“Reclamation at its Finest " is how Coal Creek Golf Resort is billed. The site has seen coal mining activity since the turn of the 19th century and the land still bears the marks of this excavating practice. Black sand, or rather coal, complete the recycling credentials at this unusual golf and RV facility.
Located an hour’s drive from downtown Edmonton, the fairways at Coal Creek occupy what was once the Dodds Coal Mine. The Norby family took over the property in 1956 and they still own and manage the current mine operation. It was the Norbys who took on the responsibility for the reclamation project of the original mine site before the course opened for play in 2012.
The layout extends from 5384 to 7207 yards, depending on the tees selected for play. The course is configured with two returning nines and water hazards feature at more than half the holes on the card, most prominently on the stretch between the par four 5th and the par four 11th.
Highlight holes include the long par five 6th, which has water to the left of the tee, to the right of the fairway then to the left of the green; the slightly right doglegged par four 9th, with another pond to the left of the fairway (fed by a creek flanking the green); and the last of the par threes at the 17th, where a semi-circle of black sand lies in wait for over hit tee shots at the back of the green.