1. Predator Ridge – Vernon, BC
While this course is about 45 minutes out from Paradise Estates, we’ve included Predator Ridge because it recently landed at #22 on SCOREGolf’s Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada list (2016). Securing a rating of 8.10/10, Predator Ridge hosts two courses, The Predator and The Ridge, and 26 holes of championship golf. Known for providing two distinctly different experiences (for both the views and the golf), Predator Ridge’s Predator course was designed by Les Furber and makes extensive and effective use of fescue to contrast the greens and fairways. But this course is resplendent if not sublime.
The Predator course began in 1991, originally only nine holes but now 18, and of the two courses, it’s the more difficult one. Perfect for dedicated and advanced golfers, The Predator is rugged and slender with a links vibe as it plays into the fast, rolling hills complete with water hazards, semi-blind greens, and penal bunkering – getting distracted on this course is not an option – and it hosted Canadian Skins Games in 2000 and 2008. While certainly challenging, the course is fair and an enjoyable journey for seasoned golfers.
On the other hand, The Ridge was designed by a different architect, Doug Carrick, and created to be a departure from The Predator, offering a different landscape, different theme, and wholly different experience. Winding through Lake Okanagan’s peaks and valleys, The Ridge offers golfers breathtaking views while cleverly routing to avoid uphill shots (where possible) and making use of elevated tee boxes. While The Predator is the better challenge, The Ridge is the better view – it will blow you away. Together, Predator Ridge’s courses have something for every level of golfer, making it a destination for your golf season at Paradise Estates.