Golfing on Vancouver Island
With a balmy climate that keeps the fairways open nearly year round and a selection of more than 40 terrific courses, Vancouver Island is a golfer’s dream come true. Gorgeous, rugged and challenging terrain combines with meticulous greens, outstanding facilities and terrific views to create a phenomenal golf destination.
Golfers can play a different course every day for a month. Choose from spectacular views of ocean and island, the sparkling beaches of Oceanside, or the seaside villages of the Pacific Rim, just to name a few. The Vancouver Island Golf Trail, an acclaimed vacation package that includes the Island’s most renowned courses, takes players along a 250-kilometre journey from Victoria to Campbell River. No matter where you are on the Island, the next round is seldom more than a scenic hour’s drive away.
VICTORIA GOLF COURSES
Perched on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island overlooking the straits of Juan de Fuca and Haro, the private Victoria Golf Club has more than 100 proud years of golf tradition. Its spectacular 18-hole course challenges with parkland and seaside holes, each distinctive and rewarding. Members of other golf clubs can pay to play the course if arrangements are made ahead of time. Phone 250-598-4321 to book. It is located at 1110 Beach Drive in Victoria.
Uplands Golf Club is a vibrant semi-private club with a 90-year history, renowned for its greens and exceptional course conditions. The 18-hole championship course, par-72 over 6,420 yards, is legendary for its challenge. Located at 3300 Cadboro Bay Road in Victoria. Visitors are welcome and can book tee times by calling 250-592-1818.
The 18-hole Cordova Bay Golf Course offers terrific views out over the ocean and Mount Baker in the distance. Four sets of tee-offs on the par-71, 6,700-yard course make it beginner- friendly and challenging for veterans. The adjacent Ridge Course offers nine holes of play, an 18-hole grass putting course, and a short game facility excellent for beginners and scratch golfers honing their craft. It is located at 5333 Cordova Bay Road in Victoria. For tee times, call 250-658-4444.
Gorge Vale Golf Club is a semi-private facility with an 18-hole, par-72 championship course. Established in 1927, the mature course wends its way over undulating fairways and rock outcroppings. Spread over 143 acres, the layout challenges golfers with varying elevation changes, a variety of bunkers and strategically-placed water hazards. There are five tee locations from 5,400 yards to 6,820 yards. It is located at 1005 Craigflower Road in Esquimalt. Phone 250-383-6451.
Royal Colwood Golf Club is a private golf club which was designed by Arthur Vernon Macan in 1913. The course provides a layout that is rated in the top 20 courses in Canada, yet easy to walk, and with four sets of tees. The course is a traditional style parklands championship course set amongst 450 year old Douglas firs and majestic Garry oaks. Members of certain other golf clubs can play the course if arrangements are made ahead of time. Located in Colwood just off Sooke Road, phone 250) 478-5473.
The Olympic View Golf Club is a Golf Digest 4-star rated course with waterfalls, a dozen lakes and views out over the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. The 18-hole championship course, par-72 and 6,600 yards, was the first course in B.C. that Tiger Woods played. The signature 17th hole is framed by a waterfall beyond the green and 417 yards from the tee. It is located 20 minutes west of Victoria in Metchosin at 643 Latoria Road. For tee times, phone toll-free at 1-800-446-5322.
Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club is a picturesque, 18-hole championship golf course with a full-amenity clubhouse, driving range and CPGA Pro for those wanting lessons. The par-72, 6,859-yard course has four sets of tees to offer a game for every level of golfer. It’s located at 1050 McTavish Road in Sidney, just 20 minutes north of Victoria on the Saanich Peninsula. For tee times, phone 250-656-3921.
Highland Pacific Golf has quickly become one of the favourites on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, winding through rolling hills with wide and sweeping fairways, dramatic elevation changes and challenging greens. The 18-hole par-71 championship course, Victoria’s newest, has play over 6,603 yards. There’s a driving range, too, with fully-lit tee line and range for evening practice and lessons. It is located at 450 Creed Road. For tee times, call 250-478-4653.
Cedar Hill Golf Course is a municipal golf course with 18-holes of play on its par-72, 5,200-yard layout. It offers affordable play, a terrific clubhouse with well-regarded food and beverage services, and a short-game practice and learning centre. Phone 250-475-7150 for tee times. It is located at 1400 Derby Road in Saanich.
