It’s hard to beat the selection of world-class spectacular golfing at Vancouver Island’s southern tip. There are four major courses in or near Victoria, BC, and it’s easy to see why each is ranked as a major golf destination in its own right.
Victoria Golfing With City Views
With the practice range designated by Golf Range Magazine as one of the Top 100 Ranges in North America – only one of two so designated in British Columbia – for three years running, it’s no mystery why Highland Pacific Golf is a dream-come-true for so many enthusiasts of the game.
And with its spectacular views and accessible location close to the island’s family vacation destination of Victoria, Highland Pacific is ideal for a morning or afternoon getaway round when visiting the city on business, for conventions or with the family.
The lush bent grass fairways weave through forest and natural water features and yield nonstop panoramas of Victoria, the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, prompting Island Golfer Magazine to rave that these are “some of the best looking holes on Vancouver Island.”
An award-winning practice facility featuring covered and heated stalls, CPGA instruction, lighted evening practice and real terrain targets – including a water hazard – rounds out the range’s allure.
The club includes a clubhouse serving Vancouver Island microbrews, and the facility even has spaces for meetings and banquets on-site, as well as Victoria’s largest golf shop.
Spectacular Mountain or Valley Golf Courses
Not only does Bear Mountain Resort boast meeting and banquet facilities as well; but it also includes their pro shop, clubhouse and five different restaurants – even a swimming pool for relaxing after your relaxation!
Host to the 2010 Telus World Skins Game, their Mountain Course is Vancouver Island’s first Jack and Steve Nicklaus co-designed course: a full 18 hole, 7,212-yard, 72-par range meandering over jutting rocks, winding rivers and valleys featuring dramatic changes in elevation and views of nearby Victoria. This is another don’t-miss for serious and amateur golfers alike.
As if that weren’t enough, Bear Mountain offers yet another course: their newly 2009-opened Valley Course, a gorgeous 18 holes sprawled across forest, lakes, creeks and rivers. Elevated tee boxes, generous fairway widths with fewer bunkers and larger greens add to the enjoyment of this beautiful range.
Collectively, Bear Mountain represents the only 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf in Canada.
Magnificent Waterfalls, Mountain Splendor, Roaming Deer, And Soaring Eagles
To say this course is special is an understatement. Just a short drive from Victoria, Olympic View Golf Course showcases its 17th hole with a natural waterfall. Olympic View consistently rates among the top courses on Vancouver Island, garnering a four star rating from Golf Digest as Best Places to Play in 2009. Its GBC Golf Academy instructional team has been distinguished by PGA and BC awards, and even offers corporate clinics.
Their restaurant offers fresh, mouth-watering cuisine served on a wraparound patio with views of the first, tenth and eighteenth holes. Nature’s beauty is a hallmark of this facility, and one of the premiere attractions for the visitor; any visiting golfer can expect an unrivalled experience of tranquility.
As such, Olympic View is a dedicated member of the Audubon Society, taking a serious interest in environmental preservation. This and a caring, top-notch staff distinguish Olympic View as an exceptional destination for any golfer.
Vancouver Island Golf Trail
For the truly dedicated golf enthusiast, Vancouver Island has much,
much more to offer. Victoria is situated at the southern tip of the
Vancouver Island Golf Trail, a tour of eleven amazing courses
situated along the island’s eastern coast from Victoria to Campbell
River, 264 km (158 mi.) to the north.
Voted #1 island destination in North America and #3 in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine, and #2 island destination in the world by Conde Nast Travler Magazine, Vancouver Island is a vacation paradise by all standards. From the spectacular golfing near Victoria, to the serenity and near-perfect golfing of Cowichan, to the massive opulence of Crown Isle in the north, Vancouver Island is a golfer’s paradise.
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