Photo Review: Fairview Mountain Golf Club

Information:

  • Oliver, British Columbia
  • Public – Daily Fee
  • Les Furber (1990)
  • 47th public in Canada (ScoreGolf)

In the heart of Canadian Wine Country, Les Furber’s 1990 design is arguably his best, featuring a well-routed golf course over some dramatic Okanagan land, with depression areas, rock outcroppings, and some pretty hilly terrain in spots.

Front Nine

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The uphill 1st kicks off the day, and on the scorecard claims the “hardest hole” on the course
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Looking at the green complex at the short par 4, 2nd
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One of the issues at Fairview Mountain is visibility off the tee, as showcased at the par 3, 3rd 
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The downhill par 4, 4th features a nice tee shot looking towards Osoyoos and the American Border
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An interesting tee shot from a left tee box to the fairway angled to the left, the first par 5 at Fairview Mountain bends up the hill to the right
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One of my favorite holes due to the simplicity, the par 4, 6th is a stunner
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A weird tree obstructs the view at the par 3, 7th, the longest par 3 at the 227 yard one shotter
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Good variety here as the second par 5 on the front side bends up the hill to the left
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A beautiful green complex closes out the front nine, with the 10th tee in the background

Back Nine

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Perhaps the most beautiful hole on the golf course, the mid length par 3, 10th starts the back nine
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Looking at the par 5, 11th from the top of the hill
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The par 4, 12th features one of the best green complexes on the course
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One of the biggest issues at Fairview Mountain is the grassing lines in the fairway, as shown here on the 13th, where the fairway feels half of the size it should be. Nevertheless, the 13th is a good hole up the slope
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A beautiful tee shot at the par 4, 14th otherwise ruined by trees
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From the tee at the 178 yard, par 3 15th you can see the green contours
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The 16th is described on the card as a “Fairview favorite,” the long par 4, 16th features a beautiful downhill approach
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Going back down and up the valley the 16th (and 11th) goes through, the par 5, 17th swings up the hill to the right
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Another awkward tee shot comes at the final hole. It could be easily solved with some tree management, but otherwise a beautiful hole

Overall, Fairview Mountain is a solid golf course. Is it Canadian top 100? No, but it’s not that far off. With help on grassing lines, a chainsaw in some spots and some shrub management in front of some of the tees, Fairview Mountain could be a legitimate contender. Right now, it’s probably in the 130 range, but good grassing lines alone move it to the top 110.

Outside of that, however, there is quite a good mixture of holes, and it’s Les Furber at his least goofy. The holes are well routed to utilize the natural topography, and not two holes feel the same. if you’re ever in the South Okanagan area, Fairview Mountain is the course of choice.

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