Balfour Golf Club

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5.0
Friendliness
4.0
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4.1
Amenities
3.3
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6510
Slope 132
Rating 71.5
Type Public
Balfour Golf Club is laid across a stretch of grassy meadows and rolling hills that sit right along the shores of Kootenay Lake. Perched atop a plateau above the Balfour Ferry Landing, the course tumbles through the Purcell Mountains, providing a rugged terrain with plenty of interesting elevation changes. The golf course winds through dense forests of pine, birch, and Douglas fir trees. The nine-hole layout boasts beautifully sculpted fairways that are wide and lined with trees and contoured greens that are very fast. Water hazards come into play on two holes. The course has the ideal level of challenge while still maintaining playability for players of all skill levels. There is an additional set of tees in case golfers choose to play Balfour Golf Club as an 18-hole round.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6510 yards 71.5 132
Blue 72 6135 yards 69.7 124
White 72 5492 yards 66.9 117
Gold 72 5116 yards 66.0 109
Scorecard for Balfour Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 71.9/136 W: 77.0/130 507 352 510 510 409 380 175 363 179 3385 417 310 390 185 281 409 191 520 442 3145 6530
Blue M: 70.1/131 W: 74.2/124 484 326 475 505 384 342 140 345 163 3164 400 305 350 162 276 377 171 515 415 2971 6135
White M: 67.1/119 W: 71.8/122 459 296 405 445 367 329 121 323 143 2888 343 245 315 127 231 345 154 459 385 2604 5492
Gold M: 65.3/112 W: 69.2/117 439 270 400 440 347 306 102 298 117 2719 326 222 281 110 217 322 138 434 347 2397 5116
Handicap 10 14 5 1 7 3 16 12 18 6 11 8 15 17 2 13 9 4
Par 5 4 5 5 4 4 3 4 3 37 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 35 72
Handicap (W) 3 11 1 13 5 7 17 9 15 10 8 4 16 18 2 14 12 6

Course Details

Year Built 0
Golf Season April - October
Architect Les Furber Design

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies No
Golf School Academy No
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed Yes
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.1
22

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 8
This course/club is great for:
Locals 7
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 7
Advanced Golfers 6
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 8
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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Play Balfour

Beautiful course with great views and many challenges.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Amazing Course

Great round of golf, course is in immaculate condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather

great day on the course

I am a 28 handicap but managed to pull off a 46 on nine so of course the day was great. 4 pm tee time was perfect for lighting conditions thought the greens were dry and wouldn't always hold onto a ball. lots of fun though as my partner was trying to hassle me which didn't work and he shot nine more strokes than I did.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Balfour in the fall

Excellent weather and the course was in great shape

Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather

West Kootenay Gem

Great course, good condition, friendly staff and spectacular scenery - doesn't get any better !

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Surprised

Driving into the parking lot and looking at the clubhouse and facilities, we almost drove away! Dirt road and parking, clubhouse reminded me of a 50 year old trailer. But the guy at the ProShop was nice and helpful. The course itself could be absolutely amazing but just wasn't quite there. Well manicured but over watered in some spots gave it the 4/5 star. You definitely need a cart on the back 9 unless you're a mountain goat but the front would be easy enough. The biggest complain I had was the price. It really wasn't much of a deal and ended up costing $70/per person. Certainly would have expected better but unless you wanted to play in the stinking hot, that's what it cost us. I'll play it again one day, but not for that price.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

panaromic view off the 18th tee box

best round of golf this year, an epic day on a perfect course, it doesn't come any better.The greens, the fairways, the challenge, the views, all AAA+ ! !

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Kootenay gem

Great may conditions. Real friendly and helpful staff. Good food in clubhouse. Excellent value. We'll be back for sure.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Gorgeous views!

Balfour Golf Course has beautiful views, friendly staff, challenging course and affordable prices! It is well worth just walking the course for the breathtaking views of the mountains, and the lake! The restaurant has a variety of quality food and drinks to offer and the view from the clubhouse is also lovely! They sell local beer/wine and the meals are nicely presented.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Fun course

I really enjoyed playing Balfour. Unfortunately the greens were punched the day before we showed up, but we still played 36 holes. I can't comment on the normal condition of the greens, but the rest of the course was in great shape for mid September. The course is very fun. It has 3 par 5s in the first 4 holes, but there are also many scoring opportunities on the par 4s. Balfour is an excellent risk/reward course, as a birdie can turn into a bogey very quickly. There is a large, somewhat unnecessary, elevation change on the back nine, which leads to some great views. I love that the course felt like it was in the middle of nowhere, but is only a 25 minute drive from Nelson. I will be back to play!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Enjoyable Day

An enjoyable course to play. Front nine is generally flat with some easy and some challenging holes. Back nine is more up and down with some beautiful golf holes. Unfortunately, there are also a couple of goofy holes. This course is well manicured and in good shape. There are several water features and some great views. Greens are receptive but putt slow. Overall a very worthwhile course to play. Only real downer for me is "What's with all the flagging tape all over the water hazards?" You have created some nice golf holes with water only to ruin the look by stringing flagging tape all over to keep the geese away. My advice: the tape is ugly and detracts from the look of your course. Take it down and deal with the goose droppings.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice course!!

My only complaint about this course was the beverage cart service. In 18 holes only seen it once.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great moutain course for this community

I was pleasantly surprised how nice this course was for this small community. In my opinion they've invested in the right things - a good course with proper ball washers, tee boxes, and well kept greens and fairways; the parking lot isn't paved and the clubhouse isn't an architectural statement so in my mind a good choice of priorities! We will come back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Average weather

fun course to play

nice course fun to play, back nine was a bit of challenge for walking gave a good workout. it was pricey at $63 would have played it a second time if the price was more reasonable.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great small town course with a mix for all levels of golfers.

A course for all levels of golfers. Quite challenging back nine, the scenery is well worth the price of admission. We will definitely be back and look forward to playing Balfour again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course is in great shape

This course has it all. Long holes, hills, beautiful views, nice greens. I would recommend anyone coming into this area to play it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather

Beautiful setting and in excellent condition. Agood walk with some uphill clim.

One of our favourite courses to play with excellent greens and great fairways. Lots of challenges in a pristine setting. Great Pro Shop with very friendly staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Poor weather

Very Very Rainy Day

Terrible weather yesterday but we still had fun! Front 9 is long and need to bomb the driver. Keep it straight as there's plenty of trees. Back 9 tip, don't be tempted to use the driver on most of the par 4's...instead I should have managed the course better. Fairway was waterlogged for most of the round which made it hard to get any roll but the greens are fun and challenging!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun for the Average golfer

A small misunderstanding with the Staff was quickly rectified As a casual golfer I found the course to be challenging but the wide and well maintained fairways made it enjoyable.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Bombing into open fairways

Open and fun first 9 holes. Much more open the most Kootenay courses. Although the wooded areas on the sides of most holes can be difficult to find balls, theres enough space to stay in the green. Great conditions for Spring

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
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