Beautiful, British Columbia – boasting a truly diverse landscape of coastal, mountain, lake and even desert terrain makes for both a golf course architect’s and player’s delight upon which to build and golf in such a beautiful province. Each of British Columbia’s 300+ golf courses offers incredible scenery to complement enjoyment of the game, however here are our top pics of BC’s most scenic golf holes and the courses on which you will find them.
Our list of top golf course holes in British Columbia, based on their scenery in reverse alpha order:
#10: Tower Ranch Hole 17
Boasting 360 degrees of wow, panoramic views of Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley are nothing short of breathtaking as you traverse Thomas McBroom’s Hole 17 at Tower Ranch Golf Club. You’ll have a fairly straight shot off the tee of this 583-yard par 5, but as you approach the green you’ll be hard-pressed to refocus your attention to the ball.
#9: Tobiano Hole 15
It’s truly difficult to choose the most scenic golf hole at Tobiano, as they are all rather awe-inspiring! The par 3 15th hole gets our vote alongside Kamloops Lake, where the hole has been compared to Pebble Beach and the vistas stretch all the way to Kamloops.
#8: Talking Rock Hole 15
Every hole at Talking Rock is picturesque, but the par 3 15th takes the cake. Stunning views of Little Shuswap Lake plus contrasting fescue define Talking Rock’s signature hole. The elevated tee shot will require accuracy to avoid the bunkers left and right.
#7: Shadow Mountain Hole 17
Aptly named “The Monster” at 606 yards of brute length on Shadow Mountain’s Hole 17, you’ll have a playful challenge as you partake of the incredible Kootenay Rockies’ mountain scenery offered in the Cranbook & Kimberly area. Do try to keep focus as you navigate the narrow fairway, bordered by two ponds, numerous bunkers, and trees as you wind your way along the par 5. Playful indeed.
#6: Revelstoke Hole 9
Framed by the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges, Revelstoke Golf Club is one of British Columbia’s hidden gems worth discovery. Hole #9 is flanked with the mighty Columbia River, while Mount Begbie looms as a backdrop of this challenging par 5.
#5: Predator Ridge – Ridge Course Hole 6
Doug Carrick’s spectacular 6th hole on Predator Ridge’s Ridge Course offers panoramic views of Okanagan Lake and the surrounding valley. On the right, you’ll have a dramatic rock face to contend with while you prepare for a significant elevation change from the tee – only a long iron or hybrid needed here!
#4: Nicklaus North Hole 17
Ah, Whistler…glacier capped Coast Mountains peaks, beautiful Green Lake and Jack Nicklaus’s namesake Nicklaus North’s signature hole #17 awaits. You’ll have to make an effort to pull your eyes back earthward to tend to the bunker guarded par 3 before you.
#3: Furry Creek Hole 14
Known on the course as the “Tee to See” this incredible par 3 hole 14 is Furry Creek’s signature. You might want to just enjoy the scenery but full concentration is required, especially in the afternoons when the wind may pick up, adding to the challenge.
#2: Big Sky Hole 14
No golf trip to Whistler is complete without playing Big Sky Golf Club. Hole 14 at Big Sky, in nearby Pemberton, is the clear choice when it comes to awe power. Where else do you get to tee off into the face of a mountain? With the 8000′ high summit of Mount Currie looming overhead as you prep your shot, try not to let it intimidate you. In fact, if you really want to step up for some incredible scenery, try the amazing Heli Golf experience where you hit from the peak!
#1: Bear Mountain – Mountain Course Hole 14
The Jack and Steve Nicklaus co-designed Mountain Course offers many incredible scenic golf viewpoints, but the 14th is certainly their signature hole. Carved into the mountainside, the former “19th hole” par 3 offers panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Mountain Range and British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria.
Honourable Mention – Most Scenic Driving Range: Wildstone
We couldn’t end our list of most scenic holes on BC golf courses without giving a nod to Wildstone’s most incredible driving range! Tee off and see if you can hit the majestic Rocky Mountains on your next visit to this incredible Kootenay Rockies golf region.
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