Is this too much for a Golf Website?

Photo Provided by Rossland Tourism | Photographer: Dave Heath

The headlines today from business websites paint a difficult road ahead for Canada, and perhaps the world, from an economic standpoint. The Canadian dollar reaches a 12 year low at 70 cents and change. Some top analyst have the cdn dollar going to 60 cents and oil prices going to $20 a barrel before we see a turn around. The truth may be slightly less but all in all it’s a difficult scenario. While we lament our forgone trips to US hotspots and come to grips with higher lettuce prices we need to not lose sight of the opportunities.

Does this sound like too much info for a Golf Website Blog? Beer drinking and fun loving golfers are also keenly aware of how prices affect their ability to recreate and spend their hard earned dough. Why read on? Simple! Redstone and Rossland in Super Natural BC is one of the most beautiful places in the World and now it’s on sale. Everything from Golf to real estate is on sale with no specific ending date. Rossland B.C., the home of Redstone, is constantly being touted as one of the last great places. The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine and Sunset Magazine have all done articles on Rossland with the same theme ; a genuine town with super people and loads of recreational opportunities.

Malcom Gladwell has written many insightful and thought provoking books over the last ten years. Gladwell’s “Tipping Point” is a book I have read twice. I am obviously not a writer, nor would I presume to condense his book into a single sentence, but here it goes anyways… The book reveals a set of conditions that need to exists for a small number of people start to behave differently causing a ripple effect. Gladwell refers to “Mavens”, “People Collectors” and “Salesman”. You know a Maven. They meet someone on a chair lift or at the golf course and invite a perfect stranger to a potluck thus collecting another friend. You also know the salesman. The person who tells all their friends that they discovered Rossland and encourages or sells the idea that you should ski, golf or mountain bike in Rossland. They are so passionate about it that their enthusiasm encourages people to act. There are external conditions that also need to happen to make all of this work. I believe that there are Mavens and Salesman in our midst and perhaps the drastic drop in the Canadian dollar is exactly the condition that causes the cocktail to fizz and flow over the top.

For those of you that don’t know, in the late 80’s you could buy a home in Rossland for $10,000, the ski hill was owned by a club, the golf course was a 9 hole community run course and mountain biking was just starting to develop. On top of that Black Jack Nordic Trails were operated by a small group of volunteers pulling a small groomer with an old sled and downtown had empty shops and the infrastructure (pipes in the ground) were rotting due to age and neglect.

Fast forward to 2016. The ski hill was sold to private hands and has added 4 new lifts and renovated the day lodge. A couple hundred condos were built, Grey Mountain was added, a new hotel is being built. Redstone golf course was built with 51 new homes in the subdivision, downtown was renovated and upgraded and new specialty shops have popped up everywhere. Mountain biking has become an industry with 100’s of kilometres of Trails and Blackjack Nordic club has new day lodges, a biathlon course and has been upgraded with modern grooming equipment. With 600 plus members.

Have we tipped yet? Not yet. Our population is about the same as it was in the late 80’s but we have extended our reach. In other words, with all of the infrastructure built in the last 26 years and the capacity planned and developed for the next 100 years, Rossland is at the cusp of a giant step forward. The average person in Rossland does not see it, but they feel it. Especially this ski season. The lines at the grocery store are longer. The variety of languages in the check line are not as familiar. The faces at restaurants, shops and liquor stores are ones we just can’t place.

Have we tipped? Not yet. I predict (yes this may be stupidly bold) this winter is the year that Rossland, B.C. tips. Why? Over the years, all of the impressive articles written about the place were developed through the eyes of someone that could see the future. In many ways it has taken 26 years for Rossland to develop and fulfill all the promises that so many people have written about. The lower Canadian dollar will be the catalyst for a next wave of growth. I believe this impending growth includes population increases and increased development of services that people require. That’s the opportunity part.

Yes the dollar and lower commodity prices are painful, and will require adjustment to the Canadian economy, but Rossland has matured and planned for the next phase.  If you’re ready to live in the “Recreation Capital of Canada” then don’t hesitate, because once we do “Tip” you may find yourself saying, “I remember Rossland when it was X$’s to buy a home.”

I have loads of anecdotal evidence to support this but this is just a Golf Blog,


Drink Cart Saga Continues

“I never expected that!”, Bill Sommers Spokane Washington. 


The parking lot is gravel, the clubhouse is a heritage log building.  But the golf course is Worldclass.  This is the number one comment and the number two comment is the greens are maybe the best I have golfed.  When your in the West Kootenay Redstone is a must play. 


Here is the offer:

Play 2 rounds full pay rounds on back to back days and receive a third round absolutely free.  This deal is for anyone.  Play Monday and Tuesday and play wed for free.  If you paid for a cart on those days your cart is free for the third round.

