St. Eugene Golf Resort was the first of three rounds on a boys trip to the mountains near Cranbrook, British Columbia. With a population of less than 20,000 people, it’s absolutely incredible the quality of golf you can find within miles of Cranbrook.
The three courses we played: St. Eugene, Wildstone Golf Course and Shadow Mountain Golf Course, are all a stones throw away from each other and just minutes outside of Cranbrook.
St. Eugene was designed by course architect, Les Furber, and features two unique styles of golf throughout the 18 holes. You start and end your round with holes that have an open links-golf type feel, while the other holes are tighter and wind through the forest — all which have spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.
By the third hole you start heading into the forest where the course demands a lot more of you off of the tee.
The 9th hole below is a great risk-reward par 5 hole. You have to make a choice in how much of the St. Mary’s River you want to cut off. You can hit 3 wood to the right towards the bunkers and take it out of play or rip a driver down there and give yourself a great chance to reach the green in two. It’s tough not to be distracted by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in the background….
My buddies Sean and Brett on the elevated par 4 12th green. More beautiful views of the Rockies.
After your tee shot on the 16th hole you emerge from the trees and finish on three open but still challenging holes. The par 5 finishing hole is a great way to finish the round with views of the large clubhouse and mountains in the background. It’s an interesting tee shot in that the fairway is miles wide, but is protected with a large bunker right in the middle, so check your yardages!
All in all, we all had a great time out at St. Eugene. I even collected a few dollars from the boys which made it even better. It’s a fun and challenging track that is still playable for most skill levels. It offers a variety of different holes and styles of golf to keep you interested the whole way around.
The staff were friendly and informative and made us feel very welcome. Their snack shack is strategically located so that you go by it twice throughout your round, and they serve a pretty mean hot dog!
After playing all three courses, I only had one beef with St. Eugene. We paid the highest green fee of the three ($92 with a cart on a Friday), and it came in last in regards to course conditions. It was only May which is still early season for the Canadian Rockies, however, after seeing the other courses so close by in almost pristine condition, it made me reconsider.
I would be very interested to visit St. Eugene Golf Resort during peak season conditions and be able to update my review. Hopefully they’ll have me back!