The Golfers Speak! BC's Favourite Courses

British Columbia Golf, in conjunction with publishing partner Inside Golf, has just completed the largest course ranking survey ever in the province.

More than 2500 golfers completed the six question survey which asked them to identify their favourite courses both from across the province and locally within their own region.

In this issue, we will announce the top ten public access courses from across BC. Through the rest of the golf season we will add the top-ranked courses in various regions plus the top private course and a few hidden gems that merit greater recognition.

While we won't spoil the top ten which you can see on the following pages, there are a few things worth pointing out. 

Among the architects, Les Furber came out on top with five ( three solo designs, one co-design and one redesign while Doug Carrick followed with two (one co-design and one solo design). 

The course that came out #1 was picked by more than 19% of participants (either as a province-wide favourite or runner-up. The runner-up was picked by 11%. To see the methodology for the province-wide rankings, click HERE.

Finally, of note, was that some courses that may have been viewed as "Hidden Gems" are clearly hidden no more. Three courses that earned the Hidden Gem designation in 2014 PGA of BC "Top Tracks" poll made it onto this favourite-in-province list... an impressive achievement.

Congratulations to these ten deserving courses! 

#1 Talking Rock

Course Architects (s): Graham Cooke / Wayne Carleton
Location: Chase, BC
Year Opened: 2007

#2 Tobiano

Course Architect(s): Thomas McBroom
Location: Kamloops, BC
Year Opened: 2007

#3 Fairview Mountain

Course Architect(s): Les Furber
Location: Oliver, BC
Year Opened: 1925 / 1990

#4 (T) Big Sky 

Course Architect(s): Bob Cupp
Location: Pemberton, BC
Year Opened: 1993

#4 (T) Predator Ridge - Ridge Course

Course Architect(s): Doug Carrick
Location: Vernon, BC
Year Opened: 2010

#4 (T) Storey Creek

Course Architect(s): Les Furber
Location: Campbell River, BC
Year Opened:1985 (1925)

#7 Salmon Arm

Course Architect(s): Les Furber
Location: Salmon Arm, BC
Year Opened: 1984 (1928)

#8 Riverway

Course Architect(s): Les Furber
Location: Burnaby, BC
Year Opened: 1993

#9 Greywolf

Course Architect(s): Doug Carrick
Location: Panorama, BC
Year Opened: 1999

#10 Golden

Course Architect(s): Bill Newis (1986)  Les Furber (1996)
Location: Golden, BC
Year Opened: 1986