Shadow Mountain Golf
|White (W)||72||6410 yards||75.8||131|
|Gold (W)||72||5633 yards||71.9||130|
|Red (W)||72||5000 yards||68.2||122|
|Rockies M: 74.5/135||538||399||360||241||486||411||422||261||574||3692||458||460||187||555||351||438||196||606||462||3713||7405|
|Purcell M: 72.1/127||511||341||323||215||455||379||411||221||537||3393||432||426||179||526||315||410||170||588||433||3479||6872|
|Selkirk M: 69.9/123 W: 76.0/137||485||331||310||185||425||343||333||189||512||3113||378||415||160||497||304||400||153||582||408||3297||6410|
|Kootenay M: 67.9/122 W: 73.9/132||477||331||310||133||360||343||333||140||512||2939||378||372||136||423||304||400||132||582||368||3095||6034|
|Monashee M: 66.4/115 W: 71.8/128||477||311||292||133||360||332||319||140||395||2759||368||372||136||423||294||311||132||470||368||2874||5633|
|Columbia W: 68.1/124||407||286||285||126||349||307||253||109||395||2517||296||313||88||413||240||275||125||425||308||2483||5000|
Better then expected!
I recently was through the Columbia Valley and played all the courses of note. Based on scoregolfs rankings I excepted Shadow to be one of the weaker courses we played. Boy was I wrong! It was impressive from the very first. Plenty of elevation change, including long uphill par fours and a few shorter downhill 4’s. The course in general is difficult, but the par threes In particular are an impressive challenge. It can be played from shorter tees for those who don’t like a challenge. We played the first 13 holes in the rain and still loved every minute!
One of the best values in golf I've ever played
This one's a winner. A must play course for the challenge, scenery, and enjoyable golf holes. No cookie cutter par-fours out and back. Par threes are super challenging but still fair, especially #4 and #8, the two longest at 215 and 221, respectively, from the Black tees.
Bring your camera for #15 and #17. Both feature panoramic tee shots to fairways some 200 feet below the tee box (From the back tees). Gorgeous vistas and the entire hole lays before you.
Not many houses on the perimeter to spoil the natural beauty and quiet. Women may especially enjoy playing here, given that the course totals only 5,000 yds. from the forward tees. Compared with the Black tees at 6800 yds, each red tee shortens the course by an average of 100 yards, which makes this an excellent choice for new golfers, women, or short hitters in general.
One thing to note: tee sets are recommended based solely on handicap, but if you are a short hitter, opt for the tees that best fit your driving distance and carry ability. Not a lot of forced carries, but playing a shorter set of tees will allow you to hit a wider variety of approach clubs into the greens. I played the blacks since my course handicap is about 6, but I would've enjoyed the blues as much and would have been able to hit a few more short irons second shots into the par-4 greens.
Make the drive to Cranbrook, BC and play this course. I had a Monday-Tuesday special at $54, but even at the regular price of about $89 during the peak season (includes GPS cart, range, and two bottles of water) this course offers one of the best golf values in North America. Take it from someone who is frugal in the extreme and who, more than anything, hates to overpay for an over-hyped course.
My measure of golfing value used to be the two Kananaskis courses between Calgary and Banff, Alberta, but Shadow Mountain is my new yardstick for value.