Tales From The Trail

On the Trail This Summer22-06-17

Vancouver Island Trails Are Calling

Summertime, and the living is easy… Especially on Vancouver Island. The temperatures are warm but mild, the golf courses are in peak condition, the views are crystal clear, and the good times to be had – on and off the golf course – well, they are many. As you will discover when you hear our tale of the many Vancouver Island trails.

Say ‘trails’ and most people immediately think hiking trails. There are those to be had of course – by the beautiful dozens – on Vancouver Island. But the Vancouver Island network of trails is not limited to those of the hiking boots and backpack variety. Say ‘trails’ to us, and our minds meander down a couple of many splendored, slightly different, paths. Beer and golf may be involved.

 

The Vancouver Island Golf TrailThe Golf Trail

250 kilometres. 13 golf courses. Hours and hours worth of Championship golf paired with ocean views, old growth forest, luxury spas and plenty of Summer patio lounging opportunity between rounds. The Vancouver Island Golf Trail takes you from Victoria to Campbell River, stopping in at Cobble Hill, Duncan, Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Courtenay and Quadra Island on the way. As Calgary based journalist Andrew Penner once wrote, it is all about “great golf – sometimes astonishingly good – on one of the world’s most sought after islands. With all that this Pacific paradise has to offer, the Vancouver Island Golf Trail will surely be considered one of the best golf adventures to be found anywhere.”

 

The BC Ale TrailThe Ale Trail

Did you know that Victoria, right here on Vancouver Island, is home to Canada’s very first brewpub and is thus considered the cradle of the craft beer revolution? Did you know, according to the good, beer-loving folk at The BC Ale Trail, that “more than 100 breweries dot the super, natural landscape of BC”? Finally, did you know that “BC Brewers win about one-third of all annual Canadian Brewing Awards despite the province having less than 20% of the country’s breweries and less than 15% of the national population”? Which will come as no surprise when you taste the goods on the Vancouver Island portions of The BC Ale Trails, with the Victoria Ale Trail leading the charge, followed closely by the Nanaimo & Comox Valley Circle Route and, coming soon, the Island’s Beer Belt – Cowichan, Nanaimo & Parksville-Qualicum Beach. The only thing better than hitting the self-guided BC Ale Trail (complete with designated driver of course)? Taking a guided West Coast Brewery Tour. Either way, it’s all good. Beery, beery good.

 

BC Marine TrailsThe Marine Trail

If you’re looking to experience Vancouver Island in all her wild and incredible loveliness, look no further than BC Marine Trails – a network of marine trails for paddlers and other small, beachable watercraft to explore virtually the entire, undeveloped, ‘wilderness’ length of the BC coast. After your round in Nanaimo, for example, you could hop in a kayak and head out to Newcastle Island Park for a night of wildly beautiful R&R. Or for après golf of a rather diffferent kind, why not explore the waters around Victoria in a kayak – rentals area dime a dozen downtown. The opportunities to explore Vancouver Island by watery trail are endless and BC Marine Trails has made it even easier by giving you three ways to find out where your next trail will take you: by map; by places to paddle; and by marine trail. Happy voyaging. And may all waters lead you back to the golf trail. 

 

Hiking on Vancouver Island: Owen Point on the West Coast TrailThe Hiking Trail

Finally, golfers really do enjoy a good walk (we say bah, humbug to that old chestnut ‘Golf is a good walk spoiled’), and Vancouver Island is the perfect place to take walking to the next level. The world-renowned trails found here offer quite incomparable opportunities to stride out, at one with nature. Hike over rugged hill and dale, through old growth forest, and along windswept cliffs and remote coastline terrain, or take a stroll through forests thick with ferns and wildflowers. From the famed West Coast Trail with challenges enough for the most experienced hiker, to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail with its sweeping ocean views, to gentle walks in the proverbial park like Goldstream and Gowlland Tod Provincial Parks, Vancouver Island hikes are guaranteed to take your breath away.

Whichever of these Vancouver Island trails takes your fancy this, we leave you with this final thought: “The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all that you are traveling for.” Louis L’Amour.

