Tales From The Trail

Bear Mountain Resort Named As Golf Canada’s Official Training Centre05-11-15


Exciting announcement brings Canada’s National Golf Team to a new official home on Vancouver Island.

On November 5, 2015, Golf Canada and Bear Mountain Resort announced a four-year partnership in which Bear Mountain will become the official Canadian training centre for Team Canada’s National Squads.

Bear Mountain Resort, owned by Ecoasis Developments LLP, will provide athletes and coaches with year-round access to all onsite golf and resort facilities including the fitness facility and soon to be constructed premium golf training amenities. Located just outside Victoria, B.C., the west-coast resort is ideally positioned to provide optimal weather and training conditions for athletes from Team Canada’s Amateur, Development and Young Pro Squads.

In addition to the world-class facilities, Team Canada will have access to the award-winning 36-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, located on 836 acres of rolling hills with spectacular mountain vistas and views of British Columbia’s seaside capital city.

“We are very excited to begin this partnership with Bear Mountain and look forward to having our Team Canada players training at one of the best facilities in Canada,” said Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons. “The facility is well-equipped to provide year-round support for our athletes, coaches and high performance training initiatives.”

While serving as the Canadian training centre for Golf Canada’s National Team program, Bear Mountain will also host two of Golf Canada’s championship events over the four-year period, while also serving as a potential host venue for a Golf Canada Foundation national fundraiser.

“We are very proud that our facilities and community have been recognized by Golf Canada and we are pleased to move forward as their partner and their first Canadian training facility,” said Dan Matthews, President and CEO of Ecoasis Developments LLP. “Supporting athlete development is one of our foundational aspirations at Bear Mountain. Our goal since day one has been to elevate the overall golf experience at Bear Mountain Resort and offer a quality of play that is among the best golf opportunities in the country. Golf Canada recognizes this commitment and we welcome them and their young performance athletes and coaches to train with us at Bear Mountain.”

The Canadian training centre will serve as a home for Team Canada’s training camps—primarily for Development Squad athletes during the shoulder season between October and March – including an upcoming training camp scheduled for February. Team Canada athletes will be hosted onsite at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort and Spa during training camps.

Play Golf At Canada’s National Golf Training Centre

Bear Mountain Resorts‘ two Nicklaus Design golf courses, The Mountain Course and The Valley Course, are active partners in Golf Vancouver Island – a recognized leader in offering golf packages to 11 Vancouver Island golf courses to one of Canada’s top golf destinations – the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.

Fall Oceanside Golf Destinations on Vancouver Island10-09-15


FairwindsPlaying golf oceanside may come with its share of non-recognized hazards: ocean breezes and cool mists. But this pales into complete insignificance when you consider the pros of golf courses with ocean views (or near enough): those views obviously, seafood bonanzas, plenty of salty-aired adventure and all-season golf. That’s right: those capricious elements which can soak you to the bone and send you driving into the breakers, also mean most of the courses on the island are playable year-round. No snowy-season closures and months of no-play (barring a freak snow storm of course). And as we all know, all work and no-play makes Jack a very dull boy… and a very rusty golfer!

So, as Fall approaches, with winter nipping at its heels and courses across the country getting ready for their cold-weather closures, pack up your clubs and head for Vancouver Island and the Vancouver Island Golf Trail – where the golf is never ending – and where these oceanside golfing destinations are ready and waiting for you.

Beach Bums

While everyone normally associates beaches with summer, a brisk beach walk on a crisp morning invigorates the soul and, we swear, improves the swing for the tee-off that follows. There’s no better place to prove our theory than Parksville and Qualicum Beach, home to miles of both pristine sands and gorgeous green fairways.
Tigh Na Mara Rathtrevor Beach

Where to stay… Check in at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre. Located on Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville, with sweeping panoramic views of the Strait of Georgia and coastal mountains, this all-season haven promises Canada’s mildest year-round climate as well as the country’s warmest ocean swimming waters!

