Typically IMG’s Skins Games are dry as toast — with little interest to anyone unless John Daly is in the field. Mike Weir is a no go because of the Telus/Bell politics, so the only interesting thing is the golf course. And Royal Niagara doesn’t excite anyone. In fact, apparently IMG has had a tough time getting courses to ante up to hold the event — that meant the event returned to Nicklaus North for a second time last year. At least Jack was in the field.
Anyway, when I received a note about next year’s game and it mentioned Sergio Garcia in the subject, I yawned audibly. But then I noticed the course for this year’s event: Banff Springs, Stanley Thompson’s masterpiece in the west.
Though the press release from IMG spends too long talking about Stephen Ames (and Ames is only interesting when he’s saying something he shouldn’t be saying in public), the note also said this:
Designed in 1928 by CanadaÃ¯¿½s world-renowned golf course architect, Stanley Thompson, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is famous for its panoramic beauty and challenging layout set in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The course winds along the Bow River under the snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle.
Now this could actually get me to tune in. If only Fairmont, which controls the course, would bring in a competent architect to redo the bunkers….