There is no doubt as to why that the Fernie Golf and Country Club is such a hot spot in the Rockies: luscious greens, silica sand, varied terrain and an immaculate view of the mountains make this an excellent place to swing your clubs. Beginner and intermediate golfers will enjoy themselves on the walkable yet varied course, and more experienced players will also get a challenge from the tight fairways and key placement of water obstacles.
Fernie Golf and Country Club has plenty of discounts and special offers available to its customers. Ladies’ Day takes place every Tuesday and Men’s Night is on Wednesdays from 3-7 in the evening. There are local rates on Mondays and Tuesdays, Senior’s Day on Thursday mornings from 8-10 and daily twilight specials. The club also runs several tournaments throughout the year, the most significant being the Fernie Men’s Pro/Am tournament. It has been played annually for the past 24 years and is still going strong.
“It’s one of the only two day pro/ams left in the province,” said Mike Dies, head pro. “It draws people from all around.”
The signature hole on this course is Hole 3, a local favorite.
“It’s a longer par 3 with water all down the right and the green guarded by a couple of bunkers,” said Dies. “It also has an excellent view of the Three Sisters [an iconic Fernie mountain peak].”
Dies noted that there are three main things that attract people to the Fernie Golf and Country Club.
“First is the scenery,” he said. “We have some of the best views in the world, especially from the deck. From there, you can see three different mountain ranges. Another thing is the playability plus challenge of the course. Beginners or those who aren’t very serious will enjoy themselves, but more experienced people will also get a challenge from our key positioning of water hazards. The last one is that the course is very walkable - you can easily do all 18 holes without a cart.”
Something unique to Fernie is the strong junior program they run. Dies said that it is one of the best and biggest in the province.
“We have over 400 kids come down for four sessions, along with really successful junior programs through the summer with about 40-60 kids.”
The Fernie Golf and Country Club is one of the longest running golf courses in BC, having opened in 1918—nearly an entire century ago. Since then, there have been quite a few changes.
“We’ve got more holes and a different layout,” said Dies. “The clubhouse has changed position as more holes were added, the deck was rotated. But we’ve had people playing and golfing here for the whole time.”
So, if you want to embrace some history, catch some phenomenal views, and have an all-around enjoyable time out in the summer sun, then Fernie Golf and Country Club is the place to be.