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Golf and Wine Come Together On Okanagan Classic Chip & Sip

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KELOWNA – British Columbia – Canada – I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one out there who loves fine wine and golf, especially when it’s served up in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in North America. The Okanagan Classic Chip & Sip in Kelowna, BC recently caught my eye on BCGOLF.Travel and its definitely one of the best stay and play golf packages in British Columbia that I have seen. What could be better than enjoying wine tasting and golf in Western Canada?

A Great BC Wine and Golf Package

British Columbia is becoming a top wine tasting destination in Western Canada, and without a doubt the Okanagan Valley offers its best golf and wine vacations. On this BC stay and play golf tour you’ll enjoy “terrific wines and exceptional golfing amidst the natural beauty of Kelowna, BC,” says Charlie Higgins, a golf enthusiast and wine lover who lives in Okanagan Valley. Guests will enjoy world-class golf at some of British Columbia’s top golf courses like Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Course, Okanagan Bear and Quail Golf Course.

 

Wine Tasting Experience In Okanagan Valley

How about few glasses of wine to finish off your day of top-notch BC golf? The Okanagan Classic Chip & Sip golf package not only lets you play great golf, it also brings you to some of the best vineyards in Okanagan Valley, BC. Guests will enjoy an afternoon vineyard tour followed by and exceptional wine dinner accompanied by carefully selected wine pairings. There’s no better way to experience golf and wine in British Columbia!

Looking for more information about Okanagan Classic Chip & Sip? Call Golf Canadas West at 877-323-3633 or click here for their web site.

Sky To Sky Invitational Named Top BC Golf Stay and Play

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VICTORIA – British Columbia – Canada – If your idea of fun and relaxation is playing multiple rounds of golf surrounded by incredible mountain scenery, the Sky To Sky Invitational golf package in Victoria, BC is just what your looking for. BCGOLF.travel recently named this stay and play trip one of the best golf vacations in British Columbia, and it’s no wonder. “The Sky To Sky Invitational offers a great golf trip in Western Canada,” says Charlie Higgins, an avid golfer and longtime resident of Victoria, BC.

Your Next BC Golf Experience Awaits!

Golf in Victoria, British Columbia has never been better, and the Sky To Sky Invitational stay and play package gives you everything you need to experience one of North America’s best golf destinations. On this luxurious golf vacation you’ll play rounds of golf at Olympic View and Arbutus Ridge near Vancouver, BC. These are two of the best golf courses in Western Canada, hands down.

4-Day Golf Vacation In Victoria, British ColumbiaArbutus Ridge Golf and Country Club – Vancouver, BC, Canada

This 4-day 5-night BC golf trip features world-class accommodations at some of the best hotels near Victoria in the heart of British Columbia. Your best hotel options include Hotel Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe, Westin Bear Mountain, Fairmont Empress and Arbutus Inn, all considered great places for stay and play golf in British Columbia. The trip also includes ferry service to and from Vancouver Island.

Looking for more information about the Sky To Sky Invitational golf trip? Call Golf Canadas West at 877-323-3633 or click here for their web site.

Stoneridge Mountain Resort

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The Stoneridge Mountain Resort offers ideal accommodations to enjoy the natural beauty of Banff and Canmore with views of the Canadian Rockies from almost every suite.

Choose from one, two or three bedroom luxury suites, featuring fully equipped gourmet kitchens with granite counters, gas BBQ on private deck or patio, 42” & 32” High-Definition LCD televisions, DVD player, electronic safe, high speed
wireless internet, I-pod stereo, gas fireplace, custom pillow top king-sized beds and down duvets, in suite laundry and extra-large soaker tubs.

Hotel resort amenities include year-round heated outdoor swimming pool & hot tub, fitness center, heated underground parking & on site meeting and banquet facilities.

The Stoneridge Mountain Resort leaves you within easy driving distance of all the famous Canadian Rockies golf courses.  Book your golf vacation getaway at the Stoneridge Mountain Resort HERE!

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Canadian Rockies Golfing Vacations Offer Challenges and Memories

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From Jasper, Alberta to Whistler, BC, Canadian Rockies golfing gives you a vacation filled with beautiful scenery and challenging courses.

