Extraordinary Golf Experiences in British Columbia
Apparently life is not all about golf. Who knew? We’re not entirely sure that this is – or should be – true, but in doing some research on this novel idea we did come across some really interesting golf pairings and packages. Experiences that allow you to play a round, then play around, exploring life beyond the fairways of our dreams.
So, in the spirit of playing beyond your expectations, let 2017 be the year of golf trips with a difference. Here, our top 5 most interesting golf packages in BC. Plan ahead, then pack your clubs and your sense of adventure. See you on the greens – and beyond!
Holes & Helis at Big Sky Golf Club
It’s not named ‘Big Sky Golf Club‘ for nothing. Everything about Big Sky really is, well, big: they’re big on outstanding golf facilities, big on endless blue skies, big on mountain views, and big on unique golf packages – like their Heli Golf Experience.
Constructed at the base of the massive, snow-capped Mount Currie in the Pemberton valley, Big Sky is also big on making the most of their spectacular setting. This Robert Cupp-designed 18 hole course meanders along the heels of Mount Currie, which rises 8,450 feet above the fairways. More than that though, Big Sky offers golfers the chance to actually head up Mount Currie, riding up on one of Blackcomb helicopters, and practice a few drives off the 19th hole up top (with biodegradable golf balls)… Billed as the Ultimate Golf Experience (and who can argue with that? It really does take your golf game to new heights – ahem), you then head back down for a round of golf and a meal on their patio – the perfect spot for planning your next heli golf experience.
Fins & Skins on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail
Campbell River on Vancouver Island, BC, is internationally recognized as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’. True story. But Vancouver Island is also home to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, home to courses we like to think of as the ‘Island Golfing Capital of the World’. (That one we made up, but we still think it a true story.) Even better, put the two together and you’ve got the ‘Fins & Skins Capital of the World‘.
It really is the perfect place to combine your love of golfing and fishing into one unforgettable island getaway. Turn your next golf or fishing outing into a double whammy – two nights, two rounds and a four-hour fishing tour on North Vancouver Island…
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Birdies & Boats (& BBQs) at Tobiano Golf
Coined the hottest market in Canadian Golf, Kamloops golf courses lie on the northern tip of the Sonoran desert, a location which one naturally equates with warm summer temperatures. (And an eight-month plus golf season by the by.) It’s also a location perfect for those other quintessentially summer activities – boating and BBQs. Now wouldn’t it be great if some imaginative sort put those three together for the ultimate summer golfing package? Oh wait, somebody just did. Why thank you, Tobiano Golf Course.
New to Tobiano in the 2016 season – and a huge hit with patrons – was the Tobiano Golf and Bruker Marina Boats, Birdies & Barbeque Package: 18 holes of golf, BBQ lunch or dinner at the Black Iron Restaurant and a two-hour Kamloops Lake cruise, featuring wine and cheese. If you do just one golfing road trip in 2017, make it to Kamloops and be sure to include this Birdies, Boats & BBQ package in your itinerary. You know you want to.
Pets & Pars at Predator Ridge Golf Resort
If dog is man’s best friend, and golf is man’s best game, then surely the twain shall meet? Well Okanagan BC’s Predator Ridge Golf Resort – or as it’s known in pet friendly circles, Petador Ridge – certainly think so.
Not only are Predator Ridge accommodations pet friendly, but in August 2016, as part of their 25th birthday celebrations, they held their very first PETadorRidge Classic – a dog and human golf tournament. In fact, the entire month of August was dedicated to Pets at Predator Ridge. And it’s not just in August that Petador loves dogs: they also offer ‘Golf With Your Dog Sundays‘ – Dog Friendly Tee Times available every Sunday after 4pm – where golfers and their dogs get to enjoy Predator’s 1,200 acre backyard, which just happens to be a couple of world-class courses. As the first golf courses in BC to offer this kind of initiative, Petador Ridge looks set to become dog-lovers’ best course. PS. Dogs play free.
Canoes & Clubs at Talking Rock Golf Resort
If a course could talk, Talking Rock would be the one to listen to. For it would tell a story rich in native history, told through the beauty of the land it lies on, native art and age-old traditions, authentic Aboriginal cultural activities and, of course, spectacular golf.
Located at the Quaaout Lodge, the proud development of the Little Shuswap First Nations Band, Talking Rock Golf Resort meanders through a mature, sandy forest before ending with a breathtaking 18th hole extending along the Little Shuswap Lake shoreline. Even more breathtaking though is the sense of culture and history which defines any visit here. The Chief and Council of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band welcomes you to the territory known as Skwlax – the ‘Land of the Great Spirit’. After your round, stay a while and honour the land and the people who lived here long before tees and greens. Relax in a traditional sweat lodge or explore teepees and kekulis (underground houses), or ask the Quaaout Lodge cultural coordinator to organise a traditional canoe ride. Whatever you do at Talking Rock Golf Resort, be prepared to “Hear the legend, feel the spirit”. Your golf will be all the better for it.
Can’t decide which of these awesome golf experiences will be your first in 2017? We can custom-build a British Columbia golf package just for you – including any or all of the above and more! Just call 1-877-322-1223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.