The front nine holes of the Sun Peaks Golf Course have had a ‘soft opening’ in effect for the past couple of weeks and although access has been walking only, plenty of golfers have been out enjoying the great early season conditions on the course’s sunny side. The back nine, sitting in Mt. Morrisey’s shadow for more of the spring, has finally thawed and the full course is now open for play with power carts!
Normally this time of year we experience very wet conditions but thanks to the warm spring we're playing in conditions similar to late June, even with the recent rains.” Keith Lyall, Golf Course Superintendent
The greens are firming and tightening up, there are still a few scars here and there but we're well ahead of our usual spring up here in Sun Peaks. Greens on the back nine are not as colourful as the front quite yet. The first nitrogen application was applied to the back nine on Wednesday which will help brighten them up but has made access for photos relatively tough.
As usual this time of year snow can be found on the course, but way less than expected. The only spot left in play is the green-side bunker on Hole #13. Even in the alpine, only a few patches of the winter’s epic snowpack remain.
Full view of Mt. Tod climbing the cart path en route to Hole #10
The rough in some areas will be a bit longer than normal, the entire course has been cut over the past week and things will be trimmed a bit closer when the full maintenance crew starts work first thing next week.
Dandelion explosion! The down side to an early and warm spring, herbicide applications are scheduled to begin next week to combat these colourful pests and will take up to 2 weeks to complete.
Last fall's vandalism on the Hole #10 green has not yet fully grown in, a temporary green has been cut on the fairway to be used in the meantime as this area regenerates over the next week or two.
Overall conditions are excellent and the resort is looking lush and vibrant for the opening of full operations on the golf course. See you on the links!
- The Sun Peaks Resort Golf Course Team
Thanks to warm spring temperatures complimented by the hard work of our Golf Course maintenance crew, Sun Peaks' front nine holes are free of snow and now open for play.
Soft Opening Details:
Enjoy the course and stay tuned for another update with photos later this week!
The Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort is thrilled to announce our new teaching professional, Bill Bilton Jr.. Bill comes to us with an impressive pedigree and as a Sun Peaks resident, he's really looking forward to getting involved in the community. This summer he'll be offering private lessons, ladies clinics, junior camps, and school programs.
Check out Bill's lessons, clinics and camps here.