With the weather warming up in British Columbia, Brian has been keeping a close eye on opening dates for nearby golf courses. As an avid golfer for a few decades now, he can hardly wait to be back on the green.
“I love the game because it gets me out in the fresh air,” says Brian. “There’s always an opportunity to challenge myself to get better, and at the same time, I can socialize with others who appreciate golf as much as I do.”
There are a few key things that Brian looks for when choosing a golf course to play.
- A walkable course (so a cart isn’t necessary).
- A diverse layout (so it’s fun, fresh and interesting to play).
- A challenging layout, but also one that makes the game fair to all players.
One of Brian’s most memorable courses played in Canada was Granite Hills Golf Club by Pine Hills, situated 20 minutes from the town of Lac Du Bonnet in Manitoba.
“I’ve only played there once, but I have fond memories of it,” Brian recalls. “It has rolling hills and a large rock bluff. There are lots of trees and scenic views along the Lake – Lac Du Bonnet.”
Throughout the golf season, Brian can be found golfing on average three or four times a week. Below are his top favourite picks for golf courses in BC.
Predator Ridge, Vernon
Predator Ridge features two 18-hole championship courses, a world-class practice facility, and an award-winning golf academy. It’s all part of a resort and year-round community.
Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club, Kelowna
Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club is a par 72, 18-hole championship golf course with challenging fairways, beautiful vistas and tall groves of ponderosa pine.
Fairview Mountain Golf Club, Oliver
Fairview Mountain has beautiful scenery with vineyards in the distance. Fairways plunge down valleys and smooth greens offer an exceptional golfing experience.
Peace Portal Golf Club, Surrey
Peace Portal Golf Course is just south of Vancouver. Established in 1928, it is a par 72, 18-hole four-star golf course with practice facilities (putting green, chipping green and grass practice area).
Salmon Arm Golf Club, Salmon Arm
The Salmon Arm Golf Club was originally founded in 1928 as a 6-hole course. Today, the club has an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole heritage course. There’s also a golf shop and a restaurant.
What are some of your favourite golf courses?
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