Best Golf Views in the Canadian Rockies
Don’t take our word for it – the seven courses in the Canadian Rockies Golf group have been lauded by such publications as Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golfweek, Travel + Leisure and National Geographic for the quality of playing conditions, service and more.
See below for a list of must-see views in the Canadian Rockies this year:
Best Golf Views in the Canadian Rockies
15th Hole, The Fairmont Banff Springs: This 479-yard par 4 is the original first hole of this historic course, nestled against its famed Waldhaus Restaurant and pub. The view from the elevated tee includes a distant view of the valley, edged by mountain cliffs and the Bow River. See a video of the course here.
How to play the hole: The opening shot calls for a drive across the Spray River that confluences with the Bow River before making its long journey to the Hudson Bay. An elevated tee gives reassurance and added leverage in clearing the water on the drive. Golfers must choose how close to take their tee shot through the slightly dog legged hole. Too much puts you in jail in the trees, but too little adds up to two clubs for the long shot to the green. The green is welcoming with an open front to allow balls to roll on, but like most holes on this Stanley Thompson designed course, bunkers are majestically placed to the sides and behind welcoming any balls that wander off course.
18th Hole, Stewart Creek Golf Club: The par-5, 520-yard finishing hole at Stewart Creek not only provides one last crack at making birdie it also saves the golf course’s best view for last. The view may cause you to lose focus on the golf shot as it provides a panoramic view of the 18th green, #9 green and Hole #1 with Cascade mountain providing the back drop.
How to play the hole: After hitting a solid drive you will faced with the decision to either lay up short or pull out a fairway wood or hybrid to reach this green in two.If you decide to risk it going for this green in 2 make sure to hit it solid as the prevailing headwind will play havoc with any mis-hit shots.
Take a virtual tour here.
10th Hole, Canmore Golf & Curling Club: The first and tenth holes are great opening holes running side by side, featuring a large bunker between the approach of both holes. A 520-yard par-5 hole, the 10th is situated in the valley between two towering mountain ranges.
How to play the hole: This is a relatively straightforward shot; a clean drive from the tee will ensure good placement on the generous fairway. The large green can make for a difficult two-putt, based on pin placement.
See the hole here.
9th Hole, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge: Known as Cleopatra, this voluptuous par 3 measures 231 yards from the back tees. Any of the tees have an incredible view from a high elevated tee, with a mesmerizing backdrop of the Pyramid Mountains.
How to play the hole: Knowing this hole can play anywhere from 182 to 231 yards, most players will need a long iron, hybrid or fairway wood to reach the green. Be careful of hidden bunkers surrounding the green complexes that can’t be seen from the tee.
Check out new course flyovers here.
4th Hole, Mount Kidd Course: This 197-yard par-3 hole is Kananaskis Country’s most photographed hole. The backdrop to your tee shot is the impressive Mount Kidd to your left and directly in front is Mount Lorette, the namesake for the other 18 holes at Kananaskis. To the right of the tee is the crystal clear, fast flowing Kananaskis River and further right is the snow covered Mount Evan Thomas.
How to play the hole: Wind direction and wind speed will have a great deal to do with your club selection here. The prevailing wind is at your back and the tee is elevated. A good rule of thumb is to take one less club than you would normally hit from this yardage –a solid 6 iron will work. A large receptive green helps to alleviate some of the intimidation created by the water. Take a tour here.
18th Hole, Silvertip Resort: The par-4 finishing hole sums up your Silvertip experience, with tees sitting at the highest point on the golf course. A dogleg-left orientation drops dramatically to the Timbers Clubhouse below, allowing both golfers and diners on the outdoor patio with a view of great golf shots, the breathless Bow Valley and towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains. An online webcamgives travelers a wide-angle view of the hole each day.
How to play the hole: From both the tee and the approach use less club. The elevation drop and the light mountain air will have your ball hanging against the picture perfect backdrop of our Timbers Clubhouse.
Check out Silvertip’s Live Webcam of the 18th Hole here.
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