Designed by Canadian course architect Les Furber, Kelowna Springs Golf Club’s 18-hole course invites clubbers to hunt pins across 6,176 yards of connecting fairways and greens. Seven ponds come into play throughout the round, adding a scenic touch as they wait to take the lives of golf balls that depend on inhaling oxygen through their dimples. The 501-yard, par 5 18th hole provides a dramatic conclusion to the round, as golfers play to a green framed by the clubhouse, protected by three cavernous bunkers, and flanked by a pond on its left side. After rounds, duffers can unwind at Legends Classic Grill, where a menu of savoury clubhouse fare sates ravenous hungers built up after a day of driving balls into the cosmos and suppressing unhappy swing thoughts.
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From a tee box raised 75 feet above the fairway, the Okanagan Valley spreads out before golfers as they tee up their first shot at the Summerland Golf and Country Club. This sort of panoramic vista is commonplace on the 18-hole course?named the best course in the South Okanagen by Penticton Western in 2013?from the opening drive to postround drinks on the clubhouse?s 1,500-square-foot balcony overlooking the course below. Before toasting good fortune, players must first navigate through the groves of tall Ponderosa pines, calibrate for wild swings in elevation, and best the mighty par 5 18th hole. Measuring 522 yards from the back tees, this final hole borders the edge of the Trout Creek Canyon, one of five holes on the course to do so without falling in.
Course at a Glance:
Dedicated to saving the golf world from mulligans one slice-prone swing at a time, World Beat Golf’s team of aces imparts score-shaving advice at an outdoor practice facility. With an emphasis on building a balanced swing, developing reliable pre-swing fundamentals, and shoring up the short game, the pros foster straighter shots in private lessons and with programs for juniors and women. For more independent practice, World Beat Golf offers punch cards for driving-range balls, which players hit off of natural grass or synthetic hitting bays that provide a consistently immaculate lie and spare players from responding emotionally to divots shaped like their favourite childhood stuffed animals.
At Urban Links, golfers up their games with hands-on training sessions with certified instructors and access to an indoor facility with the latest in golf training technology. Golfers can cure their slice-, shank-, or narcolepsy-prone swings inside hitting bays that feature TrackMan swing-analysis software, which uses motion sensors and video playback to break down swinging motions. Urban Links? resident aces also enlist TrackMan technology to help players find out the club specifications that best fit their swing and body type. Along with lessons and club-fitting sessions, golfers can take advantage of the equipment and develop secret handshakes with cyborg Greg Normans during independent practice sessions in the hitting bays.
Working alongside 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer, Wayne Hachey brings a bunker full of experience to his post as Desert Golf Academy's head instructor. As a player, Wayne has excelled on both sides of the Atlantic, Earth's saltiest water hazard. He once carded a 29 on 9 holes at British Columbia's Osoyoos Golf Club and shot a low-round of 64 at Scotland's famous Lundin Links. As a coach, Wayne is acquainted with all modern teaching approaches, from the single-plane swing to the technical insights of noted golf instructor Hank Haney, and has used these approaches to develop many of todays top European Tour players. Wayne's staff of pros—including Central Alberta standout Drew Bolokoski—have all learned from his knowledge of the swing, and augment their lessons with FlightScope swing analysis.
There is one advantage to spraying the ball when playing a round at Skaha Meadows Golf Course: it's a better chance to enjoy the scenery. Stationed on a flat shelf between rolling outh Okanagan wine country and two lakes?the Okanagan and the Skaha?the 9-hole course dazzles with sweeping, scenic views. The par 35 spans 2,435 yards, challenging golfers to use all clubs in their bag as they strive to avoid swaying native grass, pine trees, and grizzled waste areas. The course serves as the training ground for CPGA pro Dan Martin, who helps players swing with more confidence than a 1940s barfly.