Don’t get fooled when you drive through the gates at D’Arcy Ranch in Okotoks and think that golf is easy as you drive through a flat piece of land. The late Jerry D’Arcy used to own this ranch and it was used as a quarter-horse operation. The maintenance shack was used for horse shows when Jerry was around. And by the way, Jerry was the president of the Calgary Stampede during the 1974-1975 season.
Hole # 1 is not an easy starting hole. It’s a straight fairway but there’s lots of trouble if you slice your tee shot right. It’s better to be straight or left. Hole # 2 is where they used to race the horses. Now, it’s a dog-leg right par 4 with a steep cliff in the back. Hole # 3 is a beauty. If not the signature hole, it should be. From the blue tees, golfers think it’s an easy birdie hole but when they have to navigate their shot avoiding the pond to the right, it’s a different story.
There is a large ravine that carves the whole course up. If you like elevation, hole # 3 is one of the holes that you can drop one club down. Another is hole # 16 and 18 where a good drive down the middle will reward the player because hitting the slope will cause the ball to trickle closer to the green, making the second shot easier.
It’s challenging but fair. The greens are in awesome shape and the twilight deals are hard to beat. For $53, you can spend time at the range, play 9 holes then sit down for a steak dinner.