Guardians of the Green: Behind the Scenes at Bear Mountain30-05-17

Bear Mountain Guardians of the Green

If you think the grass is always greener on the other side – specifically the side where your favourite golf course lies – you’d be right. In this instance at least, anyway. The grass on the golf course IS always greener, and for once it’s got nothing to do with perspective, envy or emerald-coloured glasses, and everything to do with hard work, dedication and a passion for golf course maintenance. Meet the guardians of the green: the men and women behind the scenes – and greens, and fairways – at every golf course you’ve ever played. None who are harder working, more dedicated or more passionate than the team at Bear Mountain Resort. As their recent video ‘Guardians of the Green’ bears witness to.

Peer into the world behind Bear Mountain’s two Nicklaus Design golf courses through the eyes of Superintendent Chris Ainey as he talks about his team and the passion that goes into maintaining a PGA Tour-quality course. It’s every bit as riveting as actually playing the courses and gives us a new appreciation for the greens we so love to spend time on.

 

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!09-05-17

Vancouver Island Golf Trail in the Media

A Trail of Countless Delights! Trail Blazing: Great Canadian Golf Getaways. Golf Just the Jump-Off Into the Island Lifestyle. Vancouver Island Boast Vibrant Golf Scene. This is what the press is saying about the Vancouver Island Golf Trail… With six  big media stories about the Vancouver Island Golf Trail in the last month alone – from The Province, AMAInsider.com, GolfToday Northwest, The Calgary Herald and The Toronto Star – it’s almost enough to make one take one’s eye off the ball. Almost.

We are thrilled that golfers and golf journalists alike see what we see on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. That is, spectacular golf courses in amazing settings, unique après golf opportunities and activities, and enough golf deals and getaways to fill up an entire lifetime of dedicated tee times.

Read all about it in the six stories below.

GolfToday Northwest - A Trail of Countless DelightsA Trail of Countless Delights

By Hal Quinn for GolfToday Northwest
May 2017

Excerpt: “Vancouver Island Golf Trail has something for everyone… With a remarkable variety of quality golf courses, spectacular scenery at every turn, outstanding hotels and resorts and spa, and equally worldclass restaurants and recreational activities, the Vancouver Island Golf Trail is one you can happily travel time and again.”

 

AMAInsider - Trail Blazing: Great Canadian Golf Getaways

Trail Blazing: Great Canadian Golf Getaways

By Andrew Penner for AMAInsider.com
May 2017

Excerpt: “When it comes to golf getaways, the golf trail might be the greatest thing since sliced bread… As a golf pro, writer and photographer, I’ve been fortunate to travel down many golf-rich roads. Here’s a rundown of the Canadian trails that rank highest on my scorecard… Stretching from Victoria to Campbell River, the Vancouver Island Golf Trail epitomizes what a golf trail should offer: challenging courses, fantastic resorts and awesome adventures to experience along the way.”

 

The Province: Golf just the jump-off into the island lifestyleGolf Just the Jump-Off Into the Island Lifestyle

By Cam Tucker for The Province
May 2017
Excerpt: “Along the (Vancouver Island Golf) trail, golfers can find a wide array of courses that fuse a challenging and fun golfing experience with the natural abundance of nature, from tremendous forests and wildlife to stunning views that come from a course carved onto a hillside.”

 

Calgary Herald VI Golf Trail ReviewVariety is the Spice of a Destination Golfer’s Life

By Andrew Penner for The Calgary Herald
May 2017
Excerpt: “Thanks to year-round golf, Vancouver Island isn’t just a summer destination. The add-on experiences – such as Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour, whale watching, and the delicious food and craft beer scene – always make it a memorable adventure.”

 

Vancouver Island Boasts Vibrant Golf Scene

By Ian Cruickshank for The Toronto Star
May 2017
Excerpt: “Ocean and mountain views feature at B.C. courses where champion golfers have teed off. Vancouver Island has evolved. It’s no longer a seniors-only zone. It’s a vibrant spot with a range of ages and activities. The island is also sprinkled with more than 20 golf courses, including the estimable Vancouver Island Golf Trail.”

 

Tides and Treasures in Parksville Qualicum Beach

By Andrew Penner for The Calgary Herald
May 2017
Excerpt: “Before my wife and I could go searching for sea treasure … we went searching for golf balls. We found a few (sometimes ours) at the Morningstar Golf Course. Designed by Canadian architect Les Furber, Morningstar is a pretty parkland course that parades through towering cedar, fir, and pine just minutes from Parksville’s quaint downtown.”

