In 1926 Canadian Pacific’s rival, Canadian National Railroad, unveiled a golf course of their own, Jasper Park, four hours north of Banff Springs. Jasper Park was quickly hailed as one of the greatest courses in Canada – indeed, in the world. Rankled by this development, Canadian Pacific decided that they would have to have a world class course of their own to complement their grand hotel…and they hired Stanley Thompson, Jasper’s creator, to work his magic.
Here in the 21st century, greenkeeping has already gone the high-tech route. In years to come, picky golfers, expensive fuel, scarce water and climate change will require even greater innovation. Robot greens mowers, anyone?
Until 1986, and perhaps the greatest Masters ever, Augusta National Golf Club had no mass outlet for its Masters "movie," a huge-budget highlight film produced to Hollywood standards and seen only by a few Boy Scouts and Rotarians.
Among golf course architects, Royal County Down (laid out by Old Tom Morris) is a great favorite, and a stern test of golf. Former American Society of Golf Course Architects president Damian Pascuzzo explains why.
The homeland of the late Salvador Dalí, the Costa Brava exudes a similar quirky charm. There's more than enough golf to be enjoyed, but it's probably overshadowed by the region's outstanding cuisine and other cultural and recreational attractions.