Radium Resort – The Springs and The Resort

Alas, all good things must come to an end and we played the two very different Radium Resort courses on Day 5 and Day 6 to wrap up our vacation.

The Springs Course

This is definitely the more scenic of the two courses, set cliffside along the valley.  It has a great practice facility, grass stalls, a fairway bunker, a huge greenside bunker, and multiple chipping/putting surface.  We spent our first night in town buried deep in the practice bunkers and it helped with the sandshot confidence for the rest of the week.

There were some challenging doglegs, the usual elevation changes and at least for me on that day, excellent putting greens.

Barely got over the right side bunkers on this one

Ride along the Columbia Valley

Tough par 3 on 17

 

The Resort Course

Our last round in the valley was at the Resort Course.  This is a much more mature course with recent renovations for 3 new holes.  I can verify this because my GPS app went crazy on me for a long stretch on the front 9.  They must’ve been spraying chemicals heavily on the day because I was having it caught up in my sinuses and my throat (smells alot like Killex).  This course was alot tighter with lots of holes shaped around the natural terrain and contours of the mountains.  This made for some great frustrating holes where the fairways will not hold any drives, where a nice drive might send your ball rolling off the low side of the fairway into the rough or rocks+trees if you’re not lucky.  Regardless, there were some great holes that makes up for it in the end to make it worthwhile to play.

Very tight hole #10. Somewhere between this practice swing and my actual shot, I got smarter and decided to use a 3W instead.  Still, I proceeded to hook it DEEP in the the left forest. Luckily, the steep mountains somehow rolled my ball back to the middle of the fairway!

Tricky club selection on a fun mountainside par 3.  

Elevated par 4 is just as fun.  The ball stays in the air for an extra long beat!

 

Finally, a couple pics of our drive through the mountains on our way back home.

We were behind this truck for awhile……

Just outside of Radium

 

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