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TWO THINGS SHOULD MOVE CANADA UP ON YOUR GOLF TRAVEL LIST:


1 The Canadian dollar = 80 cents


in the US. That means a nice discount.


Jasper Park Golf Course was the first course constructed in the Canadian Rockies.


The northern latitude means late sunsets in the summer. You can tee off at 5:30 p.m. and get 18 in easily.


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Banff And then there are us golfers.


While Bixby Bridge is one of my favorite sights in the world, the scenic coastline that would be perfect for golf does not include a course. Fortunately for golfers who venture


north, Canadian golf course architec- ture titan Stanley Thompson created masterpieces at Banff and Jasper. Evaluating the quality of Thomp-


son’s work can be difficult. The backdrop and mountain panoramas are overwhelming, dwarfing the golf and the shot at hand. Just as some argue that Pebble Beach wouldn’t be considered among the game’s greatest courses if you took away the ocean, there are those who feel the golf in Banff and Jasper National Parks wouldn’t be outstanding if you took away the tremendous landscape. Well, the ocean is inseparable from


Pebble Beach, just as the towering Rockies are married to Banff Springs and Jasper Park golf courses. Which makes both Canadian


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Rockies courses an absolute treat. Banff is first on most Canadian


Rockies itineraries. And the town oozes mountain charm. There are many lodg- ing options that can meet any budget, but it doesn’t take long to notice the huge castle that looms over the village. That is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a 764-room resort that dates to the 19th century. Shops and restaurants


Calgary


SFO offers several non-stop flights that take just over two hours. Banff is located 90 minutes west off the Trans-Canada Highway.


PHOTOS: FAIRMONT HOTELS


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