405 Spray Ave,
Banff, Alberta T1L 1J4
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Relatively flat terrain, with one or two slopes to climb - no effort to walk.
Forest, riverside and high mountains.
Thompson course: original 9-hole design by Scottish designer Bill Thomson (1911); expanded to 18 holes by Donald Ross (1924); redesigned to today's layout by Stanley Thompson (1928).
Tunnel-nine: designed by William G. "Bill" Robinson, and younger brother John F. Robinson (1989).
9-hole par-36 Tunnel Course (3287 yds from back tees), designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Bill Robinson; opened in 1989. Although slightly easier going than the 18-hole Stanley Thompson course at Banff Springs, this too is a wonderfully crafted and immensely scenic layout.
3 km SE of centre of Banff.
Renowned for its panoramic beauty, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is a captivating and challenging layout set in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Played in two nine-hole loops (with a third nine, the Tunnel course, also available), the opening holes set the scene for this spectacular Stanley Thompson design.
One of the course's many highlights comes early in proceedings. The stunning par-3 4th (Devil's Cauldron) is a world renowned hole. From an elevated tee you need to carry over an eerily tranquil, crystal clear pond to reach the heavily bunker-defended green; a huge dark grey cliff frames the rightside of the hole.
The back-nine runs alongside the Bow River, under the snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mt Rundle. Here the visual splendour of the natural mountain and woodland scenery is joined by the towering grandeur of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, one of Canada's most iconic buildings. The par-4 12th, long par-3 13th and par-4 14th all play towards the hotel, which is perched above the course, providing a spectacular backdrop to each hole. The long par-4 15th requires you to climb to a wonderfully elevated tee, located alongside the hotel's Waldhaus Restaurant; this excellent par-4 is the only interruption to a back-nine laid out on otherwise relatively flat terrain.
With good width fairways, large and sloping greens, and fabulous bunkering throughout, Banff Springs is rightly regarded as one of Canada's very best layouts. Add to this its stunning location and fabulous mountain scenery, and it's easy to see why Banff Springs is regularly included among the world's top places to play (and stay).
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Golf season is May thru mid-Oct.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times.
Banff Springs is an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary course. | Banff Springs offers a special Heritage Golf Experience, allowing you to play the course as it would have been played in the 1930s, with hickory clubs, replica balls and course markers set to historical length.
2018/19 ScoreGolf magazine rating (Thompson course): 6th best course and 4th best public course in Canada.
405 Spray Ave, Banff, Alberta T1L 1J4
+1 (403) 762 2211Visit website
Few hotels in the world rival the majesty and grandeur of The Fairmont Banff Springs resort. Styled after a Scottish baronial castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, a National Historical Site, is located in the heart of Banff National Park; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The construction of the hotel in 1888 marked the birthplace of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. With such a unique setting the Fairmont Banff Springs offers stunning vistas, world renowned skiing within minutes, championship golf courses, exceptional cuisine and the award winning Willow Stream spa.
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401 Banff Ave, Banff, Alberta T1L 1A9
+1 (403) 762 4401Visit website
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