The Bear at Okanagan Golf Club
The Bear Course at the Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna was designed to ignite your passion for the game of golf. Planned by Nicklaus Designs and built in 1998, The Bear is an 18-hole, 6,885 yard, par 72 masterpiece unlike any other golf course in British Columbia. With dramatic sculpted fairways surrounded by the forests and sage brush hills of B.C.'s sun-drenched southern interior, The Bear is the crown jewel course of the Okanagan Valley.
Crafted by Nicklaus Designs, one of the pre-eminent golf architecture firms in the world, The Okanagan's Bear Course canprove as ferocious as a grizzly or as gentle as a teddy, depending on which set of tees you choose. On its hind legs the layout stretches to 6,885 yards. Well-placed bunkers, grassy swales and collection areas, sculpted moundings, and tiered greens lend the course some bite. The routing climbs through forested hills on a plateau overlooking the Okanagan Valley.
The Bear's signature hole comes at number three, 453 yards of challenge requiring a combination of accuracy and distance to avoid two bunkers en route to the green. While the course boasts an extensive collection of sweet holes, numbers thirteen through fifteen - playing over the blue waters of Lake McIvor - are the real honeys here. More than 150,000 cubic metres of earth were moved to create the lake and the dramatic topography around it, yet the course maintains a perfect harmony with the natural terrain.