Date: 2006-Sep-28 Review by Alberta Bound
The greens were excellent. The were large with some undulating areas. The fringe was good and consistent all the way around the green. All the bunkers were well edged with good sand and the right number of rakes.
The grass was excellent and consistent on all fairways. The first cut was wide and not too deep. There was very little rough other than out of bounds and for the small creek that runs through the property. The fairways were marked with red, white and blue markers and the 125 and 175 were also marked. Sprinkler heads were marked as well. Fairway bunkers were in excellent shape but there was not an over abundance of them.
The course has four sets of well maintained larger tees. They are blue, white, red and gold. All the tees were well cared for with benches, official distance markers, ball washer, shoe cleaner, very attractive signs set in well landscaped areas of the tee box.There are a number of elevated tees with some good views of the course.
This course may be one of prettiest courses in the area. It was built in 1913 and designed by some of the early members This Vernon Golf Club represents the traditional type of course. There are plenty of flowers around the clubhouse and flowers at the tee boxes as well as in a few areas on the fairways. The fairways are lined with mature poplars, willows and pine trees. The first hole is an attractive dogleg left with the creek running on the right side of the fairway. For the 18th you have the creek on the right and the green protected by bunkers and a very attractive lake with a fountain. The wide fairways and elevated tees invite you to go for it on a number of the holes. This course is flat except for the elevated tee boxes so it would be easy to walk.
At $63 the course represents very good value. Every one in our foursome agreed this was a very good course and represented value for the money spend. Carts and practice range are not included in the price.
The course is a par 72 with a slope of 122 from the blues and 114 from the reds. The length from the blues is 6600 yards with only one shorter par 4. Since the course is fairly wide open with little rough you do not waste much time looking for lost balls.
The Vernon Golf Club is surround by the brown hills of Vernon. There is an industrial area to the east and homes on a high plateau on the west. The scenery really comes from the course as it is so pretty. You spend time looking at the trees, flowers and the contrasting colours of green produced by the fairways and greens.
All the staff we met (pro shop and dining area) were very friendly and helpful. We did not see a beverage cart or any marshals.
The clubhouse was functional, with a large balcony, a good size room for tournaments, locker rooms, a nice bar and eating area. The pro shop was well stocked and the grounds were very nicely landscaped with a paved parking lot.
The washrooms had running water, and well spaced around the course. The practice range was short so men could only hit irons from the mats. There is a large putting green located at the first tee. The concession area serves holes 3, 9 and 16. This area is very attractive with washrooms and tables for eating or waiting for the third tee to clear. Cart paths were paved and only located where they were needed: around the greens, tees and on the par threes. The carts were electric with split windows and they were equipped with excellent yardage books. You could drive on the fairways.
Vernon is a must play when you are in the Okanagan. The value is very good and over the years the course has been able to add all the necessary improvements you might want. On my next visit to the valley I will play Vernon Golf once again.