With over 2,000 hours of sunshine every year, Kelowna boasts one of the longest and driest golf seasons in Canada.
If that's not incentive enough to pack the clubs and head to the Thompson Okanagan, how about this: 12 of the region's courses have teamed with 17 local hotels and resorts to offer stay and play opportunities sure to suit golfers to a, well, tee. Log on to golfkelowna.com and select for yourself; it could be vineyards or semi-desert terrain, rolling landscape or expansive lakeside swings. You could, for example, package a round at the Harvest Golf Club's Graham Cooke-crafted, orchard-based course (you can actually pluck a crunchy apple or a juicy plum from the trees) with an overnight of luxury at the lakefront Manteo Resort. (Indulging in Chef Bernard Casavant's locally inspired dishes at the Wild Apple Restaurant & Lounge seems a fitting end to the day.) And what would pair nicely with the ponderosa pine-fringed, challenge-at-every-turn fairways at Gallagher's Canyon Golf and Country Club? Sweet slumber at the newly renovated Delta Grand Resort in the heart of Kelowna's Cultural District might just be your Ă la carte ideal. But who knows. With so many opportunities to make your winning match, you may run out of sunshine before you pair â and play â each and every one. www.golfkelowna.com