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Chef Ned Bell Joins Sagebrush Team

For Immediate Release

April 9, 2024



Sagebrush Golf Club Sets Course for Culinary Excellence with Renowned Chef Ned Bell

Talented Culinary Team to Launch New Restaurant and Ranch Inspired Menus 

Quilchena, B.C. - Sagebrush Golf Club, famed for its prestigious links-style course in BC's scenic ranch country, is set for an exciting culinary overhaul in 2024. Acclaimed Canadian chef Ned Bell will lead the charge, igniting a new era of dining excellence.


Drawing from his extensive experience and passion for locally sourced ingredients, honed further in his role as British Columbia's Buy BC Ambassador, Bell can't wait to infuse the menus with vibrant flavours that pay homage to the course’s Douglas Lake Ranch roots. From the iconic Hideout halfway hut at the 13th hole that boasts a mid-course trout-fishing experience, to the all-new Ranch House patio restaurant, guests can expect an elevated culinary experience. 


Bell is already hard at work, fine-tuning the kitchens, assembling a talented team, and preparing to unveil two soon-to-be-announced protégés who will bring his vision to life. With Bell's culinary mastery and deep-rooted love for the game, Sagebrush is poised to redefine the golfing experience.


"Growing up with a passion for golf, I always dreamed of playing professionally," reflects Bell. "Yet, it's in the kitchen where my true talents lie, surpassing my abilities tee to green. Now, I'm thrilled to merge my culinary expertise with our world-class golf experience, crafting a distinctive 'taste of place' that perfectly complements the exceptional course."


Celebrated as one of Canada's culinary luminaries, Bell is revered not only for his exceptional cuisine and unwavering dedication to sustainability but also for his vibrant personality and broad-reaching achievements. With an illustrious career marked by hyperlocal commitment and an impressive business track record, Bell has become a catalyst for positive change wherever he ventures. His accomplishments at Naramata Inn, amid the hurdles of a global pandemic, solidified his status as a culinary trailblazer. From his tenure at esteemed establishments like Ocean Wise, the Vancouver Club, and Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Bell has garnered prestigious titles such as Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and an Honorary Doctorate in Technology from Vancouver Island University. 


Welcome to Sagebrush. Play Away: 

With a seasoned on-site team, and an experienced group of strategic partners poised to unveil its full potential, Sagebrush is set to redefine the golfing experience. Since its inception, Sagebrush has earned accolades as one of Canada's premier golf courses on SCOREGolf's Top 100 list, recognized for its awe-inspiring design by renowned architects Rod Whitman, Dick Zokol, and Armen Suny. 


Under the strategic guidance of Michael Coyle, former Chief Strategy Officer of Intrawest and CEO at Replay Resorts, Sagebrush is poised for ambitious growth. Coyle's return from retirement underscores the compelling nature of Sagebrush's vision, positioning it as a top contender in the 'must-play' golf category. Sagebrush is further bolstered by a team of well-known golf professionals. 


Led by General Manager Chris Hood, a seasoned veteran in the B.C. golf industry, and supported by Kirk Kokoska and Ben Keilholtz, both formerly of Intrawest Golf where Kokoska led the Raven brand team to achieve best service in the industry as noted by Golf Digest. Keilholtz will lead Sagebrush’s marketing initiatives—with assistance from Colby Johannson at Par Six Golf. This level of collective expertise is all about delivering an absolute world-class golfing experience.


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About Ned Bell:

Ned Bell is a well-known Canadian culinary talent who has forged a path as a chef, sustainable foods advocate, keynote speaker and educator. As one of the country’s leading chefs, he uses his voice, outgoing personality, and indomitable spirit to stand up for the world’s lakes, oceans, rivers, in addition to hyper-local farming sustainability through brand ambassador roles. Based in British Columbia, Ned is the co-owner of Hatch Hospitality, Chef Ambassador at Buy BC and Ocean Wise, Culinary Director at Planetary Health, board member and co-chair of sustainability at the Chefs Table Society, and as culinary and restaurant consultant at Hatch Hospitality Inc.

Learn more at nedbell.com or connect socially @nedbell.


About Sagebrush Golf Club: 

Sagebrush Golf  Club offers an unparalleled links-style experience amidst the ranch country above the breathtaking Nicola Lake in British Columbia, Canada. Designed by architect Rod Whitman, Sagebrush is renowned for its challenging yet rewarding course and is consistently ranked high on SCOREGolf’s Top 100. With a fresh leadership team at the helm and an invigorating culinary program spearheaded by celebrity Chef Ned Bell, Sagebrush is poised to elevate the golfing experience to new heights. Beyond the greens, the commitment to excellence resonates in every aspect of the club’s offerings, promising guests an unforgettable journey. 


Welcome to Sagebrush. Play away. For more information, visit sagebrushgolfclub.com or connect socially @sagebrushgolfclub


Media Contact: 

Krista Lochhead

778.227.2396‬


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