Fairmont Banff Springs
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Fairmont Banff Springs
The 700-plus room Fairmont Banff Springs is one of golf's most recognized hotels. Courtesy of Fairmont
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Fairmont Banff Springs GC - Devil's Cauldron - hole 4
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Fairmont Banff Springs GC - Devil's Cauldron - hole 4
The original tee for Fairmont Banff Springs' fourth hole - Devil's Cauldron - is not the elevated tee it is today, but to the left in the trees over the water. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - hole 5
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Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - hole 5
Fairmont Banff Springs' par-4 fifth hole is a long, dogleg left. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - hole 6
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Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - hole 6
Fairmont Banff Springs' par-4 sixth hole is a straightaway shot to an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Fairmont Banff Springs G.C. - hole 8
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Fairmont Banff Springs G.C. - hole 8
Fairmont Banff Springs' par-3 eighth hole is a short, 158-yard shot over water. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - hole 9
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Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - hole 9
Fairmont Banff Springs' ninth hole is a 510-yard par 5. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - hole 10
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Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - hole 10
Fairmont Banff Springs' par-3 10th hole is long and over the river. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - Bow River
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Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - Bow River
The Fairmont Banff Springs golf course has numerous holes that run along the Bow River. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Fairmont Banff Springs GC - hole 14
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Fairmont Banff Springs GC - hole 14
Fairmont Banff Springs' par-4 14th hole heads straight towards the castle hotel. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - hole 15
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Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - hole 15
Originally Fairmont Banff Springs' first hole, now No. 15 plays from an elevated tee near the old clubhouse. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - elk
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Fairmont Banff Springs golf course - elk
Elk watch the action on the seventh hole at Fairmont Banff Springs. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Fairmont Banff Springs golf course in the Canadian Rockies

The Fairmont Banff Springs golf course is one of two classic, Stanley Thompson-designed courses in Alberta's Canadian Rockies. The Canadian National Railway commissioned Thompson to build both Jasper Park Lodge three hours north and Banff Springs to coincide with construction of the railroad that also brought resorts to the area, like Banff's famous castle hotel that overlooks the golf course.

Opened in 1928, the golf 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. The remainder of Fairmont Banff Springs is predominantly flat and winds along the Bow River, though a new, elevated tee was added on the 15th hole that plays well above the fairway and tees off towards Mount Rundle.

Les Furber helped renovate the course in 1998 and a new nine-hole course has been added, called the Tunnel.

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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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.
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