BC’s Kootenay Rockies

May 15, 2013
In British Columbia, snow-capped mountain peaks, stunning golf courses and soothing natural hot springs make for memorable Kootenay Rockies play.

At Radium Resort, for example, two premier courses have one thing in common: fantastic scenery. The Springs Course, which celebrates its 25th season this year, takes advantage of its home high on the banks of the Columbia River, seamlessly blending high-drama play with naturally scenic views. (The Springs is set to host the 2013 BC Amateur Golf Championship.) Framed by The Purcell and Rocky Mountain ranges, its sister design, The Resort Course, sits right on the border of Kootenay National Park. Here, recent renovations, including three newly constructed holes, have transformed the course into a par-71 beauty with four sets of tees playing anywhere from 5,255 to 6,071 yards.

Further south, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers an equal test of mettle, with the classic, tree-lined fairways of its championship Mountainside Golf Course (which includes seven recently restored holes) and the tricky water features and striking natural beauty to be found on the Columbia River-lined Riverside Golf Course. To end the day, it’s all about the area’s natural wonders — you can settle in for a soak at either Radium Hot Springs or Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, each promising calming waters and an ideal vantage point to soothe the bogeys away.

www.radiumresort.com; www.radiumhotsprings.com; www.fairmonthotsprings.com

Courtesy of Tourism British Columbia

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