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Why choose Balfour?



The Balfour Golf Course is a Les Furber designed 6,400 yard, 18-hole layout that provides the premium golf experience in the West Kootenay region while maintaining the small town feel that is so coveted in the Kootenay region.

When starting your round in Balfour you will find yourself meandering through the tightly knit forest that is signature to this level strip of land that sits above Kootenay Lake on a very walker friendly nine holes of golf.  Be sure to hit a few warm up shots prior to teeing off as three of our four par five scoring holes will be behind you once you've putted out on number four.  This somewhat unusual routing to our front nine came as a result change location of our club house, parking area and first tee when the back nine was developed. 

Speaking of our back nine, get ready for a much different experience than you had on your opening nine holes.  Upon arrival to the tenth tee box you will immediately notice a drastic difference in undulation and elevation that will remain a design characteristic for the remainder of your Balfour golf experience.  Do not be fooled by the three hundred few yards found on our back nine compared to our front.  Course designer, Les Furber, created some very contoured green complexes that will challenge your short game prowess and place added importance on finding the proper section green on your approach shots.  As you near the end of you Balfour golf experience with your tee in the ground on the sixteenth, get ready for one of the best finishing stretches that you will find on any golf course, anywhere!  Sixteen is a nice, down hill par three hole that measures 179 yards at its longest and rewards the golfer who has solid distance control.  Seventeen, our signature hole, is the long awaited fourth of our four par five holes which culminates on a relatively benign green that provides incredible views over Queens Bay and the main body of Kootenay Lake.  Wrapping up your round, hole 18 provides you with those same epic Kootenay Lake views while challenging you with a blind tee shot and drastically down hill approach to likely the most severely undulating green of them all.


Following your round you’ll be rewarded when paying a visit to the rel-ish at the Osprey, the second location for the well regarded Nelson eatery, rel-ish Bistro.  rel-ish Bistro's highly regarded chef Trevor Ditzel and his team are very proud to offer up some of the best food that you will find at any golf course anywhere, period!  Check out our two very popular Golf & Dinner options, they are absolutely the best way for you to combine two of life’s greatest pleasures, amazing golf and delicious food!

Adjacent to our property, the vacationing golfer will find the beautiful Kootenay Lakeview Resort.  This newly renovated, 20 room facility, boasts breathtaking views of Kootenay Lake and is our primary provider of Stay & Play packages.  Just 10 minutes further north on highway 3A you will find the world renowned Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort.  Also a Stay & Play Package provider with us, their one of a kind, hot springs experience features a unique horseshoe shaped cave for you to explore while soaking in their soothing, mineral waters.

Beyond the incredibly fulfilling golf experience you’ll receive while in Balfour, the list for après golf activities is endless throughout Nelson and the Kootenay Lake area. Check out the Our Area section of this website for some of our favourites or head straight to the Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism website for a complete listing of all things eat, play, stay in our amazing area.

No matter how you look at it, the Balfour Golf Course and the abundance of opportunity that surrounds it will no doubt provide for memorable experiences time and time again.