Who Plans Your Golf Vacation?
A huge component about planning any golf trip is making sure you are going to play some great golf courses, afterall – that’s the main reason for going on a golf vacation in the first place. How do you accomplish this? Ask your friends? Research online for reviews and pictures and golf planning guides?
Once you’ve spent enough time doing your own research you may book all the components of your trip individually hoping you planned enough time for travel and have picked the right places to stay, play and enjoy and that those reviews you read considered all your needs and wants as well. That seems like a lot of work and we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that hard.
Use Local Golf Vacation Expertise
We’d like you to meet Vancouver Island’s local golf vacation experts. Patrick and Herman answer all the phone calls and emails that come to Golf Vancouver Island. They have been playing golf and booking golf vacations to Vancouver Island for decades. They are passionate golfers, they know Vancouver Island golf courses inside and out, and they have the experience in booking golf trips for buddies, couples and big corporate clients. What we’re saying is, these guys know their stuff.
When you call or email Golf Vancouver Island, these are the people on the other side. Bursting with knowledge on the top golf courses to play, best places to stay and the most unique experiences for a golfer on Vancouver Island.
With that in mind, we’ve picked their ever expanding brains, brimming full of golf trip insights, to give you a brief Q&A with our very own local golf trip planning gurus!
Q & A With Golf Vancouver Island’s Trip Planning Professionals
How Long Have You Been Golfing For?
Patrick: Since I was ten. That’s 38 years now. Wow how time flies!
Herman: 27 years. 1988 to be exact.
Why did you get into golf travel planning?
Patrick willing his golf ball to go in the hole at Olympic View Golf Club
P: It combines two of my biggest loves: Golf and travel. I was bitten by the travel bug on a trip to the old Soviet Union when I was in Grade 8. It was very much the “communist empire”. There were pictures of Brezhnev everywhere and armed soldiers in front of monuments. Yet in spite of that, when you got a chance to meet the locals, it was apparent that as different as societies look on the outside, we are all so much more similar to each other than we are different. Ever since then I have been hooked on travel.
The golf bug bit me the same way it bites everyone else. I hit that one pure shot that felt simultaneously effortless and powerful. In my case it was a beautiful right to left soft cutting drive (with an old wooden Spalding driver) over a hill to a blind landing area. I was left with a wedge to the green and ended up birding the hole. I was playing with my school buddy and my dad. From that moment on I was hooked! During a round of golf with some of my co-workers at the time, it occurred to me that there had to be a way to combine my two loves. The golf travel industry was the obvious choice. I’ve been doing it for seventeen years now and still love talking to clients about their plans. I get to wake up every morning and talk golf! What could be better?!
H: Living in Cape Town and being between jobs I took up a job to drive International Tourists from their accommodations to different courses. I always had my golf bag with me and got to play a lot of golf. It was the best job I ever had (except for this one of course!). When I moved to Canada I was lucky enough to work close to the Golf Vancouver Island Offices. One day I went in to introduce myself. The rest is pretty much history.
What is your most memorable golf hole on Vancouver Island?
Herman can crush the ball, which makes for easy approach shots like this one at Olympic View.
P: For purely selfish reasons, it would be the 12th hole at Arbutus Ridge. It’s a fun downhill slight-dog leg right with a wide fairway. It is a hole that you can let the driver fly on. It’s also the hole I got my only double-eagle on. Until I get a hole-in-one that will remain my most memorable golf hole!
H: #13 at Bear Mountain – Mountain Course. It is a Par 5 and a very tough uphill hole. The reward when you get to the top is something I have never seen in my whole life. You get to the green and on the other side is straight drop with the one of the best views in the world overlooking Victoria, the Strait of Juan De Fuca, Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountain Range in the United States.
Oh, and I eagled the hole on my third try… that kinda makes it special too
What is something people may not know about the golf courses on Vancouver Island?
P: The value. Half of the courses on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail would be 30 – 40% more if they were located off the island. I have been lucky enough to golf most of the top courses in Western Canada and a number of famous courses around the world. The courses that we have on the island make for a fantastic vacation at a price that won’t break the bank. It truly is some of the best bang for the buck in Canada.
H: You can play them all year around. Vancouver Island has the most moderate climate in Canada and a lot of Canadian move here because they can golf every day of the year including Christmas Day!
Name one thing, besides golf, that people should try while on Vancouver Island?
P: Find a way to get out on the water. Go fishing. Go Whale watching. Go on a boat cruise. Whatever it takes. The Gulf Islands and the waterways from Victoria to the tip of the island are some of the most incredibly beautiful waterways in the world. I have lived on the island for most of my life and every time I can get out on the water it is like being out there for the first time. Sunshine, sea breezes, seals, whales, porpoises…there is just no substitute. You simply have to see the area from the water to understand; but once you do, you’ll be hooked!
H: Go salmon fishing. Some of the richest fishing grounds in the world surrounds Vancouver Island. When the salmon run starts you can be part of one of the largest migrations of any animal species on planet earth. Oh, and you can prepare your catch that same night for a surf and turf!
Seeing as both Patrick and Herman recommend you go fishing, we suggest you read about fishing and golf.
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If you’re planning a golf trip to Vancouver Island, we recommend dropping one of these two gentleman a line. Super helpful, passionate about the game, and extremely knowledgeable about golf courses on the Island, Patrick and Herman will always find time to talk golf with you. It’s what they love and they enjoy sharing the great golf experiences with new and returning visitors year after year.
Golf Vancouver Island Reservations Team early season testing at Olympic View