Jasper Park Lodge is set most splendidly in the rugged Canadian Rocky Mountains of Alberta overlooking the crystal waters of Lake Beauvert. Canada’s most famous and most revered architect, Stanley Thompson, literally moved the earth to create Jasper Park in 1925.
Stunning snow-capped mountain peaks are now aligned with Jasper’s fairways which are set in the valley which in turn provides thrilling lakeside views. Few golf courses in the world can match the awe inspiring Jasper Park Lodge experience.
Thompson’s original course was routed twenty years after it opened in 1925 and it now follows a circular route in an old fashioned out-and-back manner with the 9th at the farthest point. Nevertheless, Jasper Park remains a classic architectural example and almost exactly as Thompson originally designed it.
Jasper Park Lodge is a course that will appeal to golfers of all levels. It is both interesting and challenging without being brutal. This is not a championship layout – Jasper Park is simply a lovely course which is set in a gorgeous and romantic location and it seems fitting that the club has its own annual competition called the Totem Pole.
A beautifully stunning scenic course with an average layout. Worth playing it you were in the area. It was worth playing and I enjoyed my round but was only awed by its location.
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, although still very playable. 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 Jasper 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 on repeat plays. 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.
Notable holes include:
- hole 2, named Old Man, is a pretty par 5 where players will need to plot their way past the bunkers
- hole 3, called Signal Dip- a strong par over a rise and down before approaching 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..