CANADA’S ROCKY MOUN­TAIN HIGH

CANMORE GOLF COUR­SES

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Did you know that play­ing golf in the Cana­dian Rock­ies is good for your health? Stud­ies show that liv­ing, work­ing, and play­ing at al­ti­tude not only re­duces risk of heart dis­ease, it also con­trib­utes to los­ing weight. So if you’ve longed to tee it up with snow-capped moun­tains as a play­ing part­ner, here’s why the Al­berta town of Canmore’s three cour­ses may be just what the doc­tor or­dered. Back in the 19th cen­tury, the Univer­sity of Inns­bruck in Aus­tria dis­cov­ered the health ben­e­fits of va­ca­tion­ing in the moun­tains. Tourists found their blood pres­sure low­ered, they lost weight, and they slept bet­ter.

It so hap­pens that Canmore is home to three of the most beau­ti­ful golf cour­ses on the planet. Imag­ine jump­start­ing your in­testi­nal for­ti­tude, as well as your golf game, while be­ing sur­rounded by moun­tain scenery that is suit­able for fram­ing.

Canmore is an in­ter­na­tional mecca for in­di­vid­u­als in­fat­u­ated with ev­ery sport that goes ver­ti­cal. It stands to rea­son that 18-hole lay­outs in this charm­ing moun­tain town of­fer the kind of oxy­gen, scenery, and adren­a­line rush that are the clos­est you’ll find to ex­treme golf.

Sil­ver­tip Resort Golf Course, Ste­wart Creek Golf and Coun­try Club, and Canmore Golf and Curl­ing Club share the per­fect pre­scrip­tion for get­ting phys­i­cal in an en­vi­ron­ment that’s so pure, even the elk run marathons.

SIL­VER­TIP RESORT GOLF COURSE

Be­fore blast­ing your first tee shot, the Sil­ver­tip driv­ing range is one you’ll never for­get. Golfers hit prac­tice shots into the face of Mount Lady MacDon­ald. Top­ping out at over 8,000-feet, Lady MacDon­ald leans out so far, not even your high­est drive will near its peak.

You’ll en­joy lis­ten­ing for ac­cents among the Sil­ver­tip staff. More than a dozen mem­bers of the Sil­ver­tip team hail from Aus­tralia. Many of the Aus­tralian na­tives are drawn to Canmore’s world-class moun­tain climb­ing, bik­ing, hik­ing, and ski­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

It’s hard not to fall in love with Sil­ver­tip’s 18th hole. From the el­e­vated tee box, you’ll feel in­clined to duck to keep from brush­ing your golf cap on the clouds. Upon reach­ing the green, keep walk­ing to the out­door deck at Stoney’s Bar & Grill.

All Al­berta golf cour­ses pride them­selves in of­fer­ing out­door din­ing and im­bib­ing op­tions with views that are to die for. Stoney’s fea­tures an awe­some view of the 18th green. The emer­ald green lake next to the putting green is blind­ingly bril­liant on a sunny day.

STE­WART CREEK GOLF & COUN­TRY CLUB

If moun­tain range pho­tog­ra­phy is what drew you to Canmore in the first place, Ste­wart Creek fea­tures its own ver­sion of the Fab Four. Your head will swivel at the Cas­cade, Pi­geon, and Three Sis­ters moun­tains, as well as Ha Ling Peak.

His­tory buffs will buzz over the fact that Ste­wart Creek is built on an aban­doned coal min­ing site. The course ar­chi­tect kept two his­tor­i­cal rem­nants of these mine shafts vis­i­ble on the front and back nine.

Be­fore or af­ter your round, it’s hard not to ap­pre­ci­ate the vis­ual am­biance of the Ste­wart Creek club­house. This two-tiered fa­cil­ity’s glass ex­te­rior fea­tures high-def views of the 18th hole and the Run­dle Moun­tain Range. In­side the club­house you’ll rub el­bows with mem­bers and va­ca­tion­ers who’ve played golf around the world. Ste­wart Creek ex­udes an in­ter­na­tional vibe bound by an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the game.

Ste­wart Creek is also a hub for golfers turned moun­tain fa­nat­ics. Sev­eral non-Cana­dian staffers re­lo­cated to Canmore in or­der to ad­van­tage of the area’s plethora of moun­tain sport op­por­tu­ni­ties. Be­yond the ob­vi­ous ski­ing, climb­ing, and bik­ing op­tions, you’ll of­ten hear men­tions of Canmore’s Nordic Cen­ter where ath­letes take part in biathlon train­ing. Spend a cou­ple of days in Canmore, and you’ll ob­serve that this town of 12,000 peo­ple may be one of the fittest cities in the world.

CANMORE GOLF & CURL­ING CLUB

Cana­dian Rock­ies golf makes a point of im­me­di­ately cre­at­ing an aware­ness of some­place spe­cial. On the first hole at Canmore Golf & Curl­ing Club, you’re ad­vised to hit your drive to­ward the crevasse sep­a­rat­ing the Run­dle and Cas­cade moun­tains. Is there an­other course in the uni­verse where your ini­tial tar­get ref­er­ence is not one, but two moun­tain ranges?

There is some­thing to be said for re­search­ing the nu­ances of your va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion. At the Canmore Golf & Curl­ing Club, you’ll dis­cover Canmore is lo­cated smack dab in the mid­dle of the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers and Cal­gary Flames hockey ri­valry. It may be wise to ask

your play­ing part­ner which side of this in­tense ri­valry he or she leans be­fore spew­ing your take on who should rule in the com­ing sea­son.

Upon com­ment­ing that Canmore Golf and Curl­ing Club is even more beau­ti­ful in per­son than in pho­to­graphs, be pre­pared to re­ceive a smile and this com­mon re­frain, “The photos don’t lie.” Con­sid­er­ing the spec­tac­u­lar views and con­di­tions, Canmore Golf and Curl­ing Club’s mod­est greens fees may be the Cana­dian Rock­ies best golf value. An added perk is the way mem­bers open their arms to new­com­ers.

PLAY ONE, PLAY ALL

Whether you play one or play all of the Cana­dian Rock­ies three health­i­est golf cour­ses, each venue prom­ises to cleanse your soul. This is ex­treme golf with a pre­mium placed on mag­nif­i­cent moun­tain views and an out­door set­ting that is so quiet you’ll feel obliged to look sky­ward be­fore speak­ing. If God plays golf, Canmore in the Cana­dian Rock­ies is where he’d book his first tee time.

Ste­wart Creek Golf & Countr y Club

Canmore Golf & Curl­ing Club

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