Wine, Dine and Music in the Mountains: It’s Golf Season in BC

Posted Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thompson Okanagan, Vancouver Island, Kamloops, Food & Wine, Outdoor Adventure / Ecotourism

A glass of fine wine. Menus that boast seasonal fare. Award-winning musicians in a mountain setting. These elements are all part of the game, particularly when golfers tee up in Canada’s westernmost province.

At Bear Mountain Resort, for example, diversity awaits beyond Vancouver Island’s only 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf. Indeed, while two challenges — the Jack & Steve Nicklaus co-designed Mountain Course and the Nicklaus Design Valley Course — tempt north of Victoria, golfers can savour their time off the green with equal enthusiasm, thanks to The Cellar’s Friday Night Flights. Where better to relive the Mountain Course’s balance of challenge and playability or the Valley Course’s kinder, friendlier approach than over sips of wines from around the world, including award-winners from BC’s own backyard.  

Back on the mainland, consistently sunny days, an eight-month golf season and 13 premier courses ensure that Kamloops is prime for the golf set. With this much choice, aficionados would be wise to mix things up, opting for outings that range from play at the park-like, 100-year-old Kamloops Golf & Country Club (a classic course that was redesigned in 2010) to long drives at beautifully modern Tobiano. And when the clubs have been stashed for the day, exploration of a different kind beckons along the Kamloops Flavours Trail, with bold reds and crisp whites ready for sipping at choice winery stops and local craft beers worthy of a toast served up on sunlit patios.;   

Just west of Kamloops, the Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort holds sway as the highest elevation course in the province. And while panoramic play is a mainstay at this Graham Cooke course that rises 1,200 metres (3,937 feet) above sea level and is backed by Tod, Sundance and Morrisey mountains, it’s activity off the course that proves equally pleasing. On the roster? Music in the mountains, courtesy of the resort’s annual Summer Concert Series. After all, there’s no better way to end a day on the links than taking in the classic, award-winning Canadian lineup of Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts followed by Colin James, August 28 – 29.

Those game for the long drive can finish their summer where things really heat up: in Canada’s only desert. Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course, further south in Osoyoos, may boast myriad natural elements — including the desert-and-sagebrush vistas of the Canyon Nine and the long-drive, friendly fairways and greens on the Grove Nine — but it’s the pursuits beyond Mother Nature’s bounty that prove equally satisfying. Here’s a taste: Haida Gwaii spring salmon or bison tenderloin, each paired with a choice vintage from Aboriginal owned Nk’Mip Cellars and served up at the winery’s own patio restaurant, take après golf to a whole new delicious level.; 


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