A big thanks to these three journalists who took the time to play – and write about – the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. We look forward to seeing you on the Trail tees again soon.

5 Lesser Known Views on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail28-04-17

5 Lesser Known Views on the VI Golf Trail

Like anything worth doing, golf can be frustrating. There. We’ve said it. Golf is such a mental game that it’s quite easy to get so stuck in your head, berating yourself for that last swing into the trees, that you can’t see your woods (or tees, or golf balls) for said trees. Stop. Breathe. Lift your head up. Take a good look around you. The golf course views alone will make everything worth it, even if you don’t birdie that Par 5 you’ve had your eye on forever.

The golf course – any golf course – is a beautiful place, by mere dint of the fact that here be wide open spaces, beautiful greenery, and more often than not spectacular surroundings. Of course, on Vancouver Island, that beauty is amplified to somewhat ridiculous levels. You can’t swing a club without catching a glimpse of some killer ocean view, mountain vista, or cityscape spread out beneath you. Read on for our five best, lesser-known views on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail – vantage points that can be found on, and off, the golf course that are truly memorable and that make your experience playing a round of golf here something remarkable.

Crown Isle Hole 91. Mountain Vistas

The Golf Course: Crown Isle Golf Resort, Courtenay

The Vantage Point: Hole 9

The View: Comox Glacier

As you approach the green on Hole #9, be sure to slow things down and take in the spectacular views of the massive Comox Glacier peaking through the trees.

 

Fairwinds Hole 162. Ocean Views

The Golf Course: Fairwinds Golf Club, Nanoose Bay

The Vantage Point: Hole 16

The View: The Straight of Georgia

As you head down the fairway towards the green on hole #16, drink in the views looking across the Straight of Georgia to the Coast mountain range beyond.

 

Highland Pacific Hole 23. Cityscapes

The Golf Course: Highland Pacific, Victoria

The Vantage Point: Hole 2

The View: The City of Victoria

Talk about teeing up spectacular views! The city of Victoria can be seen from the tee box on hole #2, so pre- or post-tee shot be sure to take it in.

 

Tigh-Na-Mara Rathtrevor Beach Views4. Beach Views

The Golf Trail Resort: Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Parksville

The Vantage Point: Oceanview Rooms

The View: Rathtrevor Beach

Overlooking the famous Rathtrevor Beach, the warmest ocean swimming waters in Canada, each oceanview room offers views of over 3 kms of sandy beach. 

 

Westin Bear Mountain Penthouse5. Golf Course Views

The Golf Resort: Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria

The Vantage Point: The Penthouse Suite, next to the 18th green

The View: Bear Mountain – Valley Course

The Penthouse Suite offers breathtaking views over the resort’s Valley Course and lush green Highlands, all the way to Washington State’s Mount Baker, seen through a literal wall of windows! 

 

Of course you’d be well advised to keep your head down and your eye on the ball while in play (there’s nothing worse than a swing and a miss), but between swings do be sure to stop and gaze awhile. It can only do your mental state – and consequently your golf game – good.

Golf Channel Features the Vancouver Island Golf Trail!10-04-17

Ginella's Journey  
Wow – what a Masters!  The excitement continues this week as Golf Channel featured the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.

Vancouver Island: Orcas, craft beer, Olympic View

Matt Ginella tries craft beer, goes orca whale watching, and plays golf at Olympic View Golf Club on Vancouver Island in Canada.
 

 

Vancouver Island – Floatplanes, fishing, and golf

Matt Ginella rides in a floatplane, fishes for salmon, and plays both Westin Bear Mountain and Crown Isle Golf in Vancouver Island.
  

  

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Vancouver Island Golf Trail Courses Make Top 100 Lists23-03-17

 

Vancouver Island Golf Trail Courses Make Top 100

Looking for something to do this Spring? How about making your way around some of the top courses in Canada? The best news? If you live on Vancouver Island you don’t have to leave the Island to do it, and if you don’t, it’s a great excuse for an island golf getaway.

That’s because three of the courses which call the Vancouver Island Golf Trail home have just been named to the Top100GolfCourses.com 2017 list of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada!

