THE FINAL WORD IN GOLF

Designed by Stanley Thompson

OVER 100 YEARS OF GOLF HISTORY

  • 1910 - William Thomson, A Scottish golf professional was brought to Banff from Winnipeg to build a golf course.

  • 1911 - Construction of a nine hole facility starts in the spring.

  • 1911 - July 15, the course officially opens.

  • 1911 - 26 individuals gather at the Banff Springs Hotel to hold an organizational meeting that results in the forming of The Banff Springs Golf Club.

  • 1912 - The original sand greens were replaced with turf and a watering system was added.

  • 1916 - First Royal visit. Duke of Connaught along with her Royal Highness and Princess Patricia visit and play the course.

  • 1917 - Work begins on expanding the golf course to 18 holes.

  • 1917 - More than 2000 golfers per season start playing the course. Memberships cost $15 for the season.

  • 1919 - Edward, Prince of Wales plays the course and again in September 1923.

  • 1919 - Although construction on the course had already begun, Donald Ross was brought to Banff to design the 18-hole course for the hotel.

  • 1923 - May 1, 1923 Ross' 18-hole course opens for play.

  • 1924 - Stanley Thompson is commissioned to design Jasper's golf course. This course opens to rave reviews and steals Banff's limelight.

  • 1927 - Stanley Thompson was chosen to design "the final word in golf" in Banff, Alberta.

  • 1928 - In August, Banff pioneer Tom Wilson drove a ceremonial first ball to open the new Banff Springs Golf Course.

  • 1928 - Holes 1-9 of the Stanley Thompson Golf Course were opened along with the new Clubhouse. Making it, at the time, the most expensive golf course in the world.

  • 1929 - Holes 10-18 of the Stanley Thompson Golf Course opens.

  • 1936 - Gene Sarazen, golf superstar, played an exhibition round in July.

  • 1943 - While The Banff Springs Hotel closed it's doors for the war, the golf course remained open as a place for people to escape the turbulent times.

  • 1948 - Golf star, Bobby Locke, paid a surprise visit to Banff to play an exhibition match on the course.

  • 1951 - After major flooding on the golf course a much needed driving range was made - after the cleanup.

  • 1954 - Marilyn Monroe films "A River of No Return" in Banff and stays on the golf course. Her partner at the time, Joe DiMaggio frequently played the course.

  • 1987 - Work begins on the Tunnel 9 golf course.

  • 1989 - Cornish & Robinson complete Tunnel 9 and Leblond & Associates complete the new Clubhouse

  • 1989 - The rotation of the holes on The Stanley Thompson 18 is changed, as it plays today.

  • 1992 - Score Magazine rates The Banff Springs Golf Course as the top golf course in Western Canada

  • 1995 - Canada Post issues a stamp that depicts The Banff Springs Golf Course

  • 2006 - The Stanley Thompson 18 plays host to the Telus Skins Game featuring Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, John Daly, Stephen Ames and Sergio Garci.a

  • 2011 - The Stanley Thompson 18 hosts another Telus Skins Game featuring Anthony Kim, Paul Casey, Lucas Glover, Jhonattan Vegas and Stephen Ames.

  • 2011 - July 12, 2011 The Banff Springs Golf Course and Club celebrates 100 years

"Best course I've ever played. Challenging but the views are unbelievable"
- Dana Z. Google Review