Hit the Links by the Lake in Lac La Biche
Lac La Biche County lakelands are an idyllic setting for golf - regular or disc - and time by the lake with friends or family.
Lac La Biche, AB - Standing on the tee box at hole #9 at Lac La Biche County Golf & Country Club, it’s easy to be distracted by the view. In fact, there are so many impressive views from the course’s lakeside setting, it should almost be factored into the golfer’s handicap.
But Sharleen and Sierra Moghrabi aren’t complaining. The mother-daughter duo are out here for fun, and if they manage to sink a few nice putts, all the better. That laidback attitude is—wait for it—par for the course here in Lac La Biche, where lake life and hitting the links combine for a great Alberta getaway.
For one of the most scenic golf courses in Alberta, the Lac La Biche Golf & Country Club remains an under celebrated destination for golfers. But make no mistake, whether you’re a duffer or a pro, this is one great way to anchor a weekend away.
"Personally I enjoy using the cart because the 18-hole course covers an expansive space but if you're a walking enthusiast it’s an excellent hike," says Sharleen.
"It's got panoramic views of the lake, and tee boxes that take you through trees and trails like you're on an outdoor adventure."
And unlike many golf courses today, it’s still open for public bookings, so you can book a tee time without a membership. Adult rates start at just $26 for nine holes or $43 for 18 on weekdays. (Go midweek and you can get better rates and avoid the busier times as well, if you like to take it a little slower).
After you’ve hit the final pin on your nine- or 18- hole tour around the lake, another little known tip is to grab a seat patio-side for some of the better views and eats in town.
"Views of Lac lac Biche lake followed up with a perfect putt and then lunch at the Pelican Grill, it's an experience that golfers or non golfers can enjoy," adds Sierra.
The friendly Pelican Grill, named after the region’s abundance of the large birds, boasts elevated lake views from above the golf course, and a hearty menu of fish and steak entrees, clubhouses, burgers and locally favourite pickle fries. On Sundays, it’s a popular brunch spot for the Lac La Biche locals.
On hot days, when the sun is at its zenith, another style of golf allows you to hide from the sun, in the forested trails of Alexander Hamilton Park.
For aficionados of the fast-growing sport of disc golf, this newly built course within the public park sets the stage for a challenge.
"The course is very well constructed and it would be an amazing challenge for disc golf enthusiasts," Sharleen laughs, after their beginner attempt there. "But it was actually a fantastic hike. The space is very secluded and you can enjoy nature watching too."
If you don’t have your own discs, you can rent just down the road at the Bold Center.
The Bold Center multiplex hosts a number of tasty food vendors and the Rustic Bean cafe and gift shop, as well as the hamlet of Lac La Biche’s public library (which features a lending library for such things as telescopes for night sky viewing, accessible to anyone with an Alberta public library card).
Wend your way back to the park, and then try to weave your disc through the forest for some afternoon laughs. The course is public and access is free.
With over 150 lakes in the region, headlined by the namesake Lac La Biche itself, Lac La Biche County visits aren’t complete until you’ve spent time by the water.
After a full day swinging and grinning, Sierra and Sharleen wind down with a walk by the lake at sunset. On a calm evening (or after a storm) the sunsets here are the stuff of legend. That lakeside setting, whether you're golfing, enjoying food or drinks or just taking time to relax and destress by the water, is the signature appeal of Lac La Biche.
When You Go
You can book your tee time online at Lac La Biche Golf & Country Club.
Be sure to try out the new disc golf course at Alexander Hamilton Park! Discs are available to rent at the Bold Center.
For watersport rentals, check out Off Road Rentals kiosk at McArthur Park, waterside.
Lac La Biche County has all kinds of adventures, just check out the County's visitor page.
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