olfing clients in pursuit of a greater
challenge next season should not neglect the best courses north of
the border. In addition to stunning landscapes, these Canadian
properties generally feature comprehensive packages and a long
history of service to the resort golfer.
Agents should note that the Canadian golf season is roughly the
same length as that of the northern U.S. states. In general, golf
play at most resorts runs from May to early October, with longer
seasons at properties that usually do not offer skiing. The
following resorts are notable for their golf facilities:
• Gray Rocks, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.
Possibly the best sports instruction resort in North America,
Gray Rocks has pioneered a lot of firsts. Located in the Laurentian
Mountains northwest of Montreal, it opened the region's first ski
trails (in 1910), first ski instruction team (1938), first golf
course (1920s) and first tennis instruction program (1973).
A family-friendly resort, Gray Rocks also made a name for itself
in the packaged travel trade. This property is credited for
pioneering the inclusive ski-week concept and also coordinating
on-slope lessons with apres-ski festivities to enhance group
Golf instruction and play are available on two distinct 18-hole
golf courses named La Belle & La Bete (The Beauty and the
Beast). The property's Eagle Golf Academy offers products that
include a five-day adult school, a two-day adult weekend school and
a junior clinic featuring a golf camp (one- or two-week sessions).
All golf instruction is at La Belle.
For the 3-year-old La Bete course, packages include hotel
lodgings, buffet breakfast, 18 holes of golf per day, use of the
fitness center, two hours of tennis per day (in the value season),
use of the marina and social programs.
Nightly prices started at $143 per person, double, on bookings
from Sundays through Thursdays during last season. An updated price
schedule will be available in February.
For more information, call (800) 567-6767. For group packages
and bookings, call (800) 567-6762.
• Deerhurst Resort, Hunts-ville, Ontario.
This resort and conference center, established in 1869, spurred
the recreation industry within the province's Muskoka Lake Region.
Originally accessible only via steamboat, it is located about a
two-hour drive north of Toronto and features golfing through
October. Professional instruction is offered at both the par-72
Deerhurst Highlands and par-65 Deerhurst Lakeside courses.
Besides golf, this property offers tennis, waterskiing,
canoeing, sailing, kayaking fishing, horseback riding and mountain
biking. Deerhurst features a wide range of accommodations, with
five room and suite categories.
The property also has a spa, supervised children's programs and
evening entertainment. The Tee for Two package, including
accommodations, with a round of golf at both courses, is priced
from $139 to $319 per person with a minimum two-night stay.
For more information, agents can call (800) 461-6522 or visit
the Web site, at www.deerhurstresort.com.
• Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff Springs, Alberta.
This well-known, 770-room resort in Banff National Park was
first developed as a tourism lure for travelers taking the nation's
transcontinental railroad. Completed in 1888, the property's style
is reminiscent of a stately 19th century Scottish baronial castle.
The fairways of its golf courses are especially notable, featuring
an impressive mountain backdrop. This course was designed by
renowned golf architect Stanley Thompson, who laid out the original
18 holes in 1928.
These days, Banff Springs represents Fairmont Hotels &
Resorts' western Canadian flagship property and also contains a spa
and conference center. It is located about a two-and-a-half hour
drive west of Calgary on the Trans-Canada highway. The property
features an Ultimate Golf Retreat package, offering deluxe
accommodations, daily use of the spa and fitness center, three
meals per day, golf academy sessions and 18 holes of golf per
Available from June 1 through Oct. 5, 2002, rates start at
$724.00 per night, double. This package is restricted to adults
only and includes gratuities. Banff Springs also features tennis
courts, a bowling center, shops and various family services.
For more information, call (800) 441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.
• The Algonquin in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
Located in Canada's first seaside resort town, this Fairmont
property is a 20-minute drive from the Maine border. In addition to
golf, the Algonquin features tennis and squash courts, children's
and adult recreation programs and fresh and saltwater swimming.
The property offers a Tee by the Sea package that covers two
nights' accommodations, one dinner for two at the Clubhouse Grill,
breakfast for two each day and one round of golf for two at its
18-hole signature course. Prices for the program, available
year-round, start at $134 per person, double.
To book, call (800) 441-1414.
• Keltic Lodge in Inverness, Nova Scotia.
Keltic Lodge's Highlands Links course is usually ranked within
the top 60 in the world and is perennially listed as a favored
destination in Canada by most golf magazines. Located within Cape
Breton Highlands National Park, this course is framed by a rugged
Atlantic Ocean coastline and features rocky headlands, wooded
glens, deep gullies and ocean vistas.
The resort, which dates from 1939, still offers some of the best
accommodations in the province. Several golf and family packages
For more information, call (877) 375-6343 or visit the Web site