A trip to the southeast quadrant of Rocky View County (RVC) will provide visitors an assortment of diverse attractions, including quaint restaurants and cafés, abundant golf courses and new recreational amenities.
Formerly known as Boulder Creek Golf Course, The Track Langdon golf course has been in operation just outside the hamlet of Langdon since April 2020. The 18-hole golf course is surrounded by beautiful homes and all of the incredible rural scenery that southeast RVC has to offer, including unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains.
Having launched the business just before a worldwide pandemic, co-owner Megan McLeod said although the pandemic has been a lot to deal with, opening the golf course in the spring of 2020 felt right.
“We came in the door with a lot of work to do, but we were still able to open the doors within three weeks,” she said.
The team at The Track Langdon has been working non-stop since opening last year to upgrade the course and its facilities. Over the winter of 2020, a complete renovation of the dining area started, bringing forward the BackTrack Lounge. Good prices and a wide-serving menue will help fuel or replenish the course's clientele.
Additionally, The Track Langdon also brought in a brand-new fleet of 2021 Club Cars for the 18-hole commute. The course also offers competitive prices, at $40 for 18 holes during the week and $50 for weekends and holidays.
The Track Langdon is not the only local option for golf – a short drive south from Langdon brings golfers to Serenity Golf Club, near the hamlet of Dalemead, while Calgary’s Heatherglen Golf Course is just a short jaunt west from Langdon.
Aside from its proximity to golf courses, Langdon is also home to a new recreational amenity that will certainly attract visitors in the coming years – a clover of brand new, state-of-the-art baseball diamonds, which opened for public use this June.
The diamonds are fittingly named Iron Horse Fields – a nod to Langdon’s railroad-related history. With a modern look and the ability to host four games at a time, Langdon Community Association chair Chrissy Craig said she is excited for baseball players from Langdon and elsewhere to enjoy the new facility.
“These ball diamonds were a dream 17 years ago, and they [finally opened] on June 9,” she said. “It is a big step for baseball in Langdon because baseball is our number-one sport.”
Craig is also hoping the diamonds will be able to host regional and provincial tournaments, which will help attract visitors and showcase the other amenities the region has to offer, such as the Indus Recreation Centre and Langdon Park.
“Everyone can come and play in our community,” she said.
In addition to the new ballpark, Craig said visitors and residents alike can look forward this summer to Langdon Days, the popular hamlet-wide festival that is set return this August after being called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
The three-day festival, set for Aug. 20 to 22, acts as a fundraiser for the community association and features a baseball tournament, beer gardens, parade and festival to show off the vibrance of the community and connect neighbours.
“It brings the people out to gather as a community,” Craig said, adding visitors from outside Langdon are also encouraged to attend. “You can really get a feel of small-town living.”
A short drive west of Langdon brings you to the city of Chestermere, which is built around a lake bearing the same name. The 4.8-kilometre lake provides the perfect location for visitors to enjoy a beach day and an afternoon of boating, swimming, fishing, or water-skiing.
“We also have a wide variety of parks,” said Chestermere’s deputy mayor, Michelle Young. “We have the family bike park, a skate park and a lot of greenspaces for people to enjoy.”
Young said although the lake and beaches are very popular in the summertime, there is also a variety of local businesses in the city that visitors can enjoy, including restaurants, pubs and an 18-hole golf course located within Chestermere's limits.
Moving forward, visiting Chestermere will soon be easier than ever before, as inter-municipal plans are in place for public transit to link the lakeside city to Calgary. The municipal governments of both cities intend the service to be available before the end of the year.
For those who prefer to travel on two wheels instead of four, there is also a bike path linking the two cities that is already in use. The path runs parallel to the Western Headworks Canal and snakes its way from east Calgary to the southwest corner of Chestermere Lake.