Golf cannot be played year round in the Canadian Rockies but, when the snow does thaw for the six- month-long season, the experience can be fantastic and inexpensive. About five hours drive from Vancouver, in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, a golfing oasis awaits in the foothills of the Rockies. There are 14 courses that can challenge golfers of any level. The setting is a big draw as the courses have spectacular views of the cascading mountain ranges and an abundance of wildlife. The altitude, between 762 and 1,158 metres, also allows the ball to travel further. Kimberley Golf Club, built in 1924, is one of the area's oldest and the site of many regional championships. The 5,861-yard course is densely wooded, as are the others in the region. A two-day package, including hotel and two rounds of golf, costs C$128 (about HK$678) per person. Regular green fees are $30. Also in Kimberley is Trickle Creek. Opened in 1993, the championship course features a long rolling terrain and measures 6,896 yards from the back tees. Two-day packages are available from $150. Regular green fees are $42. Cranbrook Golf Club is recognised as having the best greens in the BC Rockies and the 6,380-yard layout has hosted many of the province's top tournaments. A one-day package with hotel and golf is available for $69. Regular green fees are $33. The resort town of Radium, on the edge of Kootenay National Park, has two courses at The Springs. They feature a 6,717-yard layout and a user-friendly 5,315-yard course. Packages start at $64.