Bear Mountain Valley Course#63 – Bear Mountain Valley Course

Making it onto the list at number 63 in the Top 100 is Islander favourite Bear Mountain Valley Course. The Valley Golf Course meanders through forest, borders lakes, and traverses creeks and rivers throughout its 18 holes, while offering spectacular views of British Columbia’s beautiful landscape. The par 71 Valley Course measures 6807 yards from the Golden Bear tees – about 400 yards shorter than its sibling, the Mountain Course. These two courses combined offer the only 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf in Canada, and one of the finest golf offerings in North America.

Bear Mountain Mountain Course#72 – Bear Mountain Mountain Course

Speaking of the Bear Mountain Mountain Course, this sibling course to the Valley also made it onto the Top 100 Courses in Canada list at number 72. Host of the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship, a PGA TOUR Champions event, and the 2010 TELUS World Skins Game, Bear Mountain Resort stands apart as one of the finest golf resorts anywhere. Featuring wide panoramic views of mountain, city and ocean all framed by undulating fairways and lush coastal forests, the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort will entice you to pull out your camera more than once in your round.

Olympic View#98 – Olympic View Golf Club

The final of the three Vancouver Island Golf Trail courses to make it onto the Top 100 Courses in Canada list is the beautiful Olympic View Golf Club. Olympic View Golf Club boasts tranquility and nature accentuated by magnificent waterfalls, beautiful mountain views, roaming deer and soaring eagles. The unique variety of golf shots join together to form an inspiring piece of West Coast golf art. It’s easy to see why Olympic View consistently rates among top golf courses on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and beyond.

The accolades for these three courses – and indeed even more of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail courses – don’t stop there. Top100GolfCourses.com also released their 2017 list of the Top 100 Golf Courses in British Columbia, and eight – yep, that’s right, eight! – the #VIGolfTrail courses made the cut.

Congratulations to ALL the courses that made these lists and thanks to all the reviewers and Top 100 for sharing their love for our courses. We look forward to many more great rounds on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. 

Top 100 Golf Courses are an “independent website dedicated to the best golf courses of the World (and their) mission is to connect passionate golfers with the world’s greatest golf clubs.” They are “a team of passionate golfers with mixed handicaps committed to playing, reviewing and promoting the world’s greatest golf courses.” Their ranking and rating process is also fairly unique in that they use the opinions of experts, regular golfers who write reviews on individual golf course pages on their website, as well as other reputable third party data to regularly calculate and revise their rankings by applying a series of rules and alogrithms. Find out more about their ranking and rating process here

 

13 Insider Stops Along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail20-03-17

13 Insider Stops Along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail

You could be forgiven for thinking that on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail it’s all about golf, all of the time. While that is true 90% of the time, given the magnificence of Vancouver Island, we’d be fools to ignore its many, many other charms. So we’re here to change your thinking and give you a unique way to explore Vancouver Island. Read on for our version of a Vancouver Island travel guide: 13 insider tips and must-stops to go along with our 13 golf courses on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.

Victoria Ale Trail1. Stop for Beer

You know what goes down really well after a round of golf? Of course you do. Beer. Luckily for you, on Vancouver Island, we not only boast a golf trail, but also an ale trail. After a round at a nearby Victoria region golf course, stop to discover Victoria’s Ale Trail. Whether you stop for just one at Vancouver Island’s first craft brewery, Vancouver Island Brewery on Government Street, or opt for a brewery tour, Vancouver Island local craft beers will not disappoint. 

Golf Stop Nearby: Highland Pacific Golf Course

Fish and Chips on Vancouver Island2. Stop for Fish

She sells seashells by the seashore. Actually, they sell the freshest of fresh fish by the seaside. Red Fish Blue Fish, a “seafood eatery by the seaside”, is an absolute must-stop in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This outdoor waterfront restaurant takes everything you ever thought about fish and chips and makes it so much better. Locally caught, sustainable, Ocean Wise, straight from the ocean. So good you’ll need to play another round to make room for more.

