Road Tripping & Golfing
The mountainous West Kootenay region, known for being a great bike and ski destination, has another ace up its sleeve. The spectacular landscape also lends itself to several high-quality golf courses. Enjoy the beautiful vistas with rivers, creeks, lakes, mountains, forests and wildlife while having some tee-time. Sounds relaxing, doesn’t it? There are eleven distinct courses you can visit during your road trip along the West Koot Route.
Take the longest free ferry ride in Canada to one of the flagship golf courses in the Kootenay region on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, on Highway 3A: Kokanee Springs Golf Resort. In the Purcell Mountains outside of Crawford Bay, Kokanee provides stunning scenery on its 18-hole course. While you’re there, take a 10-minute drive to Riondel where you can play a shorter game on their 9-hole course, having the desirable title of the “Friendliest Golf Course in the Kootenays”.
At the Balfour Ferry Landing, on the North Shore of Kootenay Lake, make a quick turn and head up the hill above Kootenay Lake, and experience the Balfour Golf Course, a unique Les Furber designed course. Balfour offers well-maintained fairways and undulating greens to challenge any skill level.
In Nelson, golfing, dining and views at Granite Pointe Golf Club are spectacular. While carting or walking admire the City of Nelson, Kootenay Lake, the Selkirk Mountains and the famous Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park showing us the iconic Esmeralda Peak. If that landscape inspires you to get out for a hike, read on about all these hikes in the West Koot Route.
As you head west, Birchbank Golf Course in Trail and Redstone Resort in Rossland each offer 18 holes of striking fairways. Redstone Resort is the first-ever “Les Furber Signature Course” from the renowned Canadian architect so you can golf your heart out.
The Castlegar Golf Club is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the Columbia River, with the largest amount of water to flow into the Pacific Ocean, this course is definitely worth a visit. And it has a special perk: you can stay on site in your RV! Check out accommodations all around the region.
When you arrive in the Slocan Valley you’ll notice its relaxing rural charm. This area is host to the Valley View Golf Course and Slocan Lake Golf Club. The latter, being established in 1927, has a clubhouse that showcases their rich past with vintage photographs and other treasures.
For an ‘out of the ordinary’ experience, meandering creeks, rolling terrain, towering cedars, colourful leafy trees and densely forested mountains make for an unforgettable setting at each course. Add in spacious patios, great comfort food, awesome craft beverages and great value: it’s a winning combo.
On the map, the blue dots are 9-hole courses and the green ones are 18-hole courses.
MUST GOLF 18-HOLE COURSES
- Kokanee Springs Resort – Crawford Bay, East Shore
- Balfour Golf Course – Balfour
- Granite Pointe Golf Club – Nelson
- Little Bear Golf Course (Par 3)- Castlegar
- Castlegar Golf Club – Castlegar
- Birchbank Golf Course – Trail
- Redstone Resort – Rossland
MUST GOLF 9-HOLE COURSES
- Valley View Golf Club – Appledale
- Slocan Lake Golf Club – New Denver
- Nakusp Centennial Golf Club – Nakusp
- Fauquier and District Golf Course – Fauqiuer
- Kaslo Golf Club – Kaslo
- Riondel Golf Club – Riondel, East Shore
- Eagleview – Balfour, Kootenay Lakeview Lodge
- Champion Lakes Golf Course – Fruitvale
To learn more about golfing in the area visit the tourism websites.
Enjoy the #WestKootRoute