New golf page tees off

Castanet has a new feature that will appeal to golfers throughout the Okanagan and beyond.

Our new golf page features an interactive map of the region featuring every golf course from the Shuswap to the U.S. border.

You can scroll around the map to find the perfect course for your ability or style of play. And, as you zoom in or out, the courses in the area you want to play are featured in a scrollable list to the right.

Click on the pin on the map or on the golf course listing, and you're taken to a page specific to that course which features a photo of the course and a short description, listing the address, par, contact information, and the ability to book a tee time straight from the page.

It's a handy guide that will be useful for golfers looking to explore new courses as well as tourists to the region looking to enjoy our many top-quality golfing options.

The launch comes on the heels of another interactive feature recently added to Castanet, our new real estate page, which uses the same mapping technology to list homes for sale throughout the Okanagan.

Looking to hit the links? Look no further than our new golf page... and happy golfing!


New app, more features

If you're like half of Castanet's viewers, you're reading this on a mobile device.

And we've got some good news for you.

We've improved the mobile app user experience in our latest update.

New features include 12 buttons that match our website's navigation and add new options, as well as make it easier to find other features.

We've brought out the B.C., Canada, World and other sections that were previously hidden under News, added the Opinion section and more. Our Town is the new home of the Events and Cams pages, and we've added new community sections there as well.

The Okanagan's most popular Classified section has also been improved, with the addition of watchlists to the app.

These features are on the latest update for both Apple and Android.

But we've gone a step further for iPad users. The app now adds a sidebar packed with features previously only available on our website.

It's a snapshot of popular features with a more visual display and bigger pictures. In the sidebar, you will find things like Offbeat, Around the Web, our reader photo gallery, poll and letters sections, the weather forecast at a glance, the Castanet gas gauge, which tracks pump prices across the valley, and large teasers to top stories in our various news sections.

Apple users now also have better support for Voiceover, which reads the screen for the visually impaired.

The release has been in development since last summer.

"We are excited to get the latest version out into the community," said Castanet's in-house app developer Tim Czyrnyj. "But we're not 'done.' We will continue to work on updates and welcome reader feedback on new features they would like to see."

House hunting made easy

Castanet just made finding your new home a whole lot easier.

We've given a complete overhaul to our Real Estate page, featuring an interactive map to help you find the home of your dreams. 

Search by area, number of bedrooms, building style or price. Scroll around the Okanagan or zoom in to specific neighbourhoods.

The listings from our real estate classified section are displayed automatically on the map and appear in a scroll of available properties on the right, displayed in large, clickable photos.

Click on the image, or on its map icon to go to that home's specific listing with all the details about that home.

It's that easy. Happy house hunting!

Wicked Windfall winner

A Castanet reader has won a wicked windfall of prizes.

Diane McGill is the lucky winner of Castanet's Wicked Winter Windfall contest – a haul of loot valued at nearly $7,000.

There were nearly 60,000 entries.

The prize package includes:

  • Two nights' stay at Sparkling Hill Resort
  • An Easter weekend getaway for four at Big White Ski Resort
  • A 12-round golf pack, with cart, from Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club
  • Camping package that includes Campfire in a Can, two Big Dog lawn chairs, two Faulkner lawn chairs and a mat and table from Country RV
  • A $500 gift card from J.K. Schmidt Jewellers
  • A pair of Armada ARV106 skis valued at $679 from Fresh Air
  • Echo Pro Attachment Series Powerhead with a trimmer attachment valued at $590 from Savoy Equipment
  • $500 off a base coat/clear coat paint job from Maaco Kelowna
  • One month unlimited and a pair of barre socks valued at $166 from Barreroom
  • Headlight protection film valued at $100 from Solar Tech Films
  • Basic tax return valued at $200 from Maciel and Co.
  • Customized photo facial rejuvenation with microdermabrasion valued at $168 from Neo Wellness Spa
  • $100 gift certificate from Sound Waves and Adrenaline
  • $100 gift certificate from Pinned Boutique
  • $100 gift certificate from Doc Willoughby's

Thanks to all who entered and to all our contest sponsors.

Check back for more great giveaways on Castanet, your homepage for news and more.

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