ALBERTA and BRITISH COLUMBIA—Canada—A Canadian Rockies golf vacation could very well be the most memorable holiday you’ll ever take! The Canadian Rockies truly are one of the top natural wonders of the world, internationally renowned for the stunning scenery, the sparklingly clean air, and the quiet of unspoiled wilderness. This is as close as it gets to paradise on earth.

“Two truly stunning golf courses! Both are close to 100 yrs old and are both still a challenging test of golf. Playing one round just never seems to be enough!”
-Hailey Halverson, Vancouver, BC

Rocky Mountain Scenery Provides Backdrop to Golfing Vacation

Snow-gilded mountain peaks, gem-like lakes, lush green river valleys and wide blue western skies are almost scenery clichés, but on your Canadian Rockies golf vacation this is reality. Golfers from around the world come to just stand and stare at one of nature’s crowning achievements. The fact that you’ll be playing golf in such a fabulous setting is just the icing on the cake. Of course, the numerous world-class golf courses in the area take full advantage of their gorgeous settings.

Verdant fairways weave themselves around glacier-fed streams and towering stands of evergreens, and often the greens themselves are back-dropped by achingly beautiful vistas. If there is a heaven, surely it must look like this! In such circumstances, it can be very difficult to concentrate on your golf game.

Golfing Options in the Canadian Rockies

There are a wide variety of golf courses to choose from, all of them fabulous in their own unique way. Stanley Thompson, Canada’s master golf architect, designed the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course in 1928. He sensitively incorporated the natural scenic splendour into his design. The course winds along beside the pristine wilderness of the Bow River overlooked by the snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle. This amazing course will both challenge and delight you.

SCOREGolf Magazine rates the Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club as the #1 Best Golf Resort in Canada with good reason. Designed in the 1920’s by Stanley Thompson, few golf courses in the world can match the rugged majesty of this national treasure. The design features wide fairways carved through thick forest, dramatic bunkering and holes aligned with distant mountain vistas. It presents a cunning blend of beautiful landscapes and challenging terrain.

Things To Do in the Canadian Rockies

Of course, a Canadian Rockies golf vacation would be incomplete without luxurious accommodations, fine dining, unique shopping experiences and pampering spas. Fortunately, resorts like Banff and Jasper in the Canadian Rockies have been offering these amenities for well over a century, all in a unique manner. Hedonistic luxury in the heart of spectacular unspoiled wilderness is now a Canadian Rockies tradition.

For all your Rocky Mountain travel needs, be sure to visit VancouverCanada.com and BCCanada.com, BanffTravel.com and JasperVacations.com for great information and planning advice to make the most out of your time in the Rocky Mountains.

Canadian Rockies Golf in Jasper and Banff

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Jasper, Alberta and Banff, Alberta offer great examples of golfing in the Canadian Rockies--a unique blend of challenging courses and beautiful scenery.

JASPER and BANFF, ALBERTA-Canada-Trying to understand what a vacation or lifestyle destination is like from the outside looking in can be difficult. And informed decisions can mean the difference between wishing for a great getaway experience and ensuring one.

A consortium of six golf-and-resort lifestyle properties in Alberta, Canada understand this and have banded together to offer as fine a collection as perhaps exists in North America. And they’ve helped prospective visitors better understand what they offer through their brand tagline – “Canadian Rockies Golf: Historic. Dramatic. Untamed.”

“This wasn’t our first trip to the Canadian Rockies to golf, but it was the first time we played the Canmore Golf & Curling Club. What an absolute gem! We had a wonderful time playing with two local members who helped make sure we enjoyed ourselves. After the round, they invited us to join them on the patio for a bite to eat and a drink. You’d have thought we were long lost family with how beautifully we were treated. What a view..no wonder it was voted the best patio in town” Kay and Ken D, Sacramento, CA

Here are the precise reasons why each of these descriptive words were selected by this group, which includes Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Kananaskis Country Golf Course, Canmore Golf & Curling Club, Silvertip Resort, and The Fairmont Banff Springs.