Golf Stop Nearby: Highland Pacific Golf Course

The Olympic Burger3. Stop for Burgers

Fish and chips not your thing? A good ol’ burger is, undoubtedly, the golfer’s go-to food. It’s a guaranteed good thing between the front 9 and the back, the ultimate grab-and-go food. But at Olympic View you might want to save your burger cravings for after your round is finished. Because this is one burger you’re going to want to take your time over. The Olympic Burger at Forester’s Restaurant at Olympic View has achieved something of a cult status amongst golfers in the know. Join the cult. You know you want to.

Golf Stop Nearby: Olympic View Golf Club

Friday Night Flights at Bear Mountain4. Stop for Friday Night Fun

Fancy a night out surrounded by over 2,000 sleek, glossy, beautifully curved beauties? The Cellar, nestled deep within The Westin Bear Mountain, is surrounded by over 2,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines. And every Friday night, you can be too, when The Cellar Sommelier hosts a Friday Night Flight right there, hand picking wines for your enjoyment. A fun, educational night out. Friday Night Flights 6-7pm, from $40 per person.

Golf Stop(s) Nearby: Bear Mountain Golf Resort – Mountain Course & Valley Course

Malahat Lookout on Vancouver Island5. Stop for Views

A short 30 minute drive from Victoria to the top of the Malahat (Highway 1) will reward you with views of the fjord-like Saannich Inlet and the Gulf Islands at Malahat Lookout. Named after the Malahat First Nation, this rugged region of heavy forest and steep cliffs is traversed by one of the most beautiful roadways in the world, climbing to a summit of 356 metres (1,156 ft). It is also of great ceremonial significance to the Malahat First Nation and one of the most sacred sites on southern Vancouver Island.

Golf Stop Nearby: Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit6. Stop for Cars

What Disneyland is to kids, The Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit is to adults with a need for speed and a love of fast cars and performance driving. A private motorsport country club, they offer seven different track configurations, sophisticated road courses fit to host a Grand Prix, a multi-function driving dynamic area featuring a skid pad, an off-road course simulating a trip into a West Coast rain forest… Yes, it requires membership, but if you’re a motorsports enthusiast, this really is the playground to end all playgrounds.

Golf Stop Nearby: Cowichan Golf & Country Club

Cowichan Bay7. Stop for Village Life

Did you know that Cowichan Bay Village is home to the second oldest active lawn tennis court in the world next to Wimbledon? It is also home to a working marine community, making for plenty of watery activity. Sail all day on a twin masted ship, race across the waves in a Zodiac to go whale watching, rent a boat and take a picnic to a deserted beach, dive deep to see the creatures of the sea or go kayaking as the sun sets. On land, ride a horse, hike a trail, go for a bike ride, head for a nearby winery. But whatever you do, don’t forget to swing a stick at some point.

Golf Stop Nearby: Cowichan Golf & Country Club

Cherry Point Winery on Vancouver Island8. Stop for Wine

Southern Vancouver Island is the second-largest wine region in British Columbia, after the Okanagan Valley. The majority of Vancouver Island’s wineries are located in the Cowichan Valley, 45 minutes north of Victoria. But you know what makes this wine region even more delicious? Close proximity to some of the best golfing on the island. (Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is just a six-minute drive from the Islander-favourite Cherry Point Winery.) Explore our Golf and Wine packages for the ultimate Vancouver Island getaway: golf and wine touring.

Golf Stop Nearby: Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

Nanaimo Bars9. Stop for Nanaimo Bars

You can’t visit Nanaimo without stopping for a world-famous Nanaimo Bar! The first known recipe for Nanaimo bars appeared in the 1952 Women’s Auxiliary of the Nanaimo Hospital Cookbook and was labelled “chocolate square.” One year later, a similar recipe was published in Vancouver’s Edith Adams’ Cookbook, this time going by the name “Nanaimo Bar.” But some say that the history of this custardy, chocolatey treat dates back to when familiies would send their coal-miner providers into the mines with bars tucked into their lunch pails. Whatever the case, it’s a must-have on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, giving you plenty of energy for yet another round. Bonus: tired feet from all that golfing? Local Nanaimo salon and spa House of Kiyo offers a Nanaimo Bar Pedicure. Now that really takes the cake!

