Balfour Golf Club

4.2982142857 4.3 stars from 5 (22)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6510 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 71.5
  • Layout

  • 602 Queens Bay Road, Balfour, BC V0G 1C0
  • (250) 229-5655, 1-866-669-4653
  • (250) 229-5635
  • www.golfbalfour.com
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Architect(s): Les Furber Design
Type: Public
Golf Season: April - October

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: No

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 22 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
13
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

22 out of 22 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for locals wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers   Challenges include elevation changes  

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Reviews


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"Play Balfour"


elovla's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Beautiful course with great views and many challenges.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing Course"


Matt6425753's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great round of golf, course is in immaculate condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"great day on the course"


u000007978418's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2016
Previously played Walked Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Balfour in the fall"


gsutherland's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Excellent weather and the course was in great shape


I recommend this course


"West Kootenay Gem"


Hbradmurphy's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Surprised"


Rick3566637's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.<br/> You definitely need a cart on the back 9 unless you're a mountain goat but the front would be easy enough.<br/> 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.<br/> I'll play it again one day, but not for that price.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"panaromic view off the 18th tee box"


walterbagot's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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+ ! !


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Kootenay gem"


strawman54's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Gorgeous views!"


mhyham's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2015
Previously played Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


FortyCreek's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really enjoyed playing Balfour. Unfortunately the greens were punched the day before we showed up, but we still played 36 holes.<br/> 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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable Day"


u000005373280's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.<br/> This course is well manicured and in good shape. There are several water features and some great views. Greens are receptive but putt slow.<br/> Overall a very worthwhile course to play.<br/> 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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Very nice course!!"


Fatstuff's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great moutain course for this community"


Milton1814604's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"fun course to play"


stephen6535907's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


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


Rickystar65's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course is in great shape"


stan1234's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


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


uBKPH1288BK's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very Very Rainy Day"


Nate11's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun for the Average golfer"


Dkosh's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/13/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Bombing into open fairways"


indyindyjones's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/5/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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