One thing Beth and I never get tired of doing is traveling to British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley. We were back there again for a quick Thanksgiving road trip this month and completed some unfinished business at Osoyoos Golf Club by playing their Park Meadows Course. Based on our previous positive experience on their Desert Gold Course, we were excited to see what the easier of the two courses had in store.
At 6350 yards from the back tees, the par 72 layout is approachable enough for all tastes — just like an Okanagan Pinot Noir. Mix in fairly generous fairways and minimal forced carries and the Park Meadows course is the best of the two options for higher handicap or beginner players. However, as experienced players we were still entertained and found it to be a fun challenge.
The course starts out with an inviting par-5 and a pretty short par-4 which will leave you licking your chops to get off to a great start.
The mostly parkland-style course takes a hiatus from that feel a couple times and dips its toes in the desert, such as on the par-4 4th hole where you skirt the desert landscape down the left and have to choose between going left or right of a sandy knoll in the middle of the fairway.
We both felt fortunate to be golfing in mid-October, especially since our hometown of Calgary was getting a dusting of snow while we were away which is yet another perk of the Okanagan Valley — one of the longest golf seasons anywhere in Canada. We felt even more fortunate to be golfing in what felt like mid-summer conditions. The fairways and especially the greens were in amazing shape. The undulations and shaping of the large greens made putting a fun and interesting challenge.
Have I mentioned the views yet? Similar to the Desert Gold course, the Park Meadows course features many superb vistas of Osoyoos Lake and the surrounding mountains.
After you grab a hot dog back at the clubhouse, you’ll start the back 9 with a gentle descent down the mountain which makes for more great backdrops and photo opportunities for you avid Instagrammers out there.
As you make your way around the back 9, you’ll be treated to a fun mix of holes, including a great risk-reward reachable par-5 at the 14th. Unfortunately we played it into a stiff wind and I was forced to lay up (I’m not proud of it), because it would be a very fun hole to attack in two.
Did I mention the views?
For rates ranging between $41 and $63 (walking) depending on time of day and year, the Park Meadows course checks a surprising amount of boxes.
For being their self-proclaimed “resort” course I was impressed by the number of fun and interesting holes the Parkland Meadows course offers. The good holes give you more than what you pay for and I always appreciate a great value play.
If exercise is part of the game you enjoy, the layout is very walkable and if we were to do it over we would definitely walk. There are push carts available if you don’t like to carry your bag.
Overall it was another fun experience at Osoyoos Golf Club and I am glad we returned to complete our unfinished business and play their Park Meadows Course. I love when a course exceeds expectations, and when you cap it off with some wine tasting in one of Canada’s most beautiful regions, it makes for a special day.