Course: Hole 1-9


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Descriptions for each of the holes was taken directly from the book “From Tee to Green” published in 1996 in Calgary written by Mr. John Gradon who is currently retired and living in the Okanogan.  Mr. Gradon is working as a starter and marshal at the new Golf Club at the Rise just outside Vernon.


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Hole Number 1

Hole 1

Par 4
Men Yardage      319 – HCP 16
Ladies Yardage  303 – HCP 7

A benign opener doglegging gently right, but beware the roughed downslope to the right.  A fade tee shot down left centre will leave a wedge ito a green heavily bunkered front right, back right, front left and back left.


Hole Number 2

Hole 2

Par 5
Men Yardage   485 – HCP 13
Ladies Yardage  413 – HCP 8

A majestic dogleg right with mountains providing an awesome backdrop.  Aim the tee shot center left for a spot which leaves you able to clear sharp 25 foot high upslope with your next shot.  Green, sloping slightly from back to front, has sand back right and back left.


Hole Number 3

Hole 3

Par 4
Mens yardage     316 – HCP 17
Ladies yardage   294 – HCP 15

The green is invisible down a steep slope.  It’s driveable with a favoring wind but allow time for those in front to clear.  The wiser shot is a right-side lay-up just beyond the 150-yard markers, then a wedge into the green hugged by trees right, mounds behind and two traps left.  Good birdie possibility.


Hole Number 4

Hole 4

Par 3
Mens Yardage   221 – HCP 1
Ladies Yardage 134 – HCP 14

Difficult par 3 with tee shot over preliminary dip in fairway to flat area climbing towards green guarded tightly by trees on both sides.  Wind, from the left, is a factor.  Make sure the green is clear before teeing off.


Hole Number 5

Hole 5


Par 3
Mens Yardage    163 – HCP 11
Ladies Yardage  150 – HCP 13

Shortish, straight, simple. Right? Wrong!  Mid-iron tee shot is usually into a headwind, which can vary from breeze to gale off the distant lake.  The flattish green isn’t the biggest target on this circuit either.


Hole Number 6

Hole 6

Par 5
Mens Yardage    520 – HCP 9
Ladies Yardage  446 – HCP 1

This one spars with true greatness. Waterton’s longest and one of its toughest. Hit the tee shot centre onto the flat portion of the open fairway. With a tail wind, your length might surprise you. Eventually a steep hill has to be negotiated to reach the green perched on top, with sand front left and front right. Par is an achievement.


Hole Number 7

Hole 7

Par 3 Men
Par 4 Ladies
Mens Yardage    244 Yards – HCP 3
Ladies Yardage  235 Yards – HCP 18

Another tough one.  Long hitters can use a driver here off the elevated tee box and still be short of the green tucked in trees down the hill.  Yes, the Waterton wind may have a hand in this one.  Par?  Lucky you!


Hole Number 8

Hole 8

Par 4
Mens Yardage    377 – HCP 8
Ladies Yardage  332 – HCP 4

A pretty straightaway hole with trees coming more into evidence especially down right side in approach to green.  This one is usually played all the way into a headwind.  Aim the tee shot slightly centre left to open up green perched on bluff’s edge with panoramic lake and mountain vistas.  Sand front left and right.


Hole Number 9

Hole 9

Par 4
Mens Yardage    394 – HCP 7
Ladies Yardage  294 – HCP 17

Take wind, usually from right into account for tee shot here.  Fairway down the hill slopes dramatically left to right.  Ideally you want to be centre for approach into clubhouse green guarded by sand front left and a second small trap on the right.


Photos: Frank Weinschenk


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