Play your best game at these East Kootenay golf courses

The East Kootenay region is home to some of B.C.’s most sublime courses

golfer taking a swing at the Grey Wolf golf course

Panorama’s Greywolf Golf Course is a must-see if you’re golfing in the East Kootenay region. — Photo courtesy Greywolf Golf Course

The East Kootenay region is known for having excellent golf courses. Whether you are hoping to practise your putt between business meetings or have some time to play a sprawling 18-hole course, there is something for you here.

These are some of the most appealing courses in the region:

Golf courses in Cranbrook

Mission Hills Golf Course
Location: Cranbrook, B.C.
Par: 54
Yardage: 2,523
What makes it special: Mission Hills offers a full-size three-hole loop known as the "Mini Mission." This deceptively challenging loop is perfect for golfers with time constraints as it takes about 40 minutes to play.

Cranbrook Golf Club
Location: Cranbrook, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,790
What makes it special: Those who play this sunny course enjoy a long playing season, and the spacious layout makes for minimal waiting. The terrain allows for you to play an easy round or challenge yourself, depending on the tee boxes you choose.

- Photo courtesy St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino

St. Eugene Golf Resort
Location: Cranbrook, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,007
What makes it special: In honour of the resort’s history and location on First Nations land, St. Eugene Golf Resort now has signage in place with Ktunaxa names for all 18 holes. The signs were lovingly crafted from pine beetle–damaged wood and each one displays a Ktunaxa traditional expression along with the phonetic spelling and English translation.

Shadow Mountain Golf Course
Location: Cranbrook, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,405
What makes it special: This 18-hole championship course has five tee boxes to accommodate golfers of any skill level, but watch out for the infamous signature Hole 17, dubbed “The Monster.”

Wildstone Golf Course
Location: Cranbrook, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,127
What makes it special: Wildstone Golf Course’s signature Hole 9 and other features have garnered rave reviews from Golf Digest. Wildstone has a practice area with a spacious putting green, separate chipping green and driving range.

Golf courses in Creston

Creston Golf Club
Location: Creston, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,508
What makes it special: With its rolling terrain and tricky elevation changes, this diverse course will have you using every club in your bag.

Golf courses in Fernie

Fernie Golf Club
Location: Fernie, B.C.
Par: 70
Yardage: 6,556
What makes it special: The Fernie Golf Club has a rich history, having opened its doors back in 1918. Beginners and experts alike have been perfecting their game here ever since.

Golf courses in Fairmont Hot Springs

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Riverside Golf Course
Location: Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C.
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,347
What makes it special: Bill Newis designed this 18-hole course to be pleasantly walkable, taking golfers across the Columbia River and through a contemporary course layout. When you’re finished at the Riverside course, be sure to try a round at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s Mountainside and Creekside courses as well. After your game, take a dip in the famous hot springs!

- Photo courtesy Eagle Ranch Resort

Golf courses in Invermere

Eagle Ranch Resort
Location: Invermere, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,646
What makes it special: Perched on a bluff with the sparkling Columbia River below, Eagle Ranch Resort awaits. The course is no piece of cake—you will find yourself challenged by ravines and water hazards along the way.

Golf courses in Jaffray

Will-O-Bend Golf & RV Park
Location: Jaffray, B.C.
Par: 30
Yardage: 2,099
What makes it special: This course only has nine holes, but three of them are particularly lengthy and challenging enough to test even seasoned players. There are scenic campsites available nearby.

Golf courses in Kimberley

Bootleg Gap Golf
Location: Kimberley, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,157
What makes it special: A game of golf at Bootleg Gap means strolling alongside the clear waters of the St. Mary River while you take on an impressive 18-hole championship course.

- Photo courtesy Trickle Creek Golf Resort

Trickle Creek Golf Resort
: Kimberley, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,896
What makes it special: Trickle Creek Golf Resort was designed by Les Furber and has been awarded a bronze medal by SCORE golf magazine for being one of the best golf courses in Canada.

Purcell Golf
: Kimberley, B.C.
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,413
What makes it special: Signature Hole 12 is a par-4 hole with glorious views of the St. Mary River Valley. The two-tiered green adds challenging elevation changes to keep things interesting.

Golf courses in Panorama

Greywolf Golf Course
: Panorama, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,140
What makes it special: A dramatic alpine location and dynamic course layout make this Panorama golf course stand out. Test your skills on sculpted fairways with tricky par-3 holes and elevation changes galore.

Golf courses in Radium

The Springs Course
: Radium, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,818
What makes it special: The Springs Course is set alongside the Columbia River. Wildlife such as bighorn sheep are spotted here regularly.

The Radium Course
: Radium, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,269
What makes it special: The Radium Course is a photographer’s dream—especially Hole 2. From the elevated tee box, you can look to the west for a view of the Purcell mountains and the Columbia valley.

- Photo courtesy Revelstoke Golf Club

Golf courses in Revelstoke

Revelstoke Golf Club
Location: Revelstoke, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,537
What makes it special: The heritage-rich Revelstoke Golf Club was originally the site of horse races and other equestrian and agricultural activities back in the early 1900s. It became a golf clubhouse in the 1920s, and over the decades it’s definitely seen some revamping, including a major overhaul by architect Norman Woods in 1974.

Golf courses in Sparwood

Sparwood Golf Club
Location: Sparwood, B.C.
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,156
What makes it special: Situated in the heart of the Elk Valley, this course has nine holes sprawled across more than 6,000 yards.

Golf courses in Windermere

The Ridge at Copper Point Golf Club
Location: Windermere, B.C.
Par: 70
Yardage: 6,807
What makes it special: Along with the Point (the other course at Copper Point Golf Club), the Ridge is a sight to behold. It’s an exhilarating, Masters-style course and is conveniently located near the luxurious Copper Point Resort, so you can stay and play.

Danielle Cameron

Danielle Cameron is a writer and web editor for several publications and has been practising as a Certified Herbal Practitioner since 2005. View all of Danielle Cameron’s articles

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