Taking a golf vacation in the Canadian Rockies means more than just golfing scenic courses. Golfers here also have the chance to view wildlife, without ever leaving the green. “All golf courses in the Canadian Rockies have the ability to see wildlife,” says Chris Smith, Sales and Operations Manager of Golf Canada’s West, a company that specializes in golf vacations in Alberta and British Columbia. And although no one can guarantee a sighting, “it’s not uncommon to see bears, elk, deer, coyotes and even cougars here,” says Smith.
You’ve had the lessons, spent time practicing and know about proper stance and posture. But as a golf newbie, you know you have some more work to do before you book a tee time at Pebble Beach. “Your first experiences have to be positive,” says K. Gordon Schultz, President of Golf Canada’s West, a company that specializes in golf vacations in Alberta and British Columbia. “You don’t want to start on challenging courses. The game is tough enough as it is.”
You’ve been thinking of a getaway to the green, but you’re interested in more than just a challenging game. Known for its scenic natural beauty, Western Canada is the prescription for those sick of golfing humdrum holes. To help us cull our list, and provide some pointers, we caught up with K. Gordon Schultz, golf enthusiast and President of Golf Canada’s West, a company that specializes in golf vacations in Alberta and British Columbia.
A Canadian Rockies golf vacation could very well be the most memorable holiday you’ll ever take! The Canadian Rockies truly are one of the top natural wonders of the world, internationally renowned for the stunning scenery, the sparklingly clean air, and the quiet of unspoiled wilderness. This is as close as it gets to paradise on earth.
Trying to understand what a vacation or lifestyle destination is like from the outside looking in can be difficult. And informed decisions can mean the difference between wishing for a great getaway experience and ensuring one. A consortium of six golf-and-resort lifestyle properties in Alberta, Canada understand this and have banded together to offer as fine a collection as perhaps exists in North America. And they’ve helped prospective visitors better understand what they offer through their brand tagline – “Canadian Rockies Golf: Historic. Dramatic. Untamed.”
For a unique and truly unforgettable golfing experience, a golf rail vacation package combining golf at a variety of stunningly scenic golf courses and a two-day rail tour through the incredible Canadian Rockies can’t be beat.
Canada–The Okanagan Valley is Canada’s sunniest spot for a golf vacation. Nestled in a scenic mountain valley beside the cobalt waters of 80-mile long Okanagan Lake, the Okanagan Valleyhas one of the longest golfing seasons in Canada. The area is blessed with a Mediterranean-like climate of warm and sunny summers, bracketed by the more temperate, but still sunny, spring and fall seasons. Even on the warmest of days, there is often the welcome moderating effect of a lake breeze.
Whether you’re looking for a golf vacation filled with challenging courses or a laid back miniature golfing route, Whistler, British Columbia offers the perfect blend of great golf against a backdrop of beautiful Canadian Rockies scenery.
Playing a round of golf in the Canadian Rockies is one of the most unique experiences you will ever have. Stewart Creek Golf Course is an example of a golfer’s paradise on earth. Elk strutting around on manicured greens, beautiful country club flashing in the distance, a waving flag flickering against the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies. Screw the American dream – this is the Canadian dream!