Golfer at sunset (Picture BC photo)
Merritt accommodates both advanced golfers and families with one of the most unique courses in Canada plus three other well-established nine-hole layouts.
Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club
Located in hills above the Quilchena Hotel, 20km/12.5mi north of Merritt, the Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club is a minimalist links-style course, combining spectacular views from every fairway. Tee boxes have no markers, which necessitates a style of play unfamiliar to the average duffer.
Former PGA touring professional, Dick Zokol is one of the designers and owners of Sagebrush. He is on the course almost every day and willing to talk about its design and style of play. Ranging from 4,964m/5,429yd to 6,831m/7,471yd, the course plays link an old Scottish links course with waste bunkers, open entries onto the greens, hard and fast fairways, and greens that are quick and large. This is bump and run golf. Aim for the flag and it likely means a long chip shot back to the green.