Where to play… Take an early morning walk on the famous Parksville Beach, right outside your Tigh-Na-Mara room. Then head out to tee off at Fairwinds Golf Club. Just 10 minutes from Parksville, this spectacular Les Furber designed course showcases natural water, dense forest, ocean views, and dramatic elevation changes. Voted the “#1 Golf Course on Vancouver Island” in the 2013 BC’s Best – People’s Choice Awards by BCLiving.ca, Fairwinds offers an oceanside golfing experience second to none. Sitting on the Nanoose peninsula, separating the Salish Sea to the south and the Strait of Georgia to the north and east, you will be hitting closer to the splendour of the ocean than any other golf community on Vancouver Island. Hopefully not too close though! Take a break for lunch at the Benz Lounge, Patio & Bistro overlooking the ninth green, then hit up Pheasant Glen Golf Resort for an afternoon round. Undisturbed by homes and highways, this secluded course in Qualicum delivers a round of golf guaranteed to challenge, but in a setting guaranteed to soothe.

Apres golf… After all that beach walking and golfing, you’re going to want to take advantage of the soothing treatments at the Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara, named the #1 Spa in British Columbia by Spas of America. It’s the perfect place to ease aching muscles. Make a weekend of it, and stay for the 2015 Party on the Drive event, Vancouver Island’s biggest street party.

The Great North

All the greatest explorers always end up heading North at some point in their travels. They might just be onto something there, especially when you look at the adventures – golfing and otherwise – to be had on the North Island.

Where to stay… Treat yourself to a retreat from real life at Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River, situated on the shores of the Discovery Passage. It’s called Discovery Passage for a reason: from Painter’s Lodge you can experience world-renowned salmon fishing, a guided fishing trip, a tour of the wildlife, a whale-watching expedition, canoeing, and adrenaline-inducing golf. Just pick your adventure.

Where to play… Head out for a spot of adventure golfing at Storey Creek Golf Club in Campbell River, where eagles soar, wild deer frolic, and even the occasional black bear may make a guest appearance as part of your four-ball… (Like we said, adventure golfing!) This Les Furber designed course has been carved out of old and second-growth forest, giving you a championship golf course that has to be played to be believed. (Read: expect to use every club in your bag.) For a real golfing adventure, head to Quadra Island Golf Course, located a scenic 10 minute ferry ride from Campbell River on Quadra Island. A beautiful 9 hole golf course, it is perfect for those who like to combine a little fishing with their oceanside golf getaway. For a tremendous Fins and Skins experience, stay at April Point Resort & Spa on the island, tee off in the morning at Quadra Island Golf Course, then cast off in the afternoon for a spot of their world-famous salmon fishing. For a really good deal, check out this April Point Golf & Fishing Get-Away-From-It-All deal.

(Note: Quadra Island, April Point and Painter’s Lodge are seasonal – book now before winter closures kick in. April Point, September 20; Quadra Island/Painter’s Lodge, October 12).

Apres golf… All that adventure can really make a golfer hungry! Both Painter’s Lodge and April Point offer amazing culinary adventures post-play, with restaurants that give ‘oceanside’ whole new meaning. You can even ask the chef to grill the salmon you caught yourself on your earlier outing – talk about ‘catch of the day’, eh!

Wine And (ocean)Water

Head for the Cowichan Valley where, if the golf gets the better of you, there’s at least plenty of wine to make up for it! A scenic 45 minute drive north of Victoria or a 30-minute drive south from Nanaimo, the Cowichan Valley boasts numerous wineries, a couple of world-class golf courses, a seaside village straight out of the good ol’ days when community meant everything, and, seeing as how we’re talking oceanside bonuses, fresh crab straight from the dock to your plate.

Where to stay… It doesn’t get more oceanside than the Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay. A boutique style hotel with 56 oceanview suites, if you want to be any closer to the sea you’ll have to rent a houseboat. With its Oceanview Restaurant, a waterfront indoor heated pool, whirlpool, saunas, and amazing Oceanside patio you can be forgiven if you choose to forego golf.

