I can feel the excitement building inside as we drive over the Spray River bridge on our way to the Fairmont Banff Springs golf course. The golf course road winds its way through the last four holes of the Sulphur nine and I can’t help but play them in my mind as we drive by.
Even though I’ve had the pleasure of playing the Fairmont Banff Springs golf course since the early ‘90’s, I find myself to this day looking around as if I just discovered the property for the first time.
Teeing off and walking alongside Mount Rundle is simply breathtaking. By the time we arrive at the the third hole of the Stanley Thompson 18, aptly named Gibraltor, the tone that this will not be just another round of golf has been established. Next in the rotation is the Devil’s Cauldron, the fourth hole on the Rundle 9 is without doubt the most photographed hole in the Canadian Rockies. If golf would allow it, I’d pack a lunch and hit balls off the tee decks all day long!
With the comfort of the Rundle Range behind you, the course now takes you out towards the rushing waters of the Bow River. Starting with the Par 3 # 8 Papoose, the calming sounds from the adjacent river will accompany you through to hole # 14 Wampum, framed in the background by the Castle in the Rockies – the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Originally intended as the first hole, the # 15 hole now begins your march home to the clubhouse. You can still tee off from the original tee box located below the patio of the Waldhaus Pub, however there is a certain thrill in seeing your tee shot launched into the far away fairway from the upper tee deck. There is almost a suspension of time from the crack of contact to when your ball finally lands safely in the waiting fairway.
Safely back on the valley floor, and with your round almost complete you still have 3 beautiful finishing holes to navigate before you tally your
score. Holes 16 and 17 can surrender a birdie if you keep your focus, allowing you to enjoy the finishing Par 5, apply named Windy.
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