Golf Digest Bestows Elite Distinction on The Fairmont Banff Springs via its “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America” List
(ALBERTA, Calgary) – Canadian Rockies Golf – a collection of seven courses and three resorts which comprise the popular, upscale lifestyle destination – today announces that Golf Digest magazine has named The Fairmont Banff Springs No. 5 in the magazine’s biennial rankings list “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America.”
The top-rated property in Canada according to this best-in-kind Golf Digest list, The Fairmont Banff Springs course boasts an 18-hole masterpiece designed by legendary golf course architect Stanley Thompson, as well as the fun, popular 9-hole Tunnel Course. The Thompson 18 is widely considered one of the world’s great courses and features an inspired layout which winds through forests in the Bow River Valley and around towering, granite mountain peaks. Featuring Thompson’s top-notch, Golden Era of Architecture parkland style routing and 147 bunkers, the course is home to an array of unique holes which dazzle, none more than the “Devil’s Cauldron” – a fantastic, 200-yard par-3 hole which is considered by many as perhaps the world’s finest one-shotter.
When one’s golf round has been completed, the stunning resort hotel awaits to pamper and refresh. Castle-like in appearance and architecture, first built in 1888, it is the best of both worlds – glorious grandeur from yesteryear combined with all the finest modern amenities. The Willow Stream Spa, for example, is one of only nine Fairmont brand hotels worldwide to achieve this hospitality leader’s top tier of spa offerings. In addition to scintillating views of the Sulphur and Cascade Mountains, proliferating wildlife and the scenic Bow River, and an array of room styles and price points, guests of The Fairmont Banff Springs may opt for “Fairmont Gold” – an exclusive floor featuring 72 rooms, an expansive lounge and private concierge. Resort visitors can choose from more than one-half dozen, on-site dining options including authentic Canadian, Bavarian, French inspired, Italian and other cuisines.
To determine the 75 Best Resorts in North America, Golf Digest had its 900 course rating panelists rank each destination on various criteria including golf, food, lodging and service. The results appear on www.golfdigest.com and in the October 2009 issue currently on newsstands.
The Fairmont Banff Springs is indicative of high quality courses and resorts found in the Canadian Rockies Golf lifestyle destination (www.canadianrockiesgolf.ca):
* The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – home to another brilliant Thompson course design and resort
* Kananaskis County Golf Course – offering two acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed, 18-hole courses
* Silvertip Resort – whose Rustica Steakhouse restaurant recently won a Wine Spectator accolade for excellence
* Canmore Golf & Curling Club – a family friendly, year-round club for sports enthusiasts
* Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club – an award-winning 18-hole course by Gary Browning includes preserved mine shafts bordering some holes and adding a popular, historic aesthetic
The collective brand tagline for these resorts and courses – with a combined 135, adrenaline-inducing golf holes – describes it well: “Canadian Rockies Golf: Historic. Dramatic. Untamed.”
The Canadian Rockies is an ideal destination for outdoor lovers and those looking for unspoiled nature and tranquility amidst abundant natural beauty. Attractions and amenities include award- winning spas, helicopter tours, hiking, fishing, rafting, gourmet restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, horseback riding and many children’s programs.
To view the stunning topography, vacation options and learn more about the area visit www.canadianrockiesgolf.ca. Website visitors can view stay-and-play packages or request custom quotes for trips and packages or they may call 877.323.3633 for more information.