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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 72
Length 7621 yards
Slope 0
Rating 0.0

Course Details

Year Built 2020
Golf Season Year round
Architect Phil Mickelson (2020)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Mickelson National GC

The initial plan for a course at this location was born in 2003. That idea was resurrected in 2014 by the Windmill Golf Group and together with five time major winner Phil Mickelson, that long awaited vision will come to fruition in 2020. Located a few miles west of Calgary, the Mickelson National Golf Club offered a sneak peek of their course to golfers this past summer. I wasn't about to let the six hour drive be an excuse not to take them up on this offer a second time around.

To bring this course to life, it's evident that a lot of "earth" was moved to make this little piece of "heaven". I can't help but believe that this stadium like layout may very well have been crafted and inspired to some extent by the majesty of the Rocky Mountains to the west.

The score card offered for the days round indicates that this track plays from 4938 yards and reaches out to a lengthy 7372 yards from the tips, although the final yardages have yet to be written in stone. The fairways tumble and roll throughout the entire course. Phil is an enthusiastic driver of the ball and the design of this course allows players to demonstrate their driving abilities (or lack of) and "hit bombs" on every hole but the par 3's. A wonderful collection of blowout style bunkering is found everywhere and the placement of these hazards are as strategic as they are aesthetic. These well shaped bunkers are either filled with tan colored or brilliant white sand. Shots finding the rough appeared to come out with some predictability but if you found the tall thick fescue, you were in a world of hurt. Water can be found on the course but the fairways should be easier targets to hit. The routing of the course felt seamless as the holes flowed nicely from one to the next.

Plenty of thought went into the making of the greens and green complexes, they are magnificent. Most are protected by stout bunkering and slopes that will bump missed approach shots away from the putting surfaces. The greens are large, well contoured and putts rolled consistently. Holes 16, 17 and 18 were great fun and made the finish to the round very satisfying.

I did stray from the 10 designated holes that were open for play and had a hurried view of the rest of the course. It wouldn't come as no surprise if Mickelson National finds its way onto some one's list of "best new courses". Members will certainly have something to look forward to come the spring of 2020 when all 18 holes of this stunning new playground are opened.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Alberta Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Mickelson National GC

It's not often that the average golfer has an opportunity to play a new course before it officially opens. This past summer, the Mickelson National GC, operated by the Windmill Golf Group allowed early access of this otherwise private course to the general public from June through September, 2019. Ten of the 18 holes were open for play. Located just west of Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway, the Mickelson National GC is expected to open all 18 holes in time for the 2020 golf season.

The first hole introduces you to the rolling terrain that runs throughout the course and is interrupted by fantastic blow out style bunkering. The fairways are generous and framed by playable rough and then by unbelievably thick and treacherous fescue (hint...stay out of the fescue). There are a few elevation changes on the course, nothing dramatic, but just enough to make you think through your club selection on a few of your approach shots.

The greens offer an exceptional variety of sizes and shapes and are protected by false fronts, greenside bunkering and the occasional water hazard. The greens are well contoured and rolled perfectly.

Although this review is only based on the 10 holes that were available for play, I think Phil has delivered a bold and modern design that compliments the surrounding views. It's a wonderful mix of rolling parkland with a strong linksy feel to it.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging

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