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.
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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.