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Rewarding Play: Golfing the Kootenay Rockies

If you want dramatic mountain golf, the Kootenay Rockies is your golf destination. The many spectacular courses are all about mountain views, elevation changes, rugged topography and beautiful holes that wind alongside stunning rivers and lakes.

Greywolf Golf Course at Panorama Mountain Resort; photo course of the Resort

While the region boasts a number of destination golf resorts, there are many little known gems that also cling to mountains and cut through forests near scenic towns and they are just as rewarding play.  The Kootenay Rockies is one region where leaving your clubs at home just isn’t an option.

Here are a few mountain courses not to miss during your visit:

The Balfour Golf Course is a diamond in the rough and certainly, one of the real charmers.  With dazzling views throughout and interesting elevations changes – this course is a ‘secret’ you need to uncover on your visit to the Kootenay Rockies this season.

Aerial views of the Balfour Golf Course and Kootenay Lake; photo courtesy of the Balfour Golf Course

Set on the unspoiled forest along the crystal-clear waters of the St. Mary River (in Kimberley), this is a good as it gets. And the exception golf holes – Bootleg Gap Golf boast an exciting 18-hole championship course as well as a sporty 9-hole recreation course – fits the terrain like a glove.

Unquestionable, the atmosphere in the gorgeous timber-framed clubhouse and award-wining restaurant is captivating. However, when you consider 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 – you’ve truly got a golf experiences that goes above and beyond at Eagle Ranch Resort in Invermere.

Aerial view of Eagle Ranch Golf Resort & the Columbia River; photo courtesy of Destination BC

Located high in the alpine at Panorama Mountain Resort, the Greywolf Golf Course serves up one of the finest mountain golf experiences in the world. The course features jaw dropping elevation changes, cliff-side greens and what has to be one of the most riveting collections of par-3 holes in golf.

The Cliffhanger hole at Greywolf Golf Course; photo by Evan Schiller

Getting away from it all – describes Kokanee Springs Golf Resort to a tee!  Featuring beautiful course-side accommodation and a Norman Woods-designed championship course that consistently exceeds expectations.  It truly is a golfer’s paradise.

The newest star in the Kootenay Rockies golfing landscape is Wildstone Golf Course in Cranbrook. Routed atop a rolling, pine-covered scenic rise – this is a Gary Player’s first and only Canadian design. The layout simply has it all and finishes with one of the best closing runs in BC. With massive greens, gorgeous bunkering and tour-calibre playing conditions, it’s no surprise that people are going “wild” to play this mountain course.

Wildstone Golf Course in Cranbrook, BC; photo by Chris Andrews

Know Before You Go!

~ Take extra time to research and plan your trip in advance. Many of our tourism businesses and services have adopted new COVID-19 protocols and changes to their schedules or policies to ensure your safety. You’ll want to become familiar with them ahead of time.

~ If you normally travel with extended family or with several friends, consider travelling in a smaller group this summer. Travelling with fewer people makes it easier for you to practise physical distancing in public, and may have less of an impact on the destination.

~ Consider a slower travel pace this summer to help curb the spread. Instead of checking in and out of multiple destinations during one trip, choose one or two destinations and one/two accommodation properties for your entire trip (and explore all the things to do & see nearby).

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Story shared by KootRocks. Cover/top photo by Evan Schiller at Eagle Ranch Golf Resort in Invermere, BC.

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