Ridge Course earns top rating

Predator's Ridge Course selected as best public facility in province by the Vancouver Sun’s Best of B.C. golf panel.

Predator Ridge Resort has topped a provincial poll as B.C.’s best golf course.

The Ridge Course, which opened in 2010, was selected as best public facility in province by the Vancouver Sun’s Best of B.C. golf panel.

“The Ridge Course at Predator is visually stunning, eminently playable and just pure fun, and that is what golf is all about in British Columbia,” said panel member Kris Jonasson, executive director of B.C. Golf.

“It combines the best of meadows, woodlands and mountain terrains with outstanding lake views to create a memorable day. The weather is generally exceptional and in my mind it is the must-play course in B.C.”

Predator finished second to Big Sky in Pemberton in a similar survey in 2009. This year, the two courses swapped places.

The 12 panel members were each asked to submit their own top 10 lists, and through a points system an overall top-10 was compiled. Predator received more first-place votes (three) than any other course.

“I chose Predator Ridge as my No. 1 because it offers the complete package – a gorgeous layout, great conditions, top service and expansive patios in one of the most beautiful regions of the province,” said panelist Holly Horwood, a two-time B.C. senior women’s champion.

Added Brad Pelletier, who runs the facility for the owner, Vancouver-based Wesbild Holdings Ltd: “The Ridge Course is a perfect complement to the existing Predator Course.

“Very infrequently with a site that has significant elevation change are you able to deliver a very playable golf course. I think that is what (course designer) Doug Carrick has achieved. It offers that unique B.C. setting with an experience that isn’t going to beat you up.”