Top 10 West Kootenay golf courses

These golf courses in the West Kootenay region are fun yet challenging enough to keep you coming back for more

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Champion Lakes Golf & Country Club

Relax and play a round of golf at Champion Lakes Golf & Country Club in Fruitvale, B.C. — Photo courtesy Champion Lakes Golf & Country Club

The West Kootenay region is a haven to those who love outdoor activities, and golfers are no exception. Next time you’re in the mood to tee off, we invite you to try one of the stellar courses on this list.

1. Kokanee Springs Golf Resort

Location: Crawford Bay, B.C.
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,604
What makes it special: This 18-hole course grants incredible views of Kokanee Glacier and 10-minute tee intervals to ensure golfers get to play the course at a relaxed, easy pace, if desired.

2. Redstone Resort

Location: Rossland, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,863
What makes it special: This mountain course designed by the legendary Les Furber offers tons of elevation changes, chutes, streams, ravines and other exciting hazards to navigate.

3. Birchbank Golf Course

Location: Genelle, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,788
What makes it special: The serene Birchbank Golf Course is situated in Genelle, just a short drive from Trail, B.C. It has one of the longest golf seasons in the area, running on average from April 1 to October 31.

4. Champion Lakes Golf & Country Club

Location: Fruitvale, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 5,916
What makes it special: The Champion Lakes Golf & Country Club has a warm, welcoming vibe right from the get-go. It offers nine holes, leading golfers through a narrow valley surrounded by trees and out onto wide open, rolling fairways..

5. Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park

Location: Castlegar, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,712
What makes it special: The Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park has been lauded by Golf Digest and other prominent golf publications for its stunning appeal and tricky up-and-down layout. It was even ranked No. 2 in Canada by golfadvisor.com.

6. Granite Pointe Golf Club and RV Park

Location: Nelson, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,200
What makes it special: Granite Pointe Golf Club and RV Park began in 1920 as a nine-hole course that Nelson locals fell in love with. It’s now a spectacular 18-hole course with a signature hole (No. 7) that is among the most popular in B.C.

7. Valley View Golf Club

Location: Winlaw, B.C.
Par: 70
Yardage: 5,411
What makes it special: This nine-hole course offers incredible views. Sand traps and water hazards provide a challenge amidst the meticulously groomed fairways.

8. Salmo District Golf Club

Location: Salmo, B.C.
Par: 70
Yardage: 5,760
What makes it special: The Salmo District Golf Club is a charming nine-hole course operated by a non-profit group. This organization has been providing area residents with affordable golf access for five decades and counting.

9. Balfour Golf Course

Location: Balfour, B.C.
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,800
What makes it special: The Balfour Golf Course (affectionately referred to as the BGC) expanded from a nine-hole to an 18-hole facility back in 2002, and it’s been gaining fans ever since. It offers a BGC Advantage Program to locals who play there regularly, along with other promotions and packages to save money.

10. Riondel Golf Club

Location: Riondel, B.C.
Par: 60
Yardage: 3,494
What makes it special: The nine-hole Riondel Golf Club is considered one of the friendliest places to golf in the Kootenays. The rates are reasonable, and there are special deals on certain days for kids to try their hand at golf.

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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