Canadian Rockies Road Trip – Banff, Alberta

It was Day 2 of our Canadian Rockies Road Trip and we headed north from Canmore a short 24km to Banff.

Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears.

Banff sits in an ideal location surrounded by a magnificent array of mountains with the Bow River running through and creating the beautiful Bow Falls.

Dominating the landscape is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a luxury resort hotel with a wonderful golf course in stunning mountain surroundings.

Banff Springs Golf Course

The Banff Springs Golf Course sits adjacent to the Bow River and the Bow Falls and is surrounded by the spectacular Rocky mountains making it one of the most scenic golf courses of the world.

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.

The course features a driving range, a complete short game practice facility and the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Academy, which offers a wide range of instructional programs. Holes gently roll along the Bow River under the snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain, Mount Rundle and Tunnel Mountain. Greens range from expansive and rolling to small and flat. The course may be walked, however, due to its length, many choose to use electric carts which are included in the green fee. Transportation between the clubhouse and the hotel is made easy with a shuttle that runs continuously between the two locations.

The Fairmont Banff Springs attracts business visitors and holiday golfers alike and has been played by such notables as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Clint Eastwood and world-famous golfer Bobby Locke, who described the course as being “out of this world.”

Banff town itself is rather touristy (and expensive!) and in my opinion not nearly as pleasant as Canmore where we spent the night before.

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