Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club

4.0909142857 4.1 stars from 5 (23)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6409 yards
  • Slope: 127
  • Rating: 71.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: MasterCard‎‎, Visa‎‎, Interac Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6409 yards 71.4 127
White 72 5798 yards 68.8 119
White (W) 72 5798 yards 73.7 136
Red 73 5090 yards 64.0 110
Red (W) 73 5090 yards 70.3 124

Located in Drumheller, Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club is situated in the heart of the Badlands. The course's wooded terrain provides a striking contrast to the surrounding desert-like landscape. Jagged hills sprinkled with ancient boulders and cacti provide a setting that is truly unique. The site is home to dinosaur bone beds that date back 75 million years, which is where the club gets its name. The golf course was carefully constructed around these beds and the 11th hole was even reconfigured so as not to disturb the possible dinosaur skeletons embedded in the hillside. The layout has a player-friendly front nine, which you'll want to take advantage of because the back nine is much more challenging. Dinosaur Trail's final nine holes are even known for being one of the area's toughest closing nines.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 23 Reviews
5 stars:
8
4 stars:
14
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

22 out of 22 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes  

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"Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club"


David1684852's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Alberta Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2016
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

South central Alberta is home to one of the most unique golfing experiences you may come across, that being Dinosaur Trail G&CC. Two distinctly different courses in one, the front 9 is your conventional parkland style course with lush green fairways framed by mature trees, a few water hazards & well placed bunkers. It provides you a relatively safe place to shake out any rust in your game as the fun is about to begin.

Pick up your cart as you make the turn & take the cart path up to the 10th tee box. Take a minute to look around & let your imagination transport you into the pages of Edgar Rice Burroughs "The Land That Time Forgot." Spectacularly rugged & panoramic views of an ancient landscape where dinosaurs once held dominion.

Interspersed throughout the innumerable ravines, canyons & steep drop-offs there really are fairways & greens out there, you just need to come up with the shots to find them. No matter how often you've played here, every hole on the back 9 will give one pause as this is target golf...but on steroids. You will either love it or loath it but one things is for certain, you will remember it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Nice Course"


Darfman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you want to play 2 different styles of course in one 18 hole round this the the place to play. Front nine was fun, well treed with sand traps around the greens and some holes with water. The back nine is my fav as it is laid-out atop the badlands. Need to play smart as there is lots of trouble left and right on most of the holes. Love it....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course, very challenging back 9"


JerryGVT's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on Sept 22. Gorgeous day and a great golf experience<br/> Did the 18 holes in just over 4 hours


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"its like playing 2 different courses"


u777878752's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Amazing course, playing the back nine is an awesome experience


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Bring Your A Game to the Back 9"


dcfblujeans's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The front nine along the Red Deer River was reasonably easy, beautiful and fun. The back nine in the badlands was extremely challenging. The views were great, the course conditions were great but an A Game was needed to card a good score. Tough describes the back nine in a complimentary way. You should seriously consider a cart if you are going to do the badlands nine - lots of elevation changes. I'd come back in a heart beat and I will return. Pace of play depends on how good a golfer you are! The world class Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum is a must and is within a mile of the course - don't miss it!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very unique course"


MBlatz's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course. Worth the drive!! Would recommend to anyone. Playing the back 9 on the Badlands is an incredible & definitely rare experience!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Challenging Back Nine!"


paulcaddigan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent shape. The back nine is quite challenging! The front nine is in very good shape and offers some interesting water holes!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Back nine spectacular"


eccose's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Front nine through trees and parkland, Back nine through badlands really enjoyed the course although slow because of difficulty of back nine


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"The Food Will Bring Me Back"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Goolash or Beef: Goolash is the front nine and Beef is the back nine. A brand new Restaurant and both meals were incredible. But the back nine holes are not for the proud and proper. These holes will beat up the best and crush them. Bring your best golfer friend that beats you and they will be feeling like you when you were beat by them. Quiet serene and beautiful.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Want a challange?"


u294663957's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in great shape. Front 9 is like other courses around Alberta but you better have a straight shot or lots of balls when you go through the tunnel to the back 9. Lots of narrow approaches and if you miss your shot to the side it will likely be long gone. Great course overall, I would love to do 18 on just the back nine.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great scenery"


darinrxs's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape despite being next to where the dinosaurs roamed. Back nine was beautiful going through the hoodoos. Some target golf which is appreciated. Front nine has trees but fairly standard, some nice holes with water. Good challenge.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"dinosaur trail is a must play"


David2644510's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Back nine is target golf. Very scenic, but very tough. Didn't keep score on the back nine.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Golf in the Badlands"


gearyvet's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always an enjoyable course to play but also more than a little frustrating when you're not hitting the ball well. Fairways on the back nine are built on plateaus for the most part and balls are frequently lost if you miss the fairway. No matter what though, don't miss a chance to play here as the course is very unique on the newer back nine.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"two different nines"


duckk's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The front nine was traditional type course with large trees etc, the back nine had ravines and very much target golf. A must play a second time.


I recommend this course


"Amazing Views! Incredibly hard back 9!"


imiss99's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

What a course. Front 9 lush, green and not to difficult to play. With all the talk about the back 9 though we couldn't wait to get back there. All I can say is WOW! I have been to Drumheller many times and even remember exploring this area as a kid while visiting the museum. Well now it's a golf course and what a challenge it is. We, as most people probably do lost many balls back there but who cares. The challenge was worth it and the odd few shots that did make it across the coulee's made our day. The sun was shining and beverages were cold. Couldn't ask for a better experience. Be sure to check out GolfNow's Hot Deals before booking. Paid $32/person for 18 holes including cart on a Long Weekend. Hard to beat that!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good"


Spudone1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course. The back 9 is a challenging target golf but make sure it's a calm day. We were unfortunate to tackle this course on a 70km wind day and made it almost impossible. Scenic and if you like a challenge you will enjoy this course


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Target golf at its best!!!!"


terrysa's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Dinosaur Trail was a terrific time and a real challenge for target golf on the back.<br/> Front nine..nicely maintained.pretty flat and no extreme hazards. Was wondering why I had bothered to take a cart.....<br/> Then the back nine..wow...a cart is definitely needed and I'm extremely fit and generally always walk. Target golf at its best. Breathtaking views of the badlands. Loved the different elevations and blind shots..haha..ball retriever not long enough for the coulees. Tip.. Bring extra balls.. Looking forward to challenging myself again now that I've actually had a chance to play the back nine. I will certainly make different golf club selection. Make sure your 3 wood and hybrids are working for you. Really happy to see the friendly cart girl to drown my sorrows after a number of misplaced hits.<br/> Excellent weather and a wonderful day trip from Calgary . Could just imagine dinosaurs roaming around.. Thanks.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Worth the trip"


duanez's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/04/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The front nine is a very simple layout but the back nine is very difficult.<br/> It was great trip and good value.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Stunning back 9"


uYJEC9382YJ's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/07/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you like target golf this course is for you, if not, don't play it.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Front nine a pleasure back nine very difficult"


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/31/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

he Back nine took 3 hours to play. Far too long to be enjoyable.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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