What a year! Condition-wise, the 2019 Kamloops golf season shaped up to be one of the best in recent memory, with the courses keeping tip-top shape from the start of April through the fall. The game of golf is growing in Kamloops, and what better way to celebrate then recapping some of our favourite golf moments in 2019.
Golf Familiarization Tours
It was time to shed some light on the untapped golf haven that Kamloops is. This spring, our Golf Kamloops team and collection of partner courses had the privilege to host 10 golf journalists, photographers and influencers from around North America to tour our distinct golf layouts and embrace the local swing of things.
Among those documenting their adventures in Kamloops were Jason Deegan, a senior golf journalist from GolfAdvisor. and Patrick Koenig, Instagram golf contributor, both of which provided unique perspectives on how Kamloops shapes up as a must-see golf destination. Here’s what they had to say:
JD: “It might be the most under-appreciated golf destination in the West, and that includes Canada and America.”
PJK: “I would rank Tobiano as one of the top 10 most beautiful golf courses that I have seen in my travels.”
The groups were treated to rounds of golf at Kamloops’ most popular golf designs, including the top Canadian ranked Tobiano Golf and critically-acclaimed Talking Rock Golf Resort. In addition to looping through the links, many of them had the opportunity to experience BC’s fastest growing wine region on a guided tour with Tastefull Excursions, spend a day on Kamloops Lake with Bruker Marina, and tap into the local craft beer scene at the popular Noble Pig Brewhouse.
During their tour through our distinct golf course architecture, they generated never-before-seen imagery of the courses in Kamloops and demonstrated what can be found on a jaunt through the BC Interior on a bucket list golf vacation. Full descriptions and blogs/articles of their Kamloops visits can be found below:
- Patrick Koenig Blog
- Jason Deegan – Golf Advisor Article
- Gord Montgomery – Inside Golf Article
- Kevin Tao – 18 Under Par Golf Blog
- Andrew Penner – Calgary Herald Article
Golf Getaway Contests
The first of the two contests saw Golf Kamloops team up with the Global BC Morning News to launch a 4-round, 4-night all-inclusive excursion complete with daily golf, premier dining and a guided wine tour to some of Kamloops most popular vineyards. The Global TV spotlight helped the contest generate nearly 11,000 entries and sparked heavy buzz from all corners of the province. Congratulations to Leigh Hansen of Delta, BC for winning this adventure of a life time.
The second, a Fall Golf Getaway Contest was geared towards fly-fishing enthusiasts. Offered up was a chance to win 4 rounds of golf, 3-nights accommodation, and a day spent casting with experienced local guides at Interior Fly Fishing Co. Golf Kamloops subscriber Trevor McMillan from Surrey BC, took home the grand prize and came with good company to enjoy the all-inclusive getaway.
Because we received rave reviews and excitement, the Golf Kamloops team is teeing up a collection of giveaways throughout the 2020 season. Make sure to follow Golf Kamloops on social to get notified for upcoming contest details and offerings. Stay tuned, you could be next!
Community Support on Social
We received some amazing contributions this year from the golfers that toured the local courses throughout the season. Some of our best captures and highlights came from you! From solo twilight rounds, to large groups during weekend events, there was a wide collection of content from those that teed it up in Kamloops.
We would love to share your golf captures next season, be sure to tag Golf Kamloops on Facebook, or hashtag #golfkamloops on Instagram to have your posts highlighted on our channels! Thank you to all for making the 2019 golf season a success!