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Kananaskis Country Golf Course in Alberta's Canadian Rockies actually consists of two 18-hole golf courses, the Mt. Kidd and Mt. Lorette, named for the mountains they sit beneath. Both golf courses were built by Robert Trent Jones Sr., who actually had a hand in finding the location. Originally planned for the other side of the valley, Jones saw the Kananaskis River and mountain backdrops and persuaded the Canadian government to let them build on the present side.
Considered one of master architect Stanley Thompson's finest works, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course has one of the best natural settings and hole-by-hole designs anywhere in the world.
Just west of Calgary the flat farmlands and oil fields quickly turn into the dramatic Canadian Rockies, which are home to a collection of six golf courses of varying styles. Here's a look at some of the best shots on and off the golf course from Brandon Tucker's recent visit, which included helicopter rides, bear sightings and plenty of postcard-worthy golf holes.
Silvertip Golf Resort, located in Alberta's Canadian Rockies, is one of the area's newest golf courses, and it's certainly the most dramatic. The course is set on a mountainside, which sets up more than 600 feet of elevation change from the course's highest to lowest point.
Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course is located in Alberta's Canadian Rockies and in Jasper National Park, the country's largest and northernmost national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The golf course was designed in 1925 by Canadian architect Stanley Thompson, who just a few years later would go down the road and build Banff Springs as well.
Fairmont Banff Springs is one of two classic, Stanley Thompson-designed courses in Alberta's Canadian Rockies. Opened in 1928, the course is known around the world for one of the most exciting par 3s in golf, the "Devil's Cauldron" fourth, that plays from an elevated tee over water to a well protected green that sits right next to a jagged, rocky mountainside.
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