Jasper Park Lodge is located outside Jasper in the magnificent Rocky Mountains and is currently part of the majestic Fairmont Jasper Park Resort.
The site was originally a tent city stopover for the Trans Canadian Railway line, but proved such a success that a hotel was built.
In 1925 Stanley Thompson opened his mountain masterpiece to add to the allure of the property as a holiday destination. The Fairmont Jasper Park offers all sorts of healthy activities such as horse riding, bikes, walking, golf, tennis etc- all in a truly beautiful location. The course and hotel are set in a large valley beside Lake Beauvert which is clear as a bell, and pretty as a picture!
Thompson has used the might peaks surrounding the property as a focus for the holes- some of which soar to 11000 feet!
His routing is impressive, making the most of the property to provide nice elevation changes, but a very playable course.
The knockers on Jasper Park will say that it is not a true championship course, that it perhaps isn’t a strong enough test of golf, but I don’t agree. Good design allows different standards of golfers to play the course according to their own strengths and weaknesses, and although Japer Park has a number of greens open the front to allow weaker golfers to bounce in their approaches, their are still many challenges for the stronger golfer as well.
Thompson has provided variety throughout the course, so it is a delight first time around, and remains that way. The big crescendo are the holes he built on a tiny peninsula on the lake. Holes 14, 15, & 16 use the land nicely to produce two shortish par 4’s and a par 3 that are delightfully tricky.
One added bonus to playing Jasper is the wildlife. Play a late afternoon round and you are likely to meet the natives!
Whenever you play you will remember the tranquil, almost surreal setting- it is a very quiet, peaceful place to play golf, and you can get caught up just taking it all in.
Favourite holes for me were:
- Hole 3 called Signal Dip- a strong par over a rise and down with a raised green set into a ridge
- Hole 9- Cleopatra- a long downhill par 3 with a big bunker directly in front of the green
- hole 13- Grand Allee- a strong par 5 which dips down to a sheltered green
- Hole 14- Lac Beauvert- a short par 4 requiring an accurate tee shot over the lake from a peninsula tee through a gap in the trees to hit the fairway, and then an accurate short iron approach
- Hole 15- The Bad Baby- a ticklish short par 3
- Hole 16- a mid length par 4 with water protruding out infant of the green
Jasper Park is the sort of course you could play with family, and everyone would enjoy the course. It is the sort of course you want to play again. It is no accident that two of the greatest golf architects- Alister McKenzie, and George Thomas rated Jasper Park among their favourites..
Other Activities in the area
Visit Maligne Lake & Spirit Island, Maligne Canyon, and Athabasca Falls & Glacier.
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