East Kootenay Golf Guide
photo by Jamie Hide
Crowsnest Pass Golf & Country Club
Located right in the heart of the Crowsnest Pass, with spectacular mountain views on all sides. It’s just a 45 minute drive from Fernie but offers strikingly different aspects and terrain. 18-hole course, Green Fees: $30/$53, offer weekday pricing. 6,846 yards. Par 73.
Sparwood Golf Club
A mountain golf course, the fairways are surrounded by tall pine and spruce forests. The signature hole # 7 par 3 offers an elevated tee, well-bunkered green and a putting surface shaped with undulation from front to back. 9-hole course. Green Fees: $25/$40, offer senior and student pricing. 3144 yards. Par 36.
Mountain Meadows Golf Course
Increasing in popularity in recent years as a destination for golfers of all ages and abilities who are looking for a picturesque setting, great golf, and a good value. It’s a mainly flat course with challenging greens. 9-hole course. Green Fees: $23/$35, offer couples, seniors and family pricing. 3168 yards. Par 37.
Fernie Golf & Country Club
Offering a championship course that is very playable for the beginner or average golfer but also offers great challenges for a more experienced player. Water is in play on all but three holes and the greens are challenging testing putting skills. 18-hole course. Green Fees: $35/$63, offer weekday, twilight, junior and local pricing. 6504 yards. Par 70.
Will-O-Bend Golf & RV Park
This par 4 golf course is a popular option for those in “lake country” and for those just starting out, although it does include some rolling hills and challenging water hazards on 6 of the 9 holes. 9-hole course. Green Fees: $22/$32, with junior pricing available. 2099 yards. Par 30. www.willobend.com
This championship-calibre course plunges into the beautiful St. Mary River Valley, with may isolated, tree-lined holes offering a wild and rugged appeal with a 12 as its signature hole. 18-hole course. Green Fees: $19/$59, offering weekday pricing and also a “Recreational 9”. 7157 yards. Par 72. www.bootleggapgolf.com
Kimberley Golf Club
This member’s course offers a variety of birdie opportunities in the opening holes, scenes of the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges, and many challenging tree lined holes. 18-hole course. Green Fees: $31/$59 with weekday, twilight, junior, and reciprocal pricing. 6164 yards. Par 71. www.kimberleygolfclub.com
A new addition to the courses in our region designed by Cooke Carleton International Golf Course Architects. The routing takes golfers on an adventure across diverse landscape of rolling forested sand dunes and mountainous terrain. 18-hole course. Green Fees: $122.60, includes cart and range balls, weekday, twilight, junior, group, specials and should season pricing available. 7405 yards. Par 72. www.shadowmountain.ca/golf
This course is designed by renowned architect Les Furber, it recently was awarded a bronze medal by readers of SCORE Golf Magazine for being one of the top resort courses in Canada. 18-hole course. Green Fees: $79/$125, with weekday, twilight and social rates. 7140 yards. Par 72. www.tricklecreek.com
Cranbrook Golf Course
Each hole of this course is framed by tall evergreens and colourful flower – with its easily walk-able route it’s an enjoyable course for all levels. But it’s also a course for the serious player, being the site for five major BCGA championships and the 2004 RCGA Senior Men's Match Play Championship. 18-hole course. Green Fees: $33/$55, with weekday, twilight and off-season rates available. 6565 yards. Par 72.
Mission Hills Golf Course
A friendly family owned and run golf and practice facility, this course is prepared with mats and grass turf for practice swinging. Along with the driving range is a practice "full size 3 hole loop" referred to as the "Mini Mission". 18-hole course. Green Fees: $5.60(3-hole)/$20/$28, also offering senior and junior rates. 2620 yards. Par 56. www.golfingmissionhills.com
St. Eugene Mission
The design concept of Les Furber places an emphasis on shot value, and within a year of opening was included in the top 3 Best New Canadian Golf courses category by Golf Digest magazine. Highlighting St. Eugene’s heritagel, all 18 hols have Ktunaxa names in the traditional language. 18-hole course. Green Fees: $35/$85 with weekday, twilight, 36 holes, and shoulder season rates. 7007 yards. Par 72.8. www.steugene.ca/golf
Way-Lyn Ranch Golf Course
An executive golf course located in Saint Mary's River Valley, consisting of tricky par 3's and challenging 4's. With some holes over 250 yards, golfers are able to brush up on their long game in addition to sharpening up on their short irons. 9-hole course. Green Fees: $17.42/$23.88 with senior and junior rates. 1335 yards. Par 30. www.waylyngolf.com
A new addition to the East Kootenays, opening this June, this course represents Gary Player’s expertise with each hole being carefully designed by the Gary Player Group. There is also a unique and user friendly practice facility with large putting green, chipping green and driving range. 18-hold course. Green Fees: $69 with twilight, weekday and 9-hole pricing. 70221 yards. Par 72. www.wildstonegolf.com