Golfing in Parksville & Qualicum Beach
With six golf courses in the Parksville & Qualicum Beach region, no more than 30 minutes apart and open almost all year long, it’s no wonder the area is a golfer’s destination.
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
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