Predator Ridge Golf Resort
On our recent road trip (read the part one blog here) our first stop was just south of Vernon, B.C. at the Predator Ridge Resort. It had been a few years since I played Predator Ridge and back then it was a 27 hole golf course, of which we played the original 18. The original course is now called the Predator Course and is still one of the region’s best. The Clubhouse overlooks the Predator Course and the views alone will get you excited to get out onto the course.
The Ridge at Predator Ridge
On this day we were playing in an event for the National Golf Course Owners Association and were going to be playing the Ridge Course which neither of us had played before. The Ridge opened in 2010 and was designed by renowned golf course architect Doug Carrick. That same year The Ridge was voted best new course in Canada by ScoreGolf. In a meeting before the golf we were told by General Manager, Rod Cochrane, that when they were building The Ridge they really wanted something spectacular with stunning elevation and views from the tee boxes, but that the golf course had to be forgiving. He mentioned that most of the holes were built with high banks down the sides of the holes so that errant tee shots would get favourable bounces back towards the fairway.
The Ridge Course
The golf course is nothing short of amazing. There are lots of spectacular views from the tee boxes, on a few holes you can even see down to Okanagan Lake. The course itself was in great shape and showed no signs of being only three years old. The tee boxes were immaculate, the fairways full and cut tightly, the rough not to thick and playable and the greens rolled quick and true! There are about a half dozen holes that were left from what was the old Peregrine 9 (I think it was called) from when Predator expanded from the original 18 to 27 holes years ago. The ones they kept were certainly the best holes and the new holes were fantastic. We both really enjoyed the golf course. Luckily, for the way we played, the high banks do in fact direct errant tee shots back into play! It is easy to see why the golf course was a best new course in Canada.
One of the neat features of Predator Ridge and The Ridge Course is that it is home to Hockey Canada in the summer. The Hockey Canada Log Cabin resides on the 17th tee of The Ridge Course (unfortunately it wasn’t open when we came through).
CK Golf Solutions was a sponsor for the NGCOA event we played in as well. Here is a picture of us with our sign on the 4th tee.