There’s something righteous about rarefied air, dramatic drops and panoramic, mountain-filled vistas. For golfers seeking solace among the peaks, the options are many. From Alberta’s Rockies to Quebec’s Laurentians, the joy of blasting balls among the rising rocks never gets old.
Golden Golf Club, Golden, B.C.
Thanks to Golden’s location at the western edge of the Mountain Time Zone, twilight golf lingers long at this course. So wait until 4 p.m., pay your $35.70 (Monday to Thursday) and play the pristine fairways that roll along the Columbia River and the spirited waters of Holt Creek.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course, Jasper, Alta.
With the classic routing relatively unchanged since Stanley Thompson laid it down in the 1920s, this course is relatively short by contemporary standards. In other words, it’s a doable test that even beginners can appreciate. Adorned with majestic mountain views, one-of-a-kind holes and a perfect finish along the lake, Jasper hits all the right notes.
Big Sky Golf Club, Pemberton, B.C.
Big Sky is a lush, 18-hole oasis that sits gracefully in the shadows of Mount Currie. Just minutes from Whistler, it will exceed your expectations on every level. True, the three courses right in Whistler are excellent, but Big Sky—thanks to its conditioning and sublime setting—is exceptional.
Greywolf Golf Course, Panorama Mountain Resort, B.C.
“Exhilarating” is an apt way to describe a round of golf at Greywolf—the cliffside greens, rolling fairways and elevated tees are legendary. “Exhilarating” is also appropriate when describing the mountain biking, whitewater rafting and hiking options in the surrounding Columbia Valley.
Fairmont Tremblant, Tremblant, Que.
Loving life in the Laurentians is easy to do—especially if you’re staying at the Fairmont Tremblant and playing golf at Le Diable and Le Geant, two of Quebec’s finest courses. Featuring red-sand bunkers, beautifully carved mountainside holes and gorgeous fairways that dip and dive through the mixed Laurentian forest, Tremblant is truly a treat.
Five of the Best Golf Links Courses
Links golf—courses consisting of sandy, wind-blasted dunes lining ancient coastlines—is not for the faint of heart. But, with the right mindset, this battle with the elements is a bold and beautiful thing. Consider these courses in Canada, Scotland, England and Ireland.
New and Notable Golf Courses in 2017
Looking for some new greens? These courses in Scotland, Canada and the U.S. are worthy of your bucket list. Take in the striking geography surrounding Streamstrong, challenge your skills at Castle Stuart Golf Links or take a swing by the sea at The Algonquin Golf Course.