Kamloops is another destination that is not necessarily the easiest to get to but once again, well worth the effort if for no other reason than to play Tobiano, arguably the most dramatic course in all of Canada.
Tobiano consistently cracks the Top 10 of not only Public Course in Canada, but also Top 10 in Canada overall and it is well deserving of the accolades. This course is a treat from the moment you turn the corner on the road in and get your first look at the course until you drive out and say goodbye in the rear view mirror – it is really that spectacular.
The terrain is desert in nature, and there is no doubt the canyons that run throughout Tobiano sets the course apart, but it goes beyond that. With the clear blue of the ever-present lake giving the course another element usually found only on seaside courses, combined with the foothills that characterize the region, you get a beautiful backdrop to frame all your great, and errant, shots.
The course is also a great test of golf with well designed holes. As Bob Week’s was quoted - “I couldn’t tell you the signature hole—because there are 18 of them,”
When taking the time to go to Kamloops you need to play this course twice and then you complement the trip with rounds at some of the other strong course in the area including The Dunes, Talking Stick and Rivershore Golf Course. With a bit longer drive one day, you can also get to Salmon Arm Golf Course, a highly ranked course in the B.C. area that many rave about for its beauty and challenge.
It is best to stay right in Downtown Kamloops as the hub for your trip. The Delta Marriott Kamloops offers deluxe accommodations and all the amenities you need while being located in the middle of the entertainment and restaurant district of downtown Kamloops. Yes, it is not a large downtown but it has its fair share of interesting places.
I had a package that included breakfast when I was in Kamloops last (not at the Delta) but I still went to Hello Toast every day for breakfast. With a large selection of classic and re-imagined breakfast options, and the best coffee in the area, it is a must visit.
For after golf food and fun, The Noble Pig is the place to go – think craft beer brewed on site paired with the best BBQ (and other food) you can enjoy (and maybe a bourbon or 2 as well!). Just a few steps from the Delta, this Kamloops landmark is definitely worth a visit and only a short stumble back to the hotel!
This is another destination requiring a bit of effort to fly to, usually connecting through Vancouver or Calgary but, same as with the Kootenays, it is a great itinerary for a group of guys or gals who want to play one of the best courses in Canada (and a few other great courses) and are good with no massive nightlife but instead plan to hang out with each other.