Among a variety of special 125th Anniversary packages offered this year at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada, is the “Heritage Golf” package on the spectacular Stanley Thompson-designed course (completely upgraded to 21st century standards). Winding along the Bow River beneath the looming, snow-crowned peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle, all 27 holes of the layout have dazzling Canadian Rockies views.
In a pine, fir and aspen forest and valley setting alongside the river, the Banff Springs course is thickly bordered with high grasses, stately Queen Anne’s lace, purple lupine and mountain aster, wild iris and more wildflowers. As many as fifty elk at a time cruise the course. Waves of uptilted, steep, flashed sand traps and abundant mounding are typical Thompson. Fairways are flattish, and it is advisable to stay on them, as high grasses and scrub, dense woods, and the rushing Bow River are major hazards. Approaches are often back-dropped by massive granite walls.
Golfers often hold up the game on hole called Devil’s Cauldron, one of the most dramatic par 3’s in golf. The tee is perched high on a granite shelf above a crystal clear lake and beautiful wetlands, with a phalanx of tall pines. The elevated green sits in a natural bowl, or “cauldron,” just over the lake, 170 yards away, guarded by five “devilish” bunkers.
The Banff Springs Heritage Golf Package Includes:
- Luxury accommodations at the Fairmont Banff Springs
- 9 holes of golf for 2
- Redesigned vintage-styled hickory shafted clubs & re-pressed golf balls
- Housekeeping and porterage gratuities
- Souvenir sleeve of X3 Heritage Golf Balls
- Upgrade to your own personal caddy dressed in heritage clothing
- From $549 per night for 2
- Availability: May 10 – October 14, 2013
(Also, a “Golf For Free” Package)
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Founder/editor of BestGolfResortsofTheWorld.com, Karen Misuraca is a travel and golf writer from the California Wine Country. She blogs golf travel and writes about Deep Culture Travel. Check out Karen’s new iPhone app, California Coast North