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Vancouver Golf Show Discount Coupon11-02-15

Save On Entry Fee to the 2015 Vancouver Golf & Travel Show

Golf Vancouver Island will be at the 2015 Vancouver Golf & Travel Show on February 14 & 15 to share with everyone about how our 11 incredible golf courses, stretching from Quadra Island/Campbell River in the North to Victoria in the South, is where you should be taking your golf vacation in 2015.

To encourage everyone to come out to the Vancouver Golf Show, we are pleased to offer a $2 off coupon for all adult admissions.

Incredible Show Prize – Vancouver Island Fins & Skins Getaway to Campbell River

Visit Booth 416/418 at the Vancouver Golf Show to enter our exclusive North Island Golf and Fishing package.

VanShowContest_WebStay 2 Nights at the fabulous Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River
Enjoy 3 Rounds of Golf for two.
Crown Isle
Storey Creek
Quadra Island

Shared Power Cart Included for each round

PLUS

Enjoy 1 Tide of Salmon Fishing

You have to visit the show to enter so we hope to see you there!

Get Your Coupon

Click on the coupon below to open a PDF that you can print off and show at the the Ticket Sales Desk when purchasing your tickets to save!

Save $2 Off Vancouver Golf Show Entrance

Vancouver Golf & Travel Show Hours

Saturday, February 14 – 10am – 5pm
Sunday, February 15 – 10am – 4pm
PNE Forum
Adminission: Adults $12 ($10 when you use your coupon). 17 and under are FREE!

 

Planning Your BC Golf Vacation25-01-15

Planning Your BC Golf Vacation starts here

Planning your BC golf vacation for 2015? There is nothing like planning a golf get-a-way to play old favorites or explore new golf courses to get you out of the winter funk. With so many golf courses to choose from on Vancouver Island, you won’t lack for options should you choose to come here, but to help the process along, here are some suggestions that you may find useful in planning the perfect golf trip.

6 Steps to Planning The Perfect Golf Vacation

  1. How Many: Determine the number of people who are going to commit to you golf trip. Send out an email to those you want to invite with 2 or 3 optional dates with a definite reply by date and then follow up. This part can feel like herding cats, but it is the most important part to know when reserving hotel rooms and tee times.
  2. Set the Date: After figuring out how many are going on the trip, determining available dates is a must, especially if you’re looking at weekends and busy periods. Calling each and every course and hotel individually can pose some challenges, especially when you have a full time job already. Of course, if you like to make this planning less stressful, you can always reach out to professional golf trip organizers like us (shameless plug we know) who know the best local courses, understand hotels that have the bed configuration that will work for your group, and can book it all with one call.
  3. Where To Go: Whether you are playing as a single or a group of 16 or more, finding the right golf destination to go is oh so important. Attending a golf show like those in Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton and find the Golf Vancouver Island booth, and we’ll help you come up with a great plan. You’ll also find the Vancouver Island courses represented at the Los Angeles and Dallas Golf Shows at the Golf in British Columbia booth.
  4. Get The Deals: You can always find a deal if you look in the right places. Perfect example: check out these golf specials. This will give you an idea of the variety of options that your group will have and maybe give you a few ideas you hadn’t thought of.
  5. Book it Danno: Book and reserve your golf and accommodation. Many courses already have their tee sheets open so the earlier you reserve your tee times the better chance you have of getting “that one 10 o’clock tee time” that everyone else wants.
  6. Plan The Apres: You have booked the golf and accommodation, now you can start thinking about apres golf activities….Some groups will say there is no such thing after playing 36 holes per day and other groups like to mix in other activities. Check out local events and recommended restaurants to round out your trip using resources like TripAdvisor’s Best Restaurants on Vancouver Island, or Yelp’s Best Restaurants in Courtenay as examples. Depending on tee times, there can even be time to schedule in a trip to a brewery, winery, local festivals,and even fishing!

Now….get out your calendar or download an app from your favorite app store to countdown the days until your Ultimate 2015 Golf Vacation! If you need some assistance or ideas in planning your next golf holiday, we would be pleased to assist. Visit our Contact Page or hit us up on Twitter @VIGolfTrail and use the hashtag #VIGolfTrail with any questions you may have.

