Predator Ridge Golf Resort – 2010 BEST NEW GOLF COURSE IN CANADA — SCORE GOLF

Predator Ridge Golf Resort chosen at the top new golf course in Canada

SCOREGolf Magazine has named The Ridge Course, designed by award-winning Canadian golf architect, Doug Carrick, “Best New Course in Canada” for 2010.

The 7,190-yard par-72 Ridge Course was built at a cost of $10 million, and features dramatic elevation changes, stunning mountain vistas, beautiful rock outcroppings and breathtaking views of Lake Okanagan.

Construction of the course was completed in September 2009, allowing ample time for the lush greenery to grow in before its opening in June 2010.

“Receiving SCOREGolf’s prestigious ‘Best New Course’ award is an honour for Predator Ridge golf resort and confirms our reputation as the premier golf destination in Canada,” says Rod Cochrane, general manager at Predator Ridge Golf Resort.
“This accolade truly reflects all the care and hard work that was put into The Ridge Course from start to finish by Carrick Design, NMP Golf Construction, our team at Predator Ridge Golf Resort and everyone involved in the project.”

The Ridge Course is defined by spectacular white-sand bunkers, generous, tree-lined fairways and magnificent granite outcroppings. When golfers reach the fourth green and gaze over the ridge looking down at Lake Okanagan, the breathtaking view gives away the inspiration for the course’s name.

SCOREGolf Magazine is the largest circulation golf publication in Canada and releases the ‘Best New Course’ ranking biennially. Courses eligible this year opened during the 2009 season or at the very beginning of the 2010 season. The judging panel is made up of media members, professional players, public golfers and other golf industry members. Courses were rated based on beauty, strategy, challenge, strength and variation of holes, conditioning and fun factor.

Excerpt from ScoreGolf magazine:

Predator Ridge Golf Resort – The Ridge Course

It may not be entirely new – with six holes created over an existing course – but The Ridge Course at Predator Ridge Golf Resort contains some of Doug Carrick’s most breathtaking work in a career of building stunning golf holes.

With a majority of the site located on rocky ground full of dramatic elevation shifts, Carrick crafted a fascinating series of holes akin to what one finds in Ontario’s Muskoka region. Though it may start a bit slowly, by the time golfers reach the 244-yard par-4 fifth hole, with a tee shot that plunges 100 feet to wide open green below, The Ridge Course comes alive.

The best holes – such as the sixth, with its half-blind tee shot skirting a canyon wall, and the heavily bunkered 10th – utilized the rugged site like a hand in a glove. And just when you think it is over, the course emerges for two final muscular par 4s that can wreck any good round.

Building in such a jagged terrain was surely not an easy proposition, but Carrick made it look easy, and the result is an exciting, challenging, aesthetically astonishing golf course worth of this award.

– Robert Thomson

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