The Word’s Out on Ponoka, a Small-Town Community Golf Course With All the Amenities of “Big Time” Golf!

Ponoka, located in the scenic Battle River valley, is a mix of parkland and rolling links style holes. The historic course in Central Alberta was established in 1936 by a group of hard-working residents.

Constant renovations and improvements have been including a recent addition of 250 yards and three new lakes, all to enhance the playability and beauty of the 18-hole course.

Ponoka features a staggered tee system, so you can find a tee suitable for your handicap. The course provides substantial playability for the novice golfer, with the increased challenge for the seasoned player. A hidden gem no more – every one likes to play Ponoka!

“I give Ponoka five stars. The course is in excellent shape. The staff are doing a fantastic job, focusing on excellent customer service. I’m very impressed with the value-added services with my membership this year, such as the free lessons and wonderful communication strategy through Facebook and email”
– M. Stol

We’re semi-private, with approximately 500 members and a nice mix of daily fee players. At a quick 45 minutes from Edmonton, we’re a great “day getaway” of golf or a perfect spot for a day-long outing.

We aerate the course in July and October, with little to no interruption of your enjoyment of a round. The course rounds into great condition by the middle of May and remains that way into October when the course is aerated and prepared for winter.

We asked Ryan Moore, Golf Pro here at Ponoka for a “cheat sheet” on some of the many course highlights.

Who better to give you a quick overview of a round here at Ponoka other than our our Golf Professional!

Along with the hole-by-hole tour you’ll find here, this is a great sneak-peek of Ponoka:

Describe how my round at Ponoka will get underway?

Hole #1 is our longest Par-5 at 596 yards, requiring three, well-positioned shots to have a chance at par. Dog leg left requires a tee shot right of center to have an unobstructed second shot, go left and you will have a short iron over trees to open up a third shot at the green. Pay attention on the green as there are some subtle breaks.

What’s the best Par-5?

Number 16. It’s 519 yards, requiring accuracy off the tee as there is water left and right. Hit it long and straight down the left side of the fairway and have the opportunity to go home in two. Otherwise it is a three-shot Par-5.

What is the toughest hole?

Our toughest hole is # Six, a 400-yard, Par-4 that requires a 250-yard tee shot to a flat landing area. If you go much longer — or short of that — and you have an uneven lie to an elevated green.

What’s the toughest green?

The toughest green on course is #17, a small green with lots of deceiving slopes. Staying below the hole is a must.

How does the finish to Ponoka shape up; a fair finish? Tough? Can a salvage my round?

Our finishing three holes will make or break your round:

Number 16 is a 519 yard, Par-5. Putting your tee shot up the left/center leaves the green reachable in two; right of center will require a layup. Don’t be too aggressive and Birdie is attainable.

Number 17 is a 214-yard, downhill Par-3 to an undulating green. If you’re going to miss this green — miss it short/left. Miss right or left and par is almost impossible. Get your par or bogey and be happy!

Number 18 is a 398-yard Par-4 dog leg right. Take it right over the water with a 220-yard carry and have a 100 yards or less and very makeable birdie.

What’s your “Signature” hole?

Our Signature Hole is Number 16. It’s a fun hole that requires accuracy and patience. The fun doesn’t end until the ball is in the hole! Pay attention to the breaks in the green.

Women’s Tee Boxes Yards Slope Rating
Blue 6085 134 74.5
White 5696 129 72.3
Red 5148 123 69.3
Men’s Tee Boxes Yards Slope Rating
Black 6669 128 72.0
Blue 6085 128 71.6
White 5696 118 67.0

Dress Code is In Effect

  • Suitable golfing attire must be worn. We do not allow “short shorts” (shorts must have at least a 6-inch inseam), or tank tops.
  • Men must wear a collared shirt or mock turtleneck.
  • For women, if the top is sleeveless, it must have a collar (i.e., no tank tops); if there are sleeves, it does not have to be collared.
  • You must wear proper golfing footwear without steel spikes. Soft spikes or flat-soled shoes are required.

“Hands down the Best Value in Central Alberta.”
– C. MacKenzie

Ponoka was established in 1929 — just six holes — by a group of doctors from the adjacent hospital. In 1936, it was expanded to six holes with architect architect Robert Kains’ plans. In 1987, famed golf architect Bill Robinson oversaw the addition of nine new holes as well as the renovation of the existing nine. Architect Bill Robinson’s course listing is as impressive as it is extensive.

 

Click here or call now 403-783-4626 to book a tee time!

Ponoka Golf Club
3519 46 Street | P.O. Box 4145 
Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1R5

Pro Shop Phone: 403-783-4626 
Fax: 403-783-5144 
© 2020 By Ponoka Golf Club

The Alberta Government has announced additional public health measures to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 province wide. Additional restrictions come into effect as of 11:59pm on May 9th in our region and will be enforced with $2,000 fines. These measures will be in effect for at least the next [3] weeks.

New restrictions limit who you will be allowed to play golf with. Starting Monday, May 10th, you are only permitted to play golf with members of your own household OR, if you live alone, you may choose up to two non-household close contacts.

The Golf Club will be revising our tee-sheets and as result if you currently have any tee-times booked between May 10th and May 31st, they will be CANCELLED. Because we are unable to identify the living situation of the reservations that currently exist on our tee-sheet, we have no choice but to proceed with cancellations for all of these bookings. (unless you called in and booked Friday morning)

New restrictions limit who you will be allowed to play golf with. Starting Monday, May 10th, you are only permitted to play golf with members of your own household OR, if you live alone, you may choose up to two non-household close contacts.

We are tired of continually having to completely recreate the way that we operate our business and we know that you are also tired of the changing regulations and protocols, but unfortunately this is the situation that exists at this time, so let’s do our best to politely work together during this difficult time so that we can all continue to play the game we love. Starting Friday, May 7th, you will have an opportunity to reserve tee-times for May 10th forward under the terms outlined below:

  • Maximum Booking Size = Twosome (2) people
  • Minimum Booking Size = Single (1) person
  • -TEE TIMES WILL GO TO 5 MIN INTERVALS-PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP MORE THAN 10 MIN BEFORE-DRIVING RANGE MAX 5 PEOPLE AT A TIME.
  • -MANDATORY MASKS IN AND AROUND THE PROSHOP

**PLEASE REMEMBER DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER, ME AND THE STAFF DO NOT MAKE THE RESTRICTIONS WE JUST HAVE TO BE THE ONES TO PUT THEM IN PLACE. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO MAKE THIS INTO A POSITIVE SITUATION FOR ALL.

-I will be sending an email out later today once I get tee-on set up with the new tee sheet intervals and rules. I will also then set up online booking. Until then please call to book your times. Thank you everyone, and please be patient over the next few weeks.