Ben Hogan once said, “The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight.” It’s a fair point and for the most part we couldn’t agree more with him. With one exception: we can’t imagine Ben Hogan ever played golf in beautiful British Columbia during the Fall. Because while daylight hours may indeed be starting to fade slightly earlier in the evening, the beauty of the surroundings, the crispness of the air, and the beautiful Fall light before, during and after your round more than make up for it. It’s a magical time in BC – as anyone who has ever been here – and more specifically golfed here – during the season of plenty can attest to.
And make no mistake, there is still plenty of great golf to be played during the season of plenty here in BC. Especially if you’re smart about it and stay right on the course at one of the 10 BC golf resorts featured below. That way you don’t waste a minute of the daylight hours you do have, going from room to tee in mere seconds. Don’t let the sun go down on your golf season without one last hurrah – take advantage of one of these Fall golf resort getaways and go down swinging.
Vancouver Island Golf Resorts
Vancouver Island, named in the top North American Islands by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine for the last 10 years, is home to two world-class destination golf resorts.
The Resort: The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa
Enjoy world-class dining after a day of golfing at Canada’s first and only 36-hole Nicklaus designed golf course, or relax with the medical and traditional aesthetics at the Santé Spa. A short drive from downtown Victoria’s beautiful inner harbour.
The Getaway Deal: Two nights at the five-star Westin Bear Mountain Resort; one round on the Mountain Course; one round on the Valley Course. Starting at $365pp (late October) – $519 (late August)
The Resort: Crown Isle Golf Resort
Crown Isle Golf Resort and Community is an 831 acre, master-planned golf course – a 7,024-yard platinum rated Graham Cooke design – and resort community located in the heart of the beautiful Comox Valley. Everything you need for a luxury getaway – fine dining, a cognac room (!) and more, is never further away from the tee than a 3 wood.
The Getaway Deal: Three nights in a fairway room at Crown Isle Golf Resort and two rounds of golf – one at Crown Isle and the other at Storey Creek. Starting at $295pp (October) – $399 (late August through September)
Whistler Golf Resorts
Rated Canada’s number one golf resort by Golf Digest, Whistler’s four championship, designer courses provide an unparalleled mountain golf experience and possibly some of the best golf on the continent.
The Resort: Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Resort
The readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted the Fairmont Chateau Whistler one of the top 10 golf resorts in the world. Not least because of the golf course itself: a Robert Trent Jones design which climbs up more than 400 feet from the level of the hotel to a benchland on the side of Blackcomb Mountain with spectacular views of Whistler Valley.
The Getaway Deal: Two nights at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort; one round on the Chateau Whistler Course; one round on Nicklaus North. Starting at $675pp
Kamloops-Shuswap Golf Resorts
Kamloops golf courses lie on the northern tip of the Sonoran desert, a location yielding warmer temperatures – even through the Fall – and a longer golf season than most… You’re looking at eight months plus of hot golf! Little wonder that the two golf resorts in the region are busy late into the year.
The Resort: Talking Rock Golf Resort (Quaaout Lodge & Talking Rock Golf Course)
This is a truly unique BC golf resort getaway. “Hear the legend…feel the spirit” at Talking Rock Resort and Quaaout Lodge. Owned by the Little Shuswap Indian Band, the culturally rich Talking Rock Resort blends age-old Native traditions with classic hotel-style amenities, golf and gourmet dining.
The Getaway Deal: Two nights at Quaaout Lodge; two rounds on the Talking Rock Golf Course. Starting at $299pp (Sept 26-October 8) – $399 (until Sept 10)
The Resort: Sun Peaks Resort
Sun Peaks Resort offers a one-of-a-kind BC golf vacation opportunity with the greens located at 1,200 metres above sea level, making the Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort British Columbia’s highest elevation course. It’s also a fantastic all-season playground with hiking, biking and activities galore for the whole family.
The Getaway Deal: Three nights accommodation at your choice of hotels; four rounds of golf at your choice of Kamloops courses, including Sun Peaks. Starting at $449pp (October) – $615 (until Sept 24)
Okanagan Golf Resorts
Located in the heart of British Columbia’s ultimate all-season playground – the Okanagan Valley – here you will find world-class golfing and more après golf activity than you’ll find time for! Wine tasting, Fall food and wine festivals, harvest activities and fairs, hiking, biking, view gazing and more await.
The Resort: Predator Ridge Golf Resort
Considered one of Canada’s premier golf resorts, the 1,200-acre award-winning Predator Ridge Golf Resort boasts miles of natural wooded preserves ideal for hiking and biking, as well as 36 holes of Championship golf. One of its two courses – The Ridge Course – was named Best New Course in Canada by SCOREGolf on opening.
The Getaway Deal: Two nights in a Lodge Studio at Predator Ridge Resort; one round of golf on the Predator Course – Les Furber Design; one round of golf on the Ridge Course – Doug Carrick Design. Starting at $499pp (Sept 27 to closing) – $565 (until Sept 26)
Kootenay Rockies Golf Resorts
There’s something special about playing golf in the mountains. Dramatic elevation changes, bragging rights on a drive off the tee that flies further, spectacular scenery, wildlife, natural hot springs (and boy do those feel good in the cooler, crisper Fall air), the feeling of getting away from it all – something you really can do at not one but four spectacular Kootenay Rockies golf resorts.
The Resort: Copper Point Resort
Copper Point Resort opened its doors in May 2011 – making it the newest addition to the complement of British Columbia Golf Resorts. Expect an award-winning, luxury mountain resort, including indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, hiking trails, fire pits and endless Kootenay Rockies mountain views.
The Getaway Deal: Two nights at Copper Point Resort; three rounds of golf at your choice of courses, including both The Point and The Ridge courses at Copper Point as options. Starting at $455pp (Sept 8-30) – $509 (until Sept 7)
The Resort: Fairmont Hot Springs Golf Resort
Since the 1800s people have been enjoying Fairmont Hot Springs’ naturally-hot mineral pools and fresh mountain air. None of them have enjoyed its curative powers more, however, than golfers post a round or three on one of their three golf courses – two full length and one family-friendly Par 3 course. All with mountain and river views guaranteed to leave you awestruck.
The Getaway Deal: Three nights at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort; two rounds of golf, one on the Mountainside Course and one on the Riverside Course. Starting at $349pp (Sept 26 – Oct 12) – $529 (until Sept 4)
The Resort: Trickle Creek Golf Resort
The 4½ star Trickle Creek Lodge is only a 3 wood away from the 18th tee. Prepare yourself for premier resort luxury and one of the most thrilling golf courses you’ll ever play. Woven through the rugged alpine environment, crossing creeks and diving with the slopes of North Star Mountain, Trickle Creek delivers the mountain wows at every shot.
The Getaway Deal: Three nights at the Trickle Creek Lodge; two rounds of golf, one at Trickle Creek and one at Bootleg Gap. Starting at $345pp (Sept 18-30) – $395 (until Sept 17)
The Resort: St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
Through partnerships with the Ktunaxa Nation, Chippewas of Rama First Nation, and Samson Cree Nation, the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino has become an entertainment destination for people across North America. When you visit St. Eugene, not only can you expect world-class, Les Furber-designed golf, you can also expect luxury, history (at the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre), and pure entertainment (at the onsite casino).
The Getaway Deal: Two nights at the St. Eugene Golf Resort; two rounds of golf, one at St. Eugene and one at Wildstone Golf Club. Starting at $319pp (until Sept 30).