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 2017/2018 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 – if Mother Nature cooperates, that is!
Brace yourselves: the 2018 Golf season is nearly here! We are beginning to get concrete opening dates for the 2018 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, a late snow has meant that some courses are still waiting for the annual melt before they’ll be able to open, or even discuss dates. Skaha Meadows Golf Course, usually the first to scoop earliest opening of the season, is one of these. But don’t you worry, golfers! Penticton Golf & CC recently opened on March 9th, and Osoyoos Golf Club – Desert Golf Course opened the same day – a good sign that the area’s courses are getting ready for the 2018 season.
Slightly Later Start for the Interior 2018 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 (snow dependant, of course,) with The Bear Course at Okanagan Golf Club indicating an April 6th opening date, and The Quail planning to follow suit a few days later. Also on April 6th, you’ll be able to tee it up at The Rise in Vernon, followed by Predator Ridge on April 11th. Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy has yet to schedule their opening date, but we will keep you posted once they do, while Pinnacle Course at Gallagher’s Canyon and Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & CC are indicating an early to mid-April opening.
Kamloops golf course openings, meanwhile, are tentatively slated for early April. Tobiano has scheduled an April 6th opening, with more dates to come 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 23rd. 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 2018 season launch of mid-April, although Wildstone is bucking the trend with a tentative date of March 31st. St. Eugene is scheduled to open on April 14th, and Shadow Mountain follows on April 20th. 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 between the middle and end of March (we’re hearing a rumour of March 21st) and Copper Point is hopeful for a March 23rd opening (Update: it looks like Mother Nature won a round, as it’s now April 6th). But the majority are aiming for early to mid-April: Eagle Ranch is scheduled to open April 13th; 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 Squamish Valley Golf Club with an opening of March 21st. Further north, Pemberton’s Big Sky is slated to open on Aprils 28th, while the mountain-hugging courses near Whistler are slated a bit later. Nicklaus North and Whistler Golf Club have set dates of May 4th, with the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course following on May 5th. Meanwhile, Furry Creek Golf Club is completing some major renovations and, as such, are looking to open in early May.
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 2018 is all set to be yet another great season on the tee.
Please note: This is a 2018 update on an article originally posted March 5, 2015.