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Wider holes not needed to improve golf game at Sun Peaks
May 7, 2014: Pro tips club selection, lessons & clinics, and high elevation drives lead to success and fun this spring

Sun Peaks, BC - B.C.’s highest elevation golf course is emerging from under the snow thanks to one of the hardest working maintenance crews in the province. Greens clearing began in February and continued throughout the spring. Despite heavy snow in April, conditions are looking fantastic for The Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort’s official opening on May 31, 2014.

“B.C.’s highest course has its ups, with spectacular scenery and father flying drives at our higher elevation,” says Aidan Kelly, director of sales and marketing for Sun Peaks Resort Corporation. "We're looking forward to another spectacular golf season."
 
In addition to being known as high, the 18 hole par 72 Graham Cooke designed course also has a reputation as being hard. But according to the Professional Golf Association of BC’s slope assessment of 129 from the back tees, it’s actually one the friendliest courses in the Kamloops region.

“We don’t need oversized holes at Sun Peaks to improve golfers' scores,” says Kelly. “Our pro tips point out that club selection is key here; many use clubs far too large for our tight fairways. We encourage players to refer to our hole-by-hole Pocket Pro tips book to ensure the best possible golf experience.”
 
In addition, both individual and group lessons are available to nurture skills on the links. The massive course with its large variety of fairways is the perfect place to work on all golfing techniques. The practice facility is complete with a driving range, putting green, chipping and practice bunkers.

The popular Ladies Clinic tees off on Wednesdays at 2:00pm and is open to women 13 years and older of all golfing abilities. A fun outing with the girls, it includes a beverage or cocktail at The Clubhouse located in Masa’s Bar + Grill. Junior Golf Clinics for kids 6 to 14 years old run Sundays at 3:30pm starting in June, only $30 per session or save on multiple dates

“Despite our meticulously maintained greens and professional attitude, our course is very accessible to all levels of golfer and has a fun, light vibe surrounding it,” says Kelly. “You don’t have to look any farther than our weekly activities and specials to see there’s a lot of people having a great time on our course. In addition to visitors from around the globe, we have a strong local scene, including people from the many Kamloops courses.”

This season, Kamloops residents receive 20 per cent off green fees on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after 1:30pm and Seniors receive the same discount on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with no time restrictions. Also, British Columbia Golf Zone 2 discounts are offered to members of participating courses, which includes many in the Okanagan and Interior. And for those who desire more than 18 holes, Unlimited Golf is offered from Monday to Wednesday at only $75 including power cart.
 
Kids are more than just welcome, they play for free! Junior golfers (16 and under) play for free when staying overnight at Sun Peaks and golfing with an accompanying adult after 10:00am from Monday to Thursday, making Sun Peaks one of the most family friendly golf destinations in B.C.
 
But the fun is really turned up at the weekly Men’s Night on Thursday. Visiting golfers are encouraged to join the boisterous locals for nine holes followed by awards at The Clubhouse in Masa’s Bar + Grill. And the women take their turn at biweekly Ladies Night on Wednesdays to enjoy a social and ‘no pressure’ easy nine. Each round is $49 including power cart with the contest, dinner and prizes for an additional $15.
 
Watch www.SunPeaksResort.com/Golf for course updates all summer, including a potential soft opening this month!

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About Sun Peaks: Sun Peaks Resort is interior British Columbia’s largest four season destination resort, located 45 minutes northeast of Kamloops. Recently declared the 2nd Best Ski Resort in Canada and 13th Best in North America by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine readers, Sun Peaks offers spectacular alpine and Nordic skiing amidst three unique mountains which surround an intimate ski-through village. The community is both vibrant and welcoming. In warmer months, Sun Peaks offers a diverse range of leisure activities including 18 holes of golf, a legendary bike park, scenic alpine hiking as well as numerous sporting events and music festivals. Sun Peaks Resort was the first ski resort in North America and remains the sole resort in Canada to receive the ISO 14001 designation recognizing the resort’s environmental policies and practices. Sun Peaks can be accessed by two airport gateways - Kamloops (45 minutes) and Kelowna (2 1/2 hours) and by car, only a 4 ¼ hour drive separates Sun Peaks and Vancouver, B.C.

For further information contact:

Brandi Schier
Media Specialist
Tourism Sun Peaks
direct: 250-578-5387
cell: 250-318-3633
media@sunpeakstourism.com

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