Sagebrush was founded in 2004 behind the vision of PGA Tour winner Richard Zokol. After searching for the ideal design team and influenced by the recommendation of Ben Crenshaw, Zokol chose Rod Whitman, the designer behind several of Canada’s best courses, including Cabot Links in Nova Scotia and Blackhawk in Edmonton, and then brought Armen Suny onto the Sagebrush design team.
The three envisioned a course where the scale of the golf would rival the bold landscape that surrounds the property. Firm and fast fairways give way to massive greens—this is a course with options, where the golfer can play to their strengths.
“Sagebrush is a terrific course—one of the best modern courses to be built in Canada,” wrote Canadiangolfer.com soon after Sagebrush opened. “It is an artistic success without doubt.”
Upon its opening, Sagebrush was named the Best New Course in Canada by Golf Digest, “Everything looks so intensely natural, it’s hard to identify the spots Whitman had to create,” the magazine said. Soon thereafter it landed among the Top 10 courses in the country as ranked by SCOREGolf, standing alongside many of Canada’s most storied tracks. What drew attention then remains now, and time has added a maturity that enhances the subtleties of the Whitman | Zokol | Suny design. Generous fairways and enormous greens give players a sense of freedom that only links golf can provide, yet the challenges are bountiful. As has been said many times over the years, “The more you care about the history of golf, the more you’ll love Sagebrush.”
Recently, to help the club achieve its ultimate vision, highly regarded professionals with experience in real estate development, agronomy, and golf operations have become involved. This new group is working hard to achieve the lofty ambitions to which a project like this can aspire.
In future years, the current amenities will be complemented by full-service on-site dining, additional lodging, a beach/marina experience on Nicola Lake, and, eventually, a limited number of custom homesites. Details on amenities and future real estate opportunities are yet to be released.
For now, Sagebrush’s focus is singular – to offer its guests the most memorable, can’t miss, must play golf experience in Canada. Sound bold? It is. But thanks to the breathtaking setting, the incredible golf architecture, and the team that cares every day, it’s also achievable.
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