Provincial minister of tourism Lisa Beare with representatives from Panorama Mountain Resort at Greywolf golf course on her tour through the East Kootenay. Facebook photo

Greywolf recognized as one of top golf courses in Canada by SCORE

Area golf course earns praise in golf magazine

By Nikki Fredrikson

Special to the Pioneer

The Columbia Valley is once again able to say it is home to some of Canada’s best golf courses. Greywolf Golf Course was ranked the 15th best course on the SCORE Golf Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada list, an improvement from their 2016 ranking of 18th.

“I think that just shows that we’re doing the right things; the quality of service that we offer, the new clubhouse helps with all that, course condition the whole package is an indication that we’re doing the right things,” said Justin Brown, Greywolf’s Director of Golf.

Looking to continually improve the condition of the course the team at Greywolf does not overlook the small things such as repaving the paths or adding more sand to a bunker which allows them to open at midseason condition each year.

“It can be really small things but those small things add up to improving in the rankings and getting better and better each year,” said Mr. Brown.

Comparing his course to others on the ranking list Mr. Brown said Greywolf is a very playable mountain course and would even go as far to put it up against the second-ranked Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and sixth-ranked Fairmont Banff Springs courses.

“They’ve got the history and the resort, the Fairmont name attached to them, Stanley Thompson design, there’s some things that we’ll never have up here. If you compare those golf courses to ours without anything else involved I truly think we’re a better golf course .I do plan on being inside the top 10,” said Mr. Brown.

The SCORE Golf Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada judges each course on their Par 5s, beauty, strategy, challenge, design, conditioning, Par 3s and Par 4s.

With over 2,000 courses across the country, the Valley was represented on the list twice with Greywolf and Copper Point coming in at 85th as well as a special mention for Eagle Ranch placing 105th.

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