For all the attention the Kootenays get as a mountain bike and ski destination, the region also has another ace up its sleeve. Nine of them in fact. Five of them offering a challenging 18 holes, and four of them with playful 9 holes. Affordable and spectacular, they epitomize mountain golf, with rivers, creeks, lakes, mountains, forests and wildlife providing a compelling backdrop.
The East Shore of Kootenay Lake boasts two courses, including the ridiculously beautiful Kokanee Springs Resort. With on-site dining and accommodation and stunning views, it’s worth making a pilgrimage to Crawford Bay to stay a while and play a few rounds. Make it a double header by taking the free Kootenay Lake ferry west to Balfour for a game at the Balfour Golf Course, featuring 18 holes of challenging golf in surreal surroundings. Nearby 9 hole courses in Kaslo, Riondel and Balfour’s Eagleview are good options for a shorter game.
Nelson’s natural amphitheater setting makes for a challenging yet rewarding mountain golf experience at Granite Pointe Golf Club. You’ll find some of the best views of Nelson and Kootenay Lake from the course and give your legs a workout in the process. Golfhiking anyone? Don’t worry, there are plenty of carts if you’d prefer to cruise around the course in comfort.
The golfing terrain is a little gentler as you head further west. Birchbank Golf Course in Trail and Redstone Resort in Rossland each offer 18 holes of striking fairways. Don’t miss grabbing a bite and beverage at Redstone’s historic log clubhouse; you might find yourself thinking you’ve been whisked away to a backcountry ski cabin.
Meandering creeks, rolling terrain, towering cedars, colourful leafy trees and densely forested mountains make for an unforgettable setting at each course. Add in spacious patios, great comfort food, and great value and it’s a winning combo. Even if your golf game needs some work, you won’t need any mulligans when it comes to figuring out where to play a round in the Kootenays.
MUST GOLF 18-HOLE COURSES
- Kokanee Springs Resort – Crawford Bay, East Shore
- Balfour Golf Course – Balfour
- Granite Pointe Golf Club – Nelson
- Redstone Resort – Rossland
- Birchbank Golf Course – Trail
MUST GOLF 9-HOLE COURSES
- Kaslo Golf Club – Kaslo
- Riondel Golf Club – Riondel, East Shore
- Eagleview – Balfour, Kootenay Lakeview Lodge
- Champion Lakes Golf Course – Fruitvale
To learn more about golfing in the area visit the tourism websites.
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