Jasper National Park Golfing
The world-famous Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course (780/852-6090) was designed by renowned golf-course architect Stanley Thompson. The course opened in 1925, after 200 men had spent an entire year clearing trees and laying out the holes to Thompson’s design. Today, it is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 courses in Canada. The 18-hole, 6,670-yard course takes in the contours of the Athabasca River Valley as it hugs the banks of turquoise-colored Lac Beauvert. It is a true test of accuracy, and with holes named The Maze, The Bad Baby, and The Bay, you’ll need lots of balls. Greens fees for 18 holes vary with the season: $225 mid-June to September, $160 mid-May to mid-June, and $125 in early May and from October 1 through closing (usually mid-October). These rates are discounted for Canadian residents. A power cart is $40 per round. Golfing after 5 p.m. is discounted to just over $100–a great deal during the long days of June and July. Other facilities include a driving range, club rentals ($50 to 60), a restaurant, and a lounge.