OUTSTANDING IN NATURE
Beyond just a championship course, the St. Eugene Golf Course fairway’s
each boast their own spectacular perspective. From the rolling woodlands
of the Rocky Mountain Trench, to driving alongside the fleeting St. Mary River,
to the dramatic allure of Fisher Peak. It is a golf experience unlike any other.
AT A GLANCE
- Par 72 championship course:
- 7,007 yards from the black tees
- 6,453 yards from the blue tees
- 5,852 yards from the white tees
- 5,388 yards from the green tees
- Unlimited driving range access
- Full-service ‘Halfway House’ (you pass it three times in 18 holes)
- 19th Hole Restaurant & Bar open very early to very late
- Complimentary bottled water for each player
- New 2015 golf carts
- Smartphone GPS access course layout and player coaching
- Golf lessons for individuals or groups by PGA-certified professionals
- Mini-tournament programs can be arranged
We’re proud to have Ktunaxa names of the 18 golf holes. Graeme Douglas, Manager of Hotel & Golf Facilities,
has worked with a Ktunaxa Nation elder advisory committee to name each of the 18 holes in the Ktunaxa Traditional
language. The beautiful signs, cut from pine beetle damaged wood, carry the Ktunaxa traditional expression along with
the phonetic and English translation.
The site around Cranbrook has been seasonally occupied by the Ktunaxa for 10,000 years. Developed in the basin of an ancient glacial lake, this fertile grassland, known as Akisq’aq’li’it, was a productive place with excellent berry crops, good fishing streams and abundant hunting opportunities. Its name was recently changed to “Joseph’s Prairie” after Chief Joseph who used the prairie extensively in the summer to graze his large herds. Today, Joseph Creek is an intricate and environmentally sensitive spawning creek running through our resort.
Fire Wagon was what the Ktunaxa called the trains when they first saw them, observing that they were powered by fire. Other nations referred to them as iron horses. At one time, the Ktunaxa had free travel passes on the trains as part of their compensation package from the railway company.
When the horse first arrived in the Kootenays, the Ktunaxa compared it to a hornless elk, but witnessed that it could work like a dog, which is how the name for ‘horse’ in the Ktunaxa language evolved. The Ktunaxa people, men and women, became expert horsemen and showed great respect for the animal. Akisq’aq’l’it became an important pasturage for the animal while the horse has become an important part of the Ktunaxa heritage and culture.
One morning while preparing the golf course for play, a turf grass employee came across a young raven who had fallen out of his nest. Not sure what to do, he put the bird on a branch and witnessed a flock of ravens circling above him. The next day, the young raven was safe back in his home.
Dew is the moisture formed by the condensation of water vapour on the cool surface of the turfgrass leaves. Dewfall can serve as a source of water for the support of growth as it decreases the soil moisture extraction by the turfgrass roots. Dew also delays the onset of both transpiration and the rise in temperature during the early morning hours
During the summer of 1998, one of the shapers from Golf Design Services came across a burnt stump that possessed the likeness of a spiritual being. Instead of clearing it as directed, the area was preserved until course designer Les Furber could weigh in. The result was that the tee location was adjusted in order to protect the newly found asset.
The young ground squirrel was forced from the hole by the rest of the family. If it immediately returned, there would be six more long weeks of winter. If it never returned, the young ground squirrel probably fell prey to a starving badger coming out of hibernation, indicating that spring had arrived!
The pregnant white tail doe searched for a sanctuary to give birth without having coyotes harm her newborn. “This is a good spot with the St. Mary River protecting us to the northeast, and thick brush and open grass fairway to the southeast where we can see if trouble approaches.”
An important food source for the Ktunaxa, the cutthroat trout in the St. Mary River are a species of the Salmonoid family. They are native to the west slope of the Rocky Mountains. Cutthroat stay mainly in fast moving fresh water throughout their lives and have non-migratory stream or riverine habitants. The name refers to the distinctive red slash of colour on the underside of the lower jaw.
The Apache likened the hoodoo to human figures. Their legend states that their Creator let loose a great deluge when he was upset with the earth and decided to start over. He favoured the Apache and was willing to give them shelter. However, a group of greedy and evil men took advantage of this and rushed up the hill without helping the young, the elders or the women escape from the approaching flood. The Creator was so angry that he punished them by turning them into stone as they stood on the ridge. Thus, the hoodoos are the petrified men who abandoned their tribe.