The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa offers a challenging year-round golf experience with panoramic mountain, city and ocean views and surrounded by forest. The resort hosted the Telus World Skins game in 2010 and is the only one in Canada to offer 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf on either the Mountain or Valley courses. It is located west of Victoria at 1999 Country Club Way. For tee times, phone 250-391-7160 or toll-free at 1-888-533-2327.
Awarded a four-star rating in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play 2009”, Arbutus Ridge Golf Club dazzles with spectacular views of Satellite Channel, the Southern Gulf Islands and snow-capped Mount Baker, a dormant volcano. The par-71 course, south of Duncan at Cobble Hill, was designed by Bill Robinson. The course is located at 3515 Telegraph Road in Cobble Hill. For tee times, please phone 1-250-743-5100.
NANAIMO GOLF COURSES
The Cottonwood Golf Course, located next to the Nanaimo Airport, has the distinction of being one of the few courses in Canada where you can park your plane right next door while playing a round of 18. Cottonwood is operated by the Kaese family, who also designed and built it.
1975 Haslam Road, Nanaimo
Tee times: (250) 245-5157
Nanaimo Golf Club’s majestic 18-hole, par-72 championship course is situated on a ridge above Departure Bay, where tall trees frame picture perfect views of the Strait of Georgia, the Northern Gulf Islands and the mainland’s Coast Mountains. A.V. Macan’s superb design and terrific drainage have earned Nanaimo Golf Club a reputation as one of the best all-season golf courses on the Island. It is 6,700 yards from its championship tees; a test for low handicap golfers to produce long, straight drives. Four sets of tees on each hole mean middle and high handicap players can find a level of play suited to their game.
2800 Highland Boulevard, Nanaimo
Tee times: (250) 758-2451
NANOOSE BAY, PARKSVILLE/QUALICUM BEACH GOLF COURSES
Called “a thinking golfer’s course,” Fairwinds Golf Course has play on manicured fairways bordered by towering Douglas Firs, Arbutus and Oak trees, providing a secluded feeling of being the only one on the course. Designed by renowned architect, Les Furber, the 6,151-yard, par-71 course features more than 70 sand bunkers surrounding contoured greens and water in play on 11 holes for challenging precision golf. Fairwinds Golf Academy is a well-respected place to enhance skills and get in the swing.
3730 Fairwinds Drive, Nanoose Bay
Tee times: 1-888-781-2777
Selected as the site of the Canadian Tour’s Spring Qualifying School, and host of the 2007 BCGA Amateur Championship and the 2000 BC PGA Championship, the Morningstar Golf Course at Parksville entices with an invigorating mix of superbly designed holes. Course architect, Les Furber, ingeniously integrated the 7,018-yard, par-72, links-style course with the terrain, adjacent lakes and creeks, and forested slopes. The greens are superbly conditioned, promising a true roll and making for a course that golfers adore round after round.
525 Lowry’s Road, Parksville
Tee times: 1-800-567-1320
Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole, 3,724-yard, par-61, beautifully manicured course just north of Qualicum Beach with a driving range, practice bunker, two practice greens and a full-service clubhouse. The newest course in the area, it was designed by Carl Litton to provide golfers the opportunity to reach for every club in their bag. A continuous ribbon of cart paths allows year-round use of power carts and there are first-rate practice facilities, plus a full-service clubhouse.
2250 Fowler Road, Qualicum Beach
Tee times: 1-866-582-8633
Pheasant Glen Golf Resort is a par-72, 6,600-yard championship course, which calls itself “Nature’s Golf Course.” The tranquil setting amidst grassy meadows and West Coast woodlands, looks out to spectacular views of Mount Arrowsmith. Pheasant Glen is a true test for the low handicap player, and also offers interest and intrigue for players of every level. The Brent Morrison Golf Academy’s five Canadian PGA instructors, 20 acres of practice area and cutting edge teaching technology help hone skills.
1025 Qualicum Road, Qualicum Beach
Tee times: (250) 752-8786 • website: www.pheasantglen.com
Eaglecrest Golf Club delights even the most seasoned golfer with its 18 varied holes. The first three have a links-style feel, while the middle nine holes wind their way through fir and cedar lined fairways, and the final six challenge with bunkers and narrow greens.
