Tales From The Trail

Best Victoria Golf Courses for Buddies14-08-15

Best Victoria Golf Courses for Buddies

Sick of your golfing buddies heckling you on every round that you didn’t pick the best golf courses? Let us help plan your next golf trip by choosing the best golf courses in Victoria for buddies’ outings. Courses that will keep the harshest hecklers both too dazzled by their surroundings and challenged by their own game to worry about yours. Add in their proximity to all sorts of entertainment, and we can guarantee a good time for all, almost completely heckle-free. (Of course, there’s always one clown who won’t be silenced, and for that, we’re afraid, we got nothing.)

Highland Pacific Golf Course: best warm-up

Billed as “Victoria’s friendliest golf course,” Highland Pacific is a quick 15-minute drive from downtown, making it perfect for day one after a night on the town. Or, make your round the night-time attraction: new this season are Highland Pacific’s Golf Social Nights. Everything Wine Ladies’ Night happens every Monday night from 5:30pm until 21 September, and Campus Auto Group Men’s Night happens every Wednesday night from 5:30pm until 23 September. Both feature nine holes of play on this championship course, with competitions for longest drive and closest to the pin, followed by dinner and a massive prize table.

Highland Pacific Golf Course in Victoria BC

Highland Pacific patio

Either way, Highland Pacific is also arguably the best possible course to warm up for your golfing trip. Their driving range alone is worth the entire trip: there’s nothing quite like driving out over a lake to get the golf senses singing. Highland Pacific also has six different sets of tee markers, making it a great place to play with friends of all skill levels.

An added bonus is its proximity to downtown Victoria with its pulsing entertainment scene and nightlife. Home to year-round live theatre, opera, dance, concerts, festivals and films, Victoria is also jam-packed with a variety of Old English-style pubs, micro brew pubs, restaurants, bars and clubs. And, did you know that Victoria is the scene of a thriving craft cocktail scene with many talented mixologists making their living here? In fact, the classic cocktail lounge at the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites has been awarded “Top 10 – World’s Best Hotel Bar” by Tales of the Cocktail. Suffice to say, there is never a dull night in Victoria!

Talking the walk… “Fun course! The wife and I enjoyed this course. The views were outstanding. The course had a ton of character to it. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Beer available was local craft beer! Would play here again!” (TripAdvisor)

Olympic View Golf Club: best history (and burgers)

Olympic View golf course in Victoria BC

Olympic View waterfall

An incredible course celebrating 25 years this year, Olympic View can also boast of being the host with the most: it is the first course Tiger Woods played in BC, and the only course on Vancouver Island. Challenge your buddies to do better than Tiger on Hole 16. A par 3 that measures only 110 yards, don’t be lulled into false sense of security… with sand traps at the front and back, and a large gully to the right of the green, this hole shows no mercy. Just ask Tiger: the legend himself bogeyed it two days in a row, and that was well before he lost his game!

If Hole 16 gets the best of you and your buddies, let the spectacular views soothe your soul as you hit towards a beautiful waterfall at the end of Hole 17, then head over to Forester’s Bistro & Bar at the clubhouse for what is considered by many to be the most legendary burger on the Island.

Talking the walk… “Breathtaking! I will always return to this place. Breathtaking golf course, breathtaking view, very friendly people and the food was just fantastic. Great experience.” (Tripadvisor)

 

Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa: best bragging rights

Bear Mountain Golf Courses in Victoria BC

Bear Mountain challenges

Are you and your buds brave enough to battle the Bear? As one golfer put it, “She’s a beast!” Regardless of your degrees of courage, handicap, or tolerance levels for good natured ribbing about losing balls, you just have to play the place where the Golden Bear hangs his name. The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Vancouver Island’s only 36-hole course, is that golf course… the one where you don’t remove the tag from your bag for months, no years, after playing it. Co-Designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve, you can play two incredible courses, offering challenging golf, unrivalled scenery, and a luxury stay at the end of play.

