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$119 for two to stay and golf in Alberta

Travel Deal for August 28, 2013

vicky vacay deal of the dayMany athletic couples are always searching for stay-and-play golf packages that they both can enjoy. The Sheraton Red Deer has one of the most affordable such offers in Canada.

For just $119 per couple, the deal is a golfer’s delight. That rate works out to just $60 per person, but it is just a starting rate. Weekend rates are higher, although still reasonable. A recent search for a weekend night in September showed the package was available for $179.

Called “A Hole in One is Better When Shared,” this package includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations for two
  • One round of golf for two at your choice of seven nearby golf courses
  • Welcome gift upon check-in.

Guests can upgrade to the Sheraton Club level for an additional $20. Sheraton has one of the best club services of the major hotel chains and recommends this upgrade, which includes complimentary parking, breakfast, hors d’oeuvres each evening, happy hour alcoholic beverages, snacks, coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

Red Deer is roughly equidistant between Calgary and Edmonton. It is on Highway 2, about 150 kilometres away from each of Alberta‘s large cities. Recommends the Alberta Badlands

If you’re a mediocre golfer, taking on one of Red Deer’s challenging golf courses will prepare you well for another popular activity in southern Alberta. Searching for your golf ball may be good practice for trying to unearth fossils in Alberta’s Badlands and Dinosaur Valley. contributor Ilona Biro was recently in the area with her kids and was wowed by the experience of visiting a place that still has countless relics of dinosaurs from millennia ago.

Biro writes: “We marvelled at Black Beauty — a pitch-black Tyrannosaurus Rex skull that was pulled out of a mountainside near the Crowsnest Pass — and wondered how many more discoveries were yet to be made, right outside the doors of the Royal Tyrrell Museum. After hiking along trails that surround the museum grounds, we headed to Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about two hours south of Drumheller. This is where most of the specimens at the Tyrrell were found, and where visitors can pick up a dinosaur species checklist along with the usual birding and animal-spotting lists. Activity in the park is centred around the Field Station, where visitors can sign up for park tours; but during the busy summer months it’s advisable to reserve tickets well in advance, through the park website.”

Read more of “Where the Dinos Roamed in Alberta”

To book the Golf Package from Sheraton Red Deer: Telephone 1-866-716-8101 (toll free) and mention promo code “LNC,” or reserve on the hotel’s booking engine. After booking the package, call 1-800-662-7197 (toll free) to book your tee time.

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