Spread out along the Bow River below Mount Rundle is the Banff Springs Golf Course (403/762-6801), considered one of the world’s most scenic. Not only is the course breathtakingly beautiful, but it’s also challenging for all levels of golfer. Pick up a copy of the book The World’s Greatest Golf Holes, and you’ll see a picture of the fourth hole on the Rundle Nine.
It’s a par 3, over Devil’s Cauldron 70 meters (230 feet) below, to a small green backed by the sheer face of Mount Rundle rising vertically more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above the putting surface.
Another unique feature of the course is the abundance of wildlife—there’s always the chance of seeing elk feeding on the fairways, or coyotes, deer, or black bears scurrying across in front of you as you putt. Greens fees (including cart and driving range privileges) are $220, discounted to $125 in May and late September–early October.
The Tunnel 9 offers the same spectacular challenges as the main course but lacks the history; nine holes cost $80, depending on the season. At the clubhouse are a pro shop with club rentals ($50–65), putting greens, a driving range, two chipping greens, and a restaurant with a stunning wrap-around deck.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition