TELUS WORLD SKINS GAME ANNOUNCED FOR BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT

June 21 & 22, 2010

 Victoria, BC (July 31, 2009): What a year for Bear Mountain Resort and the Vancouver Island Golf Trail!  Bear Mountain Resort and Golf Vancouver Island are thrilled to announce that the 2010 TELUS World Skins Game will take place at Bear Mountain Resort on June 21 & 22 next year.  Earlier this year, the stunning Valley Course at Bear Mountain Resort was added to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail on May 31st, the second of two Nicklaus Design golf courses at Bear Mountain.
The addition of the Valley Course at Bear Mountain as well as the TELUS World Skins Game – a sought-after marquee event on the Canadian golf landscape – in the upcoming Olympic year are sure to bolster Vancouver Island as one of North America’s premier golf destinations. Golf travel to Vancouver Island booked through Golf Vancouver Island’s central reservation office increased 600% in the 5 years following the 2003 opening of the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain. One can only anticipate another round of incredible results with the opening of another world class golf course at Bear Mountain, the TELUS World Skins Game, and the global excitement of the Winter Olympics!

“Golf Vancouver Island is thrilled that Bear Mountain Resort has been awarded the TELUS World  Skins Game for next year!  We eagerly await the world casting their eyes on one of the flagship resorts on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail and our unique island destination.  The inevitable increase in golf tourism to Vancouver Island is good for all tourism businesses and we are all excited and proud!” says Jason Lowe, President of Golf Vancouver Island.

The Vancouver Island Golf Trail is a 250-kilometre golf trail extending through Pacific paradise from Victoria to Campbell River. It covers some of the most scenic terrain on the island, which is ranked as the Top North American Island by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine.  From the breathtaking beauty of Bear Mountain Resort and Olympic View Golf Club in the south, to the opulence and luxury of Crown Isle Resort in the North, the Vancouver Island Golf Trail includes 11 championship golf facilities and some of the best golf in North America.  The variety of courses to choose from is rivaled only by the regional diversity and multiple vacation experiences that Vancouver Island has to offer.   Discover the old-world ambience of cosmopolitan Victoria, the Cowichan Valley wine country, the magnificent beaches of Parksville & Qualicum Beach and the pristine wilderness of the North Island – you can explore it all on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.
Hailed by GOLF Magazine as ‘One of the continent’s best values’, Golf Vancouver Island is a one-stop-shop for buyer direct golf packages to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.  Owned and operated by the golf courses on Vancouver Island, consumers save time and money while choosing from 11 golf courses and over 20 accommodation options on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.  Golf Vancouver Island provides everything you could need for a golf vacation on Vancouver Island – from airfares and ferry reservations to tee times, accommodations and even après golf activities, they take care of it all.  For more information on Golf Vancouver Island or to book your next golf vacation visit www.golfvancouverisland.ca or call 1-888-465-3239.

For further information on the TELUS World Skins Game, Bear Mountain Resort and the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, please visit www.telusskins.com, www.bearmountain.ca and www.golfvancouverisland.ca

Media Contact:
Trisha Larsen
Director of Marketing
Golf Vancouver Island
Phone: 250.748.5950
Email: marketing@golfvancouverisland.ca