Golfing in the Canadian Rockies is Historic

With two revered, classical era golf course designs by Stanley Thompson – at Banff Springs and Jasper Park – two Robert Trent Jones Sr. masterpieces at Kananaskis Country Golf Course, and The Fairmont Banff Springs – which is styled after a Scottish baronial castle and built in the late 19th Century – the destination is a tribute to elegant, timeless designs from a bygone era. Yet it offers all the modern conveniences and amenities, but without overdevelopment thanks to being located in either federal parks (the two Fairmont resorts) or an idyllic, rural oasis (Kananaskis Country).

The Fairmont Banff Springs is a 1st Class resort with 1st Class services and amenities.  Had a fantastic time.  Thank you all very much! – Brian M. -LENEXA, KS.

Alberta Golfing is Dramatic

All six of the courses in the area – with a combined 135 holes and an additional new 18 soon to arrive along side Stewart Creek – are decorated by towering, majestic mountain peaks which are so close they seem within arm’s reach. Distraction by natural wonder is a distinct reality when playing golf in the Canadian Rockies. Silvertip and Stewart Creek not only offer great drama in their course designs, which wind up and down and around the stunning terrain, but also are preferred sites for weddings and corporate retreats. They also are popular vacation- and/or second-home destinations, thanks to the aforementioned scintillating vistas and locations of the resorts, combined with their many upscale amenities.

The Beauty of the Canadian Rockies is Untamed

Thanks to the thousands upon thousands of protected acres which fall under the national parks and which are the core of the Canadian Rockies golf and resort lifestyle experience, wildlife proliferates. It is common to see 800-pound elk with massive racks atop their head meandering throughout the area, including occasionally asking to play through. Jasper Park is particularly graced with an abundance of animals throughout the park. There’s a reason they call it “the wild side of the Rockies”, and bear, coyote, cougars, and a wide variety of birds including eagles are regularly sighted. Furthermore, virtually all of the Canadian Rockies consortium golf courses are honored members of the Audubon Sanctuary program which promotes and recognizes properties which employ best environmental practices.

Nature and golf are only a couple of the many acclaimed attractions offered in the Canadian Rockies (the golf courses are routinely bestowed with best-of accolades). Other amenities include Banff Springs’ Willow Stream Spa, which is 38,000 square feet of award-winning opulence and myriad soul-soothing services. Or Jasper Park is the perfect resort choice for families or corporate retreats thanks to a plethora of standalone accommodation choices including luxury cabins with casually elegant common areas and full kitchens combined with individual, hotel-style rooms for privacy.

Canmore Golf & Curling Club is a delightful club with a vibe like that of the TV sitcom “Cheers,” where everybody knows your name and you’re welcomed like an old friend. Golf course architect Les Furber, who also designed Silvertip Resort, is a member. How many courses can you play where the course is constantly being tweaked by a talented, well-regarded design expert?

Combine the spectacular scenery and summer daylight as late as 11:00 p.m. and golfers can play to their heart’s delight and still have time for family and the region’s many other activities. These include helicopter tours, hiking, fishing, rafting, gourmet restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, horseback riding, and many children’s programs.

This area – host to the 1988 Olympic Games in Alberta – has long been known to avid travelers and winter-sport aficionados for its awe-inspiring terrain and jaw-dropping scenery. Winter activities run the gamut from skiing, ice climbing, dog-sledding, snowshoeing, ice fishing, horse-drawn carriage rides, hockey, ice-skating and much more.

For icing on the cake all of the properties are close to one another – from 5 to 45 minutes – except Jasper Park. It’s a three-hour drive from Banff Springs, but such a description would be decried by many. Traversed along the Icefields Parkway, many consider this mind-blowing drive among the world’s most scintillating, thanks to the panoramic, otherworldly natural environs, which include glaciers, pine forests blanketing craggy slopes, and everpresent snow-capped peaks which can rise as high as 12,000 feet from the roughly mile-high base on which most of the area sits.

To view the stunning topography, vacation options and learn more about the area visit www.canadianrockiesgolf.ca. Website visitors can view stay-and-play packages or request custom quotes for trips and packages.

And for all your Canadian Rockies travel needs, be sure to check out BanffTravel.com and JasperVacations.com, which offer great information and planning advice to make the most out of your time in the Rocky Mountains.