The Tamarack is a native tree to North America. The name is Algonquin for this species of small to medium sized deciduous trees that reach from 10 to 20 metres tall with a trunk up to 60 cm in diameter. The wood is tough, durable and flexible, lending its use to making snowshoes and knees in wooden boats. Natives also use the inner bark to heal wounds and frostbite and the outer bark to treat arthritis. The needle-like leaves turn bright yellow before falling in the autumn.
A bald eagle waited patiently for an osprey to catch its prey out of the St. Mary River in order to force the frightened bird to drop the trout. Knowing the eagle was now satisfied, the osprey returned to the river, diving with incredible accuracy for another trout. As the osprey aerodynamically carried the trout to its nest with nose facing forward, the trout sailed through the air knowing it was a good day to die.
From this vantage point, the bald eagle can see as far as the Purcell Mountains to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east. The St. Mary River below supplies his family with an abundance of fish. His nest, located on the north side of the river, cannot be attacked by predators faster than he can protect it. With the open skies above, the eagle soars close to the Creator.
The Cattail is a tall, reedy marsh plant that bears brown, furry fruiting spikes. Found mainly in temperate or cool regions of the northern and southern hemispheres, their long, flat leaves help filter contaminates from water and wildlife. Cattails are used for making mats and chair seats. Important to wildlife, they are often cultivated ornamentally for pond plants and dried flower arrangements. The leaves, which swell when wet, were used for caulking cracks in barrels and boats.
For centuries, the Ktunaxa people had to safeguard their villages by posting a watchman high into the eastern mountain region. The danger came from the Blackfoot, Blood and Perigan Nations who would raid traditional Ktunaxa territories in order to steal horses and women or to engage in war.
The time before man was known as the animal world. All creatures had been given instructions from the spirits to remain respectful of the other creatures and all things. Yawu’nik’, a large water creature, disobeyed these instructions and brought grief to many others. He was to be killed, so a war party was formed. At this time, the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers were joined and Yawu’nik’ continually evaded capture, travelling around and around in the waterways for many months.
Nalmuqcin, a huge land creature, was given advice by the spirits to close off the waterway. He knocked down part of the mountain and blocked Yawu’nik’s passage. Yawu’nik’ was killed and his flesh was distributed for food. His innards were gathered by Nalmuqcin, who scattered them into the wind to settle and become the Yellow, White and Black races of mankind.
Where the Yawu’nik’s blood touched the earth, the Red people emerged. Nalmuqcin was so excited that he stood up and hit his head on the ceiling of the sky, killing himself! His body now makes up the Rocky Mountains. Man was given instruction to care for the land and creatures, and in turn, it would care for him.
The tee shot on this hole is facing due west, making it extremely difficult in the evening to see the ball’s flight as it disappears into the setting sun. The dreaded Scottish-style pot bunker waits in hiding for a misguided shot! It is also a reminder of the golf round coming to an end, but like always, a new day will dawn at St. Eugene.
With the Mission Building and Fisher Peak as its backdrop, this marvelous hole resembles two of the greatest finishing holes in the world, Carnoustie and St. Andrews. The kingfisher has a cosmopolitan distribution throughout the world’s tropics and temperate regions. But the only one north of Mexico is the Belted Kingfisher, distinguished by its long, dagger-like bill used for fishing. At St. Eugene, these birds can often be seen around Joseph Creek or the St. Mary River.
Featuring unparalleled views of the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, we offer our practice facilities free of charge to all course members,
league players, hotel guests and public golfers. Located adjacent to the parking lot and pro shop, our driving range, chipping practice area and practice putting green are open between the hours of 7am and 8pm.
The rates are dynamically priced, which means they vary depending on time of day and week, month of the year, or special twilight and dawn fees. As well, we have exclusive Stay and Play Packages that include rounds of golf.
No, but we do have a snack shack located roughly in the middle of the course by the end of Hole 3, and at the start of Holes 4, 11 and 15.
Yes! The driving range is free with every paid round of golf. It is located near the Pro Shop, adjacent to the parking lot.
Not if you want a really good workout! Our course is quite long and as its etched out of mountainous terrain, the walkways can be rather steep at times.
With our dynamic pricing, reduced green fees often start in the early afternoon, with the average “Twilight” tee-times beginning around 3:00pm. Please call the golf shop at 1-877-417-3133 or visit our Golf Rates page to check for tee time availability on any given day!
OUR MOBILE APP
We now offer golf mobile applications for both Apple iOS and Android, which contains information on the course, food and beverage, events, promotions, weather conditions and personnel contacts. Additionally, the app has a 3D flyover feature, a yardage guide and a scoring tracker.
Click the appropriate link below to download the app to your phone. Please note that the app does not currently integrate with our Tee-On online booking system.