Something to cheer about!

 

What a great day and year for Canadian golf! It was just an hour or so ago that Mackenzie Hughes a Canadian rookie on the PGA tour won the final event of the fall in a 4 way playoff eventually beating Camilo Villegas on the 3rd playoff hole. Holy cow, who saw this coming? I can’t wait for April and the Masters, it will be exciting to have a Canadian to cheer for again. Mackenzie earns a 2 year exemption, an invite to the Masters and  about a million bucks, that’s a pretty good weekends work!

The LPGA tour also had their final event this past weekend and our own Brooke Henderson acquitted herself nicely finishing tied for 24th. What an incredible season, 1.7 million in winnings good for 3rd on the money list, 3rd in player of the year voting, 8th in the world ranking and an astonishing 15 top ten finishes in 30 events. Brooke won twice during the season including her first major championship.

2017 is going to be a fun year for golf fans, great young Canadian talent on both the PGA and LPGA tours. It’s been a long time since we’ve had this much to get excited about!

Wow, it's fall already!

Here I sit on Labour Day trying to figure out how the summer went by so fast! We’ve had a busy season so far at Kokanee Springs with a ton of new clients experiencing the Resort for the first time. The weather wasn’t the best but seeing what some of our neighbours in Alberta have put up with I guess we shouldn’t complain!

Fall is fantastic here at Kokanee, I was checking the Weather Network website today and the 14 day forecast is excellent. Nothing but sun and getting warmer, if you haven’t visited at this time of year you really should. The air is clear, the summer crowds are gone and you can feel the pace of life here in the Kootenays relaxing, as we often say if you can’t relax here you can’t relax anywhere!

The trail systems around the community have really caught on this year, bikers and hikers are finding out about our hidden gem and taking advantage. The fall fishing season is underway and people are catching lots of rainbow trout and don’t forget about the golf course! Our long time clients are telling us the course is in better shape than they have ever seen it, kudos to Colin and his crew.

Come on out and experience Kokanee at this wonderful time of year and spend a few days on “Kootenay Time”!

Something to cheer about!

It’s been a while since Canadian golf fans have had something to get excited about and wow do we ever have that now! Brooke Henderson has literally burst on to the scene in the past 12 months. Although she was the top ranked amateur women in the world at 17 years of age she had flown under the radar for the most part.

In the past 12 months she has won 3 LPGA Tour events including her first major championship and rocketed to #2 in the world rankings. She has finished in the top ten an astonishing 11 times in this calendar year and sits second on the LPGA money list. Quite a list of accomplishments for a kid still only 18 years of age!

The best thing about Brooke is her typically Canadian style, big smiles, modest behaviour on the course and totally proper interview presence. She seems like such a super girl and the fans love her, we can all be proud to have Brooke representing our great country in the upcoming Olympic Games and all of the events she plays around the world!

 

Is it time to recharge?

Well, we’re in full swing now. It’s been a good start for us here at Kokanee, lots of guests and people enjoying the great golf course that I know most of you have played many times. There seems to be something a bit different this year though, so many of our regular clients and friends have had such a difficult year and they are looking for something more. Tranquility, peace and the chance to get off the grid even if it’s only for a short time is what I’m hearing most often.

People are talking about how comforting it is to come back to something so familiar and laid back. Kokanee Springs is a unique place, it is quiet and it is peaceful, we don’t have the trappings of many of our “glitzy” competitors and right now that seems to be resonating with a lot of people. As I often tell people “forget neon lights, we don’t even have street lights!”, the amazing natural beauty, the deer wandering around the course without a care in the world and the absence of all the distractions of city life are providing people with the break they need.

Life in the West Kootenays’ is therapeutic and might be just what you need to recharge your batteries. We’d love to see you so come on out and get off the treadmill!

 

 

It's Almost Show Time!

There’s nothing like the excitement around a golf course the week before opening, every department is down to crunch time. This is especially true at a facility like Kokanee Springs where many of our staff come to us from other parts of the province and country. New staff members are checking in, getting their rooming assignments (we offer staff accommodations), going through orientation and training and getting to know one and other. It’s awesome to see the enthusiasm and excitement, for some it’s the first time away from home so there’s a look of “what have I gotten myself into” on some faces!

We’re only 4 days from opening as I write this so the learning curve is pretty steep for most of the new people we have. Whether they are in housekeeping, food and beverage services, golf services or maintenance there is a lot to learn and not much time to learn it. Great leadership from our department heads and pure determination from the group will have everything ready for you when you visit.

The next time you’re here and you interact with a member of our team, take a minute and ask them about how things are going, I know they would appreciate it and who knows they could be from your home town!

 

Spring is in the air!

Spring is in the air! If you follow our Facebook page (and if you don’t you should!) you will have seen some of the pictures posted there showing grass throughout the property. Unusual for February to say the least and the weather looks favourable as far as the long range forecast goes. Superintendent Colin is even talking about cutting shortly!

Everyone is busy ramping up for the season, interviews are ongoing as we put this year’s team together, menus are being recreated, the golf course is being cleaned up after a relatively easy winter and pro shop stock is starting to arrive. Before you know it April 15th will be here and golf balls will be flying!

If you’re not doing anything on the weekend of April 15th come on out and help us celebrate the start of a new golf season. We will be sending out an email very soon with the details and it will also be on the website under packages and you won’t believe what a smoking hot deal we are offering! Golf, music, great food and fun are on the menu so don’t miss it.

