By Edward Daniels
ALBERTA and BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – Canada’s western provinces, and Canadian Rockies golf offer a lot of opportunity to book golf packages to some of the top golf destinations in North America. Golf courses in this region feature challenging holes and beautiful natural scenery.
Read on for a glance at the best golf courses to head toward on your next golf vacation to Alberta or BC.
Golf at a Glance in Alberta
Include the Fairmont Banff Spring Golf Course on one of your Banff Golf Packages. The golf course is popular for its panoramic beauty. It boasts a challenging layout set in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
There is a breathtaking view in all directions, in addition to a magnificent layout that excites golfers fortunate enough to play a round here. Amateurs and professionals are constantly amazed by Banff Springs’ panoramic challenge. From the actual hole design to the optical illusions created by the surrounding mountains, the Banff Springs golf course is the highlight of numerous golf vacations to Alberta.
Silvertip Resort’s slogan is nature plays through. And it often does at this course carved from the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, and where moments of solitude are broken by the voices of nature, Silvertip Resort is a world-class, 7,200-yard championship golf course in Canmore, Alberta.
From its naturally elevated mountainside location and astounding 360-degree views, to a seemingly endless supply of warm Southern Alberta sunshine and countless acres of untouched wilderness, Silvertip Resort offers what no other course can – 18 holes of beautifully designed golf overlooking the spectacular Bow Valley corridor, deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies’ wilderness.
Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club is the centerpiece of Three Sisters Mountain Village in Canmore, Alberta. This well-kept course is a popular golf destination because it offers 18 holes of championship golf (7,195 yards, 72 strokes and an amazing mountain golf experience).
The course itself is a modern classic. Few others in North America boast the attributes this course provides – a spectacular mountain setting, extraordinary 360-degree views and rich local history. Golf Digest rated Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club as Best New Course in Western Canada in 2002 and awarded it a 4.5 Star Rating in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
The Canmore Golf and Curling Club is filled with history, pride and a beautiful surroundings. The course provides and maintains the best golf and curling opportunities for all members and visitors at an affordable price.
The Canmore Golf and Curling Club’s surrounding mountains make it an ideal golf getaway for golfers interested in golf vacations to scenic courses.
In the heart of the Canadian Rockies, less than a 60-minute drive from either Calgary or Banff, tourists find a golfing paradise at Kananaskis Country Golf Course. The rugged surrounding peaks tower a full 9,600 feet above sea level, while the courses themselves are at almost 5,000 feet, forming an unforgettable background, in addition to the nearby cascading Kananaskis River.
Mount Lorette and Mount Kidd Golf Courses
Named for the soaring peaks that serve as their most inspiring landmarks, the Mount Lorette and Mount Kidd courses share more than 600 acres of lush fairways, bent grass greens, 142 strategically-placed bunkers, forest, rivers, streams and ponds.
Carved from the spectacular Kananaskis River Valley, Mount Kidd and its sister course, Mount Lorette, roll gently along the river valley under the jagged peaks in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Book this world-class golf destination in your next golf vacation to Alberta.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, is the setting of unforgettable memories for thousands of golfers that have visited on golf vacations since the course opened in 1925.
The 18-hole layout at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge offers elevated tee boxes, dramatic bunkering and holes aligned with distant mountain views. There are also wide fairways carved from dense forest, and was always conscious of the environment’s natural contours, blending beautiful landscapes with challenging terrain. As a result, few golf courses in the world can match the rugged majesty of this national treasure.
Golf at a Glance in British Columbia
Springs at Radium – Columbia Valley, BC
The Springs at Radium has a pair of incredible 18-hole golf courses situated high above the Columbia Valley Wetlands. This course offers an experience golf tourists will not forget.
There is a stunning, scenic environment that includes plenty of wildlife and snow-capped peaks of Canada’s Purcell Mountains. The golf courses here boast some of the most breathtaking views and hair-raising holes found in the Kootenay Rockies.
Radium Resort Course – Columbia Valley, BC
The amazing setting and natural beauty of the Resort Course has made it a favorite inclusion in numerous golf packages along the Columbia Valley Trail since 1957.
Jaw-dropping views and impressive elevation changes combine perfectly with playability at this spectacular BC, Canada golf course. Those features make it easy to understand how the Radium Resort Course, which is the oldest golf course in the Columbia Valley, has withstood the test of time to remain a popular golf destination.
Greywolf Panorama Mountain Village was named Golf Digest’s Best New Canadian Golf Course in 1999, and still retains its impressive status for golfers that book a golf package to this golf course.
Due to its scenic beauty from being located in a spectacular alpine setting at Panorama Mountain Village, it is a favorite golf destination for golf vacations to British Columbia, Canada. Greywolf Golf Course is about as impressive as mountain golf gets.
The Copper Point Golf Club is one of the newest and best championship golf courses in the Kootenay Rockies – so it’s no surprise this golf course is popular among tourists that book golf packages to this region of BC, Canada.
The natural golf course with roughly hewn bunkers and great use of existing hills and ravines mean the architectural merit of the design deserves a trip here for nothing more than to experience it. But the pristine setting, beautiful conditions and full-color GPS on the golf cars combined with great service and an impressive clubhouse loaded with amenities really sells golfers on this course.
The Ridge at Copper Point – Columbia Valley, BC
The Ridge at Copper Point takes full advantage of the character-filled terrain on this slab of land in BC, Canada. This championship golf courses features an innovative design that makes it no surprise this golf course is popular among tourists that book golf packages at Copper Point.
The Ridge features full-length par 3 and par 4 holes that maintain the perfect blend of playability and challenge that appeals to every golfer on a golf vacation to scenic British Columbia.
Windermere Valley Golf Course – Columbia Valley, BC
The Windermere Valley Golf Course boasts the rare elements of total relaxation and unpretentious golf in a world-class setting here in BC, Canada. This Columbia Valley Trail golf course is shorter than average in length but not lacking for character or beauty.
The picturesque valley location and perfect conditioning will ensure golfers of all skill levels will have an enjoyable golf experience. Windermere offers great teaching programs, a fully stocked pro shop, restaurant and a welcoming experience that will definitely win you over on your golf vacation to British Columbia.
Fairmont Riverside – Columbia Valley, BC
The golf course at Fairmont Riverside is an impressive inclusion on golf packages to this region of BC, Canada. This Columbia Valley golf course is a spectacular specimen located near the Columbia River on the warm side of the Kootenay Rockies.
The stream meanders gracefully along the course to provide some scenic pleasure to your round of golf here at Fairmont Riverside.
Fairmont Mountainside – Columbia Valley, BC
The Fairmont Mountainside is enviously situated against the sunny, west-facing slopes of the Canadian Rockies. With well-kept fairways and a score of challenging holes that test each club in your bag, the golf course at Fairmont Mountainside has been included in golf packages for more than 40 years.
Fairmont Mountainside is one of the original golf courses in the Columbia Valley Trail and remains a popular golf destination despite its age because it is well maintained. It is no surprise the BC course has won numerous awards since it opened.