Kimberley, in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia, was where the Sullivan Mine, the world’s largest underground lead-zinc operation, was located up until 2001 when it closed after almost one hundred years of production.
Nowadays, Kimberley has turned its attention to tourism, offering visitors a number of different outdoor pursuits. With four 18-hole layouts in close proximity to the town, it’s now striving to become a popular golf tourism destination.
Les Furber, one of Canada’s best known architects, designed the course at Trickle Creek Resort and the tree-lined fairways plunge over the rugged foothills of the North Star Mountain in dramatic fashion.
The 451-yard 5th is a long, right doglegged par four that’s well worth a stroke index rating of 1 and it’s almost matched for difficulty on the back nine by the 438-yard 12th, which doglegs to the left on its way from tee to green.
The 174-yard 11th is regarded as the signature hole at Trickle Creek, where tee shots plummet from an elevated tee position down to a green that’s protected by three large sand traps, two to the front and one to the rear.