5 Tips for Golfing in Cold Weather12-01-15

Nike Hyperadapt Jacket

Vancouver Islanders are the envy of the country in that the sub-mediterranean climate permits virtually year-round golf on their home courses as opposed to having to travel for it or watch it on TV. That said, it is definitely cooler in the winter months and something you have to prepare for, but it is green and you will be golfing!

So, whether your New Year’s resolution was to play more golf or to get better at golf here are a few of our favorite tips that will get you started for your 2015 golf year right here on Vancouver Island.

  1. Walk, Walk, Walk. Nothing will keep you warmer than walking. Enclosed Golf CartSo choose the pull cart rather than the power cart. ( lazy+cold=higher score ;0) and be glad you are walking on green grass instead of through white snow! As an aside, we would likely not refuse a warm comfy golf cart like this one.
  2. Channel your inner Scotsman.Because of the colder temperatures, all players should gear their swings to produce a lower trajectory to the flight of the ball. To accomplish this, the swing plane (path that the club travels) should be in a shallower arc. This will allow the club head to contact the ball properly. Also, play the ball slightly back in your stance. Use the cold ground to your advantage and play some bump and runs.1,2
  3. Have realistic golf expectations in the cool weather. Chances are your scoring average will slightly increase in the cold weather months. Golf balls don’t go as far, its cold, your body is stiff, its windier than usual, and the list goes on. What is most important is that you are still playing golf!3
  4. Layer Up. Now you don’t want to feel like the Michelin Man but you do want to make sure you have proper layers on to keep as warm as you can. Try Thermal tops under your sweater and a wind and rain proof jacket. Corduroys will keep the cutting edge of the wind down to a minimum. Layering will help keep you warm while also allowing you to still make a full golf swing.
  5. Relish the Challenge. Tom Watson got it. He loved playing in adverse conditions. You see, he knew that half the field was virtually eliminated before they even started because they dreaded being cold or getting wet and didn’t really want to be there. Embrace the challenge of cooler weather golf and take solace in the fact that most everyone out there is golfing because they want to, not because they have to. At the very least, it will make you feel better. 4

 

References:

1 – golflink.com 

2, 4 – intothegrain.com

3 – perrygolf.com

5 Christmas Golf Gift Ideas from the Vancouver Island Golf Trail13-12-14

Golf Gift Ideas

Put One Of These 5 Golf Gifts Under The Tree

Vancouver Island is an incredible golf destination with plenty of gift ideas for your golfer that even Santa can’t keep secret. Below you will find a few ideas to get you on your way through the 12 days of Christmas or for that one special gift under the tree.

  1. Absolutely, without a doubt, the very best Christmas gift for the Island Golfer on your list is a Vancouver Island Golf Trail Card – 11 Rounds of Vancouver Island’s best golf from $299
  2. Give the gift of better golf with Highland Pacific Golf Lesson Packages ranging from $59-$449 or a Fairwind’s Private and Playing Lesson for only $149.00.
  3. Scrooge approved Arbutus Ridge and Olympic View Game Packs of 5 or 10 Rounds of Golf from $130!
  4. Crown Isle has the golf enthusiast in mind with 25% off all golf bags and 20% off all wedges and putters. Put that short game to the test! Crown Isle’s 12 days of Christmas Specials run Dec 3 – 14th and the proshop will have daily specials so be sure to visit each day to check out the newest deal.
  5. NCGOA’s Golfer’s Red Book for $29.95

Of course, you could always just get a nice golf sweater and call it a day too.

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Best Golf Course Holiday Celebrations On Vancouver Island11-12-14

The festive season has arrived and Vancouver Island golf courses are ready with holiday celebrations-a-plenty and golf proshops brimming with great gift ideas for the golfer on your list!

We’ve assembled a list of the best golf course holiday celebrations coming up over the next few weeks. If you’re looking for somewhere to get a great meal, have a party, or even get a chance to meet the Man in Red, here are you best opportunities.

Golf Course Holiday Celebrations

Santa Delivers By Golf Cart

December 13

Breakfast with Santa at Bear Mountain

Visit Bear Mountain and from 10am to 12pm, have breakfast with the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself. Bring the entire family and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with all the classics – eggs, sausage & bacon, breakfast potatoes, pancakes and cookie decorating station, of course! And this year, have your picture taken with Santa!

