Oh, Canada: The Rockies

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Oh, Canada: The Rockies

January 14, 2009

Banff Springs (Thompson 18)The 12th hole of the Stanley Thompson 18 at The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course.Banff Springs (Thompson 18)The 12th hole of the Stanley Thompson 18 at The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course.

The Golf Course at SilverTipHole 4: The Three Sisters Mountain provides the distraction on this downhiller, one reason SilverTip holds a Slope Rating of 153, the highest in Canada.The Golf Course at SilverTipHole 4: The Three Sisters Mountain provides the distraction on this downhiller, one reason SilverTip holds a Slope Rating of 153, the highest in Canada.

Banff Springs (Thompson 18)Hole 5: Banff Springs opened in 1928 and was the first million-dollar golf course layout. The views of Cascade Mountain and Mount Rundle are worth at least that much.Banff Springs (Thompson 18)Hole 5: Banff Springs opened in 1928 and was the first million-dollar golf course layout. The views of Cascade Mountain and Mount Rundle are worth at least that much.

Banff Springs (Thompson 18)Hole 17: Set within the boundaries of Banff National park (that's Tunnel Mountain, left, and Cascade Mountain, center), the course has local rules that provide for a free drop from a herd of elk.Banff Springs (Thompson 18)Hole 17: Set within the boundaries of Banff National park (that's Tunnel Mountain, left, and Cascade Mountain, center), the course has local rules that provide for a free drop from a herd of elk.

Banff Springs (Thompson 18)Hole 4: They call this nervy downhill par 3 "Devil's Cauldron." Set in a glacial lake, the bench at left is the forward tee. The cliff looming about the green is 3,000 feet up.Banff Springs (Thompson 18)Hole 4: They call this nervy downhill par 3 "Devil's Cauldron." Set in a glacial lake, the bench at left is the forward tee. The cliff looming about the green is 3,000 feet up.

Stewart Creek Golf ClubHole 15: Located near the old mining town of Canmore and playing up the side of Three Sisters, Stewart Creek features resotred mine shafts that serve as rain sheltersStewart Creek Golf ClubHole 15: Located near the old mining town of Canmore and playing up the side of Three Sisters, Stewart Creek features resotred mine shafts that serve as rain shelters

Stewart Creek Golf ClubHole 3: Framed by Mount Rundle (left) and Cascade Mountain (right), this land lies above what was once a station for mining rail lines, hence the hole's name: "Centre Switch".Stewart Creek Golf ClubHole 3: Framed by Mount Rundle (left) and Cascade Mountain (right), this land lies above what was once a station for mining rail lines, hence the hole's name: "Centre Switch".

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