Taking a trip from Vancouver and want to find the best city nearby for world-renowned golf? Local to Kelowna and want to brush up on your swing? New to the sport and thinking about taking advantage of one the Okanagan Valley’s most popular amenities? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then you’re in the right spot when you set foot in the City of Kelowna, home to more than 15 stunning private and open membership golf courses and driving ranges. As an all-season playground, Kelowna becomes a golf fanatic’s paradise in the summer. Here are just some of the city’s best golf courses.
Gallagher’s Canyon is a Classic of Kelowna and Local Favourite
Gallagher’s Canyon is a local favourite and considered the best of the best. It’s played home to the likes of Alice Cooper and Arnold Palmer, and in 2010 scoreGOLF named it a top-50 Canadian Golf Course. The famous Canyon Course is set before a backdrop of sun-baked hills lifting from the edges of Lake Okanagan. With sharp, angular proportions and a variety of creative tee placements, the distinctive nine-hole, par 32 Pinnacle Course is known for its unique challenge. Gallagher’s Canyon also includes a driving range and an equipment range, and offers lessons for all skill levels.
Tower Ranch Towers Above the Rest as a Modern Masterpiece
The Tower Ranch Golf and Country Club is a true championship course, and the crowning gem in Kelowna’s vibrant array of modern luxury ranges. The PGA of BC named it the best course in British Columbia, and it’s no wonder; Thomas McBroom designed it. The 18-hole course is strategic and technical thanks to dramatic curving slopes and a multitude of obstacles, without isolating new players with an unreasonably steep difficulty curve. The semi-private club also includes an extra 10,000 square feet of amenities including a golf shop, restaurant, fitness club and meeting centre. Tower Ranch is understandably on the higher end of the price scale, but lots of bundled deals and special offers are available. If you really love Tower Ranch you can even move there; four distinct, master-planned neighbourhoods span 446 uplands acres nearby the course as part of the Dilworth Homes development; new homes are now selling.
Kelowna Springs Golf Club is Family Friendly and Affordably Priced
At a somewhat more affordable price, Kelowna Springs is a beautiful traditional course spanning seven lakes fed by natural springs and including gorgeously landscaped fountains and features. The course was designed by Les Furber, and is known for accommodating a diverse range of talent. Kelowna Springs is especially family friendly with an 18-hole putting course. The Legends Classic Grill is a local favourite for dining with special deals like Sunday Brunch, Vegas Mondays and Pasta Tuesdays, where full meals can be had starting under $10. Kelowna Springs also has a banquet hall and is a popular spot for weddings and other special events.
Two Eagles Golf Course Includes a Renowned Academy Training Program
Natural beauty surrounds the simple, sophisticated fairways of the Two Eagles Golf Course and Academy. The lakeside, 19-hole, Les Furber designed course sits below the 19 Okanagan Grill and Bar, which is known for its optional gluten-free menu and a range of delicious cocktails. The facility also hosts wedding and special events with full catering. But perhaps Two Eagles is best known for its Golf Academy, which includes an exclusive 15,000 square-foot practice green and offers personalized private and group instructions and special coaching for everyone from youth to senior golf veterans. A range of special deals, including ‘Take a Kid to the Course Night’, make Two Eagles exceptionally affordable and family friendly.
The Okanagan Valley is a golfer’s paradise, not only for its perfect climate, beautiful backdrop and quantity of courses and clubs, but also for their quality and variety. With 17 facilities in the region, there’s no better city in BC to work on your swing. Kelowna’s special array of beautiful courses and clubs flanked by stunning wildlife and state-of the art amenities makes it the ultimate golf destination.