CANADIAN ROCKIES — Canada — Golfing in Banff, Alberta, Canmore, Alberta, and the BC Rockies will allow stay and play golfers to truly experience the beauty that is the Canadian Rockies.
Banff Springs Golf Course
A luxurious stay and play golf in Banff, Alberta vacation! Traverse the 800 rooms, 17 restaurants and the 27-hole links-style course designed in 1927. Gaze out at the Bow River as the Banff mountains preside over this Banff, Alberta golf paradise. With two different courses (The Stanley Thompson Course and the Tunnel Course) with five different tees and a range of yardage, there’s a little something for everyone on this Canadian Rockies golf experience.
When asked which is his favorite course in Banff, K. Gordon Schultz, Senior Writer for bcgolf.travel, responded “the Banff Springs, of course.” “The Stanley Thompson designed course opened in 1926, and is a classic, risk reward design. No hidden hazards or forced carries, just straight forward, challenging golf that will test every element of your game”. Schultz went on to say, “my favourite hole is #4, The Cauldron. 192 yards from the tips, the green is over 100 feet below you, with Mount Rundle rising up to over 10,000 feet above your head. Absolutely spectacular!”
Kananaskis Golf Course
Choose between the Mt. Lorette Course and the Mt. Kidd Course for your Kananaskis, Alberta golfing trip. Kananaskis is a great stop if you’re traveling from Banff, Alberta to Calgary, Alberta or vice-versa. The mountains provide a jaw-dropping view as you complete 36 holes of Alberta golf.
Located in Canmore, Alberta, this Alberta golf course is not for the faint of heart. As bold and as beautiful as the Canadian Rockies that overlook its green fairways, the SilverTip golf course has four different tees with at most 7,200 yardage and provide an exhilarating thrill for any golf enthusiast.
“Many golfers have a love hate relationship with Silvertip”, says Schultz. “It is target golf, because wayward shots are severely penalized due to the sloping of the fairways.” But a little bit of local knowledge goes a long ways. Schultz tells us “to favour the opposite side of the fairway away from Canmore, as everything falls towards the townsite”.
Described by some as “goofy golf” because the course beat them up so badly, is “patently unfair” says Schultz. “Just because your score shot thru the roof the first time out at Silvertip, is no reason not to go back. Book another tee time at Silvertip, take less club on occasion, and play the course smarter. You won’t regret it”.
BC Rockies Golf
Greywolf Golf Club
This golf course in Panorama, BC is bordered by cliffs, canyons and contains many water hazards that will challenge any golfer to bring his or her A-game. The dramatic scenery matches the excitement of the course, designed by the award-winning golf architect Doug Carrick.
“One of my favourite Columbia Valley area golf courses”, says Chris Smith of bcgolf.travel. “Greywolf’s #6, Cliffhanger is the most intimidating mountain golf shot you’ll find. Don’t let the fact it is only 155 yards from the blues fool you. The carry over “Hopeful Canyon” will give you sweaty palms for sure.” His final suggestion, “pick the right club, think good thoughts and swing thru!”
Trickle Creek Golf Resort
Top-rated Trickle Creek Golf Resort will tickle any excited BC golf enthusiast. With its 4.5 star rafting, beautiful vistas, and challenging but rewarding shots, this BC golf course is worth a stop on your BC golf stay and play vacation.
Eagle Ranch Golf Resort
As one of the newest championship Canadian Rockies golf course, Eagle Ranch shows promise to become one of the classics. With its sloping terrain, picturesque view of the Rockies, and treed background, it’s sure to offer a challenge.
“Sister course to Canmore’s Silvertip Resort, Eagle Ranch does not have the same dramatic setting, but does provide interesting routings in and around the ravines of the Windermere Valley”, says Smith. “And in the high summer, get out as early as possible, as the heat can turn the course into an oven”.