The realisation of rancher Stan Tower’s dream, Tower Ranch Golf & Country Club is a 2008 Thomas McBroom design from the architect’s top drawer.
Dave Finn our Canadian Correspondent provided the following article:
In 2008 The Club at Tower Ranch was named the #4 best new golf course in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine and one of Golf Digest’s Top 3 Best Courses in Canada 2010. How’s that for an introduction? This is a dramatic Thomas McBroom links-style design that is carved out of the Kelowna hillside with spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and Okanagan Lake. There is no way to ease in on this layout. McBroom forces you to hit your driver on the first hole which brings the fairway bunkers into play on the left and a fescue filled hillside on the right.
Holes 13 & 15 are probably the two most controversial holes on the course as both require a good drive over a valley while avoiding the bunkers to reach a narrow fairway. The green on the par five 15th is almost impossible to hit close with your approach if the pin is up front, so be forewarned. Tower Ranch offers tremendous elevation changes, steep-faced bunkers – that you WILL be in – and tough greens where it is a challenge to avoid the inevitable three-putt. Definitely my favorite golf course in Kelowna!
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