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 occasional, and uncommon cold/snow days. 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!
Get Ready: the 2020 Golf season is here! We are getting concrete opening dates for the 2020 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 few snowfalls, 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 a multi-sport experience!
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. Skaha Meadows Golf Course is a rare gem in Penticton that stays open year-round (weather depending) for those itching to get their golf fix early in the season. Penticton Golf & CC started the season early this year on Feb 27th, while Osoyoos Golf Club – Desert Golf Course was right behind with a Feb 28th open date, which is a sure sign that the area’s golf courses are getting ready for the 2020 season.
Over in the Kamloops golf region, Bighorn Golf & CC & Rivershore Estates & Golf Links open March 5th for eager golfers. Eaglepoint Golf Resort follows with a tentative mid-march open date, while The Dunes at Kamloops opens March 18th and Kamloops Golf & CC is right behind them with a March 20th open date and Tobiano Golf Course is hot on their heels, looking to open April 3rd. The remaining golf courses will follow suit, capped off by The Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort opening their front nine on May 15th for the ultimate mountain golf.
Slightly Later Start for the Interior 2020 Golf Season
British Columbia’s Interior golf courses in Kelowna, Vernon, and the Shuswap are next on the BC golf course opening tee. Kelowna golf courses are making an early appearance this year, with Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy opening March 1st to lead the way. Other golf courses are sure to follow in March, including Kelowna Springs Golf Club March 17th, while Shannon Lake Golf Club hoping to open March 20th, weather permitting, and Harvest Golf Club confirmed for March 27th. Shadow Ridge Golf Club also is slated to open around the same time, and we’ll post a concrete open date as soon as available.
Meanwhile, it’s no joke that several golf courses in Kelowna have chosen April 1st as their 2020 open date, including Pinnacle Course at Gallagher’s Canyon and Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & CC (although these dates could change). The remainder of Kelowna golf courses follow with early April open dates, including Black Mountain Golf Club April 3rd, The Bear & The Quail courses at Okanagan Golf Club around the same time, Sunset Ranch Golf & CC on April 6th and Tower Ranch Golf & CC with an April 10th opening day. Other Kelowna golf courses including Kelowna Golf & CC are expected to announce their 2020 golf course opening dates any day now, so bookmark this page and check back soon!
Golf course opening dates in nearby Vernon follow a similar pattern, with (weather dependent) Spallumcheen Golf & CC opening March 23rd and Vernon Golf & CC slated to open in in mid to late March. The Rise follows on April 10th while Predator Ridge’s Predator Course and Ridge Course have delayed their opening until May.
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, nearly all the golf courses in the Thompson Okanagan areas will be ready to play. Rest assured: spring golf season is nearly upon us!
Enjoy the Serenity of the Shuswap
Just east of Kamloops begins the picturesque Shuswap golf region and several memorable golf courses. Enjoy lakeside golf at Shuswap Lake Estates Golf & CC starting April 1st, while nearby Salmon Arm Golf Club – Champions Course and Shuswap National await more spring weather to decide on a date but are aiming for roughly the third week of April. Speaking of lake views and incredible golf, Talking Rock Golf Resort in Chase, BC opens April 10th and Hyde Mountain Golf Course in Sicamous is slated to open mid-April.
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! Surrounding this area lies a plethora of top-rated golf courses, starting to open early April. Wildstone is first on the tee this year, with an April 1st opening, while Cranbrook Golf Club opens right behind it on April 3rd. Following is St. Eugene with a scheduled open date of April 17th, and Shadow Mountain on April 29th.
Meanwhile, in Invermere Panorama, Eagle Ranch and Greywolf Golf Course fans eagerly await to herald their May 1st and May 8th open dates, respectively. Rounding up the Kootenay Rockies Golf region is Revelstoke Golf Club (April 9th), Golden Golf Club (mid-April or later), Kokanee Springs Golf Resort (April 17th), and Fernie Golf & CC (the second week of May). That’s a lot of golf!
Coastal Mountain Golf Mecca
The Sea-to-Sky golf courses are 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 March 1st! Squamish Valley Golf Club follows close behind with an opening of March 16th (and potential for earlier if the weather cooperates). Further north along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Pemberton’s Big Sky is slated to open on May 2nd, while the mountain-hugging courses near Whistler are slated a bit later. Whistler Golf Club has a tentative May 8th opening date, while neighbouring Nicklaus North will be around the same time (stay tuned for the exact date). Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course completes the group on May 22nd.
NORTHERN BC GOLF CORRIDOR & CARIBOO CHILCOTIN COAST
In the beautiful and rugged northern golf regions of BC, the golf season arrives a bit later than the rest of the province. Feel free to browse Northern BC and Cariboo Chilcotin Coast golf courses to start planning an epic golf road trip.
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 2020 is all set to be yet another great season on the tee.
Please note: This is a 2020 update on an article originally posted March 5, 2015.