A hidden gem ‘fore’ all

Hidden in plain sight at Great Chief Park is an amenity many might not know about – a golf course

It was a bumper year for the Pitch ‘n Putt, with everyone from beginners to long-time golfers hitting the links right in the middle of the city.

For those unfamiliar, the Pitch ‘n Putt is a nine hole golf course in Great Chief Park. The short course is a great place to practise those tricky short game shots. Admission is on a drop-box donation basis – just $2 for adults and $1 for children.

With outdoor activities being so popular this summer, it’s no surprise that the Pitch ‘n Putt saw an influx of golfers. Admission is not tracked but it’s estimated that more than 4,000 people enjoyed the course.

“We get really excited when we see people using and enjoying the Pitch ‘n Putt,” said Stephen Soucy, Facility Operator with the City of Red Deer. “From the beginner who is just building their skills to the expert looking to improve their short game, everyone is welcome.”

Operating on a first-come first-served basis, the Pitch ‘n Putt is a great, low cost way for citizens to enjoy the beauty and nature of Great Chief Park. It’s typically open from May 1- Oct. 1 but this year the course will stay open longer, weather permitting.

“Even as we move into fall, I still look out my window and see people heading out, clubs in hand” said Soucy. “We are really proud of the Pitch ‘n Putt and that it gives so many people the chance to enjoy the game in a welcoming atmosphere.”

City of Red Deer