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay and play at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (the crown jewel of the Rocky mountains) and Chris and Gord @ Golf Canada’s West were awesome to deal with. We’ll be calling you again for sure-many thanks. – Pat M. – EDMONTON, AB.

The critical acclaim and unique attributes of the six golf properties which comprise “Canadian Rockies Golf: Historic, Dramatic Untamed” include:

Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club– 877.993.GOLF

-Golf Digest rated 4 ½ stars
-Surrounded by the spellbinding Three Sisters Mountains, practically close enough to touch during play
-Audubon-certified course preserves habitat for plentiful wildlife

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – 866.540.4454

-Featuring the “wild side of the Rockies” – elk, caribou, coyote, bear,and wolves inhabit the national park
-Widely regaled as one of the world’s best resort courses
-Designed by Stanley Thompson, the 18 holes carve contours at the feet of mountains

Kananaskis Country Golf Course -877.591.2525

-Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed courses are islolated, nestled in rural countryside
-36 holes played beneath breathtaking Mt. Lorette and Mt. Kidd, after which the courses are respectively named
-Features immaculate lush fairways, famed island-like 4th green on Mt. Kidd course, 140+ silica sand bunkers and the cascading Kananaskis River

Canmore Golf and Curling Club – 888.678.4785

-Valley-based property requires players use all clubs in their bag, narrow fairways challenge all levels of golfers
-Tree-lined course, friendly community atmosphere provides intimacy and camaraderie
-Located at base of Bow Valley, glacier-fed streams lace through course

Silvertip Golf Resort – 877.877.5444

-Home course of PGA Tour Member and 2006 Players Champion Stephen Ames
-Golf Digest rated 4 ½ stars and lauded for environmental sensitivity and maintenance practices
-600 feet of elevation change, including dramatic par-4 18th with extreme altitude drop from tee to fairway, fairway to green

The Fairmont Banff Springs
– 866.840.8402

-Historical course and castle-like hotel with regal ambiance, award-winning Willow Stream Spa and exquisite resort amenities
-27 holes of golf – 18 Stanley Thompson-designed holes including the 200-yard, par-3 Devil’s Cauldron, 147 bunkers, and the 9-hole Tunnel Course
-Panoramic beauty, picturesque-mountain setting nestled between Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle

SilverTip


Located in Canmore, Alberta, SilverTip is known as one of the most competitive courses in North America. Designed by Les Furber, this world-renowned Alberta, Canada course was created to challenge golfers.

According to Schultz, Silver Tip can be daunting for beginners, as it a shot-makers course that demands accuracy.

With its dramatic elevation changes (from 1,310 meters to 1,560 meters), and playable from 5,000 yards to a championship 7,200 yards, golfing at SilverTip has been compared to a day of mountain climbing. Surrounded by towering mountains, the Bow River, crystal clear trout ponds, and hours of sunshine, SilverTip has been awarded four and a half stars in Golf Digest, third place in Westworld Magazine’s top ten golf destinations in Canada, and the Silver Award for Best Scenery for SCOREGolf’s 2003 Golfers Choice
Awards. With a panoramic view of Canmore, Alberta, SilverTip is a convenient 90 km from Calgary and 23 km from Banff National Park.

One of the many features at SilverTip includes the Timbers Clubhouse, build over a half century ago. Its rustic charm compliments the fusion cuisine found in the innovative restaurant, the welcoming hearth, and
comfortable furnishings.

SilverTip includes a fully stocked pro-shop, with all the requisite brands as well as equipment rentals. As a soft-spike facility, golfers are required to wear non-metal spiked golf shows or soft soled shoes. Spike
replacements are easily found at the Pro Shop.

Looking to improve your game? Take some lessons from one of SilverTip’s pros. Group or private classes are available by calling the pro shop for scheduling.

For advanced tee times and golf packages call 403-678-2838 or click here. For additional reviews go to GolftheRockies.net.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course


Rated # 1 in Canada by Score Golf magazine, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course features a landmark fairway known for harmonizing with its captivating surroundings. Located deep inside the Canadian Rockies, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course has few rivals when it comes to the astounding beauty that sums up this world-class Canadian Rockies vacation destination.

