Often referred to as the “Flagship Golf Course of the Kootenays”, Kokanee Springs Resort opened in 1968, and now a half-century later, we’re extremely proud to be celebrating our 50th Anniversary Season! In doing so, we’d like to share some of our storied past with you.
Below is small excerpt from “Remember When: Celebrating 100 Years of Crawford Bay on Kootenay Lake, British Columbia”. This book was put together by Susan Hulland and Terry Turner, who are still residents of the area to this day. This fantastic publication is available at the Gray Creek Store; we encourage you to pick up a copy and enjoy the rich history and stories of our magical home.
“First part of the multi-million dollar shot in the arm is an 18- hole golf course. And it is the machinery creating it which has changed the shape of this peaceful area. Machinery estimated at nearly one million dollars-worth has been working in the dust of construction.
The colossal job of earthmoving is undertaken by Cranbrook Construction and Dominion Landscaping of Vancouver is directing where the earth should be moved to and from. Golf Course architects are Norman H. Woods and Associates.
But as well as the rumble of the machinery, there is additional tangible evidence that proves Kokanee Development’s determination to stay in Crawford Bay. A tent and trailer park has been in full swing during the summer. Over 60 campsites connected by winding forest roads through old cedars were carved out of the forest early this year.”
Kokanee Springs Resort: The First Tee:
“Golf course architect Norman Woods built a spectacular #1 tee. Its location on top of a hill required extra work and expense. In this picture the rock walls, which now hold spectacular flower gardens, are under construction. The long-raised log ramp, which was used for many years to get golf carts down the steep hill, was torn out in the early 1980’s and replace by a road.”
*Photo courtesy of George McLeod
Join us in celebration of our 50th Anniversary Season, with legendary golf, epic adventures and unforgettable experiences.
Kokanee Springs Resort – British Columbia’s Legend.