Victoria's opening hole requires either a long iron, or fairway wood off the tee. The large green is guarded by pot-bunker's short left and short right. Club selection is important for the approach shot, as trouble lies beyond the green.
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The first (9-hole) golf course ever built in Canada, Victoria was developed in 1896 – even before Edmonton became incorporated as a city. If you're a beginner or a mid-handicap player, then you're going to love the wide fairways of Canada's oldest municipal golf course. This forgiving course is nicely laid out and tucked away in Edmonton's lush river valley with a stunning view of the University of Alberta and the Alberta Legislature Buildings.
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Victoria is home to a 60-stall driving range and practice green where you can warm up your swing and knock the rust of your putter and irons.
Similar to the first, a shorter Par 4 that requires only a long iron or fairway wood to reach the widest portion of the fairway. Big hitters should be wary of the fairway bunker along the right side, and drainage ditch short of the green.
A long drivers delight! A tee shot that finds the fairway opens the door for a birdie or eagle. Make sure your tee shot avoids the 2 fairway bunkers along the right side, and keep your approach down the middle as there is a greenside pot bunker along both sides of the green.
The fifth is a longer par four that dog legs to the right. Try not to cut too much off the right side, as trees will make your approach to the two-tiered green difficult.
Try not to let the elevated tee and the University of Alberta distract you too much on this picturesque Par 4. Accuracy is essential on each shot, as a wayward shot to the left could find trees, or the deep ravine left of the green. Club selection on the approach may vary between 3 clubs due to the long, narrow green.
On the Par 3 seventh, the tee shot plays downhill, and normally requires one club less than normal. A large green side bunker will collect shots off to the left, so aim for the middle of the green, and make your par.
The fairway on the ninth hole narrows up dramatically beyond 150 yards, so a tee shot between 200 and 220 yards is ideal. Accuracy with a driver is essential as a cricket pitch can be found left of the hole, and a shot to the right will put you back on hole #1!
The back nine starts with a classic risk reward hole. A well struck drive left of the greenside bunker may reach the green on this short par 4, however if your tee shot is right, it may find the trap, or trees. If you play it safe off the tee, your approach to the large green will have to avoid the drainage ditch to the right.
The first of 3 Par 5s on the back nine will involve some decision making on the tee box. A drainage ditch spans the width of the fairway and requires a tee shot that carries 250 yards. Be precise with your approach as the green tilts front to back, and brings both the sand and bush into play beyond the green. The front of the green is also protected by a bunker on the right side.
Just because you think you can throw your ball to the green doesn't make this is an easy Par 3!! With a desert of sand surrounding a crowned green, pars are few and far between on Victoria's shortest hole.
Victoria's signature hole is a fan favorite of all golfers. Long hitters must avoid hitting their tee shot too far as it may reach the drainage ditch. The skilled golfer will be tempted to go for the green on this Par 5 in two, but be sure to take enough club as a short approach will find you on the side of a steep slope. If you play to the bottom of the hill, be sure to add a club or two to reach the green. Enjoy the view, and catch your breath at your top, and be sure not to putt your ball right back down the hill!
The fourteenth provides a majestic view of Edmonton's river valley. Put your tee ball down the middle, and you will have a short iron left for your approach to a large inviting green. A single bunker is located short, and to the right of the green.
The fifteenth is a reachable Par 4 for the big hitters as long as your drive carries the 2 bunkers short of the green. Pay close attention to where the flag is located. The front portion of the green slopes severely from back to front, and a back flag can add another 3 clubs to your approach shot.
The widest fairway of Victoria Golf Course. You'll need some length to reach this long Par 4, especially if it is into the prevailing wind. A long fairway bunker extends down the right hand side about 240 yards out, while a deep sand trap awaits you left front of the green. Long and left of the green will put you in a drainage ditch.
Club selection is crucial if you want to find the putting surface of this shallow, elevated green, sloping back to front. With the green cut out of a bank, don't underestimate how much your ball will move.
The Par 5 eighteenth hole offers up quite a challenge, especially if it's playing into the wind. Play for the left side of the fairway, as taking an aggressive line down the right, may put you behind a spruce tree. Your approach into the elevated green may require an extra club, and should be aimed right of the flag due to the slope of the green.