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 close over winter, golfers can expect to see them start to reopen as early as February – if Mother Nature cooperates, that is! This year's late February cold snap likely means that the early openers will be looking slightly later in March for a solid open date to give time for the snow to melt and greens to bounce back.
The 2022 Golf season is here! We are getting concrete opening dates for the 2022 golf season from many of your favourite golf courses around BC! Read on for the latest course opening dates and watch this space and our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages for real-time updates.
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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 are now back in play, giving you a variety of courses to explore. If you’re looking for a 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 start to 2022 golf. Skaha Meadows Golf Course opened first on February 12th for those itching to get their golf fix early in the season. Penticton Golf & CC and Osoyoos Golf Club, - Desert Golf Course typically open in early March (weather dependant), a sure sign that the area’s golf courses are getting ready for the 2022 golf season.
Over in the Kamloops golf region, The Dunes at Kamloops opens early March and Rivershore Estates & Golf Links is again aiming for a March 18th opening day for eager golfers. Bighorn Golf & CC is firmed up for the 18th, while Eaglepoint Golf Resort is March 22nd and Kamloops Golf & CC is March 24th. Fan favourite (and Canada’s Top Golf Course 2021) Tobiano Golf Course is opening April 1st. Finally, The Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort is booking tee times for May 20th and onwards for the ultimate mountain golf.
Slightly Later Start for the Interior 2022 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 leading the way on March 11th and Kelowna Springs Golf Club aiming for March 15th. Most area courses are still waiting on a few days of warmer weather to melt away winter's mantle, but we should see mid-March opening days for the majority of Kelowna golf courses including Michaelbrook Golf Course leading with a March 16th opening day (weather dependant) as well as Kelowna Golf & CC somewhere around the same time.
Shadow Ridge Golf Club and Mission Creek are aiming for March 18th to open. Shannon Lake Golf Club, meanwhile, is aiming for March 23rd, while Harvest Golf Club and Pinnacle Course at Gallagher's Canyon open March 25th. Sunset Ranch Golf & CC is scheduled for the end of March while April 1st seems to be the preferred target for Kelowna area golf courses including The Bear and The Quail courses at Okanagan Golf Club, and Gallagher's Canyon Golf & CC, while Black Mountain Golf Club has indicated the beginning of April, most likely, and Tower Ranch Golf & CC is April 11th.
Golf course opening dates in nearby Vernon follow a similar pattern, albeit slightly later as they are still waiting for a bit of snow to melt. Spallumcheen Golf & CC and Vernon Golf & CC open March 24th. Predator Ridge's Predator Course and Ridge Course are opening April 7th, and The Rise follows on April 16th.
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 winter squall has occurred before, causing havoc…and some serious golf fever! One way or another, by mid-April, nearly all the golf courses in the Thompson and Okanagan will be ready to play. Rest assured: spring golf season is almost 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 Golf Course at Blind Bay starting early April, while nearby Salmon Arm Golf Club - Champions Course and Shuswap National await more spring weather to decide on a date but typically aim for mid-April openings. Speaking of lake views and incredible golf, Talking Rock Golf Resort enters the fray April 18th in Chase and Hyde Mountain Golf Course has yet to firm up its open date - stay tuned.
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, which start to open late March. Along the Columbia Valley Golf Trail, Fairmont Hot Springs - Riverside Course opens March 29th, with looking at the following day and Windermere Valley around the same time Copper Point - Ridge.
April is a key month for Kootenay Rockies golf course openings, with Eagle Ranch Resort leaning the pack on April 1st. April 7th is the day for Radium Resort - Springs Course, Copper Point - Point April 8th and for the Radium Course. It looks like St. Eugene and Wildstone are opening April 15th, with Fairmont Hot Springs - Mountainside Course the next day. Purcell Golf has moved its opening to April 19th. We haven't heard back from Cranbrook Golf Club yet, but will update you once we do!
Rounding up the Kootenay Rockies Golf region is Revelstoke Golf Club on May 6th, Golden Golf Club on April 29th, and Fernie Golf & CC on May 18th. That’s a lot of mountain golf! Stay tuned for concrete open dates as they become available.
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 starting March 21st. Further north along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Pemberton’s Big Sky will open on April 21st, while the mountain-hugging courses near Whistler are slated a bit later. Whistler Golf Club have adjusted their opening dates to May 12th, while neighbouring Nicklaus North and Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course follow on May 13th.
NORTHERN BC GOLF CORRIDOR
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 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 2022 is all set to be yet another great season on the tee. Start your journey today by requesting a custom quote or browsing popular golf vacation packages.
Please note: This is a May 6, 2022 update on an article originally posted March 5, 2015.