Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Valley
With 11 golf courses and an extended golf season that begins at the end of March and goes to end of October, it's easy to see why the Columbia Valley and the Kootenay Rockies is a golfer's paradise. Each course in the Valley offers a unique golfing experience, from rugged mountain play to open pastoral settings with the challenge of roughly hewn bunkers, wildlife, hills and ravines – you’re sure to find your favorite course here. Plus, how about golfing and skiing in the same day? It happens here!
Woven through the rugged alpine environment, crossing creeks and diving with the slopes of North Star Mountain, Trickle Creek Golf Resort is one of the most thrilling golf courses you’ll ever play. Located in beautiful Kimberley, British Columbia, and designed by renowned architect Les Furber, the course was recently awarded a bronze medal by readers of SCORE Golf Magazine for being one of the top resort courses in all of Canada.
Windermere Valley Golf Course exudes those rare elements of total relaxation and unpretentious golf in a first-rate setting. While Windermere may be shorter than average in length, it’s definitely not short on character or beauty. The picturesque valley location and wonderful conditioning will ensure golfers of all skill levels will have fun. With excellent teaching programs, a fully stocked pro shop, restaurant, and a laid back atmosphere that will definitely win you over, Windermere makes for an enjoyable golf experience for the entire family.
‘A river runs through it’ is the dominant theme at Riverside, one of the most enjoyable and walkable courses to play in the region. Indeed, the fast-flowing Columbia River is always close at hand and this contemporary design is laced with memorable golf holes that showcase the striking nature of this property. With a spacious and well stocked pro shop, restaurant and, of course, the nearby hot springs, Riverside is a one stop shop for a fabulous day of family-friendly golf.
The Ridge at Copper Point
It’s been said that the only thing ‘short’ about The Ridge at Copper Point is the time it takes to play it! Indeed the par-62 Masters Course – which features some of the strongest holes at Copper Point – can often be played in just three hours. The course takes full advantage of the character-filled terrain it’s situated on. The innovative design features full length Par 3 and Par 4 holes that maintain the perfect blend of playability and challenge, appealing to every level of golfer. Impeccably conditioned and exquisitely shaped, the course often takes people by surprise.
Bootleg Gap Golf is a 27 hole public facility. This Les Furber designed facility features an 18 hole Championship, a unique 9 hole course and one of the best practice facilities in the area. The par 34 Recreational nine-hole course features three par-threes, five par-fours and a 519-yard par five. The Rec 9 provides a unique challenge and is an extremely popular component of Bootleg Gap Golf.
The closing hole on The Point Course at Copper Point – a championship layout that has been ‘wowing’ golfers since 2004 – is a sweet risk/reward par-4 over water. It’s a fitting finish on a highly strategic course that will require every club in your bag. A natural, lay-of-the-land route with numerous ‘classic’ elements, such as roughly hewn bunkers and excellent use of existing hills and ravines, the architectural merit of this design warrants play on its own. Complete with an awesome practice facility, award-winning service, and a beautiful patio restaurant that’s perched high above the action, Copper Point is rightfully positioned as one of the best in the Kootenay Rockies.
Eagle Ranch Resort
Elevate your game at Eagle Ranch with two distinctly different environments on the course; the open fairways and 360-degree views of the valley from the upper region and the quiet serenity of the mini canyons. The quality of this awe-inspiring course – including the many holes that plunge down the fall lines, meander through the pines and cruise high along the bluffs make for an addictive golf experience.
The wide open spaces of the Columbia Valley, the snow-capped Purcell Mountains to the west and the imposing Rockies to the east create a stunning backdrop for The Springs. With go-for-broke par-5s, heroic tee shots over ravines and a terrific quartet of par-3s, this compelling layout never gets old. Accordingly The Springs has earned its reputation as one of Canada’s premier golf destinations. Consistently ranked as one of BC’s top courses, and recently included in the list of top 59 public courses in Canada (Score Golf 2013), The Springs offers exceptional golf in a spectacular setting.
Radium Resort Course
The Resort Course at Radium Resort – always considered on of the most popular and playable tracks in the Kootenay Rockies – is entering an exciting new phase: with three incredible new holes and reconfigured routing. The course, which now boasts four sets of tees measuring from 6,071 to 5,255 yards and a par of 71, features dazzling vistas, exceptional conditioning and the player-friendly attributes you’ve always loved.
Greywolf Golf Course
Greywolf features 18 unique and interesting holes that will be seared in your memory bank for a long time. Cliffhanger, Greywolf's signature hole, has already secured a place among the best golf holes in the world. Golfers face an island green perched across the aptly name "Hopeful Canyon" with a cliff on the front left and back of the green. This stunning hole is truly one of golf's "must-plays."
Wildstone Golf Course
The Wildstone Golf Course is the first Black Knight Design by Gary Player Design in Canada. Already the course has become a fan favourite and a "must play" for anyone golfing in the area. Its total length is 7,127 yards, a par-72 (out 37, in 35) course of bentgrass greens and Kentucky bluegrass tees, with fairways set amid tall evergreens on gently rolling highlands. The course’s meandering streams, waterfalls, ponds and majestic mountain backdrop provide lovers of the sport with unlimited memorable golfing experiences.
Kimberley Golf Club
Since 1924, the Kimberley Golf Club has proudly proven to be one of the most scenic, charming and yes, challenging golf courses in the British Columbia Rocky Mountains. With undulating greens and huge ponderosa pines towering along the fairways, you are in for a true mountain golf experience. The course winds through towering Ponderosa Pine high above the St. Mary River and presents a variety of birdie opportunities in the opening holes. Mountain ranges continually come into view creating magnificent backdrops.
Fernie Golf & Country Club
The Fernie Golf & Country Club, located near the downtown core, offers an 18 hole championship course that is very playable for the beginner or average golfer but also offers great challenges for the better player. Water is in play on all but three holes and the greens are very challenging and will test your putting skills.
Shadow Mountain Golf Course
The beauty of Shadow Mountain is astounding with its simplicity of design and respect for Mother Nature — the course has been sculpted to accentuate the natural landscape. With ponds, pines and panoramic mountain backdrops, including the awesome 614 yard 17th, golfers will definitely have many moments when all they can say is “wow”! With dramatic elevation changes, large natural sand bunkers and amazing vistas, Shadow Mountain offers the golfer an experience that is second to none in Canadian golf.
St Eugene Mission
Designed by acclaimed architect, Les Furber, St. Eugene features spectacular views of the St. Mary River and the powerful Fisher Peak amidst the Rocky Mountains to the east. Situated between Cranbrook and Kimberley, BC, the golf course winds it's way through open links land and rolling woodlands, providing a spectacular East Kootenay golf experience!
Fairmont Mountainside is your ticket for experiencing all that is great about the mountain golf genre – wonderful views, beautiful conditioning and a riveting collection of golf holes – can be found at Mountainside. This mature, tree-lined layout has been a popular choice in the region for decades. Mountainside is a Doug Carrick designed course that takes advantage of the mountain landscape, stunning views and is one of the Columbia Valley's must play golf courses.