We had the chance to play Golden Golf Club back in August of 2013 and I’ve been looking forward to writing about it. Located in Golden, British Columbia, Canada just west of the Canadian Rockies in the Columbia valley makes for a beautiful backdrop. The club has a large full length driving range and a large practice green located conveniently near the pro shop and first tee to get your game dialed for the day ahead.
We were on a week long road trip that started by hightailing it from Calgary to Vancouver so Beth could run a half marathon (which she rocked), and then slowly meandering back with stops in the Shushwap and Okanagan areas, and finally Golden, BC. Our mission was to golf, eat and wine taste as much as we could and we were extremely successful. We left a few golf balls behind but picked up some wine to take home to make up for it.
We had heard great things about Golden Golf Club so we couldn’t pass it up. It didn’t disappoint. The Golden Golf Club officially opened in 1986 and was formed as a not-for-profit society according to their website, which helps keep their green fees at reasonable rates.
The par 72 (73 for ladies) course plays at a maximum yardage of 6825 yards from the Gold tees with a rating/slope of 72.2/134 making it a fun challenge for skilled golfers, but still fun and playable for everyone if you want to move up a tee box or two.The greens are challenging but very fair, and were in great shape when we played.
The course starts you off gently with a shorter dog leg left par 4 and a somewhat forgiving tee shot which provides a great opportunity to get off to a good start. The course quickly shows its teeth on the 2nd hole with a 480 yard par 4 from the back tees and a creek running down the right.
It’s followed up with a 400 yard par 4 dogleg left that demands a quality tee shot and then the long par 3 fourth hole that can play over 215 yards when the tees are pushed back. Beth is about to rip it down the middle on the third hole below.
The course continues to meander through the forest along and over picturesque creeks with beautiful views of the mountains. Keeping it in play is a must, but several of the tee shots are slightly more forgiving then they may appear. A couple of them are less forgiving. I’ll let you get out there and figure it out on your own! Finally by the sixth hole you think you have time to relax and take advantage of a par 5, but don’t let your guard down with a marsh all down the left side and trees on the right. There are trees on your right all day though. And on your left. So get used to it.
The par 3 seventh looks like an inviting green from the tee, but what you can’t see is that the green is two tiered with the front tier raised. My ball looked to be about ten feet away for birdie from the tee, but to my surprise it was sitting on the front tier 40 feet away from the back pin.
The par 5’s demand precise tee shots and on a couple occasions force driver out of your hand and make you play more strategically. They aren’t the typical ‘grip it and rip it’ par 5’s that we’re accustomed to on so many golf courses which was refreshing, but they certainly don’t lack in length. Take advantage of the 500 yard 12th hole with a downhill tee shot which gives you your best chance of the day to get home in two on a par 5. I’ll be sure to take advantage of it next time, whoops!
We were most impressed with our experience overall. You come off the course feeling satisfied, knowing you got what you paid for and then some. Especially Beth, who clinched our match with some clutch play on the last hole!
Before finishing the final leg of our road trip back to Calgary, we stopped for a bite to eat and a beer in the clubhouse. They have a very spacious patio but due to a wasp problem at the time we were unable to enjoy it. I kept it simple and had the chicken fingers that were definitely house made and served with some sort of magical honey dill sauce that danced on my tongue. The service both in the restaurant and pro shop was superb and everyone was extremely friendly and down to earth. The next time we find ourselves going through Golden we will absolutely make time to play Golden Golf Club again.
See you again soon!