Cost is $26.00 for adults, $16.00 for kids and FREE for everyone under 6

December 14

Breakfast with Santa at Bear Mountain

Brunch with Santa at Arbutus Ridge

Kids, pack up the parents and get out to Arbutus Ridge Golf Club to meet Santa before he gets too busy delivering all those gifts. Great opportunity for an incredible meal and you still have time to pickup any last minute stocking stuffers for mom or dad to use on the golf course.

December 16

Cure Cabin Fever at Fairwinds

Get out of the house and head to Fairwinds for cocktails with a roast turkey dinner to follow for $22. This is a great way to meet new people or catch up with friends. Starting at 5pm.

December 20

Breakfast with Santa at Bear Mountain

December 21

Breakfast with Santa at Bear Mountain

Brunch with Santa at Arbutus Ridge

December 24 – The Night Before Christmas

Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet at Bear Mountain

Save the turkey for tomorrow and partake in a truly West Coast celebration…Bring the family and enjoy a special night in Bella Montagna at Bear Mountain. With choices like crab legs, oysters, Salt Spring Island mussels, BC halibut and more in their Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet Menu… you may not have any room left for turkey. $63 for adults, $30 for kids 6-12 and FREE for everyone under 5. From 5 – 9:30 pm

December 25 – Merry Christmas!

Christmas Day Brunch at Bear Mountain

After the gifts have been opened and the Baileys enjoyed, partake of a festive Christmas Day Brunch Menu in Bella Montagna, including a carving station and our legendary dessert buffet. $63 for adults, $30 for kids 6-12 and FREE for everyone under 5.

Christmas Dinner at Bear Mountain

Christmas Day is busy enough, let the Westin Bear Mountain handle the cooking! Bring family & friends to Bella for a new holiday tradition. We’ll be serving traditional favourites along with some our chef’s personal choices for their fabulous Christmas Dinner Menu. $63 for adults, $30 for kids 6-12 and FREE for everyone under 5.

Christmas Day Buffet at Crown Isle

For the ultimate festive buffet experience join us on Christmas day, priced from $104.50 per person based on double occupancy for Deluxe Fairway accommodation and two dining vouchers for our Christmas day buffet with three sittings in our Ballroom. Add $40 for a 1 Bedroom King Jacuzzi suite.

December 31 – New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Dinner at Fairwinds

Ring in the New Year with friends and a delicious three course dinner in the Arbutus Room for $44.99. Reservations required (limited space) for the 5:00pm and 7:00pm seatings.

New Year’s at Arbutus Ridge

Ring in the New Year at Arbutus Ridge as they host New Years Eve – An elegant 3 course dinner will be served featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients for $45 per person (tax and gratuity not included)

New Year’s Eve All Night Affair at Bear Mountain

This will be a New Year’s Eve to remember.The Westin Bear Mountain is pulling out all the stops and throwing a New Year’s Eve Gala for the ages! Celebrate the arrival of 2015 with an exquisite 5 course New Year’s Eve Meal at Bear Mountain. Tickets are $109 per person, plus tax & gratuity. Purchase your tickets online.

January 1 – New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day Resolution Brunch at Bear Mountain

Start your New Year off right with brunch on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. There’s no better way to start the year than with Bear Mountain’s popular New Year’s Day Resolution Brunch. Enjoy all your favourite breakfast items, including our famous Eggs Benny, or choose from a wide selection from our hot & cold stations on their New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet menu. $49 for adults, $20 for kids under 16 and FREE for everyone under 6.  From 9 am – 2 pm

Golf and Dinner at Olympic View

Every golfer’s New Year’s resolution should be to play more golf, and it should start on the first day of the New Year at Olympic View with their golf and dinner special! Tee it up mid day with a round of golf and shared cart, with dinner to follow for $50 per person. What better way to ring in the New Year!

Golf Trick Shots05-09-14

Golf Trick Shots

Golf can be frustrating. It can also reward you with hours of entertainment and good fun during a buddies golf trip. Need proof? Check out what brothers George Bryan IV and Wesley Bryan, collectively known as Bryan Brothers Golf, can do to entertain themselves on the golf course.

