Tobiano 18 hole Golf Course in the Kootenays forms part of the 735 -acre “The Rise” resort 3.5KM from Vernon overlooking Okanagan Lake

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

From the West Coast to the Kootenays, luscious fairways await swingers of all levels


The Tabiano golf course

A year-round resident

For many people, the appeal of the recreational getaway is exactly that: the recreation. Golf enthusiasts are not simply looking for a place to stretch out in a hammock, but also for a spot where they can hit the links in style.

In B.C., there’s no shortage of resort communities that offer high-end amenities, including professionally designed golf courses.

Here’s a sampling:

Wyndansea is sure to appeal to golfers, with its Jack Nicklaus course — the only golf course on the open Pacific of B.C.’s West Coast.

The resort is located on a lush, 370-acre peninsula that faces both the shores of the Pacific Ocean and the tranquillity of Ucluelet Inlet.

Sales have just begun for the first phase of the project, which incorporates the design of the 18-hole course and an enclave of 30 oceanfront and semi-oceanfront lots that vary in size from one-half an acre to three-quarters of an acre.

The “signature circle” surrounds an eight-acre park with lake and its own putting green.

In order to preserve the natural features of the land, the course is being built with the natural aesthetics of the site as the main design consideration, with no residential crowding of the fairways.

The entire multi-phased project will have a projected value of $650 million, take place in stages over the next five years, and include a condo-hotel. Homes here start at $1.5 million. More info. at

The Rise is a master-planned resort community that includes a winery, vineyards, hotels, village centre, tennis centre, private lakeside beach club and several neighbourhoods interwined around a Fred Couples 18-hole signature golf course.

The 735-acre resort overlooks Okanagan Lake and is on the south-facing slope, 3.5 km. west of the Vernon city centre.

Construction is under way on road infrastructure, home sites, the vineyards and the golf course, which has been integrated into the rugged natural topography of the Vernon highlands with stunning lake views.

The first phase of The Rise, in a neighbourhood called Clearview, has been sold out, but the nine fully finished model homes have now gone on the market, with a starting price of $709,000.

There are also 15 home sites available in a neighbourhood called Sagecroft, starting at $219,900 and five villas starting at $516,950. There are also 19 home sites available in Watermark, starting at $429,000. More info. at

Tobiano A championship golf course is not the only draw at Tobiano development. Horse-lovers will also be pleased to know they can live close to where they ride, as Tobiano recently released new equestrian building lots. The lots overlook Kamloops Lake. The 1,000-acre community is set in a landscape of rolling grasslands, fragrant hills of sagebrush, ponderosa pines and pristine lakes. Forty-two lots, ranging in size from .22 to .56 acres, will be released in Phase 1, with prices starting at $249,900. Tobiano is located on Six Mile Ranch, a century-old working cattle farm just 15 minutes west of Kamloops. It borders 17,000 acres of wilderness — perfect for exploring on horseback. Besides the equestrian opportunities, there is also a 100-slip marina, and a shopping village and hotels are in future plans.

More info. at

Wildstone The first 76 mountain home lots out of an eventual 3,000 were snapped up earlier this month in one day after being offered for sale in the first phase of this 900-acre resort development in Cranbrook. Home lots that range from 6,500 to 12,000 sq. ft. are priced from $140,000. No lot in this first phase is more than $200,000 and all will be situated along the 36-hole Gary Player Design Championship Golf Course.

Features of the resort will include a golf clubhouse, pedestrian village with a variety of galleries, cafes, boutique shops, restaurants, a recreation centre with fitness facilities, indoor-outdoor pool, multi-use courts and an upscale hotel with conference facilities and wellness spa.

More info. at

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