We are excited to announce that Kokanee Springs has been selected as the host course for the 2017 BC Men’s and Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships. It will be fantastic to have 150 elite level players test their skills here at the Resort and in 2018 we turn 50! It’s going to be an amazing couple of years and we hope you will all make it out to the Resort soon.

 

New Years' Blog

 

It’s that time of year again when we all reflect on the year that just past and resolve to improve ourselves with grand plans to eat better, exercise more and just be better people. We make determined efforts to rid ourselves of bad habits and work harder at what we do, sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. At Kokanee Springs we make resolutions as well, we are committed to providing exceptional experiences for our guests, we are committed to providing the best value in golf vacations, we are committed to improving our levels of service every day and we are committed to making sure that all of our guests have the most memorable time ever.

2015 was a great year for us here at Kokanee. We launched our “Adventures in Paradise” component in an effort to provide our guests with alternative activities and create a more well-rounded experience. We held our inaugural “Mixed Invitational” golf tournament and it was so popular that we are expanding the field this year from 80 players to 100 players. We had two other significant new events our “Motorcycle Show and Shine” and our “Taste of the Kootenays” beer and wine festival, both of these events started small but will continue in 2016 and grow. We were named by GolfAdvisor.com as one of the top ten most scenic golf courses in Canada and the BCGA named us host of the 2017 BC Men’s “Mid-Amateur” championship. It really was quite a year!

Through it all you our loyal clients continued to visit us and experience the wonders of Kokanee Springs Resort and for that we are so thankful. 2016 is going to be even better! We continue to make improvements in all areas of the Resort from the golf course to our rooms to our food and beverage offerings and service and we can’t wait to see all of you all again so that we can show you! We are super excited to tell you that in 2016 we will be introducing our 1st “Wellness Weekend” a weekend combining “Yoga for Golfers”, nutrition, strength and fitness and other personal wellness components all set here in our awesome environment. Watch for details as the New Year progresses.

In closing we would like to wish all of you the best year ever in 2016. May good health, happiness and prosperity fill your life and don’t forget to come and see us here at Kokanee Springs so you can have some fun too!

It's That Time of year Again!

It’s been a busy and exciting off season so far for Kokanee Springs Resort. As you may have seen in our most recent newsletter or on our Facebook page Kokanee Springs has been named the host site of the 2017 BCGA men’s Mid-Amateur Championship! We are honored and delighted to welcome the provinces best to compete for this prestigious crown. Plans are already under way to provide special opportunities for competitors and the general public to come and experience our wonderful golf course during the 2016 season.

December 1st saw the introduction of a new concept for us, the “Flex Pack”. This unique product allows for our clients to purchase “Stay and Play” packages at the best price possible without actually booking their visit. This buy now, book later format gives you outstanding flexibility, buy a 10 pack and use the nights any way that works for you. A couple can book a 3 night visit and save 2 nights for later or you can gift nights to friends and family, the “Flex Pass” is totally transferrable. Check out all the details on our “Packages and Specials” page and just think about how fantastic it would be to receive the ‘Flex Pack” for Christmas!

This is a magical time of year here in the West Kootenays and everywhere, all of us here at Kokanee Springs wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a New Year filled with good health and prosperity. It won’t be long before we are working hard to get the golf course open for the season and we look forward to seeing all of you again, renewing old friendships and providing unforgettable experiences.

Another Season has Come and Gone

It’s hard to believe we are done for another year. What an amazing year it was, traffic was up in all categories for us, the golf course was fantastic and a good time was had by all.

2015 saw many changes here at Kokanee Springs. We launched our “Adventures in Paradise” component and had a really positive response from our guests, visitors to the area and from the local community. Chef Jason Allard joined us after many years at Ainsworth Hot Springs and took our Food and Beverage operation to a whole new level. Colin Wasterdowski officially took over the role of “Golf Course Superintendent” and led his team tirelessly all season producing fantastic playing conditions. We also opened our membership access after several years and increased our membership roster by over 20% this season. “Director of Golf” Doug Robb and the whole golf operations team provided an excellent program of activities for the group and participation was better than it has been for years.

2016 promises to be another year of change and excitement, watch for major website upgrades with new features and a new look. Our packaging format is undergoing a significant change from previous years and we feel we will offer our guests more flexibility and better value propositions than ever before. And get ready for a whole new food and beverage option for healthy, lite snacks and beverages located beside our current restaurant “Woods’ Pumphouse Grill”.

Thank you all for helping to make 2015 a successful season forus and we look forward to seeing you all next Spring!

Mixed Invitational

Mixed Invitational 2015

On July 11th and 12th Kokanee Springs revived an old school tradition hosting our 2015 Mixed Invitational golf tournament. There aren’t too many of these events still happening around the country for whatever reason but there certainly should be. What a great time!

On behalf of all the management and staff here at the Resort I would like to thank all of the participants in the event. People came from far and wide to enjoy a weekend filled with great golf, great food and a ton of fun! We set a target of 40 teams for the tournament and I am happy to report we were sold out and had a waiting list. Next year we are going to increase the field to 50 teams and move to a shotgun start format in response to the overwhelming positive reaction of those who participated.

Our overall winners for this year were 1St Gross Overall – Chuck Sinclair and Lil Pasin and our 1st Net Overall winners were Shawn Wiltsen and Barb Stange. Prizes were also awarded by flight for gross and net performances.

We can’t wait for next year’s event, watch for information on our website closer to year end.