If you thought the only sorts in western Canada were ice hockey, skiing, and rodeo, you don’t know the whole story. This year the Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff, Alberta, will celebrate 100 Years of Golf with season-long celebration.
This July 13 marks the 100th Anniversary of organized golf here, noting the first time golf was played and membership organized in Banff. On that date, The Fairmont Banff Springs will have a day-long celebration open to the community and the public. The celebration will include free junior golf clinics, playing opportunities on the Tunnel Nine, demo days of the driving range, a cake-cutting ceremony, and the initiation of its 100 Trees Program to replant trees in Banff National Park, in which the resort and its golf courses are located.
Among the many activities and plans was creation of a 100th Anniversary logo and select merchandise including commemorative pin flags and apparel.
The anniversary event includes a display of historic memorabilia and photography from the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. In addition, members of its Golf Club have created a commemorative 100th Anniversary coffee table book.
As part of its Centennial year, Fairmont Banff Springs will host the Telus World Skins Game featuring Anthony Kim, Stephen Ames and three other professionals on the Stanley Thompson 18 course on July 25-26.
In September, members of the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club will play members of Canmore Golf and Curling Club as both clubs reinvigorate the Banff-Canmore Golf Shield, a match-play event between clubs that dates back to the 1920s between the two rival towns. Canmore will celebrate its 85th anniversary this year, and issued the challenge to the Banff Golf Club members earlier this year. The friendly rivalry pits the upscale resort town against the blue-collar mining town in a classic battle of skill on the golf course.
Stanley Thompson, Canada's master golf course architect, used his expert talent when he designed the original 18 holes in 1928. The course winds along the Bow River under the snowcapped peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle. In 1989, the course was complemented with the construction of an adjoining 9 holes, designed by Cornish and Robinson, resulting in 27 holes of championship Alberta golf.
The Resort is offering the Golf For Free Package throughout the season, starting at $299 Canadian per person per night for overnight accommodations in its Baronial-style castle hotel. a free round of golf on the Stanley Thompson 18.
See canadianrockiesgolf.ca for this and other golf packages in Alberta, Canada.
Senior Travel Writer