Banff Springs Golf Course
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The Banff Springs Golf Course offers just two simple things.
First, a breathtaking view in every direction.
Second, a magnificent layout that thrills every golfer fortunate enough to spend a day here. This certainly should be on the list of things to do on your next Canadian holiday.
The Canadian Rockies truly are one of the top natural wonders of the world. They offer internationally renowned scenery, sparklingly clean air, and the quiet of unspoiled wilderness. This is as close as it gets to paradise on earth.
This challenging course with great fairways is good for players of all levels and skills. First established in 1927. The course winds along the Bow River under the snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle. In 1989, 9 holes were added, resulting in 27 holes of championship layout.
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.
Amateurs and professionals alike are constantly amazed by its panoramic challenge. From the actual hole design to the optical illusions created by the surrounding mountains, this course will delight and tempt you.
Stanley Thompson, Canada's master golf course architect, used his expert talent when he designed the original 18 holes in 1928. Playing golf at the Banff Springs Golf Course could be part of your Canadian Holiday.
See what the fuss is all about here in the Canadian Rockies. We have visitors from all over the world enjoying the beautiful views, incredible wildlife and pure clean air.
See what most of the world has never seen.... or if you're looking for some great Bachelor Party ideas.... you've got to organize the traditional bachelor party....what to do? Think Banff Springs Golf course....
Maybe set up a golf tournament for the guys. Spent an hour with the Golf Pro at the Banff Springs Golf Course. Have a guy's evening at the lovely club house. I would love to get your golf course reviews from your buddies....let me know how you enjoyed yourselves.
Like many old, traditional courses, some work has been done on the Banff Springs course to ensure it challenges golf's longer hitters. It still provides the resort golfer an enjoyable experience.
In fact, Banff Springs has been tampered with on numerous occasions.
Most recently, the "restoration" back to the original Thompson's design. The course has succeeded albeit somewhat longer. There is has no doubt it's been transformed into something Thompson would approve of.
The unforgettable experience at the fourth is every golfer's dream. The "Devil's Cauldron," as it is affectionately known, is a delectable par-3, voted one of the best 18 holes in the world by Golf Magazine in 2000.
With a tee perched high on a granite shelf and a crystal clear mountain lake sitting eloquently in the foreground, the setting at the fourth is surreal. The green sits in a natural bowl, or "cauldron," just over the lake - a menacing 170 yards away.
Surrounding the green sit five "devilish" bunkers. There waiting to snare your very expensive and always consistent ball! Right!! Don't worry, you won't be the first to find a hazard at the fourth. The water in the lake is clean and pure. Imagine on any given day a thousand balls glisten under waters fed by nearby glaciers. Just a reminder that distraction is the norm at "Devil's Cauldron."
The Banff Springs Golf Course opens relatively easy with a gentle right to left par-4 of medium length. The second is a great one-shotter up the hill with a sloping green and a magnificent mountain backdrop. The third, a sweeping short par-5, is also a work of art. The green at No.3 is flat and appears unhittable from the landing area. Not to worry, it's deep and relatively easy to putt on when you find it. In all likelihood however, your thoughts will be revolving around what lies ahead, at the captivating "Cauldron".
If you have played Banff in years past, you might remember teeing off atop the Banff Springs Hotel. Ten years ago, the necessity to accommodate a growing number of visitors to the area demanded a new clubhouse and pro shop.
The new clubhouse at the Banff Springs Golf course is further down the road and caters well to larger groups. The addition of the "Tunnel" nine also means more golfers can enjoy the game in Banff. However, because of relocation, the routing has been changed. As mentioned, the starting holes are different and the hole atop the Hotel is now No. 15 on the inward nine. Not to worry, the deed is done and the bickering is nearly over from the "traditionalists" who liked it better in the "good old days."
What hasn't changed from the "good old days" is the difficulty of the course. Now boasting a stern yardage of 7,074 yards from the back tees and a lofty 74.4 rating with a par of 71, Banff is anything but "soft".
When visiting Banff National Park in Canada, wildlife comes with the territory. One thing the Banff Springs Golf Course has become known for, is elk on the course.
It is not uncommon for golfers to zigzag between as many as fifty elk sitting on the pristine fairways. While the instances involving "elk rage" are extremely rare, golfers do need to take some caution. Most golfers playing the Banff Springs Golf Course don't seem to mind sharing a fairway or two with the elk. They are actively protected within the boundaries of the park.
The back nine at the Banff Springs Golf Course opens with a terrific par-3 that requires a bold strike with a long iron or fairway wood. The Bow River weaves into the hole from the right. Anything hit short or right will find its rocky banks or fast-moving current. Making three is a welcome achievement.
Unlike the front nine, the back side features an abundance of meaty par-4s. They demand precise long and medium iron approach shots. With grassy mounds leaping out among sandy fingers flashed with silica, punishment for mis-hit shots can be severe. Add a Bow River creeping into landing zones and unpredictable gusts of mountain winds and you've got a difficult test of golf.
With a new tee box sitting higher and further back than where it used to be, the 480 yard par-4 15th is a beauty and a beast. However, when taking in the breathtaking scenery from high atop your perch, the mountain peaks shining in the sun and the Bow River reflecting the Rocky Mountain splendor, making four just doesn't seem to matter.
The back nine truly requires exceptional shots to get around near par. With par being 35, both par-3s over 220 yards, five par-4s better than 420 yards, and an overall length well over 3,600 yards, the back nine from the back tees can be brutal on the average "Joe." Thankfully, with four sets of tees, adjustments can be made to play within your ability.
The best thing about playing the Banff Springs Golf Course is that it's in Banff. There's no other place on earth quite like it. Unfortunately for the golfer, getting a tee time at Banff can be tough (not to mention pricey). Nonetheless, your money will be well spent on this "million dollar" gem.
This could be a wonderful bachelor party idea....
The golf academy and practice facility could be a great way to spend some quality time with the wedding party or the future father-in-law!!!! The Banff Springs Golf Course will assist you in sharpening your game before your day on the links. Club and shoe rentals are also available.
You and your fellow golfers could experience The Banff Springs Golf Academy and fine-tune your golf swing. Spend a half day with one of the golf pros. Concentrate on the long or short aspects of your game. This clinic is offered at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily; duration is three hours.
No denim pants, shorts or shirts
No sweat pants or sweat shorts (nylon suits are acceptable)
Shorts should be dress shorts with 5 inch inseam
Shoes must be soft soled
Soft spikes required (available for rent at The Banff Springs Pro Shop)
We use the best that TaylorMade Golf Clubs and Adidas footwear has to offer for our rental equipment. You could demo a new set of clubs......
The Banff Springs Golf Course Clubhouse is a 30-minute walk from the hotel. You may want to stay at the Banff Springs Hotel ....no driving after a few brews at the 19th hole!!
A shuttle service is available between the hotel and the Clubhouse, and leaves every half hour (on the hour and half hour) from the hotel's main entrance.
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