It’s unbelievable, it really is. The golf holes are spectacular. The first three holes, I think, are the best three holes I’ve played opening up a golf course.
Designing a golf course that plays just as well for a seasoned pro as it does for a 25-handicapper is no easy feat, especially when that golf course ranges from 5100 - 7000 yards. Yet that is exactly what Fred Couples and Gene Bates have achieved, through a careful combination of fairway width, landing area design, hazard placement and Fred’s signature ‘Boom-Boom’ pro tees.
Beyond pure gamesmanship, our elevation of 400 meters above Okanagan Lake offers water and valley views that very few have ever experienced. Even Okanagan Valley locals who have lived here for a lifetime will discover vistas they never knew existed.
Incorporated in its beauty, The Golf Club at The Rise is a collection of exquisite design details, surprising discoveries and unique moments.
The 6th hole, an elevated-tee 358-yard par 4, is the trademark of the course, rewarding both strategy and accuracy. Depending upon your courage one can play to the widest and shortest target on the fairway, but, don't lay back too far as your second shot will be aimed at a somewhat shallow, angular green with water in front and to the right. If you choose to be more aggressive with your tee ball hoping for a short iron approach be forewarned; too far left and one will run through the fairway into native fescue or worse water; too far right and the desert sage is your destiny.
The back nine presents its own set of unique challenges culminating in a finishing hole that can play up to 590 yards in length. Another risk and reward hole temps the long hitters to cut the left cornor of this downhill par 5 with hopes of getting greenside in two, for us mere mortals a straight tee ball allows one to lay up to their favorite distance in hopes of placing an accurate approach with a legitimate attempt at birdie as your just reward.
As with all development at The Rise, the golf course has been designed with the environment in mind. Key natural wetlands, like Moose Pond on the twelfth hole, have been maintained and enhanced, creating more wetland habitat than was here when we began. Natural grass species are used in all rough and setback areas, and the entire course is irrigated using reclaimed water from the city’s treatment facility.
But beyond the technical and ecological aspects of this incredible course, we've created a golf club that is a part of the community.
The Golf Club at The Rise truly has it all – location, views, the signature of a Masters Champion – it is the must-play course in the Okanagan Valley.