One of the many attractions in British Columbia is the wide array of golf courses present in the area. A real haven for golfers, the BC Rockies region has some of the most spectacular and impressive top-notch golf resorts in the world. Set among the sky-high mountain ranges, the impeccable valleys and pristine lakes, these golf courses offer an exceptional and diverse golf experience to everyone. With the remarkable variations of elevation, the surrounding scenic landscape together with its fascinating wildlife, playing golf has never been this good. So, visit these BC Rockies golf courses for a one-of-a-kind tee time.
Start up your tour by visiting the Kootenay Golf Trail. It is composed of some of the most prestigious golf courses in this part of the country.
Redstone Resort: Located right next to one of North America's top adventure towns, Rossland, Redstone Resort has a Les Furber Signature Course. There are three sets of tees available that you can choose from, such as the blue tees (6,396 yards), the reds (5,015 yards) and the whites (5,594 yards). The blue ones are for better players. The 18-hole golf course offers different levels of challenges plus picturesque views of streams, snow-capped peaks during winter and the endless field of greens. Its modern and yet classical design is a must-see. The Redstone Resort also offers other activities such as mountain biking, skiing, fishing and hiking.
Castlegar Golf Club. Perched just above the Columbia River, this championship 18-hole is a semi-private course. The Castlegar Golf Club plays host to various tournaments and is also open for other group events. Aside from the challenging golf course, its facilities include clubhouse, golf shop, restaurant, and even an RV park. They also offer driving range, private lessons and power carts.
Balfour Golf Course: Situated along the serene lakeshore of Kootenay Lake, near the ferry terminal, Balfour Golf Course offers a superb 6510-yard challenging course. This Les Furber Signature Course is a perfect venue for different levels of golf events, and they also host in-house tournaments. Make your swing after admiring the majestic Selkirk Mountains. Then, take a break at the Osprey Mountain Grill.
Kokanee Springs Golf Resort: One of the finest championship 18-hole courses in Canada, this course is set in Crawford Bay. Originally designed by Norman Woods, and characterized by lengthy driving fairways and well-maintained vastness of greens, Kokanee Springs Golf Resort is said to be the best of the Kootenay golf courses. This 750-acre of thick forest, natural wetlands and lovely lakefront is neighbored by the stunning Kokanee Glacier. The resort also provides cozy and elegant lodging for those who want to fully experience the Kootenays.
Birchbank Golf Course: This golf course of the Rossland Trail Country Club is located along the banks of the Columbia River. Renowned for its well-manicured expanse of greens and curved fairways, this 6,800-yard 18-hole course promises an exciting experience for everyone who loves the sport. With the offerings of beautiful views of the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains, it captivates visitors from around the world.
Christina Lake Golf Club: Nestled on the panoramic Kettle River, the Cristina Lake Golf Course is an 18-hole Les Furber Signature Course. The 6,785-yard course is also the first in the country that features the unique black sand traps. It is located just a few minutes from Canada's warmest lake, Christina Lake. It also features a riverfront RV park.
Another notable Kootenay Rockies golf course is the Greywolf Golf Course at Panorama Mountain Village. Settled on cliff tops, hence labeled Cliffhanger, this mountain golf course is one of the finest in the world. Designed by Doug Carrick with its 18 signature holes, the golf course showcases four sets of tees: blue (6,190 yards), white (5,365 yards), black (6,695 yards) and grey (7,140 yards). Once ranked second among the Best Public Golf Courses of British Columbia, this one is a must-visit. Other top public golf courses worth mentioning are The Springs Course of Radium Resort and Eagle Ranch Golf Resort, both located near Invermere. Windermere, on the other hand, has two amazing championship courses: Fairmont Hot Springs and Copper Point Golf Club.
Cranbrook is home to the exhilarating Shadow Mountain Golf Course. This 19-hole course is one of the longest in British Columbia with its 7,405-yard stretch. Wildstone Golf Course and St. Eugene Golf Resort are also note-worthy. Kimberley's Bootleg Gap Golf and Trickle Creek have some of the most astounding views of the Rockies.