Osoyoos Golf Club is located in the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley, just minutes from the USA border in the town of Osoyoos, British Columbia. Osoyoos is a hot spot for tourists in the summer, literally, as it boasts some of the warmest weather in all of Canada. In addition to great weather and golf, Osoyoos also has a beautiful lake, beaches, orchards, wineries, camping/RV’ing, and hiking.
Osoyoos Golf Club offers 36 holes of golf — the challenging Desert Gold Course and the more forgiving Park Meadows Course. This review is for the Desert Gold course. The Desert Gold course is a unique layout that starts and ends with the feel of a parkland-style course, and plays as a challenging and scenic desert course in between.
The course offers stunning views as it is perched up on the desert hillside overlooking vineyards, orchards, and Osoyoos Lake. The par 71, 6500 yard layout eases you into things on the tame par-5 opening hole, and then immediately catapults you out into the scenic and unforgiving desert. Don’t forget your camera!
The opening tee shot:
Tee shot on the par-4 2nd hole:
If hitting it down the middle isn’t your modus operandi, it might be worthwhile to pick up an extra sleeve of balls in the pro shop. While many of the fairways are certainly generous enough, errant shots aren’t very well received by the surrounding desert terrain. There are a few blind or semi-blind tee shots that prove tricky the first time playing, so I recommend picking up the course guide and paying attention to it. The green complexes are large and gently undulating which provide a nice balance of fairness, challenge, and fun.
The scenic and tricky tee shot on the par-5 6th hole:
Looking back on the par-5 6th hole:
The par-3 10th hole:
The par-3 16th hole:
The routing doesn’t bring you back to the clubhouse after nine, so there is a strategically placed snack-shack which you pass by twice, which is handy to stay hydrated under the hot Osoyoos sun. The food and drink are both reasonably priced, so even if it’s your turn to buy the beers it won’t set you back too much.
With a peak rate of $61 walking (or $79 with a cart), a day out at Osoyoos Golf Club doesn’t leave your wallet feeling too light, which is refreshing. I would recommend getting a cart for the Desert Gold track due to the steep terrain and distances between some of the holes (and I’m typically a walker who carries).
Throughout the entire round our group couldn’t help but pause and admire the beautiful backdrop. The uniqueness of the terrain, the challenging layout, and stunning views keep you entertained and wanting more. The beauty of the Okanagan Valley and Osoyoos Lake are on full display, and provides a golfing experience you won’t soon forget. Visitors of Osoyoos should put Osoyoos Golf Club at the top of their list.