Designed by acclaimed architect, Les Furber, and rated by Golf Digest as one of the top three new courses in Canada in 2001, the St. Eugene golf experience features spectacular views of the St. Mary River and the majestic Fisher Peak as our championship course winds its way through open links and rolling woodlands.
Our public rates include 18 holes of play on our championship course, unlimited use of our practice facility, bottled water at first tee and a $10 casino slot play voucher. Note that our green fees are dynamically priced, meaning that rates fluctuate depending on time of day, day of the week and month of golf season. (5% GST extra; juniors pay 50% of public rate; 9 hole rates also available)
Electric Power Cart – $18 per person; includes GPS yardages to front, middle and back of greens, dual USB ports and cooler (5% GST and 7% PST extra)
Club Rentals – $40 King Cobra; offered in men’s right and left, regular or still flex; women’s offered in right and left
After a long association with Robert Trent Jones Sr., who is recognized as the “father” of modern golf course architecture, Les Furber, along with partner Jim Eremko, established Les Furber Design and GDS Golf Design Services Ltd. in 1980 from Canmore, Alberta.
Les Furber is considered one of the four best golf course architects in Canada. Although he has been behind golf courses as far away as Switzerland and Lithuania, his specialty has been western Canadian golf courses. He brings his distinctive style to St. Eugene with beautiful, white sand bunkers, undulating greens, holes aligned with breathtaking mountain peaks and a course emphasis on shot value.
The philosophy behind Les Furber’s designs may be best stated with the following quotation from the Les Furber Design and GDS Golf Design Services website:
“Our reputation has been built on the foundation of creativity and originality. With our designs you will find that golf strategy and shot values are paramount. We maintain a strong balance between playability and challenge; playable but not penal, challenging but not intimidating. The design approach is innovative, visionary and with today’s ever changing ecological regulations, in tune environmentally.”
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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.
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.