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Course Profile: Kelowna Golf and Country Club

Kelowna Golf and Country Club
1297 Glenmore Drive
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Fast Facts

Par (Men): 36
Par (Women): 37

Bronze Tees:
Yardage: 5,385
Rating (Men): 65.4
Rating (Women): 70.9
Slope (Men): 113
Slope (Women): 124

Silver Tees:
Yardage: 5,874
Rating (Men): 67.7
Rating (Women): 74
Slope (Men): 122
Slope (Women): 132

Gold Tees:
Yardage: 6,323
Rating (Men): 69.6
Rating (Women): 77.3
Slope (Men): 128
Slope (Women): 134

Course Introduction and History

The Kelowna Golf and Country Club dates all the way back to the earliest Kelowna golfing activity in 1899, when a nine-hole course was located close to Memorial Arena and City Hall. A new site was found in 1914 around the Bankhead region but ended up floundering due to World War One, in which many members served between 1914 and 1918. Incorporation of the club took place in 1920, with the first 18-hole course opening on March 20, 1926. This venue has survived the effects of two World Wars and a fire in the 1960s that nearly wiped out the clubhouse. The modern era of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club began with the opening of a new 18-hole course on June 23, 1962. The design for the new links was spearheaded over several years by the course architect, A.V. Macan, who recommended that the club purchase additional property to fulfil new plans. Over the years, continued investments of time and funds from members have helped the club survive, thrive, and grow into a superb golfing destination.

Amenities and Services

The Kelowna Golf and Country Club pro shop stocks the best brands of high-quality golf equipment, apparel, and gifts, including headwear, clubs, balls, and fashionable golf shirts. Friendly pro shop staff and PGA Canada golf professionals are available to provide advice for purchases. This pro shop goes the extra mile to provide impeccable, detailed service, including individualization of personal or corporate gifts, repairs, and restoration as well as complimentary gift wrapping. The club also offers friendly, expert advice and lessons from PGA of Canada pros. Members enjoy complimentary use of the tennis court. The Greenside Dining Room is open Thursday to Sunday while the course is in-season and prides itself on offering diners exemplary service with a passion for imaginative and fascinating cuisine. The Clubhouse is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, providing a comfortable setting to grab a nosh or sip beverages. Kelowna Golf and Country Club also performs catering services. The facilities take advantage of the beautiful surroundings, giving people the opportunity to host special events and even weddings at the Country Club. The practice facility includes the "19th hole," a green dedicated to practising the art of putting.

What Makes Kelowna Golf and Country Club Special

The Kelowna Golf and Country Club is the only Kelowna golf course in the area that is owned entirely by members. As a result, the grounds are groomed in a scrupulous manner to make the most out of the beautiful surroundings. These links offer an excellent challenge and are designed with traditional course features. One notable run of holes feature water hazards, nicknamed the "Amen Corner," that mercilessly engulfs poorly-played balls. This club hosts a variety of tournaments for men, women, and seniors, most notably the Ogopogo Invitational, which has a history that spans over 60 years and includes winners such as Dave Barr and Dick Zokol. The club also boasts a robust junior program with more than 150 members benefiting from exclusive tee times, lessons, and friendly competitions organized by professional staff and volunteers. This includes a series of tournaments in courses around the Kelowna area.

The Kelowna Golf and Country Club is a beautiful facility that caters to all types of golfing aficionados. Their difficult, well-groomed course challenges duffers, while the clubhouse provides an oasis of relaxation after a round of golf.

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