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– The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course
The sun is shining in the cloudless skies, you are surrounded by the stunning peaks of the Canadian Rockies’ and you are just about to step up to the first tee at one of the most prestigious and enjoyable golf courses in the world – welcome to heaven! The Rockies are packed full of great courses like Kananaskis and SilverTip and it is no surprise. Aside from having the perfect summer weather for the gentleman’s game, it also has the added bonuses of stunning scenery and of course wildlife grazing on the side of the fairway. Whether you are just taking a day off from your vacation to casually hit the ball around or heading off on a fortnights golfing trip, you are in the right place in Banff National Park.
The Stanley Thompson Course at the Fairmont Banff Springs is renowned as one of the best in North America. It has 18 holes with a length of between 5,607 – 7,083 yards. It is a fairly challenging course that will certainly test the golfer of any handicap without ever being overly frustrating. For those who have never golfed in these kinds of surrounding, you may be tricked by the optical illusions caused by the surrounding mountains. Stanley Thompson designed the course way back in 1928 and its design has certainly stood the test of time.
The Fairmont Banff Springs is much like the course. It is old, luxurious and also quite pricey. Golf has never been the cheapest game and unfortunately it is no exception up in Banff National Park. Prices depend on time of season but start at $149. However, keep an eye on the Fairmont specials such as ‘Golf and Stay’. The summer is just around the corner for the Rockies and a round of golf in Banff National Park must surely be beckoning!
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