To really give yourself some bragging rights with your buddies, plan a stay and play for the weekend. That way your group can enjoy Bear Mountain’s Friday Night Flights: themed wine (and sometimes vodka) tastings to rejuvenate the weariest of Bear-warriors. Take all the credit and run with it…

Talking the walk… “Beautiful! With some of the nicest views I have ever seen overlooking all of Victoria and the surrounding areas. The golf course is always in peak shape and is a very unique design by Jack Nicklaus himself.” (TripAdvisor)

Arbutus Ridge Golf Course: best value

Arbutus Ridge Golf Course near Victoria BC

Arbutus Ridge clubhouse

Wrap up your trip with a chilled round in the morning followed by a wine tour in the afternoon, by taking advantage of the Arbutus Ridge Golf and Wine package. Great golfing, great wine, great value.

Arbutus Ridge Golf Course is located slap bang in the middle of nine of Vancouver Island’s best wineries. It’s not all about the wine though: this course boasts three of the most demanding finishing golf holes on Vancouver Island, punctuated by the knee-rattling 214-yard par 3 island green on the 17th hole. (Hmmm, come to think of it, perhaps the wine helps…) Whatever your reason for playing here, you won’t regret it, and, if you take advantage of the golf school, clinic, or private lesson at the GBC Golf Academy, you’ll even come away a much better golfer. (Another area the wine comes in handy – to toast to your improvement!)

Talking the walk… “Great golf, super pros, scenery and food. The golf course is challenging, interesting and has lots of friendly members. Views are superlative, not only on the course but in the clubhouse as well. Be prepared to lose a few balls both in the rough and the water. Food in the clubhouse is of good quality with sufficient choices for my vegetarian appetite as well as for my carnivore hubby.” (TripAdvisor)

Best bonus round

Ale Trail in Victoria BC

Victoria microwbrews

While golf is paramount to a buddies’ golfing trip (duh), there is so much to do in and around Victoria that you deserve any heckling that comes your way if you don’t take advantage of it.

Why not pair your golf with the Victoria Ale Trail experience, a self-guided tour of Victoria’s many microbreweries.

Or, for the ultimate bragging rights with your buddies, pair your golf score with your weigh in and make it a fins and skins experience – salmon fishing in the morning and golf in the afternoon… an experience completely unique to Victoria and Vancouver Island.

Fishing in Victoria BC

Vancouver Island fins and skins

Finally, just because you can, why not add one more day to your play: stay waterfront and add a morning round at the traditional Cowichan Golf & Country Club before heading back to the real world.

Talking the walk… “I’ve spent most of my life golfing – the rest, I’ve just wasted.” Anonymous

PS. Need help pulling your buddies golfing trip together completely hassle free? Check out Golf Vancouver Island’s Victoria Buddies Weekend – yep, they’ve done it all for you, and all at a great price. You’re welcome.

Have Your Say: Who Will Win The 2015 US Open17-06-15

Who will win at Chambers Bay

The North American golf event of the year is upon us and for 2015, it is in our neighbourhood. The 2015 US Open is being held at Chambers Bay, only a short hop away from Vancouver Island, and the eyes of the golfing world are on the Pacific Northwest.

The yet-to-be-determined challenges of Chambers Bay are being rattled around by players and fans alike. We thought it time to conduct a not-so-thorough survey of who you think will respond best to the unique layout at Chambers Bay.

So go ahead, give it a shot. Maybe you’ll pick the 2015 US Open winner.

Who is going to win the US Open?
Rory McIlroy

Jordan Spieth

Phil Mickelson

Dustin Johnson

Other
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Meet Vancouver Island’s Golf Vacation Experts11-06-15

Golf Travel Experts of Vancouver Island

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?

Golf Vancouver Island's Reservation Director Patrick

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?

Reservation Specialist Herman

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.

 

Call Us Anytime at 1-888-465-3239

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 Testing at Olympic View

Golf Vancouver Island Reservations Team early season testing at Olympic View

Come Play on Island Time by Golf Today Northwest05-05-15

Come Play on Island Time - Golf Today Northwest

Come Play on Island Time By Golf Today Northwest

That’s the recommendation from Golf Today Northwest in the May 2015 Issue. Author Gayle Moss explores the Vancouver Island Golf Trail and the 11 golf courses situated from Campbell River in the North to Victoria in the South.

Given the buying power of the strong US dollar, there has never been a better time to take a golf vacation to Vancouver Island, where as the author puts it “You could plan a 4-day golf trip for the price of 3″.

Read the full article on Golf Today Northwest then start planning your golf vacation by viewing these incredible golf package specials.

 

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.

golf-sweater

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?