Golfing in the Rockies
The majestic Canadian Rockies are known the world over for their towering peaks, striking vistas, turquoise lakes and fascinating wildlife. Banff, Jasper, Canmore, Golden & Kananaskis Country have long attracted visitors from around the globe to explore and enjoy their expansive national and provincial mountain parks.
Designed by internationally-renowned architects, the Canadian Rockies’ stunning golf courses offer the best of world-class facilities, top service and captivating scenery. Sculpted by nature and the talented hand of the designer, these beautifully manicured courses border mountain lakes, rivers and wildlife corridors, feature lush forests and natural water-ways, and are embraced by the awe-inspiring, snow-capped Rocky Mountain peaks. Spectacular views await at every hole, and occasionally shots are rewarded with a sighting of resident wildlife, such as elk, moose or bears.
BANFF SPRINGS GOLF COURSE
Renowned for its panoramic beauty, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is situated in Banff National Park, a mile high in the Canadian Rockies. With breathtaking views in every direction, it is a captivating and challenging course. Amateurs and professionals alike are constantly amazed by its sense of difficulty. The optical illusions created by the mountains towering overhead may deceive the eye of even the most skilled player. Designed by world-renowned golf architect Stanley Thompson in 1928, the original 18-hole course was later complemented by the construction of an adjoining 9 holes, designed by Cornish and Robinson and opened in 1989; thereby completing this championship layout. 45 MINUTES AWAY
STEWART CREEK GOLF COURSE
4100 Stewart Creek Drive
Canmore, Alberta, T1W 2V3
Pro Shop: (403) 609-6099
To some, it’s a pastime; to others, a way of life. Wherever golf ranks on your list of passions, high mountain courses are among the most spectacular and rewarding golfing experiences. Considered as one of Canada’s finest, Stewart Creek Golf Club consistently delivers exceptional service and provides what guests describe as their ultimate golf experience for the year.
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In dramatic fashion, each of Stewart Creek’s holes achieves the effect intended by course architect Gary Browning – namely, to offer breathtaking panoramas that fill each golfer with wonder and awe.
True to Browning’s vision, Stewart Creek has sculpted the rugged landscape into layered fairways and subtly sloped greens, with landing areas defined by pristine forest. To enhance your challenge, 35 bunkers are strategically located around rushing streams, crystal clear lakes, rocky outcrops and restored mine entrances – a gentle reminder of the history surrounding the Town of Canmore.
KANANASKIS COUNTRY GOLF COURSE
1 Lorette Drive
Canada, T0L 2H0
80 MINUTES AWAY
Carved from the spectacular Kananaskis River Valley… Less than an hour’s drive from Calgary or Banff in the heart of the Canadian Rockies… An incomparable blend of beauty and challenge.
There are few golf venues in the world that enjoy a setting as majestic and spectacular as Kananaskis Country Golf Course. Kananaskis boasts two separate and distinct championship courses surrounded by rugged mountains towering 3,000 m (10,000 ft) above sea level; the courses themselves at almost 1,500 m (5,000 ft). World-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. personally chose the site and gave the courses the ability to deliver a truly unforgettable golf experience. Trent Jones described Kananaskis as, “the best natural setting I’ve been given to work with.”
The two courses-Mount Lorette and Mount Kidd-are named after two of the towering limestone peaks that serve as their backdrop.
GOLDEN GOLF COURSE
30 MINUTES AWAY
The golf course is challenging, but fair… It is very player friendly… No hidden tricks or gimmicks here.”
The Golden Golf Club is an appealing combination of beautifully maintained fairways and untouched wilderness. West of Banff and Lake Louise, Golden is situated in the Columbia Valley between the famous Rocky and the Purcell mountain ranges. Several holes are routed along the bank of the Columbia River, and from many parts of the course a person can view the lush slopes of the Kicking Horse resort.
The course was built in two phases. Bill Newis designed the front nine, a stunning course which opened in 1986. In 1996 Les Furber created the back nine, which is arguably his finest 9-hole layout. Although different architects designed the two nines, they complement each other perfectly.
Our signature hole, the eleventh, showcases the beautiful environment and the fair challenges that make the course so enjoyable. The tee overlooks the refreshing waters of Holt Creek, powerful enough that the calming sound resonates through most of the back nine. The Rockies are a spectacular backdrop as you watch your ball sail down the tree-lined fairway and across the creek, a picture-perfect setting.
As a club, we take great pride in the fact that there are no residences on, or around the golf course; instead, each hole is almost entirely lined by natural forest. The course has no boundary markers or out of bounds. If you can find your ball, it is in play.
Be sure to bring your camera. It is very common to sight wildlife such as eagles, osprey, coyotes, deer, and black bears during a round of golf.