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6455 N Dinosaur Trail Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0

Public Golf Course

Holes: 18   |   Par: 72

6,409 Yards


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Dinosaur Trail GC

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All rates include 18 holes, power cart & driving range.

Dinosaur Trail Rates per Player:

Monday – Thursday excluding holidays:  $79.50 plus GST

Friday – Sunday including holidays:  $104.50 plus GST

Play Golf Alberta’s Rates per Player:

Monday – Thursday excluding holidays: $40-$50 plus GST

Friday – Sunday including holidays: $50-$60 plus GST

Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country club, created in 1965 (back nine in 1996), combines Drumheller’s wonderful natural landscape and beauty to provide you with an unforgettable day of golf. In particular, our back 9 is highly praised by all golfers and will inspire you to take your game to new heights. After the round be sure to enjoy a refreshing drink on “the best patio in the valley”  for a great finish to your memorable day.

18 UNIQUE HOLES OF GOLF – Our Front 9 provides a relaxing and enjoyable start to your round. Carved out along side the Red Deer river, it is well treed and lush with flora and fauna.

Our Back 9 is where the challenge begins. Built atop the HooDoos, the layout provides many scenic vistas and some of the most memorable golf holes you will ever play.

Women’s Tee Boxes:

Red:  Yards – 5,090  Slope – 124  Rating – 70.3

White:  Yards – 5,798  Slope – 136  Rating – 73.7

Men’s Tee Boxes:

White:  Yards – 5,798  Slope – 119  Rating – 68.8

Blue:  Yards – 6,409  Slope – 127  Rating – 71.4

Camping & Hiking:  A Guide to the Best Drumheller Camping Spots (for 2023)

 Imagine waking to fresh air and the babble and chatter of birds and a nearby creek. The tent fabric glows with dawn’s early light, and you pull yourself from the warmth of your sleeping bag, curious. Unzipping the door of your tent, you’re startled by the alien landscape: green and golden coulees stretch as far as the eye can see, and strange pillars of stone loom in the distance, their different rock-texture-bands circling them like the rings of a tree trunk.

This is the Canadian Badlands. And this is your guide to Drumheller camping to make the above experience happen!

With its paleolithic-meets-alien landscapes, there are few places on earth that offer vistas as dramatic as the Southern Alberta Badlands, and parking your tent or RV in a Drumheller camping spot puts you right in the centre of it all. With meandering Drumheller hiking trails for every skill level, endless jaw-dropping backdrops, and access to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller boasts the best of Southern Alberta in one convenient package.

So whether you want to visit the Canadian Badlands for just a couple of days, or you’re planning on being out for the whole summer, you need a camping spot that’s perfect for you and your family.

Drumheller RV Parks and Tent Camping

We’ve chosen the campgrounds below based on their atmosphere, price, and proximity to unique attractions. From primitive spots to pitch your tent to picturesque places to park the RV, we’ve included the whole range of campgrounds so that you can find the right one for you!

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Dinosaur Trail GC

Some of the most enjoyable golf one can experience is often in unexpected places. And many of those places across Alberta lie in rural areas, where small towns don’t mean small layouts. Rather, these courses provide some of the most relaxed, fun, scenic, and challenging rounds of golf. And in most cases, they are only a short drive away.

Dinosaur Trail G&CC a unique mix of nines

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf

DRUMHELLER — Until you experience what the Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club has to offer, you can only imagine what is in store for you. Sure, your friends can tell you how this 18-hole layout goes from a parkland style to something entirely different but really, you have to experience it to get the true feeling for the diametrically different nines.

In the land of dinosaurs, this golf course offers a tantalizing experience unlike any other in the province. Or put it this way: On the outward stretch you get a baby-sized dino like the Compsognathus, about the size of a turkey, while the back nine offers up a monster in the form of the formidable T-Rex. And yes, that home stretch is somewhat intimidating.

Asked to speak to this unique layout, General Manager Neil Dobell explained how this playground came into being in two separate stages.

“The first nine is a parkland nine, built along the river, that was done in 1965. Then after a few years the members wanted to build a back nine. They went across the highway into the hoodoos and built that in 1996. It’s totally different back there …. once you play it, you’ll understand.”

Or as Dobell said of that intriguing nine: “Back there it’s a cross between desert golf and the moon!”

On the front nine you’re immediately put at ease with tree-lined fairways that are quite wide, with short rough and greens that are both receptive and relatively flat. It plays out to just over 3,200 yards off the back tees, winding down to 2,900 off the white blocks and 2,657 from the front deck. With your confidence built up after maneuvering around this stretch, it’s time to grit your teeth and take on the beast on the back.

After a somewhat startling climb to reach the 10th tee, a par-5 of 476 yards off the white tee, you see a fairway that looks dauntingly narrow. After all, it’s bordered on both sides by drop-offs meaning your aim must be true. In fact, over the whole back nine, any shots that disappear into the unknown are simply played as lateral hazards, to save time, and yes, golf balls. The next hole, a short par-4 of 278-yards calls for a shot to the right that is somewhat daunting given what looks like a narrow landing area but it is larger than it appears and leaves one with a car shot into the green. If you go left though, you still hit fairway but you need to elevate your approach shot over a massive rock wall blocking any view of the green. And similar challenges continue from there.

As to the mindset one needs here, Dobell noted, “The front nine is easier although there are some tricks there. But, once you go to the back nine you want to bring a lot of golf balls! There are places it eats golf balls. It gets rather hungry back there!”

Now while this sounds terrifying, it is a fun play and a good test to see if your game is as good as you think. It’s a brand of target golf,  you need to make sure you hit the right club, and have a bit of luck here and there.”

“Basically, you’re on top of the hoodoos so there are steep drop-offs,” said Dobell. “You don’t have much room for error. It might sound scary but once you see the pictures (and make sure to use the yardage book) and you go back there, you realize how spectacular it is. It’s more visually appealing than scary.”

Now, if you’re perhaps a bit leery about teeing it up here because it’s a bit of a drive, Dobell indicated there is a deal online that makes playing here even more enticing. He explained that anyone using gets an “exceptional discount,” with a saving of 47% off the regular green fee, to give this test a try, and see just how good your game really is on what has to be one of the most unique, interesting, challenging, and yes, fun back nines in the province.

Staying over

Since Drumheller is more than a day trip for many, there are several options to spend the night, and yes, to take on Dinosaur Trail G&CC a second time once you have the lay of the land. Here’s a list of spots to pitch your tent, or park your trailer for a night or two in this interesting badlands area. In no particular order, they are: River Grove Campground; Dinosaur RV Park & Dino’s RV Nest; 11 Bridges Campground, RV and Cozy Cabin Park; Pinters Campground; Horseshoe Canyon Campground; Dinosaur Trail RV Resort & Cabins; Hoodoos RV Resort & Campground; and Bleriot Ferry Provincial Recreation Area.

Or, if you prefer a bed, there are several motels around this town of 9,000 or so, including the Heartwood Inn, a quiet, comfortable establishment away from the downtown area, that offers a variety of rooms for singles, couples and groups. In fact, this place, originally built in 1905, has an interesting history including at one time or another being a brothel (yes, you read that right!); a home for disturbed young men; a boarding house; and now, an inn.

All in all, this golf experience is unlike any other in Alberta and one that has to be tried to be appreciated. For tee times to Dinosaur Trail GC, go to and follow the links.

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