B.C. gem close at hand

TODD SAELHOF, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 3:14 AM ET

Kimberley -- she's a beaut.

Breathtaking, attractive, alluring ... the resort centre in southeastern B.C. has it all for golfers looking to fall in love with a getaway destination.

And that's no exception for swingers from the Calgary area.

"Calgary is four hours away, and it's our most important visitors market," said Bruce Irwin of Kimberley Golf Club, the oldest of the courses in the panoramic vacation locale.

"Calgarians will find there's lots of tee times available."

Indeed, there's plenty of options for a thriving golf destination that's close at hand -- whether by car or by airplane -- for Calgarians.

The established courses have already made Kimberley quite the hot spot.

Kimberley Golf Club, Trickle Creek, Bootleg Gap and St. Eugene's Mission each boast unique charm, character and playability.

And now the much-ballyhooed Shadow Mountain -- with its championship layout -- is open for business, too.

It's a course sure to help bring even more golf traffic to the East Kootenays.

"There's great courses now -- five within 30 minutes of each other," Irwin said.

"Shadow Mountain's open now, the scenery, the value, the variation ..."

It all combines to make for the kind of getaway golfers, from high- to low-handicappers, will embrace year after year.

While Trickle Creek is a lush resort course from the first tee-box to the 18th green, just down the road, Kimberley Golf Club is a classic play with a mountain-course twist.

Meanwhile, St. Eugene's Mission offers an addictive combination of links-style and tree-lined challenges.

And Bootleg Gap gives a sample of all the area's course, with classic, links and resort tests included in its varied layout.

TODD.SAELHOF@SUNMEDIA.CA

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