With over 2,000 hours of sunshine each year, Kelowna, B.C. boasts one of the longest and driest golf seasons in Canada. And, with 19 courses to choose from, there are plenty of ways to make the most of it.
There are many reasons Kelowna’s golf season is the envy of Canada. In addition to the hours of sunshine and variety of courses for all skill levels, the surroundings are spectacular. Set in B.C.’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, several of the tee boxes offer incredible views of the lake, mountains, vineyards, orchards, rolling hills and the cityscape below. So how do you choose where to start? Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling for your spring 2022 golf getaway.
Kelowna Driving Range
To get some practice in before you hit the greens, the Kelowna Driving Range has a field that’s 300 yards long and almost as wide with covered and lit stalls. Toptracer technology tracks your shots onto the driving range, which is home to Western Canada’s only synthetic grass hole-in-one target green.
Two Eagles Golf Course and Academy
By combining the championship qualities of a classic Les Furber design with the playability of a mid-length facility, Two Eagles provides a solid layout well-suited to everyone.
The Harvest Golf Club
In addition to a playable, well-conditioned, and inviting championship golf course, The Harvest Golf Club boasts the largest practice facility in the Okanagan. Featuring a driving range, target areas, a 1700 sq. ft. putting green, and two chipping greens with sand bunkers, it is a fantastic place to master the game of golf.
Okanagan Golf Club
The 36 holes at Okanagan Golf Club can be played in a one-day golf marathon or split into two days with time for a wine or craft beer tasting in between. Dramatic elevation changes and a majestic bluﬀ create breathtaking views on the 6,794-yard Quail course. The Bear course is filled with incredible holes, but numbers 13 through 15 play over the picturesque blue waters of Lake McIvor.
Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Course
A short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Kelowna, the stunning Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Course is an oasis in the foothills above town. The course features the 18-hole championship Canyon Course for those looking for a challenge, and the charming 9-hole Pinnacle Course for those who prefer a more approachable round of golf.
Going with a golf expert
With its diverse variety of courses, you’ll be spoiled for choices in Kelowna. To make planning your trip a little easier, consider booking through a Golf Kelowna golf specialist. A golf specialist gives you access to local knowledge and the relationships Golf Kelowna has with each golf course and hotel property, which means getting the best possible rates. Their package options can be tailored to your group needs and budget, whether you’re a couple, family, group of friends or colleagues. Plus, their personalized services give you one point of contact for all your golf group times, hotel reservations, and any extras such as airport transfers, golf transfers and dining reservations. You can find out more by clicking here.
In-between tee times
Another unique aspect of golfing in Kelowna is everything you can do outside of the game. Finished another round against a rugged mountain backdrop with lake views? There are over 50 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and a lively foodie scene to help top off your day. Roam sun-soaked vineyards, discover cellar secrets and sample the season’s new releases along the five regional wine trails of Kelowna’s iconic wine country. Delight in Kelowna’s culinary scene which is brimming with inspired local creations and home to some of Canada’s best chefs and expert sommeliers. Or explore more than 20 micro-breweries, cideries, and award-winning distilleries, where you can enjoy local flavours produced with a passion for handcrafting.
With its long dry season, variety of courses, numerous restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and distilleries, there are plenty of ways to make your next golf trip in Kelowna memorable. As you embrace all this premier golf destination has to offer, make sure you do so safely by being smart, respectful, and following health and safety guidelines. It’s also a good idea to do your research and plan ahead, as many businesses continue to operate with additional health and safety measures in place, like a reduced inventory of tee times and limited capacity in golf shops.
It’s never too early to begin planning your 2022 golf trip. For a full list of Kelowna’s golf courses and to get a head start, click here.