Penticton Golf and Country Club is a semi-private golf course located in the south Okanagan region of British Columbia, in the community of Penticton. The Okanagan is known for beautiful lakes, beaches, orchards, wineries, and you guessed it, golf courses. Penticton Golf and Country Club is a great example of why golf is a big attraction in the Okanagan.
The club was first founded in 1922 with a 9-hole course, and has evolved over the years to what is now a fun and charming 6100 yard, par 70 layout. It may look tame on the scorecard, but the course should not be underestimated. It is a flat, narrow, traditional style layout lined with tall, mature trees and plenty of water to keep you on your toes. The design puts a premium on course management and accuracy, while offering a variety of different holes to keep you stimulated.
The rough is kept lush which makes distance control difficult. Hitting fairways is a must if you want good looks at birdie. The green complexes are sneaky tough and strategically protected with bunkers, making it difficult to aim at certain pins even with a short iron or wedge in your hand.
The approach to the par-4 2nd green:
The par-3 3rd hole:
The approach to the difficult par-4 4th hole:
The approach to the short par-4 8th hole:
Looking back from the par-4 12th green:
The par-3 13th green:
Tee shot on the narrow, dogleg right par-4 17th hole:
My wife and I were both thrilled with our experience at Penticton Golf and Country Club. We were fortunate to be paired with a couple of very nice members, Paul and Richard, who were a pleasure to play with and did a great job of showing us around the course. If I was forced to complain about one thing, some of the green-side bunkers were a bit firm and shy on sand, not that I’m speaking from experience.
I felt a strong sense of pride from the members and staff upon our arrival and throughout the entire day. We couldn’t have felt more comfortable and welcomed at the course. Throw in very reasonable green fees ($61 walking), a beautiful clubhouse, perfect Okanagan weather, great conditions and delicious food, and I was an extremely happy customer. As a post-round chicken wing connoisseur, I can vouch that their buffalo wings are as good as any.
The clubhouse patio overlooking the golf course:
Penticton Golf and Country Club has it figured out. They offer up fun golf in great conditions, at a reasonable price, in a friendly, welcoming, and professional atmosphere. Did I mention the buffalo wings are awesome?
A lot of golf courses could learn a thing or two from the Penticton Golf and Country Club. Until they do, I won’t hesitate to return anytime I’m in the south Okanagan. It is a must play in the area.