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Golf in Canada’s Western Mountains

Tee off in Banff, Jasper and Whistler this Summer

As snow turns to slush and grass starts to sprout, the first signs of spring have us eager for golf season to begin! To take your golf game to new heights, look no further than Canada’s Western Mountains.

Every golfer knows preparation is key to a successful day on the course. In the spirit of helping you plan the perfect golf getaway this summer, we’ve compiled course stats and local pro tips at three iconic mountain golf destinations. Look out for eagles while you’re chasing birdies in Banff, Jasper and Whistler.

Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course

Golfers on the green at Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course
Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course | Photo Credit: Chris Amat

Fairways meet mountains at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course.

With panoramic views of Banff National Park and a magnificent course layout, Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course boasts not one, but two stunning courses: Stanley Thompson and Tunnel Mountain. The only decision you need to make is whether you have time for 18 holes of golf or 9.

Stanley Thompson 18

Designed by Canada’s master golf course architect, Stanley Thompson, you’ll find everything from breathtaking views to optical illusions created by the surrounding mountains on this course. Golf 18 holes that wind along the Bow River, tucked away under the peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle. This timeless course has been sought-after by generations of professional and novice golfers alike.

Season: May – October

STATS

  • Course Designer: Stanley Thompson
  • Built: 1927
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6,938 yards
  • White: Slope 126, Rating 69.7
  • Gold: Slope 133, Rating 71.3

Tunnel Mountain 9

In 1989, the course was complemented with the construction of an adjoining 9 holes, designed by Cornish and Robinson, resulting in 27 holes of championship layout.

Season: May – October

STATS

  • Course Designer: Cornish and Robinson
  • Built: 1989
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Length: 3,287 yards
  • White: Slope 125, Rating 68.2
  • Gold: Slope 128, Rating 70.8

PRO TIP: Learn all the pro tips for each hole on both courses. Take a 360 tour of the fairways before you tee off in person.

PLAN: Take advantage of the spectacular scenery and luxurious amenities when you stay & play at the Fairmont Banff Springs. The Banff Golf Vacation Package includes luxury room accommodation, one round of golf for two adults, golf club storage & self-parking. Learn more about golf offers at the Fairmont Banff Springs.

PLAY OFF-COURSE: Every golfer would agree the outdoor activities off the course in Banff National Park are endless. Soar over the trees by gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for unforgettable views of Banff. Or explore the emerald waters of Lake Louise by canoe and cross another destination in Banff National Park off your bucket list.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club
Hole 16 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Golf Club

Golf in the wild heart of Jasper National Park at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course.

This course is a scenic, natural habitat for golfers and wildlife alike. It’s not uncommon to encounter all walks of wildlife on the course from deer, elk and Canada Geese to the occasional, curious bear.

Carefully carved from dense forests, the 18-hole masterful course features wide fairways that follow the natural contours of the land. Take advantage of the dramatic mountain views from elevated tee decks. The golf course is equally scenic as it is challenging with strategic bunkering, an abundance of trees and natural water hazards that come into play throughout.

Season: May – October

STATS

  • Course Designer: Stanley Thompson
  • Built: 1925
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6,663 yards
  • White: Slope 125, Rating 68.2

PRO TIP: Visualization is a power tool for golfers. Take a tour of the 9th hole, 14th hole and 18th hole before you tee off this summer.

PLAN: With early bird luxury golf packages and midweek golf packages at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, you will be all set fore staying and playing in Jasper. See all golf offers to start planning your summer golf getaway.

PLAY OFF-COURSE: From fairways to fresh mountain air, Jasper offers a variety of outdoor activities surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Marvel at aqua green lakes, massive glaciers, and spectacular waterfalls at the Columbia Icefields by day and stargaze at Jasper’s dedicated dark sky preserve by night.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course

A golfer on the green is about to putt at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course
Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course

Experience true Mountain Golf at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course.

In Canada’s West Coast Mountains, Whistler is home to championship golf courses. Novice and professional golfers alike seek Whistler’s true mountain golf experience that is both challenging and rewarding with panoramic peak views. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course delivers on all accounts. With 6,635 yards of course traversing creeks, ponds and granite rock, 400ft of elevation gain and spectacular mountain views, your days on the greens will be ones to remember!

Carved out of the slopes of the Coast Mountain range in British Columbia, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course traverses creeks, ponds, stands of ancient Douglas fir and granite rock. Elevation changes of more than 400 feet overall create an impressive golf opportunity and a naturally spectacular Whistler golf experience. You may find yourself using your camera almost as much as your clubs while out on this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. masterpiece.

Season: May – October

STATS

  • Course Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
  • Built: 1993
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,635 yards
  • White: Slope 119, Rating 67.5
  • Gold Slope 142, Rating 71.6

PRO TIP: Get a feel for the course layout and fly over the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club with a bird’s-eye view of the front nine holes and the back nine holes before teeing off this summer.

PLAN: Elevate your mountain golf experience with Whistler’s best golf vacation offers. For safety’s sake, view the 2022 Golfer Guidelines to learn more about safety protocols and procedures before your tee time.  

PLAY-OFF COURSE: There’s a reason why Whistler attracts adventure seekers, from mountain bikers and hikers to yogis and golfers. Within a few minutes’ walk of each course there’s lakes, bike trails, hiking trails and much more. Not to mention art galleries, award-winning spas, and plenty of resort activities at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler you won’t want to miss. Add some off-course adventure to your golf trip and explore Whistler by zip line, whitewater raft or mountain bike.

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