Golf Stop Nearby: Nanaimo Golf Club

Beautiful Vancouver Island beaches10. Stop for Beaches

The most famous of all the Vancouver Island beaches is perhaps Long Beach on the West Coast near Tofino – a stop on every surfer’s list. But what’s that you say? Golf more your thing? Yeah, we’re with you. So with you. Luckily, you practically can’t swing a club on the East Coast without your ball hitting a beach somewhere. We’re particularly fond of Parksville and Rathtrevor Beaches, which are close to four golf courses in the region

Golf Stop(s) Nearby: Morningstar Golf Club

The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara11. Stop for Spas

All that golfing can really take it out of you. Fortunately the Vancouver Island Golf Trail is also home to numerous spas and resorts with spa facilities, including the #1 Spa in Western Canada as named by Spas of America, The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara. Get your golfing muscles in fine form with a back massage and watch for the results on your scorecard the next day. Or treat yourself to a pedicure to get your feet ready for another 18 holes. Whatever your pamper poison, your golf will thank you for it. 

Golf Stop(s) Nearby: Fairwinds Golf Club

Fanny Bay Oysters12. Stop for Oysters

The very best way to eat oysters? Straight from the ocean. After a round of golf. No need to get cold and wet yourself though – just head to Fanny Bay Seafood Shop, located at the Buckley Bay Ferry Terminal for the Denman Island crossing in Fanny Bay. Here the oysters are fresh, the people passionate, and the closest golf course just 20 minutes away. Happy slurping.

Golf Stop Nearby: Pheasant Glen Golf Resort

Fins & Skins on Vancouver Island13. Stop for Fins

One of the very best and most unique Vancouver Island experiences has got to be the opportunity to pair your skins with some fins… There really is no better place to do it. For thousands of years the waters off Vancouver Island have been harvested for their rich sea life – salmon in particular is abundant here. Our favourite place to drop a line? Well, Campbell River isn’t called ‘The Salmon Capital of the World’ for nothing. Besides, this region is also home to three particularly beautiful golf courses. Do yourself a favour and put this on your bucket list. The Fins & Skins experience really can’t be beat.

Golf Stop(s) Nearby: Crown Isle Golf Resort, Storey Creek Golf Club, Quadra Island Golf Club

Finally, if you’re still looking for more things to do to round out your golf trip to Vancouver Island (although there’s always another fantastic round of golf to be played – just saying), check out our extensive Things To Do on Vancouver Island guide. Fair warning though: you may just have to extend your trip. 

Quick and Easy Golf Getaways to Beat the Winter Blues14-02-17

Quick and Easy Golf Getaways to Beat Winter Blues

If, like most of us, you’re starting to feel golf fever of the worst kind, Andrew Penner’s recent article for Calgary Avenue has just the cure: “Quick and Easy Golf Getaways to Beat the Winter Blues”

Seeking out sun and swings, Penner visited Scottsdale, Las Vegas and Vancouver Island, flying off to “where the grass is green, the flagsticks are flickering in the warm breeze adn the open-air restaurant patios are open for business”. On his journey he found three quick and easy golf destinations – all doable in a weekend – to “stave off a mid-winter meltdown”.

Vancouver Island made Penner’s hit-list – and while this winter has seen very little golfing, to be fair to our fair isle, it has been an anomaly. Usually, year-round golfing on Vancouver Island is just the ticket, with Penner’s top picks being Bear Mountain and Crown Isle

Thanks to Andrew Penner for including us in this great winter golf getaway guide. We look forward to seeing him again soon on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.

Golf Vancouver Island Hits The Road For Golf Shows09-02-17

Golf Vancouver Island Travel Specialists at Golf Shows

In case you forgot, it is time that you start planning your upcoming golf trips and golf shows are a great place to start that process.

Golf Vancouver Island Travel Specialists at Golf ShowsOur travel specialists are packing their bags and taking all the Golf Vancouver Island knowledge on the road to answer your questions about the incredible golf vacation opportunities we offer.

If you haven’t been to a golf show in a while, they offer an excellent chance to try the latest club technology at the driving ranges, find a great deal on the latest trends in clothing and learn about the best golf destinations, direct from a real live human, all under one roof.

Please make sure to visit us at a golf show in your area. We will at the first four shows listed below and we’ll be bringing along some special show deals and each show will have unique contests where you could win your very own Vancouver Island Golf Vacation just for visiting our booth.

