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.
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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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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.
Orchard Greens Golf Club utilizes its fertile pastureland to the utmost. On the one hand, it's a 9-hole, par 32 course with tons of character, including a par-five finishing hole with an elevated tee that looks out onto an expanse of mountains, a lake, and nearby residencies. On the other, it's a working apple orchard that has harvested the fruits of the land for decades. Evidence of its alter-ego abounds, especially at the Bunkhouse Bar and Grill, the course-side restaurant located in a charming, green-roofed building that dates back to 1929, a time when the facility served as the orchard's barn for trucks to haul in fruit and a stable for horses hired as taste testers. The scenic spot deserves a good, long look on a sunny day, but those who can't make it out until sunset shouldn't worry: the course is also illuminated by floodlights throughout the summer so players can enjoy night golf.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 32 course * Length of 2,100 yards from the tips * Three tee options available * Scorecard
Only 15 minutes from Penticon, BC, Twin Lakes Golf Course stretches out over 285 acres of valley terrain, nestled among mountain slopes thick with deciduous trees such as firs and pines. The 18-hole, par 72 course takes advantage of its scenic surroundings by challenging golfers with elevated tees, which players summit with the help of shoes equipped with either cleats or spider feet. A long, treacherous sand trap lurks along hole 16?s left side, earning it recognition as the course?s second most difficult hole?just on the heels of hole seven, whose own sand trap and narrowed fairway make it the most challenging on the course. Players warm up at a driving range with six hitting stations or the chipping and putting practice areas before swinging through the course.
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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.