If your booking  a stay and play with a booking for two nights play your third round free as well

Local Kootenay residents qualify for this deal as well.  Play two consecutive rounds and receive a voucher for the third round. 

Grab your golf friends and have a mini tournament. 


Book now by calling 1-877-362-4555 or email

3 Great Deals

The Redstone experience is a little different for everyone but one thing that never changes are the spectacular greens and elevated tee boxes.

Speaking of elevated tees.

During our Men’s club championship I sunk my first hole in one ever. Playing from the Championship tees hole five is an intimidating 235 yard par three. Add a 1 or 2 club headwind and a forward flag and you just added a whole lot of trouble. All I can say is I hit a three wood as good as I could and it hit the green bounced once checked up and then rolled three feet and went in the cup. For me a 9 handicap that’s as good as it gets. At that moment I realized that seeing that ball roll in the cup from one of four elevated tee boxes is truly a special experience.

Come Enjoy the Redstone experience with one of three golf Deals.


1. Stay and Play at one of Canada’s finest Golf Courses.

$157.50 Per person plus tax based on double occupancy

You and your partner will receive:

Luxury condo stay at Red Mountain
18 holes with cart
Unlimited same day golf
As well as:

Complimentary range balls
Hot Breakfast Voucher


2. Retiree Mondays

For Just $49 retirees play 18 holes with a cart and a lunch.

Play just Monday or combine the stay and play with the retiree deal.


3.Deal three is our $699 half season membership.

No restrictions, no initiation and no special designated tee times. For just $699 you play unlimited golf for the entire summer.


Cary Fisher
Redstone resort

A Message from Cary Fisher

[sws_picture_frame84 src=”” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”” album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame84] The 2011 season was a great success.  Many new faces were taking to the course with Redstone seeing 45 new members.

The year end wind up tournament “The Fly Wide Open” was organized and run by Gino Berno.  Gino is the greatest prize procurement organizer this area has ever seen with most participants leaving with more than one prize.  The tournament is meant as a fun time to unwind with friends and is a must attend for anyone who loves golf but loves fun just as much.  I know that I speak for everyone who was involved in the tournament when I say great job Gino.  As a community and club event we couldn’t ask for more.

[sws_picture_frame84 src=”” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”” album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame84] The ladies cub had another successful year culminating with the “Ruby”. This tournament saw an excellent field of golfers from all over the Province.  As far as competition goes the tournament really delivered.  The course was in great shape and tournament organizers pulled off another first class event. Thanks to all the volunteers and special thanks to Libby and Fiona Martin.  Without volunteers these events would not showcase Redstone and Rossland in the same manner.  Finally thanks to Deb DeTremauden for organizing the ladies club all year.  The job of operating the course is made so much easier when energetic volunteers like Deb assist.  We couldn’t do what we do without them.

[sws_picture_frame84 src=”” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”” album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame84]The Men’s club always has great turn outs on men’s night.  This is a social club that personifies having fun.  As a testament to that I have had several guests ask why so many guys linger.  I have explained to them that it’s the community nature of our men’s club.  Guys genuinely like the camaraderie and fun that happens on this night.  Sure the food is good, beer cold and prizes are won but Redstone has an indescribable appeal that is better left to enjoy than define.  Thanks to all the guys that attend because I really enjoy MC’ing and without the joking and fun it would be a job.

I also need to thank Grant and his crew for keeping the course in Great shape all year.  The kitchen was operated by Phil and a cast of hard working chefs and servers that did a sumptuous job. Finally Nicole and Lauri worked as a team to pull off a banner year of events.  I want to thank all the staff at Redstone that work so very hard during the season making our family atmosphere super fun for guests and members alike.

Christmas Golf Shop- Grand Opening December 3rd

[sws_picture_frame84 src=”” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”” album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame84] We are happy to announce we will be opening a Christmas Shop in Rossland this year on Washington Street just a few doors down from Butch Boutry’s shop. Give the gift of golf this holiday season to family, friends, employees, clients and anyone else who made your “nice list” this year.

Logowear , balls, gloves, gift cards and gift certificates will be available.

Golf is a great gift for those family members who are visiting the Kootenays this summer. Send them a gift certificate for their rounds of golf or pre-purchase a stay and play package.

Ask Mel and Lauri to make up a gift box with all the golf essentials. Sure you could buy him socks and a tie but why not bring out the kid in him and buy a 10 round punch pass or a 2012 membership at Redstone.

We can’t wait to see you at Opening Day on December 3rd! Look for our next email for a Opening Weekend Special Offer!

We can’t wait to see you at Opening Day on December 3rd!  Look for our next email for a Opening Weekend Special Offer!