Reported by J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern
This past weekend, temperatures reached 25 degrees C (a lovely near 80-degree F day) in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta. Fall leaves are seen here first, and offer breathtaking contrast to powdered mountain tops and surprisingly warm afternoons.
There’s great golf in Alberta from now until mid-October, and if you are looking to get out of the Raleigh area or RTP or North Carolina with its myriad of courses from the mountains to the sandhills to the coast, you will find the rugged yet beautiful courses of Canada challenging and breathtaking. Here are the latest news and special offers:
Fairmont Jasper Lodge Readies for Fall
Fall color is already beginning to show at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course. Make sure to travel between Banff and Jasper via the Icefields Parkway for stunning views between both national parks.
Try the Fairmont Classic Golf Package that includes stays and rounds at both The Fairmont Banff Springs and The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for a trip you’ll never forget.
Kananaskis Country Golf Course Wins Award
Have you visited Kananaskis Country’s golf pro shop lately? If not, you’re missing out on an award-winning selection. The golf course was named North American Merchandiser of the Month by the Nivo golf fashion line.
Kananaskis Country Golf Course will offer Free Junior Twilight golf through the end of the 2011 golf season. Juniors 17 and under play free with a paying adult during twilight hours (tee times at $70 per adult; four hours before sunset). Call 877-591-2525 for details and booking information.
Silvertip Fall Nine and Dine
Silvertip Resort is offering a Nine and Dine special through the end of the year. Enjoy nine holes after 4 p.m. and casual dining at Stoney’s Bar and Grill, voted one of Canmore’s Best Patios. The $75 CAD per person rate includes a $20 dining credit.
Looking for a longer stay? Canadian Rockies Stay-and-play golf packages start at $219 CAD per person per night.
Stewart Creek Autumn Stay-and-Play
One of our favorite fall color must-see holes is Stewart Creek’s meaty 10th hole, a 407-yard par 4 where Aspens are prevalent.
Play Stewart Creek and stay in Canmore starting at $179 CAD per person per night.
Banff-Canmore Golf Shield
In honor of their respective anniversaries, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club and Canmore Golf & Country Club will resurrect The Banff-Canmore Shield match play tourney this September.
Twelve-member teams from both The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club and Canmore Golf &Curling Club will battle for bragging rights in an age-old event that started in the early 1930s. Both clubs resurrected the event, in celebration of their 100th and 85th respective anniversaries this year. Spectators are welcome.
You can create your own match play event with your buddies on both courses. Build your own Banff-Canmore trip here, with rates starting at $668 CAD for a 3 day/2 night stay with golf at both locations.
If you want to go, don’t wait long to set something up because the area will be ending its 100th Year of Golf with great weather, but it won’t last long. Call 877.323.3633 for more info or visit www.canadianrockiesgolf.ca./
And for avid golfers who might like to get a little sense of what it’s like to play in a major golf tournament at a fictitious Carolina sandhills golf resort, consider starring in Sandhills Fore-Play, a personalized golf fantasy book we wrote that stars you and your Sweetie – that’s right, you two are the stars of the book. It makes a great gift for any duffer.
Regardless of where, how, when, or why you play the game of golf, here’s hoping you hit ’em straight and enjoy every minute of it.
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International Travel Examiners J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.