There are, of course, plenty more golf shows to visit in the upcoming months. And while we won’t have a booth at the last three shows listed below ourselves, many of the individual golf courses and regions within the BC and Vancouver Island golfing community – which we are proud to support – will be at these shows for consumers to ask questions about golf vacations and golf packages on Vancouver Island.

Editors Note: This post was originally published in February 2014 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness for the 2017 Golf Show Season.

Vancouver Golf & Travel Show

When: February 18 & 19, 2017
Where: Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)
Website: vancouvergolfshow.com
About:

The Vancouver Golf & Travel Show is the largest consumer golf & travel show in Western Canada with over 125 exhibitors, travel destinations, manufacturer’s representatives and demonstrators. It is owned and operated by Cascadia Events and is supported and endorsed by the PGA of British Columbia and British Columbia Golf.

Show Hours

Saturday, February 18: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 19: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Seattle Golf & Travel Show

When: March 4 & 5, 2017
Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle, WA
Website: seattlegolfshow.com
About:

The Seattle Golf & Travel Show is the largest consumer golf & travel show in the Pacific Northwest with over 200 exhibitors, golf destinations, equipment manufacturer’s and demonstrations in attendance. Endorsed by the Washington State Golf Assocation, The Pacific Northwest section of the PGA of America and the Washington State Golf Superintendents Association.

Show Hours:

Saturday, March 4: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 5: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Edmonton Golf Show

When: March 11 & 12, 2017
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre, Hall H, Edmonton, AB
Website: albertagolfshows.com
About:

The Edmonton Golf Show is presented by the PGA of Alberta. Kids 12 and under are Free and entry fees for two adults is only $15. Many, many specials and activities to experience during this two day golf and golf travel show.

Show Hours

Saturday, March 11: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 12: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Calgary Golf Show

When: March 25 & 26, 2017
Where: BMO Centre, Hall B, Calgary, AB
Website: albertagolfshows.com
About:

The Calgary Golf Show is presented by the PGA of Alberta. Kids 12 and under are Free and entry fees for two adults is only $15. Many, many specials and activities to experience during this two day golf and golf travel show.

Show Hours

Saturday, March 25: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 26: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Spokane Golf & Travel Show

When: February 18 & 19, 2017
Where: Spokane Convention Center, Spokane, WA
Website: spokanegolfshow.com
About:

The Spokane Golf and Travel Show is the largest consumer golf and travel show in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene region with 100+ exhibitors representing golf retailers, golf manufacturers, golf travel, and seminars by PGA professionals.

Show Hours

Saturday, February 18: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 19: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dallas Fort Worth Golf Show

When: March 17-19, 2017
Where: Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
Website: dfwgolfshow.com
About:

The three-day event is a celebration of Dallas’ vibrant golf community! Unbeatable values on products and services, thousands of dollars in prizes and giveaways, and fun interactive events create a unique event in North Texas for golf enthusiasts.

Show Hours

Friday, March 17: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m
Saturday, March 18: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 19: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Haggin Oaks Golf Expo

When: April 28-30, 2017
Where: Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, 3645 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, CA
Website: hagginoaksgolfexpo.com
About:

Billed as America’s Largest Demo Days, this three-day event is not to be missed for those in the Sacramento area.

Show Hours

Friday, April 28: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m
Saturday, April 29: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m
Sunday, April 30: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m

Vancouver Island’s Bear Mountain Will Host PGA TOUR Champions Again In 201714-12-16

Bear Mountain Pacific Links Championships

Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Returns to Victoria September 11-17, 2017

Limited time pre-sale tickets available for the PGA TOUR Champions event hosted at Bear Mountain

PGA TOUR Champions and Pacific Links International have announced that the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship will return to Victoria, British Columbia in 2017. The event will once again be played at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa the week of Monday, September 11th – Sunday, September 17th, 2017.

The 2016 event was a great success, with 81 of the top PGA TOUR Champions players competing for one of the season’s highest purses of US $2.5 million. The tournament saw more than 27,000 spectators come out to watch the largest event held on Vancouver Island, as well as the support from over 600 volunteers from the community that made the event possible. All three competitive rounds of tournament play were broadcast live by the Golf Channel to more than 200 million homes in 84 countries around the world.