2035 W. Island Highway, Qualicum Beach
Tee times: (250) 752-6311
Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course opened in 1913, making it the fourth oldest course in British Columbia. It was privately owned until 1981, when the town bought the course. Now it is run by the golf club and its well-drained site is often dry when other courses are wet and offers year-round play for both members and the public. Although the course is only nine holes, it offers 26 different tee locations with scenic views of Mt. Arrowsmith and the Strait of Georgia. Playing around twice correlates to a par-70, 5,310-yard course (5,688 yards from the blue and 4,846 yards from the red). There is also a grass driving range, a practice green and a pro shop.
469 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach
Tee times: (250) 752-6312
COMOX VALLEY GOLF COURSES
The Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community is an 831-acre master planned resort, and its par-72, 7,024-yard course is the centrepiece with wide, rolling fairways and subtle undulating greens. Designed by Graham Cooke & Associates in 1992, the award-winning golf course is impeccably manicured, and playable for golfers of all levels. It also offers a driving range with chipping and putting greens, plus practice bunkers. Its signature hole, the 18th, has bunkers both off the tee and guarding the front of an elevated green.
399 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay
Tee times: 1-888-338-8439 • website: www.crownisle.com
Sunnydale Golf & Country Club was opened in 1982, the first 18-hole course north of Nanaimo. It has two putting greens, a recently renovated clubhouse, a pro shop and a practice green between the 9th and 18th fairways.
5291 North Island Highway, Courtenay
Tee times: (250) 334-3232
The Comox Golf Club is a 9-hole, semi-private course, just a short walk from the Comox Marina and downtown shopping district. Duffer’s Grill, in the clubhouse, is renowned for the best breakfast in the Valley, and all meals are priced under $10. Tee times are on a first-come, first-served basis.
1718 Balmoral Avenue, Comox
Tee times: (250) 339-4444
Glacier Greens Golf Course is a beautifully manicured, 18-hole championship course renowned for its excellent facilities, which include a covered range and grass tees. This lush course has numerous trees, sand traps and water hazards, making for challenging and fulfilling golf. There’s a full-service pro shop, a fully-licensed restaurant with meeting and banquet facilities, and an outdoor patio that overlooks the 18th green.
1081 Knight Road, Comox
Tee times: (250) 339-6515
With a great view of snow capped mountains, Mulligans Golf Course is a picturesque, executive-length course that offers a challenge for golfers of all calibres. The course is maintained in superb condition all year round and no tee times are required. The course also features the largest driving range on the North part of Vancouver Island.
4985 Cotton Road, Courtenay
Tee times: (250) 338-2440
CAMPBELL RIVER GOLF COURSES
Carved out of a dense mixed forest just south of Campbell River in 1990, the individual holes of the Storey Creek Golf Club are wrapped in their own grove of trees, like 18 separate stations of tranquility. It doesn’t take long to discover why the motto is “a course in nature.” Rounds on the Les Furber-designed, par-72, 6,699-yard course are often played in the company of wildlife, with regular sightings of deer, hawks and eagles alongside beaver ponds and streams populated with salmon, trout and waterfowl. Even the occasional black bear and cougar pay a visit. It’s also a course in terrific golf, and four sets of tees allow every golfer to select the desired degree of difficulty.
300 McGimpsey Road, Campbell River
Tee times: 250-923-3673
Sequoia Springs Golf Club is an 18-hole course with gardens and lush fairways just minutes from downtown Campbell River. After a round on the challenging 5,163-yard, par-70 course, players can relax on the garden patio and the Sand Trap lounge.
700 Petersen Road, Campbell River
Tee times: (250) 287-4970
PORT ALBERNI & TOFINO GOLF COURSES
Bordered by towering evergreens and tracing the contours of salmon-bearing Cherry Creek, the Alberni Valley Golf Club is considered by many of its regulars to be a tiny, perfect paradise. This traditional par-70 golf course has a rich history extending back to the 1920s. There have been many improvements over the years, yet the spirit of those who have played here before endures. The course offers ample enjoyment and challenge for golfers of all skill levels.
6449 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni
Tee times: (250) 723-5422
Cradled by the ancient rainforest of Clayoquot Sound and adjacent to Pacific Rim National Park between Tofino and Ucluelet, Long Beach Golf Course is one of the most scenic and challenging courses on the island. The nine-hole, par-36 championship course offers full services and facilities, including an 18-hole mini golf course, driving range, pro shop, lounge and restaurant. The course is just a few minutes away from Long Beach, one of the most spectacular stretches of sand in the province, and the wide-open Pacific Ocean.
1850 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino
Tee times: (250) 725-3332