Jasper Park Lodge is really beautiful. It is a little more secluded and less commercial than Banff and the course really works well into the land.
There are a good mix of really straight forward holes and difficult challenges where course knowledge really helps. But then again, even if you get distracted by your surroundings and miss a shot, the golf is still great, and the view is phenomenal so your golf attitude factor #GAF for JPL would be crazy high as one of my favourite golf blogger friend The Grateful Golfer would say.
Here are some shots from the weekend…
After a pretty tough first round, I learned a few things for the second… I better jot down these notes as a reminder for possible future rounds.
- Hole #3 is a blind tee shot so it was hit and hope the first round. The way to go is to hit a straight drive over the first tree on the right corner, it’ll fly onto the dogleg right fairway and leave a short iron in for the approach.
- Hole #8 is a tough one- a straight drive through a tight landing area leaves me with a long iron into the green. It might make sense to just take an iron of the tee to make sure the ball is in play.
- Hole #9 is a long downhill par 3, guarded by front bunkers. It’s an illusion from the tee box that the bunkers are right on the front lip of the green- it’s actually quite a far ways off. If you just fly over the right bunker, there’s actually a funnel of a fairway that should drain the ball down towards the green. I found out by accident when I faded a 5 iron of the right hand side and found myself in okay position with a downhill chip.
- Hole #12 par 3 is a huge green. Don’t over shoot it, there’s a deep bunker behind.
- Hole #13 has a blind approach to the green. It’s probably further right than you think.
- Hole #14 is the beautiful tee box over the lake onto the fairway. I long straight drive will actually get you into the forest through the fairway so maybe a 3w or hybrid is smarter.
- Hole #15 is the deceptively “easy” par 3 where you must hit the green. Short and it funnels 15 yards back down the hill. Left and it’s hazards. Right and it’s deep bunkers. It’s better to be longer and deeper in the green and be putting than too short. The green widens up when deeper as well.
- Hole #16- against my own actions, probably shouldn’t take driver and just land in the fat part of the fairway. Must stay right on the approach because the lake cuts deep, protecting the front of the green.
- Hole #18- No need to draw this, just hit the driver straight and the slope of the hill will bring everything back left.