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Stanley Thompson 18

Canadian Stanley Thompson was a master golf course architect and brilliant designer. His legendary talent is on full display at our par-71 Stanley Thompson 18 course. This is the first Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, which was originally built in 1927. These 18 challenging holes wind along the scenic Bow River, under the snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Rundle Mountain.

LOCATION

Golf Course Road
Banff, Alberta, Canada, T0L 0C0

HOURS

Closed for the Season.

Stanley Thompson 18
Holes
18
Course Par
71
Length
6,938 yards
Designer
Stanley Thompson

Pro Tips for Each Hole

Hole 1: Peechee, Par 4

Peechee is the perfect opening hole to ease any golfer into their game. Tee your shot along the right side of the fairway and the golfer is rewarded with the best angle into the green. Your approach shot should be left short of the pin allowing for aggressive uphill putts.

Hole 2: Rundle, Par 3

The hardest part of playing this hole is not being overwhelmed by the beautiful views. Backdropped by Rundle Mountain, this par 3 boasts a large green that angles to the left, away from the tee. Tee shots should focus on being below the hole and many golfers should be aware of the risk of short siding themselves as the green has a lot of movement.

Hole 3: Gibraltar, Par 5

A good drive tempts one to go for the green in two. Most golfers will have a better chance at birdie with a well-placed lay-up than the risks associated with missing the green going for it in two. A rock wall towering over the green from behind makes the flagstick seem closer so trust your yardage or risk leaving the ball short of the pin, facing a long tricky putt.

Hole 4: Devil’s Cauldron, Par 3

This par 3 yields the most hole-in-ones of any course because of the bowl-shaped green complex that feeds the ball back into its centre. Some words of advice: playing short is not an option and bunkers on the right side should be avoided as recovery from them is difficult. Favour the left side as the bank is more forgiving.

Hole 5: Trough, Par 4

A golfer must be prepared to play all shots in their bag to earn par on this hole. A demanding tee shot between two large fairway bunkers sets up a sidehill approach to a green that is deceptively long and well protected by deep bunkers. This hole turns golfers back towards the Clubhouse on the second shot and they often miss the new wind direction blowing above the treeline. The green is longer than it appears so don’t be afraid to hit the yardage.

Hole 6: Fairholm, Par 4

This green is the smallest on the course and the hole offers a break off the tee with a large landing area. In order to leave yourself a makeable birdie on this elevated green, precise yardage and accuracy are key. With no room for error on the approach as short shots roll back off the green which can lead into a difficult bunker shot back to a green that slopes away from every angle.

Hole 7: Hoodoo, Par 5

With length, this green is available in two. A tee shot should cheat along the left side and travel over the edge of the fairway bunker, leaving a glimpse of the green for your second shot. The green is three greens deep making it necessary to know the pin location to hit enough club. Beware, the green slopes gently from front to back.

Hole 8: Papoose, Par 3

With the sound of the soothing flow of water, this hole is the first along the river. The green is subtly crowned with any shot not carrying far enough onto the green falling off. Shots missed on the front right of the green end up in the water with the remainder of the green being protected by bunkers. The wind is often missed as the trees behind the green block its presence.

Hole 9: Jinx, Par 5

Originally the 13th hole, this hole begins at the green. A wide landing area, including the trench along the right side, leaves golfers with a great chance to get their second shot on the green or within 100 yards. The green is large with a severe slope from left to right. A premium shot puts the ball below the hole with shots missed left of the pin or green very difficult to get close on the next stroke.

Hole 10: Little Bow, Par 3

With Tunnel Mountain as a backdrop, golfers face a choice; play safe to the left edge of the green taking the water and most birdie chances out of play or take a more aggressive line bringing the water of ‘the little bow’, named after its big brother the bow river, flowing off the front right of the green. The green is humped in the middle leading most longer putts to contemplate an up and downhill at some point in their journey.

Hole 11: Magpie, Par 4

What you see is what you get as this straight away hole holds no secrets. A generous landing area is often only complicated when the prevailing wind blows from green to tee. False fools with golfers approach shots. The green is generous, with bunkers on the right and behind and a large tree covering the left side.

Hole 12: Big Bow, Par 4

Once ranked by Canada’s top amateur and professional golfers as Canada’s best par four, this hole requires four focused shots to earn par. Long drivers can reach the fairway bunker complex on the left making the middle of the fairway your target. The further left off the tee the straighter the shot into the welcoming green. The front of the green is expansive and safe while the back half calls for accuracy as the green is only 10 yards wide.

Hole 13: Sulphur, Par 3

The longest par 3 on the course, this hole is inviting to straight golf shots as the green has no protection in front. Shots missed to either side leave tough recovery shots. The green is more subtle in the front and rises up to a flat plateau in back.

Hole 14: Wampum, Par 4

Two options await you for your tee shot. The shot from the top of the world at the base of the hotel or the original tee shot from just below the Waldhaus Pub patio. A straight forward drive leaves golfers with another straight forward shot to an accessible green. Avoiding the front right pot bunker is recommended. The wind changes at hole 15 after seven holes of consistent expectations. Golfers must recalibrate accordingly.

