Review: Osoyoos Golf Club (Desert Gold Course)

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:

Osoyoos Golf Club Desert Gold 1

Tee shot on the par-4 2nd hole:

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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:

Osoyoos Golf Club Desert Gold

Looking back on the par-5 6th hole:

Osoyoos Golf Club Desert Gold 6

The par-3 10th hole:

Osoyoos Golf Club Desert Gold 10

The par-3 16th hole:

Osoyoos Golf Club Desert Golf 16

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.

Happy golfing!

Josh

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  13 comments for “Review: Osoyoos Golf Club (Desert Gold Course)

  1. June 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Josh

    The Okanagan Valley is something to see. I have visited many times when I was a youngster, but have not been back in quite some time. Might be time for a visit.

    Cheers
    Jim

    • June 11, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Jim,

      You’ve got that right. It’s always hard to leave when I visit the Okanagan. In addition to Osoyoos, I’ll have some great recommendations for golf next time you make the trek.

      Cheers
      Josh

  2. June 10, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Awesome looking course! Definitely part of the world I will have to check out.

    • June 11, 2015 at 8:01 am

      TGT,

      I’d highly recommend it! Lots of awesome golf, including Osoyoos GC. The lakes, beaches, wineries, orchards, and great weather are just a bonus!

      Cheers
      Josh

  3. June 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    The course looks like quite the challenge. Given my uncontrollable driver, I will be “picking up that extra sleeve of golf balls” either that or stop at the local Golf Town for a full dozen ! LOL

    • June 11, 2015 at 8:04 am

      Linley,

      I have no doubt you’d enjoy the course! Packing a full dozen with you is well worth the experience, but I’m sure you’d have plenty left over!

      Cheers
      Josh

      • June 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm

        It does look like a beautiful course.

  4. June 11, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Wow, Josh, you are just determine that I take a trip north. The course looks like fun. Thank you for reviewing the course. I always look forward to what you have to say about a course.

    All the best,

    Tina

    • June 12, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Tina,

      You’ve got that right, I’m not going to stop until you take the trip north! Thanks for the kind words.

      Cheers
      Josh

  5. March 19, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Well, if it wasn’t feeling like my May trip to BC was too brief I certainly feel that now. Amazing pictures, and a very informative review. I love the look of this course and will add this to my must play list. Great value, too. Thanks, Josh. This was a great review. Cheers, Mike

    • March 19, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Hey Mike,

      I think your May trip will definitely serve as motivation to plan a return trip. Thanks for the kind words!

      Cheers
      Josh

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