B.C. Bound – A 2-day golf teaser

Early May.  2 days. 3 courses. 4 rounds. About 1500 km. Pure bliss.

As is now customary, when traveling for work I explore opportunities to tack on a day or two for some golf. A visit to Vancouver and Surrey in early May is no exception and wrapped around the Surrey leg of the trip are two days of driving and golf. Two important things to understand are: I am a morning person, and second, driving is very relaxing for me. And while the itinerary is by no means locked in, I am pleased to share it with you in it’s current state.

On an off day between business meetings I plan on an early departure from Vancouver to Kamloops to experience a top Canadian course, Tobiano. In fact, if I’m fortunate and can get out of the city quick enough I hope to stretch the day to include 36 holes as it will be midweek and relatively early in the season. A definite bucket list course, the chance to play there is something I’m excited for. Following a day of work back in Surrey, I’ll pack up for an overnight trip to Salmon Arm. The day will include two strong value plays and another bucket list opportunity at Salmon Arm Golf Club. The morning round will take me off the Trans Canada highway to play Talking Rock on the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band territory. I’m fascinated by the layout and the beauty of this course and its signature closing hole. I’ll make my way east for an afternoon round at Salmon Arm GC. Canadian Golf Magazine places this well within their top 50 public courses and its on my own bucket list. It should provide the strong value and end this golf trip on a high note. It will be a restful overnight in Salmon Arm before a relaxed drive back to Vancouver to head home in time for Mother’s Day.

One reason I started this blog is to share Canadian golf travel information. I’ve written about golf trip itineraries for trips to Cape Breton Island and PEI before. I want to acknowledge Where 2 Golf, a great site that helped me determine Talking Rock would be my third course to play after finding out Sagebrush would not be open yet when I’m traveling. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions on this itinerary. I don’t know the area. Any must visit restaurants or items to order off the menus of these courses? Any tips for the drive? For me, the experience always includes doing my research, enjoying the journey and the savouring the chance to experience parts of Canada I don’t get to visit regularly.

Time simply stopped me from extending a trip to covering off great Vancouver area courses, getting back to play on Vancouver Island or heading up to Whistler.  Add to this some other quality golfing options in the Thompson/Okanagan region and safe to say these two days will only whet the appetite of this golfer for BC golf.


4 thoughts on “B.C. Bound – A 2-day golf teaser

  1. Mike,

    This post has me fired up! I’ve done a fair share of driving and golfing through B.C. I haven’t played much around Vancouver, but I can attest to the fact that Salmon Arm and Talking Rock are both good choices in the Shushwap area, especially for the price! I played them both before my blog was born so unfortunately don’t have course reviews. If you need to grab a bite in Salmon Arm, the Barley Station Brew Pub has great food and even better beer.

    I haven’t played Tobiano yet, but I’ve heard nothing but great things from people. Just a heads up – it is in Kamloops, not Kelowna, which is good because Kamloops is a shorter drive from Vancouver!

    My only issue with your plan is that it should be about 7 days longer, haha! If you have a chance to cruise through the Okanagan — Vernon, Kelowna, or even further south into Penticton, you should try to. Beautiful drives, lakes, orchards, wineries, and more great golf. If your itinerary ends up taking you through that area….

    There are two great value courses in Vernon – Vernon Country Club and Spallumcheen (I worked on the grounds crew here for a summer). Between Vernon and Kelowna there is a bucket list destination — Predator Ridge (they’ve had skins games there)…even if you can’t play, the drive up to check it out is worth it. In Kelowna, Tower Ranch is a stunning, unique golf experience. I’ve also heard that Gallagher’s Canyon is a must play.

    I could go on and on….haha. I think I need to plan a trip out there this summer now.


    • Ah Josh, I love your enthusiasm and it is only fueling mine. While Tobiano will be a special experience I sensed that Talking Rock and Salmon Arm would be solid value plays and I appreciate the validation to those assumptions. Love the reco around the pub in SA…I’ll be all over that as a nice place for dinner to end a full day.

      Too short an itinerary? Absolutely true. Had I had the time to get to Kelowna, that would have opened up all kinds of options and I appreciate the recommendations in Vernon. There is so much to see in Canada, and so much golf to play! I played Gallagher’s Canyon over 25 years ago now very early in my career and recall is being a beautiful track with some prominent features which make the course really stand out.

      We will certainly connect up into the spring and explore the possibilities for us to connect over a round. Based on this post alone, let alone shared interests in the game, there will be much to discuss over 4.5 hours!

      Many thanks, Mike

    • Thanks, Jim.
      The driving should help me slow myself down, relax and really enjoy the experience. As for pics, yes indeed. It is a part of my ‘game’ where I can really step up and this trip should be good practice. I look forward to sharing more – before and after the trip. But for us, in this part of Canada (today aside) we’re getting closer and closer to the start of the season.

      Cheers, Mike

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