- Kelowna, British Columbia
- Public – Daily Fee
- Bill Robinson (1980)
- 103th in Canada (SCOREGolf)
Kelowna has always been on the map thanks to Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club, built in 1980. It was a local favorite, and one people often visited when coming to the city for the wineries, the lake, hiking, or any of the things the Okanagan Valley is famous for. But in 2016, Gallagher’s Canyon played host to The GolfBC Championship and skyrocketed up to 50th on the 2016 Top 100 Canada list, and got thrown into the mix for “must plays” in the area, with Predator Ridge and Tower Ranch. While it may not be up in that prestige, mostly due to the now dated look of the bunkers and a few holes, Gallagher’s Canyon is still a solid option and if you like seeing courses that PGA Tour sanctioned events are held on, Gallagher’s is a good way to spend upwards of five hours.
Best hole: The 511 yard, par 5 10th would be my vote if it was a par 4 (I think it’s a little bland as a 5, but quite good as a 4), so I’m going with the 434 yard, par 4 1st. Downhill off the tee, then playing back up the hill towards the green on top of the hill.
Worst hole: the double-dogleg 520 yard, par 5 12th is my vote. The player is required to hit it in the left rough to even get a chance to get it to the green in two. But the trouble doesn’t stop there, since you’ll have to slice it into the green. Anything in the fairway is almost a necessary layup.
Overall, Gallagher’s is a fun round of golf. Sure, it’s not without its own faults, but there is a lot of shining characteristics that make it worth playing on a weeklong golf trip to Kelowna. If you have time, play the Pinnacle before, as its a fun little 9 hole executive style course. Enjoy the round, and if you ever wanna feel good about your game, remember that the winner of the 2016 GolfBC Championship Dan McCarthy shot -28 through 4 rounds — 66, 66, 63, 64. Sheesh.