World Golf Hall of Famer Colin Montgomerie (nicknamed “Monty” by fans) was victorious at the inaugural event after beating Scott McCarron in a three-hole playoff. Montgomerie closed the day at 4-under 67 to hold off McCarron; both players were at 15-under for the tournament going into the playoff. On the third sudden-death hole, the Scotsman made a 15-foot birdie putt to win the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship as well as his 50th career victory in front of crowds chanting “Monty, Monty”.

Colin Montgomerie

“I am delighted that the Pacific Links Championship is returning to Bear Mountain in September next year,” Montgomerie remarked. “I was thrilled to win the tournament this year, it was my first 54 hole victory on the Champions Tour and my 50th professional tournament win. The setting is superb, a fantastic course and the people of Victoria made us all so welcome. I am very much looking forward to returning to defend my title in 2017.”

Rudy Anderson, President of Pacific Links International commented: “Pacific Links is pleased to be returning to the incredible Bear Mountain Golf Resort and looks forward to watching Colin Montgomerie defend his title amongst a world class field. Western Canada is a prime travel destination and we proudly showcase Bear Mountain Resort and spectacular British Columbia by bringing this special event once again to Vancouver Island.”

Further highlights from the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship include PGA TOUR Champions player Miguel Angel Jimenez exciting crowds at the event with his unique personality and by shooting the course record with a 61 to tie for third overall at 13-under.

Top PGA TOUR Champions talent at the event included Montgomerie, who finished 2nd on the 2016 Charles Schwab Cup standings, behind fellow Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship competitor, Bernhard Langer, who finished T7 for the week and recently took home his second consecutive Charles Schwab Cup trophy. The field also comprised of Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Mark O’Meara, Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, Mark Calcavecchia, Paul Goydos, Craig Stadler and many more amazing golfers.

Not only was the event an opportunity to watch legends of PGA TOUR Champions compete, but it also acted as a platform to raise funds for the event’s official charity partner, bring golf fans together from across Canada, and provide an opportunity for youth in the community to be introduced to the sport.

“Securing the 2017 PGA Tour Champions event at Bear Mountain with Pacific Links was very important to the principals of Ecoasis and our entire team,” stated Dan Matthews, President and CEO of Ecoasis. “The accolades received from the players and spectators this past September are truly a credit to be shared with the entire Bear Mountain community. We are excited to have the opportunity once again to showcase Victoria and our region to both a local and global audience and we will do everything we can to make next year’s event one of the highlights of the tour for both players and fans.”

The 2017 tournament week will commence with Official Pro-Am’s on Wednesday and Thursday, where
participating teams will play alongside a PGA TOUR Champions professional over 18 holes of premiere
golf. Competitive action will follow with 54 holes of championship play from Friday to Sunday, with no cut.
Tickets will be available for a limited pre-sale period from December 13 to 31, 2016 that includes a 15%
discount with the code: TEESTHESEASON

Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Returns For 2017

Special Ticket Offer

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.selectyourtickets.com/promo , where fans can choose from
the following options (prices shown below are before discount):

  • Weekly Pass – Wednesday through Sunday: $99 (includes free parking & Official Program)
  • Daily Pass – Friday, Saturday or Sunday: $40
  • Pro-Am Daily Pass – Wednesday or Thursday: $25
  • Champions Club Pass – Wednesday through Sunday: $200 (includes free parking & Official
    Program)

2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Event Schedule

Monday, Sept 11th

  • Charity Classic
  • PGA TOUR Champions Player Practice Rounds

Tuesday, Sept 12th

  • PGA TOUR Champions Player Practice Rounds
  • Pro-Am Draw Party at The Westin Bear Mountain Resort

Wednesday, Sept 13th

  • Official Pro-Am #1

Thursday, Sept 14th

  • Official Pro-Am #2

Friday, Sept 15th

  • Championship Round 1

Saturday, Sept 16th

  • Championship Round 2
  • Junior Clinic

Sunday, Sept 17th

  • Championship Round 3
  • Trophy Presentation
  • Volunteer Appreciation Party

For information on corporate hospitality or group packages for the 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain
Championship, please contact McKenzie Clarke at mclarke@sportboxgroup.com or (647) 468-3500.

For more information on the Pacific Links
Championship or PGA TOUR Champions, please visit www.PGATOUR.com/Champions
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