Golf in the Canadian Rockies

Friday, August 4, 2017

5+ miles (walking golf course – felt like 50)


Yay!  Clear skies this morning!  What a difference from yesterday:

That is NOT fog – it is smoke from the wildfires!

Golf day today.  First I go down to the Bow Valley Grill for breakfast.  The buffet is awesome, but I don’t want to be weighed down for golf so I choose wisely.


The Banff Springs Golf Course is not on property – you must take a shuttle from the hotel. First chance I have had to get off the hotel grounds.

Conference Center Section of the Fairmont

Immediately upon seeing the clubhouse I realize I am in for a treat (ok, well I knew that already…)



Since the course has so much natural beauty I feel like the thing to do is to walk the course.  When the girl at the pro shop tells me I am paired with 3 others (riding), I wonder if they will be irritated if I am walking. She smartly tells me that this is MY day and I should walk if I want to.  Done.


My group was two other women (!) and one man whose wife was just riding along.  He started off on the wrong foot when he teed off (as we patiently waited beside his teebox).  Then we girls headed up to the next teebox crossing directly in front of him.  Unbeknownst to us he teed up another ball and whacked it! We all turned around in shock and yelled at him – he could have nailed us!  He claimed he didn’t “see” us (we were all of 20 yards in front of his face…).  That set the tone for him.

The two women were awesome to play with.  They were members and told me the lay of the land (literally).  We basically ignored the jerk and had a wonderful time. The course is absolutely stunning. It almost took over the spot of “Most Beautiful Course I Have Ever Played.”  However, The course we played in Scotland in June (read about it here) – Kingsbarns in Scotland still holds the title.

My animal headcovers enjoyed the round!


The Bow River is in the background
See the tiny golfers way down on the green of this awesome Par 3? This one is called Devil’s Cauldron and is noted as one of the most beautiful Par 3’s overall


The beautiful Fairmont looms in the background


What a fabulous round of golf.  Not only did I play really well, but the company was super and the beauty of the course is amazing.  I am so happy that I played (and stayed) here.  How lucky am I?

Since I walked 18 holes I think I deserve another visit to the spa, don’t you?  I booked a 90 minute aroma therapy massage.  My masseuse (Eric) was one of the best that I have had. He worked me over and  came out feeling great!

Dinner tonight is in the Samurai Sushi restaurant.  I already know there are no reservations available (I tried), but I am in luck with an empty seat at the sushi bar (which for me is the preferred seating anyway).

Ringside Seat

I dined on Yellowtail Tuna Sashimi, Miso Soup and assorted Tempura.  Everything was great.  Next to me at the bar was an Irish couple who now live in Canada.  We sat for an hour after dinner and discussed everything from Trump to eating in Spain.  All in all a fantastic ending to a fantastic day!

I will golf this course again in the morning and then take off south for Cranbrook.  I have already heard that the road to Cranbrook (hwy 93) has been closed off and on due to the wildfires.  I am crossing my fingers that it will be open in the morning.  The only other alternative is a 2 hour add on to my trip.  Nothing to do except wait and see.


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