Thursday, May 28, 2009
Who will win the Stanley Thompson Cup?
We know now who will be battling for the Stanley Cup after Detroit and Pittsburgh roared their way to a STF rematch. By the way it's the first time there has been a rematch since the Oilers and Islanders met in `83 and '84.
We also know who will be going head to head in the Stanley Thompson Cup. Before I get to this, in case you don't know who Stanley Thompson is, he was one of the greatest golf course creators to ever walk a piece of land. Thompson had a hand in almost 180 courses world wide, but mostly in Canada, and is the original creator of both The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club and The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club.
I recently had the pleasure of playing in Jasper, carved out a mean and honest 98, but didn't lose a single ball!!!! I was also doing some Pat Quinn research as JPL's head pro Kevin Sebulski (who I had the chance to play with - that's him below putting another one tight to the pin with an Elk looking on) and director of golf Alan Carter are both life long leaf fans and I quizzed them about what they think Pat Quinn will bring to the table.
Anyway, back to the Stanley Thompson Cup. It's the battle of Alberta golf style. The Oil and Flames won't ever face each other for all the glory, but Jasper and Banff are going head to head links style to see who comes out on top, and it's YOU the golfer who will win out in the end. Starting June 1st until both courses close (around Canadian Thanksgiving) you can play one of the excellent tracks for full price, then drive for show and put for dough at the other luxurious layout for only 25 bucks. The best part is, you don't have to do it on successive days either, although that would be an epic one night/2 day trip with one of the sweetest drives on highway 93 around. After you've played both courses, you rate which one you like best here, and the Stanley Thompson Cup will be decided at the end of the year.
Also, if you're into getting the fellas together and finding out who pounds it out the longest, is the best pin seeker, has the most touch around the green or is the best as those left to right 5 foot breakers, then JPL has a wicked package for you. Or if you want to make it a couples trip, this deal is for you to. By the way, I'm not very good at getting the ball to the hole on the green, almost everyone of my putts came up short.
You can stay one night at the legendary Jasper Park Lodge and play UNLIMITED golf while you're there for $299 per person. You could easily get in 2-3 rounds during your stay especially in June when the sun doesn't set until around 11:30. Trust me, the boys and I are taking advantage of this sometime this summer. This deal is all summer but will likely book up pretty fast. Perfect for corporate retreats, boys or girls trips, couples or families. Hell we might even have take some TPS guests and listeners up for a trip sometime.
So there you have it. Instead of heading to some exotic destination this summer, why not check out Jasper again...or for the first time. In the last 2 days I've seen countless Elk, Deer, Sheep and a curious Black Bear on the way to Maligne Lake. I was even able to sneak in the Wings taking out Chicago last night, and read about the Oilers signing Alex Plante today (good move by the way in my opinion.) Can't wait to come back and play this great course.