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 2018/2019 winter, though!). 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 2019 Golf season is here! We are getting concrete opening dates for the 2019 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, 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 with a March 20th start this year. But don’t you worry, golfers! Osoyoos Golf Club – Desert Golf Course opens March 22nd with Penticton Golf & CC coming shortly thereafter on March 26th – a sure sign that the area’s golf courses are getting ready for the 2019 season.
Slightly Later Start for the Interior 2019 Golf Season
British Columbia’s Interior golf courses in Kelowna, Kamloops and the Shuswap are next on the BC golf course opening tee. Kamloops golf courses are making an early appearance this year, with Rivershore Estates & Golf Links and The Dunes at Kamloops opening March 20th and 21st, respectively. Eaglepoint Golf Resort follows suit with March 28th while Tobiano Golf Course and Kamloops Golf & CC both chose March 29th as their start date.
Golf course opening dates in Kelowna and Vernon follow, with Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy leading the pack this year with a March 23rd opening date. The last weekend of March proves a popular opening date for the region, with Harvest Golf Club and Kelowna Springs Golf Club opening March 29th, while Kelowna Golf & CC and Shannon Lake Golf Club opening the following day and the iconic Tower Ranch Golf & CC opening April 16th.
Meanwhile, it’s no joke that Sunset Ranch Golf & CC opens April 1st and Black Mountain Golf Club follows shortly behind with a date of April 3rd. After than, most Kelowna golf courses begin to open, with The Bear & The Quail courses at Okanagan Golf Club indicating an April 5th opening date, while April 10th heralds the full opening of Kelowna’s Pinnacle Course at Gallagher’s Canyon and Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & CC.
Just a short drive from Kelowna, Vernon area golf courses stage similar open dates, with Spallumcheen Golf & CC leading the pack with a March 28th opening. Behind them comes Vernon Golf & CC April 3rd, then The Rise April 10th. Predator Ridge’s Predator Course and Ridge Course open April 13th.
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 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 5th, while nearby Salmon Arm Golf Club – Champions Course opens April 19th and Shuswap National awaits more spring weather to decide on a date (stay tuned). Speaking of lake view and incredible golf, Talking Rock Golf Resort and Hyde Mountain Golf Course both open April 12!
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! On the Columbia Valley Golf Trail, Copper Point‘s two courses, as well as Windermere Valley Golf Course open March 29th, while Eagle Ranch Golf Course fans need to be a bit more patient to herald their April 24th opening day.
Further south, most of the Cranbrook area golf courses are aiming for a 2019 season launch of mid-April. Cranbrook Golf Club starts off April 12th with Wildstone following the next day. St. Eugene up next with a scheduled open date of April 17th. Closing the pack, Shadow Mountain, Kimberley Golf Club and Bootleg Gap are all pegging an April 19th opening date, weather permitting, while the high elevation of Trickle Creek Golf Resort puts their opening date further down the road on May 10th.
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 Squamish Valley Golf Club with an opening of March 29th. Further north, Pemberton’s Big Sky is slated to open on April 27th, while the mountain-hugging courses near Whistler are slated a bit later. Whistler Golf Club has a tentative May 3rd opening date, while neighbouring Nicklaus North follows on May 10th. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course completes the group on May 10th, while back down the Sea-to-Sky highway Furry Creek Golf Club fans eagerly await their June 1st opening after some further course renovations.
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 2019 is all set to be yet another great season on the tee.
Please note: This is a 2019 update on an article originally posted March 5, 2015.