Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course
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Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course
A fence protects part of Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course from wild animals, though they're still abundant around the national park. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course - Cleopatra - hole 9
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Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course - Cleopatra - hole 9
The Pyramid Mountain frames the backdrop of No. 9 at Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course, nicknamed "Cleopatra. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Icefields Parkway
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Icefields Parkway
Between Banff and Jasper Park, tourists take the ever-scenic Icefields Parkway, a 300 kilometer drive. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Banff Springs - Fairmont hotel
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Banff Springs - Fairmont hotel
The historic Banff Springs castle-turned Fairmont hotel looms over the golf course on the back nine. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Silvertip Golf Course
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Silvertip Golf Course
SilverTip Golf Course, which features 600 feet of elevation change, is an exhilarating test in the Banff realm Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club
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Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club
Stewart Creek runs down Pigeon Mountain and in front of the par-4 14th hole at Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Canadian Rockies - helicopter tour
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Canadian Rockies - helicopter tour
Kananaskis Helicopter Tours provides an aerial view of the dramatic Canadian Rockies. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kananaskis Country Golf Course
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Kananaskis Country Golf Course
Kananaskis Country Golf Course plays at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kananaskis Country Golf Course in Alberta
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Kananaskis Country Golf Course in Alberta
Kananaskis Country Golf Course features two 18-hole championship courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kananaskis Country Golf Course - bear
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Kananaskis Country Golf Course - bear
Abundant with wildlife, a grizzly bear and cub sighting at Kananaskis Country Golf Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Best of golf and travel in Alberta's Canadian Rockies

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. Golf here dates back to 1925, when Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course opened in Jasper National Park. It was designed by Stanley Thompson, who would build the heralded Banff Springs just a few years later.

Since then, a few other notable designers have passed through this neck of the woods, including Robert Trent Jones Sr., quoted as saying his piece of property at Kananaskis Country Golf Course, where he would build two courses, was the best piece of land he's ever worked with. Given the area's spectacular mountain backdrops and wealth of wildlife, there's seldom a dull moment on these golf courses. Architect Les Furber also lives in the area and is a member of Canmore Golf and Curling Club. He built the new mountainside Silvertip Golf Resort, the area's most severe golf course with over 600 feet of elevation change.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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While the masses come to Banff Springs from all over the world, Kananaskis is lesser known. But it's closer to Calgary, and peak-season green fees for Kananaskis Country Golf Course are a bit cheaper than Banff Springs, Stewart Creek and Silvertip as well (and there's no charge for grizzly bear sightings).
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.
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