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330 Rivershore Drive

Kamloops, BC

Public Golf Course

Holes: 18   |   Par: 72

6,970 Yards

20 minutes east of downtown Kamloops on the Trans Canada and 35 minutes from The Kamloops Airport. 

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Rivershore Estates & Golf Links

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All rates include 18 holes, power cart & driving range.

Rivershore’s Rates per Player:

Monday – Sunday including holidays:  $108 plus GST

Play Golf BC’s Rates per Player:

Monday – Sunday including holidays: $60-$80 plus GST


By his own words, Robert Trent Jones Sr. created a masterpiece – a sentiment echoed by legions of admirers.

Laying in a desert-like setting at the foot of sagebrush-covered hills above the majestic South Thompson River, Rivershore is honest, fair, unpretentious and generously bunkered (95 bunkers). Water is used sparingly on this superb links style course. Designed and constructed by legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., Rivershore has hosted numerous Championships.

If you find yourself in the area, come treat yourself to “Kamloops’ Finest Golf”.

Women’s Tee Boxes:

Red:  Yards – 5,458  Slope – 126  Rating – 71.4

Silver:  Yards – 6,007  Slope – 133  Rating – 75.1

White:  Yards – 6,351  Slope – 137  Rating – 77.0

Men’s Tee Boxes:

White:  Yards – 6,351  Slope – 120  Rating – 70.7

Blue:  Yards – 6,708  Slope – 128  Rating – 72.1

Gold:  Yards – 6,970  Slope – 130  Rating – 73.6


A Short Biography of Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

Born in Ince-in-Makerfield, England, Robert Trent Jones accompanied his parents to the United States at the age of five. The family settled in East Rochester, New York where young Robert took a job becoming the first golf professional at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club which is located in the Sodus Point, NY area. At the same time Jones attended Cornell University, where he designed his own course of study to become a professional golf course designer, taking courses in landscape architecture, agronomy, horticulture, hydraulics, surveying, public speaking, and economics. During his studies at Cornell, he designed the back nine of Cornell’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Jones later returned in 1954 to complete the front nine.

After receiving his college degree, Jones formed a partnership with Canadian architect Stanley Thompson, and helped design several courses in Canada, including Capilano in Vancouver and Banff in the Canadian Rockies. In the late 1930s he struck out on his own and began designing and building local golf courses in America. Many of these were built using labor provided by the Works Progress Administration. Shortly after World War II, Jones got his first big assignment designing the Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta in collaboration with golf legend Bobby Jones. Despite the similarity of their names, the two men were not related. In fact Robert began using the middle name “Trent” shortly afterward to avoid confusion.

Jones’ courses are noted for their artistic landscaping, innovative use of bunkers, liberal use of water hazards, and deft placement of greens and hazards that encourage a high level of strategy. He believed that golf should be a no risk; no reward sport and his designs encouraged daring play.

Jones continued working well past usual retirement age, often working on several courses at the same time. Following a period of failing health, he retired to his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He died there peacefully just a few days short of his 94th birthday.

Jones received the 1987 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, GCSAA’s highest honor. He was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987 as well.

There is no improvement upon perfection at Rivershore

By Gord Montgomery, Senior Writer, Inside Golf

There are four words that sum up what one finds at the Rivershore Estates & Golf Links in Kamloops — Robert Trent Jones, Senior.

That master of golf course architecture who molded this layout in the early 1980s, did such an outstanding job that to this day, nothing on this 18-hole gem has been altered.

“You said it best – Robert Trent Jones, Senior,.” said course General Manager, Kevin Oates, when asked to describe what the public will encounter here. “What does that mean for us? We’re links-style. Lots of bunkers. Very playable. Built in 1981 which is only a little over 40 years ago but it feels old school. That’s where we go here. You embrace the history, which is quite different from the new, modern type courses.”

And that’s the beauty of this layout that runs alongside the South Thompson River, which does come into play, sort of, near the end of one’s round. But before you get to the penultimate and final holes of the day there are 16 other challenges awaiting you. And you best be ready for those.

From the tips, Rivershore is close to 7,000 yards but with a total of five starting points here, anyone and everyone can tee it up and enjoy their day. From the furthest point forward, boxes move down in distance to 6,700; 6,300; 6,000; and 5,400 yards.  The one hazard that is visible on essentially every hole is the bunkering. After all, there are 97 sand trips here, set in strategic spots.

Oates noted that a well-struck shot here is rewarded with a good lie and a basically unobstructed pathway into the putting surface. Mis-hit a shot though, and things aren’t necessarily easy from that point onward.

“These are properly placed, so to speak,” the GM noted of the bunkers, likely the most feared hazard on a course, other than water. “When you end up in one of his (Trent Jones, Sr.) bunkers you haven’t hit a very good shot. I mean, good shots here are rewarded. You don’t hit a good shot here and go, ‘I hope that’s going to be OK.’ You know it’s going to be OK. And when you hit one offline and it’s going toward the sand, you’re not upset that you hit it there, you’re upset you hit a bad shot.”

Of the putting surfaces here, Oates said the greens aren’t small and difficult to hit on approach shots. Then again, they aren’t the humungous designs you see with construction from later time periods.

“I would say they’re medium-sized with subtle breaks. They’ll quite often break more than you think. Lots of pin placements. I mean they’ve been unchanged. We haven’t had any greens’ reconstruction or anything since they were built in 1981. That’s kind of exciting because it shows the quality of the work they did 45 years ago.”

Now, about those last two holes, a lengthy par-3 of 178 yards off the middle set of tees and then a closing par-5, of just under 500 yards from that same tee, that again asks for some big shots to get home when you’re bird hunting. And oh yeah. That river and its shoreline are both right there alongside you just to keep things interesting.

“We have two holes, 17 and 18 that are right on the edge of the river. But, there is quite a bit of vegetation between us and the river. A shot that goes off of the golf course, you end up in the river bank vegetation” where it’s likely unplayable/unfindable, “as opposed to ball in water. We don’t see a lot of splashes, so to speak.”

However, if you’ve looking to make a splash with your golfing buddies on your next journey into the Kamloops area, or even if you live here but have never played this old beauty, make sure you tee it up at the Rivershore Estates & Golf Links for a taste of how one of the greatest every golf course architects left his mark in BC.




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