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.
Course at a Glance:
Methow Valley Sport Trails Association's 120 miles of manicured snow pathways unfurl through a scenic landscape of valleys, forests, and mountains. Adventurers spend three consecutive days carving swathes through the powdered paths, with gently rolling areas for beginners, lengthy climbs for veterans, and loop-the-loops for skiers with rockets strapped to their backs. Coast through the 30-kilometer Methow Community Trail, which traverses the Foster-Twalks Suspension Bridge and bows low to the Methow River. On the machine-groomed tracks of the Mazama Trails, newcomers glide through flat farmlands, and the Sun Mountain Trails have an even mix of easy, intermediate, and difficult runs that all end at the doorstep of a warm hut.
The Junior A Penticton Vees skate into the British Columbia Hockey League’s 50th anniversary season with its blades and instincts sharpened, poised to capitalize on a quick start that has the team in reach of first place in the Interior Conference standings. In his fifth year with the team, head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson makes sure his players keep their sticks low and their self-confidence high as they navigate the icy roads of their regular-season schedule. Forward and 2011 NHL draft pick Mario Lucia leads the way for the Vees, splitting defenses with Zamboni-polished slickness and subjecting opponents to more body checks than an anxious physician. Mario and fellow NHL draftees Steven Fogarty and Mike Reilly are not the first Vees to earn interest from the big league, as NHL All-Stars Brett Hull and Duncan Keith both donned the club’s dashing V-neck sweaters in their early days.
The annual Sound of Summer Music Festival returns to the meadows of Penticton to shower audiences with the aural equivalents of heat, swimwear, and sunflowers. A weekend lineup stacked with some of pop and hip-hop’s brightest stars features headliner Lupe Fiasco, who is still climbing the mountain of acclaim heaped on his hit album Lasers and is poised for a heated rap battle with the sun to determine who has the brighter future. Electro-producer Avicii rubs digital butter all over the crowd with his contagious remixes of Tiësto, Robyn, and David Guetta, and My Darkest Days unleashes rollicking guitar licks. Flo Rida and Hyper Crush monitor the festival’s frenetic pulse rate, pumping up the crowds with their defibrillating beats.
As the sounds of crashing pins and cheering players echo across Vineyard Lanes, owners Gayle and Gordon Grant keep a watchful eye over their five-pin bowling haven. Since taking ownership, the duo has reconditioned the pinsetters and installed new synthetic wood for each of the facility's eight lanes. Their continuing efforts lure in both casual bowlers and leagues.
Vineyard Lanes' on-site bistro complements rounds of pin pummelling. A white, cross-hatched fence sets off the dining area, where aromas of stuffed mushroom caps and slow-roasted-beef sandwiches distract players long enough for finicky bowling pins to sneak out the back door.
The centrepiece is a 14-foot screen. And 26 plasma TVs reinforce the HD sports experience, from UFC fights to NHL fights. The games enjoyed at Best Damn Sports Bar aren't all passively viewed, though; billiards, darts, and arcade games beckon the competitive side of patrons.
Sports fans periodically fill cheering mouths with savoury bar favourites, including burgers, flatbread pizzas, and wings that come in 15 varieties—honey garlic and butter chicken, to name two. And to wash down it all down, draft and bottled beer, cocktails, and red and white wine vie for table supremacy.