The Golf Club at The Rise, a Fred Couples Signature Golf Course, opened last June with PGA
Tour fan favorite Fred Couples on site, officially opening Okanagan’s newest golf course.
Couples played the opening round at the Okanagan’s only Signature Golf Course with Calgary
Flames captain, Jarome Iginla; Boston Bruin Chuck Kobasew; and former NHL’ers Brent Gilchrist
and Jeff Finley.
Fred Couples conducted a golf clinic for media and invited guests and then hit the first ceremonial
drive before playing the exhibition round. Wearing a wireless microphone, Couples provided
commentary on each hole through a mobile loudspeaker for the crowd of 150 people, who
followed the players throughout the impressive course.
“The lake views up here are so incredible. I have such a passion for golf that we really wanted to
take our time and build a course that is as stunning as its location,” says Fred Couples, “It’s
exciting now that it’s open because I know golfers from all over will want to get up here and
experience it for themselves.”
Described by international luxury lifestyle magazine, the Robb Report, as being one of Canada’s
top new golf courses, The Golf Club at The Rise merges breathtaking scenery with challenges
and opportunities for every level of golfer. Integrated into the rugged natural topography of the
Vernon highlands, the course incorporates five sets of tees to accommodate all golfers. This
must-play course has now been nominated by Score Golf for Best New Course in 2009.
The championship course was designed by Couples/Bates Design, an affiliation between Fred
Couples and award-winning golf course architect Gene Bates. Construction for the 18-hole
signature course was completed by BMR Golf, whose credits also include the award-winning Greywolf at Panorama Mountain Resort and The Dunes in Kamloops.
Players can expect a round filled with awe-inspiring views, challenging holes and impeccably
maintained greens and fairways. The Golf Club at The Rise strives to provide the best
experience for any level of golfer.
Summary: Perched 1,000 feet above Okanagan Lake, this spectacular layout will
accommodate golfers of all abilities. With generous landing areas and five sets of tees on every
hole, The Golf Club at The Rise will offer a balance of variety, enjoyment and challenge. Each
hole is distinct in its character with dramatic elevated tees and breathtaking views of Okanagan
Lake on 12 of 18 holes.
Design: Fred Couples (Signature Design)
Architect: Gene Bates
Construction: BMR Golf
Season: April through October
Yardage: 4638 Green tees – 6884 Boom Boom tees
Tees per hole: 5 (minimum)
Longest hole: The par-5 9th hole stretches to almost 600 yards. The hole has an elevated
tee and plays downhill all the way, which makes it play a little less than its true yardage.
Challenging hole: At 438 yards, the par-4 8th hole demands both accuracy and distance.
With the least generous landing area of any of the par-4 s this hole does not let up until the
very end. A conservative approach and some handy short-game skills will pay big dividends
on this hole.
Water hazards: 8 (holes 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15 & 16)
Green fees: $75 – $115 (including golf car)
General manager: Terry Yacyshen
Head professional: Lee Ranger
Course Superintendent: Alex Rokus