Want more golf trick shots? Check out the Bryan Brother Golf channel on YouTube. Just make sure you have some spare time, you’ll get sucked in watching these amazing shots over and over.

Think you have some tricks in your bag? Share them with us on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. Let’s see what you can do?

Vancouver Island Events You Can Partner With Golf09-06-14

When planning your golf trip, finding the right courses to play or the best place to stay can sometimes be the easiest items to check off your list, especially when you can get all items in one simple quote. But what do you do when you’re not playing one of the award winning golf courses? Why you look to find Vancouver Island events that will fill your off-course time with great food, entertaining music and enjoying summer with other fun people.

Festivals, Events and Celebrations, Oh My!

We understand that often times, off-course activities are just as important as what happens on the golf course. When planning a trip to Vancouver Island, there are a plethora of activities and events that take place throughout the summer. To assist with your vacation planning, we’ve compiled a list of the must-attend events from Victoria to Campbell River. Plan your golf trip around one of these standout events and you will be entertained from sunrise to well past sunset.

North Island Events

 Painter’s Lodge Womens Salmon Fishing Derby | June 19 – 23, 2014

Painters-lodge-events-wd-09Prizes, parties, friends, food, fun! This sounds like the perfect fishing trip. Here’s the catch, it’s for the ladies only. Every June, women from all over North America join in a 4 day fishing extravaganza in Canada’s salmon hotspot. Prizes make it fun, but it’s the camaraderie and friendship that keep the women coming back year after year. More details.

Tapped Beer Festival | July 11, 2014

Beer sampling and seminars, a pig roast dinner, live music and don’t forget the incredible views of Strathcona Provincial Park as your backdrop! This one day tasting event at Mount Washington will give your palette a sample of some great Vancouver Island breweries and a fun afternoon off the golf course. More details.

32nd Annual Filberg Festival | August 1 – 4, 2014

Celebrating the best in Arts, Crafts & Music from across Canada, the Filberg Lodge and Park will once again become home to Western Canada’s largest outdoor arts show. After your morning rounds at Crown Isle, Storey Creek or Quadra Island, make your way to enjoy fantastic food, lively entertainment and the works of over 120 artisans from around the world. More details.

Mid Island Events

Ladies Nine & Wine | Weekly on Wednesdays

Get the girls together for some sips and swings in this popular weekly event at Fairwinds Golf Club. Tapas, wine and prizes plus some helpful tips from the golf pros. More details.

 Seaside Cruizers Fathers Day Show & Shine | June 13 – 15, 2014

SeasideCruizers - gtID12imgID184MidWhen Oprah says it’s one of the top things to do for Father’s Day, you better guess it’s something special. Close to 600 classic cars will line the streets of Qualicum Beach. Cruise nights, show and shine, poker run and more this is a car lovers dream event. More details. 

Canada Day Celebrations | July 1, 2014

The Biggest Small Town Canada Day Celebration in BC can be found in Parksville. The festivities kick off early with a super tasty Pancake Breakfast, followed by the Parksville Canada Day Parade, Live music and entertainment all afternoon followed by a beach fireworks extravaganza! More details.

Coombs Bluegrass Festival | August 1 – 3, 2014

36 years young, the Coombs Bluegrass Festival is the oldest bluegrass festival in BC. Slow jams, workshops and some great parkin’ lot pickin’. This festival was also chosen by RVWest magazine as one of the Favourite Festivals to Attend with an RV in BC.

Canadian Open Sandsculpting Competition | August 1 – 17, 2014

This is how you combine golf and the beach. Play nearby Fairwinds Golf Course or Pheasant Glen then hit the beach and see what stunning creations can be created with sand. Close to 100,000 visitors come each year to check out the amazing sculptures. There are kilometers of beach to explore, or just relax on afterwards. More details.

South Island Events

Victoria International JazzFest | June 20 – 29, 2014

When you get 10 time Grammy Winner Bobby McFerrin or jazz legend Maceo Parker attending, you know you’re in for something special. With over 80 performances scheduled over the 9 day event, there is the distinct possibility you could experience musical overload, not that there’s anything wrong with that! More details.

