Hidden Gems of the Columbia Valley Golf Trail

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The Columbia Valley Golf Trail offers eight distinct golf courses, each with their own personalities and treasures. For example, do you know which tees have the best views? Discover all of the hidden gems in this special local’s guide.

Want to see some black bears? Mountainside Golf Course at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is home to a couple families of black bears. They show up so often on the course that it is unusual for golfers not to catch a glimpse of one while playing. Fairmont Mountainside is the home of the amazing Dancing Circus Bear. Watch for yourself.

Mount Nelson is an impressive mountain located in the Purcells, an interior mountain range. This peak is #90 on the Height List for British Columbia and is one of the most photographed in area. A local secret is that one of the best places to view this magnificent peak is from The Point at Copper Point club house! Read more…

Have you ever wondered where the best view in the Columbia Valley is! There certainly are lots of locations to choose from! One strong contender is the #2 elevated tee box at Radium Golf Couse. This tee box is the talk of the town!! A couple of seasons ago they took it away for a couple years. People were so upset that it has now been reinstalled. There is a fantastic view of the Valley from there and the views that you see of the Red Streak rock faces of Kootenay National Park that can be seen from the course, isn’t too bad either. Read more…

The regal bronze Elk statue on the 1st tee of The Ridge Course at Copper Point is called “Royalty”. The statue was crafted by Karl Lansing, Canadian Sculptor who specializes in sculptures of North American and African Big Game Animals and Wildlife. The body stands 11.5 feet high, 9 feet long and 2 feet wide. See it for yourself at The Ridge Couse at Copper Point.  Read more…

Did you know that Windermere Valley Golf Course is a record breaker? It is always the first course in the Columbia Valley to open, and the last course to close each year. Windermere Valley Golf Course has the largest Men’s Golf Club, with 150+ members and the course’s record is 56. 10 under par by Harry Ferguson and Sean McSweeny. Read more…

Every Fall the Kokanee Salmon run and the Columbia River runs red with salmon! Golfers at Riverside Golf Course in Fairmont Hot Springs Resort cross the Columbia River six times in a round allowing them plenty of opportunities to witness the spectacular life-cycles as the fish spawn die and a feast for the eagerly awaiting Bald Eagles. Read more…

The Columbia Wetlands is one of the world’s living treasures, with 216 animal species, including hundreds of thousands of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. An interesting way to experience this unique habitat is to play the Radium Springs Golf Course. The Columbia Wetlands are a big part of the golfing experience at Radium Springs Golf Course! Read more…

Ever wonder where Eagle Ranch Golf Course got its’ name? Many eagles call this area home, they are frequently seen circling in the skies overhead. That’s not the only wildlife to be found in the Columbia Valley, turkeys, grouse, and deer are also often spotted at Eagle Ranch Golf Course. Read more…

 

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