Where to play… If you can drag yourself out, head to Cowichan Golf & Country Club, just outside of Duncan, where you may be distracted from your game by the views overlooking mountains and the waters of Cowichan Bay. Try stay focused for the eleventh hole at least though, probably the toughest par four on the entire Island. Off the drive, you will have to clear a ravine, stay away from the out-of-bounds zone that runs along the left side of the fairway, and stay away from the big trees that dot the right edge of the hole. The approach is even more complicated, with the elevated green protected by a wide gully and water on the front and left sides. Oceanside or not, this is one hole you’ll want to forget the crab meal that awaits you and think about nothing but golf. Also in the heart of the Cowichan wine region, you’ll find Arbutus Ridge Golf Club. Directly surrounded by nine wineries, this course offers some of the most stunning views on Vancouver Island with the front nine weaving alongside the seaside community of Cobble Hill and the back nine climbing a ridge to overlook the Satellite Channel.

Apres golf… Seeing as how you’re in the area you may as well take advantage of all the valley has to offer. The second largest wine region in BC, the Cowichan Valley is home to nearly 20 wineries. Take a self-guided tour or join a guided group. (If you’re feeling really adventurous you can even do a bike tour.) Whatever you do though, make sure you end up at one of the local waterfront restaurants where you can take advantage of everything Vancouver Island’s oceanside golf destinations have to offer: fresh local seafood paired with fantastic local wines. (Golf totally optional.)

Head Downtown

It’s hard to argue with Conde Nast Traveler Magazine when they consistently name Victoria as one of the top destinations in the Americas. It has everything. A thriving microbrewery scene, wineries a stone’s throw away, great shopping, excellent entertainment and, of course, golf aplenty. All oceanside.
Delta Ocean Point Victoria Hotel

Where to stay… What a dilemma: so many fantastic oceanside hotels to stay at, only one of you. Staying in a hotel on Victoria’s iconic Inner Harbour has to take the cake as one of the best oceanside experiences you’ll ever have. The Hotel Grand Pacific is, well, just grand. And a really great option just two blocks from Victoria’s downtown restaurant and shopping district, and five blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf. Also located on Victoria’s Inner Harbour is the newly renovated Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa, where you will be hard pressed to be lured away from the luxury, especially the waterfront LURE Restaurant & Bar. Or check in harbourside at the Inn at Laurel Point for a park-like setting and suites with private decks. You’ll find it hard to believe you’re anywhere near the hustle and bustle of inner city staying here, yet are just steps away from all downtown Victoria has to offer.

Where to play… You don’t have to venture far from town to get your golf on. No more than 20 minutes out of Victoria, you’ll find Highland Pacific Golf Course, with its panoramic views of the city, the Olympic Mountains, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Highland Pacific prepares you for your best game ever offering an award-winning practice facility: a two-tiered tee line of 44 covered and heated stalls, CPGA golf instruction, long and short game natural turf practice areas, lights for evening practice, and real terrain targets, including a water hazard. There’s no excuse for a bad round here, oceanside distractions or no!  For those of you planning more than one round during your visit, Olympic View Golf Club and the two Nicklaus designed courses of Bear Mountain (The Mountain and The Valley) await only minutes down the road.

Apres golf… Did you know that beer in Victoria has its roots in the early 1840s? There are currently six breweries, and five brewpubs in the immediate vicinity of this relatively small city, making Victoria undeniably BC’s craft beer capital. And what better to do after a spot of oceanside golfing than a pint (or two) of oceanside brew-appreciation? Take yourself on a self-guided tour of Victoria’s Ale Trail or an on-the-water brew tour on the “Pickle Pub Crawl“, before heading back to your hotel or restaurant of choice for a meal featuring the best that the local waters have to offer. From Sea to Table, there is no better place to be than Victoria for the Catch of the Day.

Which is your favourite Vancouver Island golf course to play in the cooler months? We’d love to hear from you!


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 Victoria golf courses 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

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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


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

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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



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.