The Fairmont Banff Springs Resort (Stanley Thompson course)

5+ (5 gold): one of our top-rated 5-star courses, worhty of 5½ stars.
   The Fairmont Banff Springs Resort (Stanley Thompson course) Est. 1928

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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).

At this Stay & Play venue, the on-site accommodation is located close to the golf facilities

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The Fairmont Banff Springs Resort
405 Spray Ave,
Banff, Alberta T1L 1J4
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Office   +1 (403) 762 2211
Pro Shop   +1 (403) 762 6801

  +1 (403) 762 5755

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Golf Pro
Steve Young (Director of Golf)
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Banff Springs Golf Academy
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined parkland.
Relatively flat terrain, with one or two slopes to climb - no effort to walk.
Surroundings: Forest, riverside and high mountains.
Designer: Stanley Thompson designed the original 18 in 1928. In 1989, the Tunnel-nine was added, resulting in today's 27 hole championship layout.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6938 6389 4478
Par 71 71 71
SSS or Slope 72.9 70.0 65.6
At the Same Location:
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.
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How2Get There?

3 km SE of centre of Banff.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (June thru' Sept): CA$239 (all days). Golf cart included. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Golf season is May thru mid-Oct.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

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.

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Published Ranking
2016 ScoreGolf magazine rating: Thompson course - 8th best course and 4th best public course in Canada.
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Latitude: (51.173370)
Longitude: (-115.537827)
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The Fairmont Banff Springs Resort 5-star
405 Spray Ave, Banff, Alberta T1L 1J4
+1 (403) 762 2211

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.

Golf at this hotel Banff Springs
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Golf within 30 km Canmore; Silvertip; Stewart Creek.
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The Banff Aspen Lodge 3.5 star
401 Banff Ave, Banff, Alberta T1L 1A9
+1 (403) 762 4401

The Banff Aspen Lodge hotel offers comfortable accommodation in the centre of Banff. With spacious guestrooms, singles, couples and families can choose the room that suits their needs; most rooms feature private balconies and views of the Canadian Rockies. The Banff Aspen Lodge is just a three-minute stroll to the fine shopping, dining, museums and galleries of Banff.

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