Shadow Mountain Golf
|Selkirk (W)||72||6410 yards||75.8||131|
|Monashee (W)||72||5633 yards||71.9||130|
|Forward (W)||72||5000 yards||68.2||122|
|Rockies M: 74.5/135||537||399||360||246||486||411||422||257||574||3692||458||460||187||555||351||438||196||606||462||3713||7405|
|Purcell M: 72.1/127||511||341||323||215||455||379||411||221||537||3393||432||426||179||526||315||410||170||588||433||3479||6872|
|Selkirk M: 69.9/123 W: 76.0/137||485||331||310||185||425||343||333||189||512||3113||378||415||160||497||304||400||153||582||408||3297||6410|
|Kootenay M: 67.9/122 W: 73.9/132||477||331||310||133||360||343||333||140||512||2939||378||372||136||423||304||400||132||582||368||3095||6034|
|Monashee M: 66.4/115 W: 71.8/128||477||311||292||133||360||332||319||140||395||2759||368||372||136||423||294||311||132||470||368||2874||5633|
|Columbia 2016 M: 63.3/105||407||286||285||131||349||307||253||109||395||2522||296||313||88||413||240||275||125||425||308||2483||5005|
|Columbia W: 68.1/124||407||286||285||126||349||307||253||109||395||2517||296||313||88||413||240||275||125||425||308||2483||5000|
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We had a perfect day for golf. Shawdow Mountain has some great views as does all courses in the Invermere valley.
I found the majority of the holes were landing areas either 180 yards out or well over 260 out. Nothing for the average golfer. Perfect drives headed for the middle of the fairway kicked off into the trees leaving second shots being chipped back to hard fairways.
Sand bunkers were extremely hard with little or no sand.
Rarely do you get a flat stance on the fairway.
Greens were in excellent condition but again had numerous breaks and actually hills in the green.
This is by far the worst designed course I have ever played.
There are numerous other courses which play much fairer in the area such as Bootleg Gap, St Eugenes Mission, Wildstone and Trickle Creek.
Sounds like this guy was just frustrated because the course is very challenging. Yes, it is a hard course! Without question the hardest in the region. But it is not a bad design at all. In fact, it is probably one of the most spectacular courses in BC in terms of design and "wow factor". That being said, it certainly targets the low handicap player. I have heard of numerous players that have tried this course once and swore off it because of its difficulty. But on the other hand, some find it to be their favorite course in the area bar none. I guess that is a long winded way of saying, don't let this poor review dissuade you from giving this course a go because its design is not the problem. Hey, everyone is entitled to their opinion! But I just think that if golfers can prepare themselves to shoot a higher score than they are used to, then they will really enjoy this place. It is pretty epic!
Better then expected!
I recently was through the Columbia Valley and played all the courses of note. Based on scoregolfs rankings I excepted Shadow to be one of the weaker courses we played. Boy was I wrong! It was impressive from the very first. Plenty of elevation change, including long uphill par fours and a few shorter downhill 4’s. The course in general is difficult, but the par threes In particular are an impressive challenge. It can be played from shorter tees for those who don’t like a challenge. We played the first 13 holes in the rain and still loved every minute!
One of the best values in golf I've ever played
This one's a winner. A must play course for the challenge, scenery, and enjoyable golf holes. No cookie cutter par-fours out and back. Par threes are super challenging but still fair, especially #4 and #8, the two longest at 215 and 221, respectively, from the Black tees.
Bring your camera for #15 and #17. Both feature panoramic tee shots to fairways some 200 feet below the tee box (From the back tees). Gorgeous vistas and the entire hole lays before you.
Not many houses on the perimeter to spoil the natural beauty and quiet. Women may especially enjoy playing here, given that the course totals only 5,000 yds. from the forward tees. Compared with the Black tees at 6800 yds, each red tee shortens the course by an average of 100 yards, which makes this an excellent choice for new golfers, women, or short hitters in general.
One thing to note: tee sets are recommended based solely on handicap, but if you are a short hitter, opt for the tees that best fit your driving distance and carry ability. Not a lot of forced carries, but playing a shorter set of tees will allow you to hit a wider variety of approach clubs into the greens. I played the blacks since my course handicap is about 6, but I would've enjoyed the blues as much and would have been able to hit a few more short irons second shots into the par-4 greens.
Make the drive to Cranbrook, BC and play this course. I had a Monday-Tuesday special at $54, but even at the regular price of about $89 during the peak season (includes GPS cart, range, and two bottles of water) this course offers one of the best golf values in North America. Take it from someone who is frugal in the extreme and who, more than anything, hates to overpay for an over-hyped course.
My measure of golfing value used to be the two Kananaskis courses between Calgary and Banff, Alberta, but Shadow Mountain is my new yardstick for value.