Canadian Rockies Golf Course Redesigns 9th Hole
Before closing for the season, Stewart Creek Golf & Curling Club in Alberta’s Canadian Rockies gave the 9th hole a major face lift.
A par-4 since the opening of the course, the newly renovated No. 9 is now a par-3 design – one that the staff believes offers a much more playable and rewarding hole for golfers of all skill levels.
For some insight into the decision and execution, we spoke with Chris Schatzmann, Head Golf Pro at Stewart Creek.
1) Why did the staff at Stewart Creek feel the need to redesign the 9th Hole?
The original par-4 design offered great views from the landing areas and, depending on your lie and angle to the green, a fun approach shot to the hole. There were some reoccurring issues that we felt could be improved. The tee shot did not fit well with the overall flow of the golf course. Most of our guests play the white tees and would hit a short to mid iron off the tee that would land in a very undulating and potentially unfair part of the fairway. We knew we wanted to offer better sightlines and improve the overall experience, and we knew in order to get it right we had to have