The book 'Spectacular Golf Western Canada' showcases the beautiful golf courses of Alberta and British Columbia
I’m a huge fan of the golf courses of western Canada.
The Canadian Rockies in the province of Alberta are the home of Banff Springs and Jasper Park, two of the best classic courses on the planet. I played in several team competitions on Vancouver Island and in Whistler, two scenery-splashed golf destinations in British Columbia. I won one and lost one, not bad for an American battling on foreign soil. I have fond memories of all three places.
The new coffee-table book Spectacular Golf Western Canada, published by Panache Partners, celebrates the great golf holes of both provinces. It is the third book of a popular hardcover series that is being expanded across North America. The series also includes Spectacular Golf of Colorado published in 2007 and Spectacular Golf of Texas, with more titles in the works.
These books are easy on the eyes. The rectangular shape allows the panoramic photos to pop off the page. More than 75 of the best holes in Alberta and B.C. are featured. Inside the front cover is a two-page spread of mountains, pines, a bunker and stream - in other words, quintessential Canadian golf. I like the map that precedes each province. Just in case the book inspires you to visit, it also provides a guide to find these magical places. There’s even a $50 gift card for participating courses.
Each hole gets two pages - one full-page photo (or larger) and some text to introduce the course and the hole. The descriptions are fairly straight-forward, like a yardage book. But let’s be honest. Not too many people are spending much time with the words. They’re captivated by the photos. Some of the courses I’ve played - Furry Creek Golf & Country Club, Morgan Creek Golf Course and Nicklaus North Golf Course - and others I’ve always wanted to - Greywolf Golf Course and Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community.
I was surprised Banff and Jasper weren’t featured, but that was only a minor disappointment. The images of snow-capped peaks and green fairways - even at less famous courses - melts my heart every time. They will surely impress you, too.
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