The Links at Gleneagles is a public golf course located near Cochrane, Alberta. It is located on the edge of the Bow River Valley. There is a turn-off to the course on Highway 1A just east of the downhill slope into the town.
This golf course has received consistent rankings among Canada's top golf courses and received an award from Golf Digest in 1997 for the best new Canadian course. The course was a former host for the Nationwide Tour.
The course provides several spectacular views. The mountains to the west are noticeable throughout the round. There are incredible views of the valley below from the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth holes on the front nine. The back nine features incredible views on holes 15 through 17.
The front nine features three par threes, three fours, and three fives. The fifth hole is the first of two dramatic downhill par threes. The sixth is a reachable par five, but to reach the green, you must clear an environmentally sensitive area.
The back nine has two incredible par threes. The 12th offers two angles. The main angle presents the green as wide and shallow with a shot that is all carry over natural areas. The second angle presents the green as narrow and deep, but the carry is not as dramatic. The signature hole is the 16th. From the tips, it is 256 yards that is mostly carry. The main tees though are on an elevated platform that provides an amazing view of the valley. From the middle tee box, the hole is 185 yards and about 160 feet downhill. The scenery provides quite a backdrop for the flight of the ball.
Unless you are as fit as a billy goat, a power cart is a must on this course. There are several large climbs and descents. Quoted rates on the website include cart rental.
The course offers an email-based VIP club, which offers a newsletter and promotions to its members.