Banff Springs Golf Club - Tunnel/Tunnel
The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club offers 27 unforgettable holes that are set right in the heart of Canada's Rocky Mountains. The holes play through Jasper National Park, which means not only will golfers be surrounded by unrivaled natural beauty but there might also be elk or other wildlife joining them on the golf course. The holes are divided into three nines: Sulphur, Rundle, and the newest Tunnel. The new holes were added in 1989, 62 years after Banff Springs G.C. first opened, but they blend seamlessly with the original design. Tunnel brings water into play on three holes and it is touted to have the most stunning views of the three nines.
|White (W)||72||6126 yards||73.8||143|
|Yellow (W)||72||5612 yards||70.8||137|
|Red (W)||72||4504 yards||64.0||114|
Tunnel nine celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019
After playing the famous original Rundle-Sulphur nines, my group ate lunch, then went back out for a quick jaunt around the Tunnel nine. It was a great discovery. I really enjoyed it. The holes were all unique and interesting. It didn't feel out of character with Stanley Thompson's work, either.
It's a perfect loop for locals and members who are looking to play golf and don't want to deal with the crowds and cost of the original 18. It was sporty fun.
When I first visited Banff in 2010, I ignored this loop not realizing what it was. This time, I'm glad I played it.