The Bear Mountain Resort Amateur | July 5 – 6, 2014

This Vancouver Island golf event will test your mettle, but you’ll have a great time doing it! Join this 36 hole, stroke play competition at one of the top golf resorts in Canada. Tournament includes 1 practice round, lunch both days, plus gross & net payouts in each flight. Register and more details.

Symphony Splash | August 3, 2014

Symphony Splash - homeimage-bigA spectacular free event that sees Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour transformed into an outdoor floating concert stage where up to 40,000 onlookers enjoy the sights and sounds of the Victoria Symphony. More details.

Brewery & The Beast | September 21, 2014

Described as a unique and memorable culinary experience, Brewery & The Beast takes place in the “Backyard” of Phillips Brewing Company ensuring your afternoon enjoying tasty locally sourced dishes will be washed down with equally enjoyable beverages from this Victoria brewery. More details.

Savour Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival | September 26 – October 5, 2014

Between rounds on Cowichan Golf & Country Club or Arbutus Ridge, enjoy the flavours of the Cowichan Valley during this week long celebration of the bounty from local farms, and vineyards. More details.

 

We hope to see you out at any one, or more, of these great events. We found a great resource for these and many other event listings, including over 30 different Farmers Markets, at HarboutLiving.ca. Go on and check them out and make Vancouver Island you destination this summer.

Massive Salmon Return Expected to Vancouver Island14-05-14

Fishing Couple

The waters off Vancouver Island are expected to be full of salmon and the fishing to be some of the best in years according to industry insiders, making 2014 a great opportunity to combine a love of fishing with a love of golf for a Fins and Skins golf vacation.

70 Million Salmon Expected Through Discovery Passage.

Painter's Lodge & April Point Resort & SpaIn Campbell River, at the Northern end of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, our partners at Painters Lodge and April Point Lodge are reporting that plenty of early season 15-20 pound Chinooks are already filling nets and they are forecasting for over 70 million sockeye salmon to pass by these two signature properties by mid July. Reports like this have everyone excited for the great fishing season ahead.

Reading through their fishing outlook forecast further, there are a few highlights that all anglers will be excited to hear.

  1. Large Chinook Returns – big 4 and 5 year old fish are expected to make a return (25-40lbs) this year.
  2. Sockeye Opening in Campbell River – 2014 could mark the biggest Sockeye run ever. That’s great news!
  3. Retention of Wild Coho – there may be opportunities for anglers to retain Wild Coho, something that’s not been possible the past few years.
  4. More Fishing off Cape Mudge Lighthouse – one of the hottest fishing spots in Campbell River is expected to be open more in 2014.

Fins and Skins Packages

What does this mean for you avid golfers? With the addition of Quadra Island Golf Course to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, a fins and skins fishing and golf package to Campbell River is more attractive than ever. Check out these great package ideas to Campbell River and Quadra Island and haul in a lunker!

Campbell River Golf and Fishing Package April Point Fins and Skins

Vancouver Island Destinations Make RV West Readers Choice Awards06-05-14

Pheasant Glen Morning golfer

Vancouver Island has long been known as a great destination for golf and with the mild climate, beautiful scenery and some great attractions, a top destination for RV travellers as well. RVwest Magazine readers recently voted on their favourite destinations in Western Canada and the US with their readers choice awards, and we are proud to share that a number of Vancouver Island locations made the top of the list.

From favourite RV dealers to favourite pastime while RVing, which it was great to see Golf make the list, these all encompassing awards showcase everything that is important to the RV traveller.

Vancouver Island Highlights include:

Pheasant Glen Golf Course - Parksville, BC

Favourite Snowbird RV Destination, RV park or Campsite BC Coastal:

Platinum: Parksville - Southern Vancouver Island
Gold: Campbell River – Northern Vancouver Island

Favourite Pastime while RVing:

Bronze: Golf

Favourite Event or Festival to Attend with RV in BC:

Silver: Coombs Bluegrass Festival

Favourite Attraction BC:

Bronze: Goats on the Roof, Old Country Market – Coombs

So the next time you’re looking for a great destination to take your RV on a road trip, the Vancouver Island Golf Trail is the perfect destination. 11 incredible golf courses and 265 km of oceanside roadways ensure it will be a memorable trip.