The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is part of the Alberta, Canada Signature Golf Series, and one of the most challenging golf courses in the world. With unspoiled nature all around, playing on this championship quality golf course is heightened by some of the most breathtaking views in Alberta, Canada.
Designed in 1928 by Stanley Thompson, the original 18-hole course expanded to include 9 adjoining holes in 1989. The breathtaking 7,083 yard course runs alongside the Bow River and beside the snow-capped Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountains. Here you will experience one of the most spectacular settings in the Canadian Rockies. A challenging championship course for both amateurs and professionals, Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is known for its brilliant hole designs along with interesting optical illusions created by the surrounding mountains. A traditional risk/reward course, the greens renovated over the last few years to provide golfers with greater opportunities. According to Schultz, in the 1920s, 180 yards was considered long, but now with the average golfer accustomed to playing over 200 yards, the course needed to be upgraded. Tee boxes have been moved back, fairway bunkers and water have been added according to their
original design, and the greens have been reshaped to correspond to the new additions. Schultz adds that with the change in drivers and balls and an overall evolution in technology, Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course has been renovated to perfectly accommodate these advances.
The hotel at Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, fashioned after a Scottish castle, is another reason to visit this exceptional Canadian Rockies vacation destination. Perfectly nestled in the surrounding mountains, it is an ideal setting for getting together with friends after a day on the greens. When you decide to retire your clubs for the afternoon, you can also head over to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel spa, one of the best European style spas the Canadian Rockies has to offer. With 38,000 square feet of renovated space devoted to taking out every last kink and overdrawn nerve in the weary traveler’s body, you will be hard pressed to finding any other vacation option that fits such a luxurious bill.
The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course includes a practice facility along with a golf academy, where you can spend a half a day with a golf pro concentrating on perfecting your game. The clinic opens at 9:00 am and
1:00 pm daily and runs for three hours. Shoe and club rentals are available at the well-stocked pro shop.