Early May. 2 days. 3 courses. 4 rounds. About 1500 km. Pure bliss.
As is now customary, when traveling for work I explore opportunities to tack on a day or two for some golf. A visit to Vancouver and Surrey in early May is no exception and wrapped around the Surrey leg of the trip are two days of driving and golf. Two important things to understand are: I am a morning person, and second, driving is very relaxing for me. And while the itinerary is by no means locked in, I am pleased to share it with you in it’s current state.
On an off day between business meetings I plan on an early departure from Vancouver to Kamloops to experience a top Canadian course, Tobiano. In fact, if I’m fortunate and can get out of the city quick enough I hope to stretch the day to include 36 holes as it will be midweek and relatively early in the season. A definite bucket list course, the chance to play there is something I’m excited for. Following a day of work back in Surrey, I’ll pack up for an overnight trip to Salmon Arm. The day will include two strong value plays and another bucket list opportunity at Salmon Arm Golf Club. The morning round will take me off the Trans Canada highway to play Talking Rock on the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band territory. I’m fascinated by the layout and the beauty of this course and its signature closing hole. I’ll make my way east for an afternoon round at Salmon Arm GC. Canadian Golf Magazine places this well within their top 50 public courses and its on my own bucket list. It should provide the strong value and end this golf trip on a high note. It will be a restful overnight in Salmon Arm before a relaxed drive back to Vancouver to head home in time for Mother’s Day.
One reason I started this blog is to share Canadian golf travel information. I’ve written about golf trip itineraries for trips to Cape Breton Island and PEI before. I want to acknowledge Where 2 Golf, a great site that helped me determine Talking Rock would be my third course to play after finding out Sagebrush would not be open yet when I’m traveling. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions on this itinerary. I don’t know the area. Any must visit restaurants or items to order off the menus of these courses? Any tips for the drive? For me, the experience always includes doing my research, enjoying the journey and the savouring the chance to experience parts of Canada I don’t get to visit regularly.
Time simply stopped me from extending a trip to covering off great Vancouver area courses, getting back to play on Vancouver Island or heading up to Whistler. Add to this some other quality golfing options in the Thompson/Okanagan region and safe to say these two days will only whet the appetite of this golfer for BC golf.