British Columbia boasts Canada’s only year round golf destinations with golf courses in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island available for play virtually 365 days a year bar the the occasional, and uncommon cold/snow day (slightly more common this 2016/2017 winter, mind you, but it most certainly was an anomaly!). While the remainder of the BC golf courses do close for the winter, golfers start to see them reopen as early as February – with mother nature cooperating of course!
Brace yourselves: the 2017 Golf season is a-coming! We are beginning to get concrete opening dates for the 2017 golf season from many of your favourite golf courses around BC! Read on for the latest course opening dates and watch this space as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages for real time updates.
If you need a refresher or are wondering where all the golf courses are located in British Columbia, view the BC golf map.
Mild Coastal Year Round Playing Conditions
Vancouver and Vancouver Island are the envy of the country with their sub-Mediterranean climates making them the home of the year-round local golfer (ordinarily!). After a bit of a rough winter, most of these courses are now back in play, giving you a variety of courses to choose from. If you’re looking for an especially unique golf experience, British Columbia is one of the few areas where you could ski, golf and kayak all in one day: how’s that for multi-sport experiences!
Pocket Desert Areas First to Open as Usual
British Columbia’s two pocket desert areas in the South Okanagan and Kamloops, complete with cactus and sagebrush, are typically the first of the seasonal golf courses to open – with golfers flocking to Penticton and Osoyoos to get an early golf fix in. This year was no different. Skaha Meadows Golf Course, usually the first to scoop earliest opening of the season, did it again: they opened back on January 20th if you can believe it! Penticton Golf & CC opened on March 2nd, and Osoyoos Golf Club – Desert Golf Course is scheduled to open on March 4th.
Slightly Later Start for the Interior 2017 Golf Season
British Columbia’s Interior golf courses in Kelowna, Kamloops and the Shuswap are next on the BC golf course opening tee. Kelowna courses are leading the charge with Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy opening on Wednesday March 15th, followed by the Pinnacle Course at Gallagher’s Canyon and Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & CC, both set to open March 24th. The Bear Course at Okanagan Golf Club also has a March 31st opening date set, with The Quail soon thereafter on April 7th. Also on April 7th, you’ll be able to tee it up at The Rise in Vernon, followed by Predator Ridge on April 12th. Kamloops golf course openings meanwhile are tentatively slated for early April. Tobiano has scheduled an April 7th opening, with more dates to come on soon on other Kamloops courses. Of course, this is all weather-dependent and golf course managers are understandably hesitant to give an exact opening date this early in the year – the occasional late appearance of winter has been seen before, causing havoc… and some serious golf fever! One way or another, by mid-April, most courses in the Thompson Okanagan areas are primed to start. Rest assured: golf season will come again.
Bring on the Mountain Golf in the Kootenay Rockies!
Meanwhile, over in the Kootenay Rockies region, easily accessible through the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook or Calgary International Airport, opening dates are always earlier than one might expect from snowy mountainous regions! Take Fairmont Hot Springs – Riverside Golf Course: these guys are scheduled to open March 24th. Believe it because it’s true. (Unless Mother Nature wreaks random havoc in the next couple of weeks.) Most of the Cranbrook area golf courses, though, are aiming for a 2017 season launch of mid-April: St. Eugene and Shadow Mountain are scheduled to open on April 14 and April 15/16 respectively, with Wildstone squeaking in a smidge earlier with an April 7th opening date scheduled, weather dependent. Just a few hours North, some of The Columbia Valley Golf Trail courses are also opening earlier than expected. Windermere Valley Golf Course have their eyes on mid-March and Copper Point is hopeful for a March 31st opening! But the majority are aiming for early to mid-April: Eagle Ranch is scheduled to open April 7th; and both Fairmont Hot Springs Mountainside Course and their 9-hole Creekside Course scheduled for April 14th openings.
Coastal Mountain Golf Mecca
The Sea-to-Sky golf courses are always some of BC’s most popular, and their opening dates are always eagerly anticipated.
Waiting for the snow to melt in these areas is typically hard to do, but this year you can expect to get your golf on at Furry Creek Golf Club, with its signature waterfront hole, on March 24th! (Originally scheduled to open March 17th, Furry Creek just checked in to say there’s a bit of snow lingering, so opening has been pushed a week.) Squamish Valley Golf Club follows shortly thereafter, with an opening of April 1st scheduled, while the mountain hugging Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course is slated for a late-April opening. As you gain altitude and head into the mountains, Nicklaus North and Whistler Golf Club have set dates of May 5th. We’re still waiting on firm dates for another fan favourite, Pemberton’s Big Sky – the date being whispered amongst those in the know is April 21st but this is still to be confirmed. We’ll keep you posted.
With so many golf courses in the Province, we couldn’t name them all but suffice to say, British Columbia is truly a golf mecca and 2017 is all set to be yet another great season on the tee.
Please note: This is a 2017 update on an article originally posted March 5, 2015.