Water Valley Golf & Country Club was designed and developed by Brian Setter and is operated by Brian and his wife, Cindy. The course is located a short 25-minute drive north of Cochrane on Highway #22. It's nestled in the beautiful foothills of the County of Mountain View, aptly named for its view of the Rockies. It is naturally forested with poplar and spruce and incorporates elevation changes, emphasizing strategic hole design.
It was in June of 1985 that tree removal and ground preparation began. Care was taken to leave as much of the natural vegetation as possible to ensure a secluded atmosphere remained on the fairways. With the help of family and friends, the course began to take shape. The course was opened to its first golfers on the 8th of August 1987.
It was during the following winter and spring that the original Clubhouse was built, with the official opening of the course happening in August of 1988. Within a few seasons, it became evident that the wilderness feeling at Water Valley was an excellent draw for golfers. Only 50 minutes from Calgary and golf becoming a way of life in Alberta, expanding the course to eighteen holes started in 1993. It is this nine that plays first and is wrapped around the original nine.
The project was completed in 1994 and eighteen holes opened for play in the spring of 1995. Continuous upgrades since have kept the course a must play in the Calgary area!
After the expansion to eighteen holes, the need became evident that a larger clubhouse would be needed. In 1998 construction on our new Clubhouse began, housing a much larger Pro shop and a full restaurant with patio deck upstairs.
Care was taken to move the original Clubhouse and incorporate it into the new design. The result is a beautiful facility that takes advantage of the views that initially inspired the course.
The course to this day caterers to the middle-class golfer by keeping green fees moderately priced, yet keeping the system well manicured and in top shape. The golfing experience at Water Valley is enhanced further by the commitment to keep rounds played to a reasonable time. The course provides a friendly, helpful marshaling staff.
Many golfers from all over southern Alberta enjoy the tree-lined fairways, which are a real test of a golfer's skill, and yet a fair training ground for the novice.