A true mountain golf course
Redstone Resort is nestled in the heart of Rossland, B.C. This unique community in the West Kootenay features a world-class ski resort and an amazing 18-hole golf course, which are just minutes from each other and downtown.
Redstone was once the 9-hole Rossland Golf Course, which was built in 1927. About four years ago the course got a complete makeover and was transformed into an 18-hole golf course with residential lots surrounding the scenic property.
The golf course was designed by Les Furber. Cary Fisher, one of the owners of the course, said that Furber was very excited about the project because Redstone is on such a beautiful piece of land.
"There are lots of elevations changes, drops, creeks and ravines," said Fisher. "We designed it in a way that gives really great views but is also very playable. A lot of the time when people first come out to the course, they see it as a difficult track. But once they finish or play it more than once, they realize it's not as difficult as they thought."
Fisher said that female golfers often comment that they've recorded the best score of their life at Redstone. This is evident in the strange fact that in the second year after Redstone's expansion to 18-hole course there were 28 holes-in-one by females on the course. Fisher laughed when he said he thought it was a conspiracy.
Besides being a hole-in-one mecca, the course is very unique because of the Rossland lifestyle.
"We are very relaxed here at Redstone," Fisher said. "We are a ski town and lot of the people live here because they love to ski, golf, mountain bike, hike and basically do all things outdoors. Redstone is at the center of all of that."
Redstone has a co-operative agreement with the City of Rossland and the Kootenay Columbia Trail Society where the golf course has allowed trails to be constructed on the property for hikers and mountain bikers.
"A lot of people come here and take advantage of some of the more arduous downhill mountain biking trails on the property and then shoot a round of golf in the same day," Fisher said. "It's great and we plan to build more trails in the future. It's something we are very proud of."
When it comes to a signature hole at Redstone, there isn't one.
"We had a contest and asked a whole bunch of people what our signature hole is," said Fisher. "Nothing came out prevalent. I think this speaks to the uniqueness of the course. Every single hole is different; not one is the same. There are really cool features on every hole. So it was impossible to get a straight answer from our survey of 150 people."