by K. Gordon Schultz
The Okanagan Valley is Canada’s sunniest spot for a golf vacation. Nestled in a scenic mountain valley beside the cobalt waters of 80-mile long Okanagan Lake, the Okanagan Valley has one of the longest golfing seasons in Canada. The area is blessed with a Mediterranean-like climate of warm and sunny summers, bracketed by the more temperate, but still sunny, spring and fall seasons. Even on the warmest of days, there is often the welcome moderating effect of a lake breeze.
This happy climate nurtures many thriving orchards and vineyards. The verdant greenery, cascading down the hillsides to the sandy lakeside beaches, makes a wonderful man-made contribution to the incredible natural beauty of the area. The stunning mountain, lake and desert terrain, coupled with fresh, clean air, warm sunshine and world-class golf courses encourages a leisurely, unhurried lifestyle… making the Okanagan a prime for golf vacation!
The growing number of high quality wineries in the area has led to a flourishing regional wine scene. This, together with the abundance of fresh locally grown organic produce, has led many award-winning chefs to settle in the area. The delicious result is innovative cuisine that pairs well with delectable regional wines. Why not follow a golf game in the morning with a relaxing, all-inclusive afternoon vineyard tour? Transportation, wine sampling, winery tours and an evening dinner at a winery restaurant are all provided for you- all you have to do is sit back and enjoy! What better way to cap a day on the golf course than to dine al fresco in a winery restaurant surrounded by sun-warmed vineyards?
The championship golf courses themselves are world-class; designed by renowned names such as Les Furber and Jack Nicklaus’ Golden Bear Design. Whatever type of golfing you choose, a challenging championship course or a couples-friendly resort-type game, the Okanagan is a golf vacation paradise! With a golf courses to suit every mood, the beautiful Okanagan Valley scenery and cheerful service is provided for free at every location!
Need some time away from the golf course? The picturesque lakeside town of Kelowna is the center of your Okanagan stay and offers many unique shopping, entertainment and dining experiences. As a popular retirement center, Kelowna has a friendly, unrushed feel to it, while still providing many of the desirable amenities of a bigger city. The town’s revitalized and compact Cultural District provides art galleries, concert halls, movie theaters and sporting facilities, all within a short stroll of the popular lakeside promenade.
K. Gordon Schultz
Golf Canada’s West
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