 courses, Alder Hills is a great course for beginners and experts alike looking to improve their short game. With a full driving range and 18 fun and sometimes challenging holes, Alder Hills is a great way to spend a few hours. The patio is also worth a post-game stay and features open, sunny views of the course.
Course Tip: Number 10 is a short but very tricky Par 3. It’s only 80 yards, but it’s straight uphill so make sure to choose a club with enough loft to reach the green.
Located just south of Prince George, Aspen Grove is very walkable and gives you time to enjoy the friendly country atmosphere. It’s a Par 68, 5700-yard course from the blue tees and encourages you to use every club in your bag. Accuracy off the tee is going to give you the best chance and help keep your scoring low.
Course Tip: Number 10 is a short Par 4 can be played safely by hitting an iron off the tee and laying up. Or you can hit your driver and try to reach the green in one, but be careful of missing right – the slope of the bank will kick your ball into the pond!
This Par 3 course located in the heart of the community is an awesome place to learn the sport of golf. This 18-hole course is short enough that you can play a round in the late afternoon and still have plenty of daylight left for other activities. Leave your driver at home and fine-tune your iron play at this friendly course.
Course Tip: Number 12 is a 163-yard Par 3 with an elevated green. This is a tricky hole that plays a bit longer than the yardage indicates.
Prince George Golf and Curling Club
With generous fairways from the tee box, precision shot-making is required into the greens at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club. The course is relatively walkable with rolling fairways and an exciting variety of Par 3’s, Par 4’s and Par 5’s that require you to play every club in your bag. With many holes featuring sand or water, accuracy is your best friend while on the course.
Course Tip: Number 14 is a short but tricky Par 3. It has a large green but water both short and long. You need to be precise to stay out of trouble.
The Links of Maggie May
Closed in 2020
The Links of Maggie May offers a no-pressure nine-hole golf course in a relaxing country atmosphere with large greens and open fairways. This is a great course that offers club rentals and is excellent for beginners just learning to golf.
Course Tips: Number 4 is a local favourite. It’s a scenic Par 4 with water and more trouble on the left. If you miss the fairway, make sure you miss right.
About the author: Colin grew up in Prince George and attended TRU to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration. After graduation, he spent a year in Denmark playing professional volleyball followed by a year working in China before returning to Prince George. He continues to be involved in the community where he grew up. As the Manager, Sport Tourism at Tourism Prince George, he works with all levels of sporting groups to attract sporting events and supports every step in the event and bid process.