Through the work of 50 teams of horses and 500 men who cleared the land of boulders and other debris, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course was officially opened on July 15, 1925 by Earl Haig, Commander in Chief of the British Forces in WWI and a former Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. Designed by Stanley Thompson, master architect of golf courses throughout Canada, the course boasts elevated tee boxes and holes aligned to show off the spectacular mountain views. Carved into the
thick forest are wide fairways blending with the rugged surroundings that define its Canadian Rockies setting.

In 1994, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course began restoration to bring the course back to the original layout created by Thompson. Bunkers and tee boxes were recreated according to their original 1924 design, and this, along with other improvements made in 2001, have made the course one of the most sought after in the Canadian Rockies.

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course has received four and a half stars from Golf Digest, the Gold Tee award from Meetings and Incentive Magazine for 7 consecutive years, and the successful Meetings Magazine
Pinnacle Award for 6 consecutive years. With its charming cabins, fine dining, excellent pro shop, driving range, and exquisite hiking trails, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course is ideal for the vacation traveler
bent on having one of the most memorable golf experiences in the Canadian Rockies.

For advanced tee times and golf packages call 403-678-2838 or click here. For additional reviews go to GolftheRockies.net.

The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course



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.

For advanced tee times and golf packages call 403-678-2838 or click here. For additional reviews go to GolftheRockies.net.

Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club


Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club provides golfers with a unique high mountain golfing experience. Consistently rated with four and a half stars by Golf Digest, this Canmore, Alberta golfing Mecca boasts 18 signature holes, 7,195 yards, 72 strokes, along with some of the most stunning vistas in the Canadian Rockies. With its naturally sculpted fairways and its breathtaking vistas, this magnificent Alberta, Canada course is ideal for golfers who are looking to perfect their game in an astounding setting.

One of the newer courses, architect Gary Browning created a golf course that is both breathtaking and ideally functional. With 35 bunkers placed around crystal clear lakes, gushing streams, rocky outcrops, and restored mine entrances, one can feel the history of the area with every stroke. The brand new 15,000 square foot Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club clubhouse provides golfers with an extra perk with its fine dining and five star services.

Rated the Best New Course in Western Canada in 2002 and a 4 ½ star rating in 2002, 2003, and 2004, Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club provides golfers with one of the most memorable experiences in the Canadian Rockies.

For advanced tee times and golf packages call 403-678-2838 or click here. For additional reviews go to GolftheRockies.net.

Kananaskis Country Golf Course


Less than an hour’s drive from Banff or Calgary, this classic golf resort is right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Designed in the early 1980s by Robert Trent Jones Sr., Kananaskis Country Golf Course has been rated the “best in Western Canada” by Golf Digest, with 4 ½ stars awarded in tribute to its excellence in both service and value.

With mountains rising 9,600 feet above sea level, the courses at Kananaskis Country Golf Course ascend to almost 5,000 feet. The two world-class courses ranging from 5,539 to 7,083 yards are named for the magnificent limestone peaks that hover over them: Mount Kidd and Mount Lourette. On both 18-hole courses you will find glacier-fed ponds and creeks, a plethora of wildlife, evergreen forests, and the cascading Kananaskis River, in addition to over 140 silica sand bunkers and four sets of tee boxes. Robert Trent Jones’ trademark sand traps, undulating greens, and use of water combine with high mountain elevation to create a test of true skill for the low handicap player. With its natural terrain there is plenty of bunkering and water play, creating the perfect environment for a challenging game.

Kananaskis Country Golf Course has a great pro shop featuring all the best known brands in golfing gear, along with an excellent restaurant, fireside lounge, patios with amazing views, valet parking, and a locker room area, you would be hard-pressed to find a better spot to perfect your game. And for the non-golfers among you, this Canadian Rockies vacation destination provides excellent hiking trails along with many high-quality lodges and luxury accommodations nearby.

Guests at the Kananaskis Country Golf Course are free to use the complimentary valet parking, locker room, and shower facilities.

For advanced tee times and golf packages call 403-678-2838 or click here. For additional reviews go to GolftheRockies.net.