Course Overview and Yardage Book
When visiting the Shuswap region for golf, don’t miss out on Shuswap National – picturesque, challenging and fun. The unique and eclectic 7100 yard design brings you a bit of the British Isles (open fields of long fescue and grass-faced pot bunkers), forested areas, rock outcrops, natural wetlands, and striking water features. Our spectacular and immaculate bentgrass greens are often fast, always roll true and are very receptive to approach shots. Subtle undulations add to the enjoyment and challenge. Our course conditions are often superb. For example, in 2011 we were voted the best manicured and conditioned destination golf course in British Columbia. It is not unusual for our patrons to remark emphatically about the quality of our greens in particular. The scenery of the site, to many, is awe inspiring!
Our beautiful timber frame clubhouse is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. The enhancements include a full service restaurant and banquet catering with indoor seating able to accommodate large groups, tournaments, weddings and when you need a small form factor computer. We are proud to work hard at being the most friendly and welcoming course you’ll ever find. We are a first class resort course without an attitude. Our goal is to offer you a golf experience like no other; hence our tagline, “Nothing Else Plays Like This!”
When in Salmon Arm or the Shuswap, don’t miss Shuswap National. We’re a gem worth finding. From breathtaking scenery to challenging golf to exceedingly friendly hospitality, you will fall in love with Shuswap National.
Hole 1 – Par 4
We are going to start you off with a straight-a-way par 4 using Bastion Mountain as a picturesque backdrop. Be careful with your club selection off the tee, as a downhill landing zone will certainly add some yards to the length of your tee shot. Be sure to take an extra club or two for your second shot into this green as it plays quite a bit uphill.
Hole 2 – Par 5
The first par 5 on the course is a double dogleg with out of bounds left, and fescue right. As daunting as that sounds, this hole plays short enough that Driver may not be required off the tee for all golfers. A safe tee shot, and a second shot that avoids the small pot bunkers short right of the green should set you up for a good birdie opportunity early.
Hole 3 – Par 3
The first par 3 of the course likely requires nothing more than a wedge or short iron off the tee. Club selection is key as this green is well protected on all sides by bunkers and water. Anywhere left of the green is the preferred miss on this hole.
Hole 4 – Par 4
A short par 4, but one that can be deceptively difficult. An aggressive tee shot around the corner could leave with no more than a short wedge into this green, but with out of bounds left and fescue long and right, a safer shot off the tee may be in order. Play it too safe though, and you’re left with a long iron shot into a tricky green with two deep bunkers to the left.
Hole 5 – Par 5
Not many holes reward long hitters as much as #5, the green itself is only 340yds from the tee as the crow flies, and the more corner you’re willing to cut, the easier your uphill second shot into this green will be. The shorter hitters, however, will have three church pew bunkers to deal with off the tee. Even so, avoiding those bunkers off the tee gives even the shortest hitters a relatively good chance at birdie.
Hole 6 – Par 3
The second par 3 on the front 9 plays as the shortest hole on the course, but that by no means makes it the easiest hole on the course. Three bunkers and a penalty area that wraps around the back of the green means that any lapse in judgement off the tee could result in a very high score here.
Hole 7 – Par 4
Yet another hole that requires a decision off the tee as a longer tee shot will put most golfers into one of the two fairway bunkers or a dip in the fairway that which may take the pin out of view. A shorter tee shot will remain on level, flat fairway, but will require a longer approach shot into a wide, shallow green.
Hole 8 – Par 4
Considered by most to be the most difficult hole on the course, #8 requires two solid golf shots for even a slim chance at birdie. A tee shot that comes to rest short of the 150 yard marker will leave a longer shot into the green, but there will be less elevation change. A longer tee shot, may roll partway, or all the way down the hill in the latter half of the fairway, leaving a shorter, uphill second shot, often from an awkward lie. Par is a great score on this hole.
Hole 9 – Par 4
The final hole on the front half plays as an average length dogleg left. Longer hitters may be able to fully carry the corner, leaving only a short pitch into a tricky green. Shorter hitters need to be wary of the pinch point of trees around the 150 yard marker, as an uneven fairway can often result in an unlucky bounce into the trees.
Hole 10 – Par 4
Although easy on paper, this short par 4 plays much harder than the yardage on the scorecard may suggest. A water hazard just right of the fairway often results in a layup off the tee, which leaves a long uphill second shot into a very well-protected green. Taking an extra club on the second shot is never a bad idea as a bank behind the green can often save shots hit a little long.
Hole 11 – Par 5
Hole 11 is another dogleg left par 5, although it plays much differently than the dogleg left #5. A good tee shot down the center of the fairway leaves the golfer to decide between going for the green in two, requiring a long carry over hazard, or a lay up into a small area near the 150 yard marker. Avoid hitting it left at any point on this hole, as thick trees line the left side of the rough from tee to green.
Hole 12 – Par 3
The longest par 3 on the course also plays, unsurprisingly, as the most difficult. Any shot short or left of the green will likely result in a trip to the drop zone, so a tee shot right of the hill is the ideal miss. A large bank to the right of the green means, that with a lucky bounce, a bad shot may quickly turn into a good shot. Although #12 may seem daunting, a little pre-tee shot planning can do wonders.
Hole 13 – Par 4
Probably the most picturesque tee shot on the course, #13 also offers golfers the chance to reach the green off the tee. However, for those who prefer the safer (and smarter) approach, any shot that reaches the far side of the fairway is ideal. Lay up too short however, and you will be blocked out by the corner of the trees. The second shot into this green is much simpler, with only a small creek short to worry about. Be wary of elevation change on this hole, as the second, plays much shorter than it appears.
Hole 14 – Par 4
A pond to the left of the fairway is the defining feature of this par 4, keeping your tee shot right of that is key to playing this hole well. A tee shot right will likely end up on #16 fairway, and although it is a more awkward angle, is still the preferred miss off the tee. For your approach into this green, be very wary of the three pot bunkers to the left of the green. Each bunker is over 5 feet deep, making any shot from then a difficult one.
Hole 15 – Par 4
A short par 4, reachable for the longest of hitters, plays as a slight dogleg right for most. The approach shot is key for this hole, as the marsh hazard surrounds the entire green, penalizing any miss left, right or long. A solid second shot however, will leave you with a birdie putt on one of the simpler greens on the course.
Hole 16 – Par 5
The only straight par 5 on the course, #16 also plays as the longest. The tee shot is the most difficult shot on this hole, with trees and out of bounds left, and fescue grass to the right. This hole is barely reachable even for the longest hitters, so taking less than driver on the tee is a very feasible strategy. As you get closer to the green, the danger to the right of the hole disappears, giving you a little more room to breathe on your second and third shots.
Hole 17 – Par 3
With out of bounds left, and a small creek short and right, this short, slightly uphill par 3 requires a well struck shot off the tee. Accuracy is key while hitting into this green, as the green complex houses a few subtle ridges and mounts that can test even the best putters.
Hole 18 – Par 4
The final hole on the course offers no rest to the golfer, testing players with a tough tee shot, with water and pot bunkers right, and hills and trees left. Laying up isn’t a great option either, as the second shot plays very uphill. Watch the bunker and trees to the right of the green, trying to save par from either of those spots is difficult for even the most seasoned pros.