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Champion Lakes, Redstone ready to tee off

Greater Trail golf courses spring into season with early openings
A golfer tees it up at Champion Lakes Golf Course fourth hole on a beautiful spring day, opening day. Photo: Jim Bailey

While golfers have been teeing off at Birchbank Golf Course for the past few weeks, Greater Trail courses at higher elevations announced their respective early openings recently.

Both Redstone Resort and Champion Lakes golf courses are weeks ahead of previous year’s opening day tee-off times, and are excited to get going.

Champion Lakes Golf Course opened on Monday, April 8 and has a fresh new look in the pro-shop, restaurant and on the course.

Golf course manager Kevin Nesbitt says the greens are in great condition, after covering five of them over the winter, and the fairways are lush, void of snow and almost any winter kill.

“For this early, it’s really amazing how well this course is playing. Huge credit to our greens crew supervisor Dave Duncan and his team.”

A couple of tree hazards, most notably on hole no. 2, have been removed, and the view from the deck overlooking the par-3, hole no. 5 is wide open.

Currently, golfers can golf on a first come first serve basis, and make tee-times starting next week. Golf carts are available, and the restaurant is planning to have its soft opening on Monday, April 15.

For more information call Champion Lakes at 250.367.7001 or look for updates on its Facebook page.

Redstone Resort Golf Course announced its opening on April 10, with only the front nine open until the stubborn snow melts on the back nine.

“Everything is looking green and lush to kick-start the season,” Redstone announced. “We look forward to opening the full 18 holes shortly, so make sure to keep an eye out for more updates.”

All cart riders are asked to follow the 90-degree rule.

“The course is still working its way to completion, so please make sure to adhere to this rule while using the carts. This ensures a safe round and better conditions for the future.”

Golfers can book their tee times for the front nine online at

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