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 British Columbia’s gorgeous landscapes, topography and climate are ideal for growing grapes and making rave-worthy wines. But those winning attributes also make it a utopia for another great passion – golf! In fact, there are as many golf courses in the province as there are wineries, so you can combine not just one love, but two. Wine and golf in British Columbia is the perfect pairing. More often than not, travellers are looking to get the most out of their limited vacation time by expanding their destination experiences. And vacationers are catching on that if they enjoy both golf and wine, then visiting British Columbia is a great way to get their chip and sip on. Tour operators have recognized this trend and have begun developing package options that reflect this dual interest. Individual golf courses also promote B.C. wine by offering winery tours direct from their facilities. The province is home to more than 300 courses ranging from simple family-friendly par threes to world-class facilities that are a challenge for even scratch golfers. Some of the world’s top golf architects have lent their expertise to designing some of the courses, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Les Furber. You certainly can’t beat B.C.’s natural beauty – teeing off with a backdrop of mountains, lakes, ocean or desert scapes is not something you’ll find every where. In fact, today you are just as likely to have a view of a vineyard from the tee box. Depending on the location and your personal desires, you have a number of choices when it comes to planning your golf and wine tour. You may want to dedicate certain days to golf and others to wine to make the most of each activity. But the proximity of many of the region’s golf courses to the wineries, particularly in the Okanagan-Similkameen, means you can spend a few hours on the links then roll out on a wine tour with ease. So if your vacation time is limited, there is no reason you can’t enjoy golf and wine to the max. If drinking and driving is a concern, tour operators are an option to shuttle you around. Many will allow you to build your own packages , tailoring to your personal interests, rather than following a set itinerary. Planning a golf and wine tour is a versatile option for mixed groups when not everyone is interested in both activities. Each can explore their passions guilt free but come together to reconnect at the end of each day.
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