The Okanagan Valley is home to some of the most scenic and carefully manicured golf courses in Canada. Enthusiasts of the sport have been visiting the Okanagan’s executive and championship-style golf courses for years, enjoying the early start to the season, long daylight hours, late summer weather, and typically dry autumns.

From the centrally located Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre, golfers have the luxury of teeing off at one of 30 courses within a 2-hour drive. There are options for every skill level and courses of every variety in the Okanagan — links, park and mountain tracks, and desert-style.

We’ve put together this guide for visitors to the South Okanagan with information on the 10 Best Golf Courses near Penticton, including a few 9-hole options that are great for families and golfers who are new to the sport.

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Penticton Golf & Country Club

4 minutes or 1.5km from Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre

Type: Public, 18-Hole

Course Rating (from Silver Tees): M-67.3 / W-72.7

Located alongside the river channel in the heart of Penticton, this championship-sized golf course offers a challenge for those after it, or a relaxing day in the Okanagan sunshine for intermediate and casual golfers. A mix of ponderosa pines and weeping willows line the narrow fairways of this scenic course, which is designed with many technical features including protective green-side bunkers and water hazards on 12 of the 18 holes. Penticton Golf & Country Club perfectly mixes a rewarding golf experience with the natural beauty of the Okanagan region.

 

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Pine Hills Golf Club

10 minutes or 5.8km from Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre

Type: Public, Executive 9-Hole

Course Rating: N/A

If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing round of golf with your family, or if you’re just testing out your swing, Pine Hills is a short and casual golf course with fantastic views of Okanagan Lake. Well-manicured grass and greens on this executive par-3 course makes a fun day for beginner golfers and a great short-game tune-up for more experienced players. This golf course also offers limited RV parking for families on road trips through the Okanagan Valley.

 

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Skaha Meadows

12 minutes or 7.8km from Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre

Type: Public, Executive 9-hole

Course Rating: N/A

The Skaha Meadows 9-hole gives golfers a quick taste of the Okanagan experience. This course is open year-round (weather permitting), and has a variety of par 3s and 4s, and a single par 5, making it a great place to warm up your swing before visiting a full-length championship golf club. With close access to the beautiful beaches next to Skaha Lake, many visitors to Penticton plan to split their day between golfing at Skaha Meadows, and then relaxing lakeside with their family.

 

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Summerland Golf Course

21 minutes or 18.6km from Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre

Type: Semi-Private, 18-Hole

Course Rating (from White Tees): M-69.9 / W-76.1

This semi-private golf course will challenge golfers of all abilities. The front nine of Summerland Golf Course plays as a hybrid links and park course, with wide, flat fairways and technical shots over green-side bunkers. The back nine quickly transitions into rolling hills and dramatic elevation changes, with some holes intimidatingly close to the massive Trout Creek Canyon. The 500+ yard 18th hole can make or break your round. An elevated tee box means long drivers have a chance to reach this green in two, but risk being punished for not shooting straight.

 

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St. Andrews By The Lake

23 minutes or 21km from Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre

Type: Public, Executive 9-Hole

Course Rating: 30.4

An executive 9-hole course with lakefront views and challenging pin positions, St. Andrews By The Lake is a great place to relax on the course and hone-in the short game. The signature 7th hole is a 166-yard par 3, featuring an island green that will test your accuracy off the tee box. Just south of Skaha Lake, this course offers one of the best twilight golf rates in the Okanagan Valley, making it a great choice for a sunset round of golf with friends and family.

Nk’mip Canyon Desert Golf Course

36 minutes or 39.8km from Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre

Type: Public, 18-Hole

Course Rating (from White Tees): M-67.4 / W-74

Nk’mip (pronounced ‘Inkameep’) is a full-length championship desert-style golf course with a rich history in the Okanagan area. You’ll be driving golf balls off the tee beside lush vineyards and incredible views of Tuc-el-nuit Lake. Check out these aerial recordings to get a sense of just how stunning this course is. The Nk’mip Canyon Desert Golf Course offers visitors two unique Okanagan experiences in one: you can enjoy a round of golf, and follow it up with a glass of wine from the closely located Nk’mip Cellars winery, served at the clubhouse.

Two Eagles Golf Club & Academy

41 minutes or 50.8km from Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre

Type: Public, 18-Hole

Course Rating (from White Tees): M-62.6 / W-65.8

A short drive passed Kelowna on Highway 97, Westbank’s Two Eagles Golf Club & Academy is an enjoyable course for golfers of all abilities. Take in amazing views of Okanagan Lake while you swing and putt your way through this premium Kelowna golf course. With an entire golf academy area, including a driving range, coaches, and private and group programs, golfers can take lessons on-site to improve their scores. More details on golf lessons are available on the Two Eagles Golf Club & Academy website.

Shannon Lake Golf Course

43 minutes or 52.6km from Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre

Type: Public, 18-Hole

Course Rating (from White Tees): M-67.7 / W-73.0

If you’re planning to golf in Kelowna, Shannon Lake Golf Course is an exceptional choice for beginners to intermediate-experience golfers. Tree-lined fairways favour golfers that hit straight off the tee. This cleverly designed course also incorporates the scenic Shannon Lake as a water hazard on its signature 17th hole, adding a little extra challenge before you round the final turn toward the clubhouse. We recommend that more experienced golfers play this course from a slightly further tee position than usual, as the yardage comes in at just 5681 from the whites.

 

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Fairview Mountain Golf Club

44 minutes or 46.1km from Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre

Type: Public, 18-Hole

Course Rating (from White Tees): M-67.7 / W-73.5

One of British Columbia’s premier golf destinations, Fairview Mountain Golf Club is a must-play for the most avid golfers visiting Oliver, B.C. and the Okanagan region. This golf club is routinely mentioned in top-100 lists for the best golf courses in Canada, and it’s tough to find an alternative option with the same pristine conditions for the same reasonable price. A cart-mandatory course, each round at Fairview Mountain is hallmarked by spectacular vistas of the Okanagan Valley and Lake, making for an unforgettable golfing experience (no matter what your score is).

Osoyoos Golf Club

60 minutes or 65.8km from Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre

Type: Public, 18-Hole

Course Ratings (from Silver/White Tees):

Desert Gold: M-67.1 / W-73.2 Park Meadows: M-67.5 / W-74.5

With two 18-hole options at the Osoyoos Golf Club, you can challenge yourself on either a cart-mandatory desert-style golf course, or a walkable park course with rolling hills and lush scenery around every turn. Both tracks have tee-off locations suitable for novice to pro-level golfers, making this club an ideal choice for those brave enough to double-down on their South Okanagan golf trip.

Book Your Golf Trip in the Okanagan Today

With social distancing rules remaining in place for the foreseeable future, the popularity of golf in British Columbia has never been greater. Whether you’re honing your golf abilities or just starting to get into the activity, Okanagan is an oasis for every level of golfer.

Why not take that golf trip you’ve always talked about? There’s never been a better time to play a round in the Okanagan Valley. Especially when you can take advantage of reduced guestroom rates for group bookings of 6 or more at Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre. To book, contact Susan Selles at susan.selles@rpbhotels.com or call (250) 493-9757. Minimum of 6 guest rooms per night. Seasonal offer subject to availability.