Trip Ideas

Golfing in the Kootenay Rockies

Want to take golf to the next level? Try elevating your game in the Kootenays. Home to more than 25 stellar mountain courses, the Kootenay Rockies region is a charming, away-from-it-all golf destination. Enjoy riverside resorts, hidden gems tucked near small towns, and dramatic mountain scenery.


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  1. Invermere
  2. Golden
  3. Kimberley
  4. Cranbrook
  5. Nelson
  6. Creston

Invermere and Golden Golf Courses

Eagle Ranch Golf Resort. Photo Credit: Eagle Ranch Golf Resort

Greywolf Golf Course: Enjoy alpine golf at its best at Greywolf Golf Course. Part of Panorama Mountain Village near Invermere, this Doug-Carrick design is renowned for its challenging elevation changes, dramatic fall lines, and stunning mountain scenery. After golf, stay at Panorama, soak in the mountain-view hot pools, and have a memorable meal at Greys Restaurant, set in a cozy log lodge.

Golden Golf Club: Play along the mighty Columbia River at Golden Golf Club, which features white silica-sand bunkers and huge, rolling greens. This peaceful, 6,825-yard Les-Furber-designed course has been the proud host of the BC Amateur Championship and is as beautiful as it is challenging. After a round, enjoy fine dining with mountain views at The Island, set in a rustic log building on an island in the Kicking Horse River. Stay at the Prestige Inn or a quaint bed and breakfast like the Kicking Horse Canyon B & B.

Eagle Ranch Golf Resort: Perched along bluffs overlooking the Columbia River, this 18-hole gem has embraced its setting to create an extraordinary golf experience. The Bill Robinson-designed layout ranges from open fairways with 360-degree valley views, to tricky holes in mini-canyons, and greens with Rocky and Purcell mountain

Copper Point Golf Club: At Windermere’s Copper Point, play two impressive mountain courses, Copper Point Course and The Ridge Course. Designed by Canadian architects Gary Browning and Wade Horrocks, both courses feature wide fairways and challenging greens. Dine at the resort’s Elements Grill and stay the night in a lavish mountain-view suite overlooking the fairways.

Kimberley and Cranbrook Golf Courses

Trickle Creek: This Les-Furber-designed course swerves through a forest at the base of Kimberley’s Northstar Mountain. Stay course-side in the cozy timber-framed lodge and wake up refreshed for a morning game.

Shadow Mountain: Be wowed at Shadow Mountain, one of the most visually impressive mountainside courses in Canada. The Wayne-Carleton-designed layout features rugged bunkering, contoured greens, rolling bentgrass fairways and stunning mountain views.

Nelson and Creston Golf Courses

Creston Golf Club

Creston Golf Club: Marvel at nature and enjoy plenty of wildlife sightings – including deer, osprey, herons and the occasional bear – on Creston Golf Club. It’s gorgeous, tree-lined layout is set near bird-rich wetlands. Enjoy post-round refreshments on the sun-soaked patio.

Kokanee Springs Resort: Unwind at one of the hidden jewels in the Kootenay Rockies. This classic Norman Woods design at Kokanee Springs Resort on the eastern side of Kootenay Lake meanders through forests with stunning alpine scenery. Overnight? Choose from mountain-view cottages, villas and lodge rooms at the resort.

Granite Pointe Golf Course: Granite Pointe’s course, which opened in 1920 and expanded in 1993, boasts beautiful views of the Kokanee Glacier and Kootenay Lake. After a round, head to nearby Nelson to enjoy dinner at one of the many eclectic restaurants in town, like The Outer Clove, a garlic-themed gem. While in Nelson, check out the many galleries, boutiques and Victorian heritage homes.

Kootenay Rockies Transportation

From Vancouver or Calgary, fly into the Canadian Rockies International Airport in the Kimberley/Cranbrook area.
By car, the Kootenay Rockies region is about eight hours east of Vancouver on the Trans Canada Highway. From Calgary, Alberta, the drive to the Kootenay Rockies takes about three hours and travels through Banff National Park, then west along Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park.