Originally opened in 2008 as Canoe Creek Golf Course, this 18-hole Salmon Arm layout was designed by 2-time PGA Tour winner Dave Barr, who lives in nearby Westbank.
A decade after the course was unveiled, the business changed hands, with Mike and Sean Foss taking over as the new owners.
Today, the par-72 course can be stretched to just over 7,000 yards from the back markers, with holes laid out in two returning nines.
Water only ever comes into play at one hole on the layout, at the par three 3rd, where a rather attractive waterfall flows from the tee to a pond beside the green.
The severely doglegged 5th is another interesting hole on the front nine, featuring three “church pews” bunkers positioned on the inside of the fairway as it veers left towards the green.
On the back nine, the par four 14th is a tough hole, rated stroke index 2, bending at right angles from tee to green, with a rock-strewn creek cutting across in front of the green.
Since the recent change of ownership over the last few years this has converted this course to an outstanding golf course. New clubhouse, practice facility and course upgrades make this an almost unbeatable course based on the price. The staff in the pro shop are always friendly and welcoming. The food in the clubhouse ranks as one of the best places to eat in the area. 18 holes through tree lined golf holes with varied terrain make this both playable, challenging and enjoyable. A golf course that still demands every club in your bag. A couple courses in the Vernon area (specifically the one named after Fred Couples) could learn a lot from copying this business model especially when it comes to customer relations. Many locals now travel the 25-30 minutes to play here instead of in the local area. Don't miss this if you are in the area.