Once every summer, and even more the last five years, we have been driving past the turn off to Quaaout Lodge on Highway 1 between Kamloops and Salmon Arm. We always talk about stopping in for lunch or staying overnight, but never do. Actually, the last time we visited the Lodge was 23 years ago when we lived in Kamloops while working at Rivershore Estates & Golf Links. At the time Talking Rock Golf Course did not exist, there was no spa and the restaurant was not Jack Sam’s. Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort has come a LONG way!
Talking Rock Golf Resort
The golf course has a driving range that made even us want to warm-up, a rare thing. The grass tee range is huge (tons of space to distance) plus there are separate chipping and putting greens and a sand bunker. The course is naturally rugged with some amazing views of Little Shuswap Lake from the back 9 and is in great condition. This is the first time that we have played 18 holes in more than 5 years but we needed to get to those back 9 views (and keep our playing partners company).
After golf we had dinner in Jack Sam’s Restaurant and Lounge with a view of the Canucks game instead of the lake (of course). The menu is locally inspired with a selection of traditional and modern culinary treats. Everything we chose was delicious but the Wild and Cultivated Mushrooms on Bannock with ricotta and spinach cream and wild shoots was a stand out. We also enjoyed Poached Wild Pacific Halibut and a ‘Wedge’ salad with a twist. We have to go back so that we can try more menu items.😋
We stayed the night at the lodge in a Deluxe King room. The well-thought-out design of the lodge means that every room has a private balcony or patio with lake views. The entire lodge has been updated and rooms include nice fixtures, luxury bedding, firm and soft pillows and lots of nice touches including Keurigs and robes for your morning coffee on the balcony. We did not have a chance to try the Le7ke Spa, which is just another reason we will need to visit again soon.
My only complaint (Tara) about the entire experience is that the forward set of tees is 5,437 yards which is too long to be the shortest option on an already fairly difficult golf course. I hit some of my best drive of the year and was still too far away from the greens on approach. Just something for them to consider.
Whether you just have time for golf and a meal or can enjoy a night stay, Talking Rock Resort is worth the trip. It makes a great stop over from Vancouver to Calgary or just a weekend getaway in BC.
We, Jeff and Tara Ciecko of CK Golf write two blogs, one is our 19th Hole Blog where we share personal experiences and the other an Industry Blog where we comment on general business and internet marketing best practices, sales strategies and give golf industry related opinions. We have recently started a Zoom call video series of Golf Industry Conversations. We have owned CK Golf for 13 years and provide business services to the golf and other industries. As of July 31, 2016 our life and our business became ‘location independent’. Our 19th Hole Blog is about the places we visit and the things we do. If you have any questions or comments, or happen to be in the same location as us please reach out and contact us anytime.