Hole 15: Spray, Par 4

Two options await you for your tee shot. The shot from the top of the world at the base of the hotel or the original tee shot from just below the Waldhaus Pub patio. A straight forward drive leaves golfers with another straight forward shot to an accessible green. Avoiding the front right pot bunker is recommended. The wind changes at hole 15 after seven holes of consistent expectations. Golfers must recalibrate accordingly.

Hole 16: Goat, Par 4

The hole does not dog-leg as much as you think. A tee shot over the right side of the fairway bunker puts you in prime position for your approach shot. Shots leaking right brings the bunker complex to the right of the green into play. The green slopes upward front to back and has a distinct left side and lower down the right side. Approach shots should carry all the way to the pin to take advantage of a receptive green and birdies.

Hole 17: Sarcee, Par 4

This short hole sets up for a birdie. Consider using a fairway wood to place your tee shot. Tee shots should favour the right side taking the front left bunker out of sight for your approach shot. The green is long so trust the yardage to get your approach shot close. The green slopes front to back receiving highly lofted shots and demanding speed judgement on putts.

Hole 18: Windy, Par 5

The drive sets up this hole. Aim at the left side fairway bunker placed straight ahead off the tee and allow the wind to move it to the right. The second shot requires a decision based on distance and your lie whether you try to carry the two large fairway bunkers or lay up behind them. The hole narrows all the way up to the green that is elevated from the front of the fairway making it important to fly the ball to the green as opposed to bumping and running it up.

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Golf Pro Shop

Our Pro Shop carries several lines of merchandise available for souvenirs or tournament prizes. Personalized prize items can be created for group organizers. Bring us your old clubs and we will give you a credit towards new clubs or merchandise from our Pro Shop.

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On-Course Dining

Stanley’s Smokehouse is our full service Southern Barbeque restaurant. The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course also has a Snack Bar located at the clubhouse, and on-course beverage carts are available. We would be happy to assist you with any special requests or requirements.

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Driving Range & Practice Facilities

Use of the driving range and practice facilities are included in the price of our green fees. Non-golfing guests may also use these facilities by purchasing driving range and other practice access at the golf shop. The driving range is open from 30 minutes prior to our first tee time until the last tee time on our 9-hole course. This time can vary by season; please contact us for more information.

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Golf Lessons

Improve your game with lessons from our pros. Ask about private, semi-private, group, or customized lessons from our on-site teaching professionals. Drop-in lessons are also available.

Additional Information

Alberta residents are eligible for exclusive rates. Tee times must be booked at least 7 days in advance. Proof of residency is required. Subject to availability. The Alberta resident rate will be applied at the time of booking and will be reflected in your confirmation. No further discounts will be provided the day of at the golf shop.

An adult guardian golfer must accompany all junior golfers (up to ages 17). Players under the age of 12 must get approval prior to arrival from the Director of Golf before they are allowed to play. Generally, if the junior has a certified handicap, this is an adequate assurance that they have a fundamental understanding of the rules and golf course etiquette. All golfers must have their own set of golf clubs. Pace of play will be enforced.

We offer the latest Taylormade M2 golf clubs for rent. Rental sets also include a sleeve of Fairmont Banff Springs golf balls.

Rental choices include:

  • Mens Regular Graphite – Left or Right Hand
  • Mens Steel Stiff – Left or Right Hand
  • Ladies Graphite – Left or Right Hand

Rental Club Pricing:

  • 18 Holes: $75.00 / set + 5% tax
  • 9 Holes: $50.00 / set + 5% tax
  • Hours:
  • 30 minutes prior to our first tee time until last tee time on our 9-hole course (this can vary by season, please contact us for more information).

Please note: Le Club AccorHotels benefits do not include golf club rentals at resort properties.

Proper golf attire is required at all times for both golfers and non-golfing riders. Shirts must be collared or mock neck golf shirts (no t-shirts or muscle shirts). Bottoms must be golf pants, shorts, skorts or skirts (no denim, track suits, joggers, cut-offs, or board shorts). Golf shoes or running shoes only (no boots or cleats). Shoe rentals are available upon request. All members are responsible for the appearance of their guests.

Carts are not mandatory but are included with green fees. Golfers are allowed to walk and may use a pull cart as an alternative. A maximum of two players and two sets of clubs is allowed per golf cart. We have a limited number of four-bag attachments for golfers who want to share walking and riding. You must request this at time of booking in order to be guaranteed receiving one. Guests must have a valid Canadian driver’s license or equivalent to drive a cart.

Each golfer may bring along one non-golfing guest to ride along during the round. There is a charge of $30.00 per rider for 18 holes. Non-golfing riders must be over the age of 16 unless permission is granted prior to arrival from the Director of Golf.

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Banff Golf Vacation

Whether golf is part of your trip or the whole point, when you play at The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, you’ll remember it for a lifetime.