Banff Springs Golf Club - Rundle/Sulphur

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (3)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6938 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 72.9

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6938 yards 72.9 135
White 71 6389 yards 70.0 133
White (W) 71 6389 yards 75.9 146
Yellow 71 5607 yards 66.0 123
Yellow (W) 71 5607 yards 71.6 137
Red 71 5444 yards 62.0 103
Red (W) 71 4544 yards 65.6 117

Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club is situated in the heart of Canada's Rocky Mountains in Jasper National Park, guaranteeing a beautiful landscape and stunning views. The club offers three nines that are played in three different 18-hole combinations. The Rundle/Sulphur golf course meanders along Bow River beneath the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Rundle and Sulphur Mountain. It is the club's original layout. Stanley Thompson, the designer of the courses, included challenging fairway bunkers that have both flashed and steep faces. One of the most notable holes on the golf course is the par-3 fourth hole on the Rundle nine. It's nicknamed the "Devil's Cauldron" for its elevated, punchbowl-shaped green that slopes back to front and is guarded by bunkers.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 5.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 3 Reviews
5 stars:
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4 stars:
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3 stars:
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2 stars:
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1 stars:
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recommend this course

3 out of 3 reviews


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"Classic Architecture in a National park setting"


JeffArenson's avatar
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Denver Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Let me get the only "bad" out of the way. This isn't Thompson's original routing. If it started at 15 and ended at 14, this would be undeniably a top 100 course in the world.

These 18 holes are still great played in the present order. The "Signature" hole is the Devil's Cauldron par 3 4th, but there are at least a dozen world class holes out here. Architecture buff or not, you will enjoy a round or two here. Considering the exchange rate, I paid $240 for two rounds. Not bad for a world class course and experience. Most American "Bucket list" courses (Pebble, Whistling Straits, Pinhurst #2, etc) are double that for 1 round. You also can't get onto most Golden Age courses without knowing someone in America, but the majority of Thompson's best are public access.

Despite a poor winter, Banff Springs' conditioning was great. The greens ran beautifully and not a spot in the fairway. Off the course, they have a driving range, putting green and chipping area for your warm up needs. They have a shack for food on the turn as well as a restaurant and pro shop with all you want.

The course itself is spectacular. The vistas are amazing and this might be the prettiest mountain course you play. Eye candy isn't much without a good course and I consider this to be a great one. Thompson's par 3 sets never disappoint: beside the 4th, the second plays to an elevated green, the 8th and 10th are a good pair and the long 13th would only be better if it was the 17th. You will use many clubs on these and all the green contours are appropriate for the scale of the shot. The par 5s are wonderful and feature bunkering that forces the risk/reward. The 7th and 18th demand a great tee shot and second to be near the green, otherwise the 3 shot route is perfectly shown by the bunkering. All par 4s are old school in that you need to flirt with the bunkers to be in the best approach position. The 15th is all world as you drive from what used to be the old clubhouse and it is now a restaurant. The 14th might be the best on the course. There are a couple of short par 4s, but not necessarily an easy birdie as the green sites demand a fine approach. Low handicappers might find this to be the best of Thompson's courses as 12, 14, 15, 7, 18, 4 and 13 are all quite demanding and no hole is easy. I shot my handicap at Highlands and Jasper while I averaged about 5 more at Banff. Not so difficult that you feel beat up, but a very enjoyable challenge.

If in Banff for the hiking, then this is worth a day of golf. The golf here is world class as are the amenities.and the vistas. You can't go wrong and this is another reason why Banff might be the best national park experience on Earth.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Wow"


golfprolondon's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2015
Previously played Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

All I can say about this course is Wow. It is the nicest course I have ever played. It had so may breathtaking views and the course was in amazing conditions. Definitely one for the books. Add this to your bucket list.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golf Paradise"


MountainHip's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Having played this course a few times, I can say how excellent the conditions, service and maintenance are on a consistent basis. The course challenge is presented through the many, many bunkers spread throughout the course. Every hole offers a fair clear shot off the tee. The fairways are for the most part flat which allows clean shots. There is a great mix of good par 4's which allow scoring chances, and the stretch of holes 10 through 14 offer an incredible challenge. #4 is the signature hole, but #15 is just as gorgeous. The views make this course breathtaking, but to add to that is a world class challenging golf course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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