Awards & Distinctions

Vancouver Island is such an incredible location in the world that the recognition continues to pile up. We’ve compiled a summary of the awards and distinctions awarded to the destination and our member golf courses.

Vancouver Island:

  • “#1 Best Island Continental U.S. and Canada”       – Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Awards 2014
  • “#1 Best Island Destination in North America”        – Conde Nast Traveler Magazine 2000-2008
  •  “One of the Continent’s Best Values” Golf Magazine

Arbutus Ridge:

  • 4 star rating for “Best Places to Play”, Golf Digest
  • Rated #2 in Canada, Readers Digest Top 13 Golf Courses in Canada 2012
  • Host of the CN Future Links Championship, 2011
  • Host of the British Columbia Provincial Women’s Amateur / Mid Amateur Championship, 2010
  • Certificate in Environmental Planning, Audubon International 2008
  • Best Destination Golf Course in BC – Readers Choice Golf Nerve Magazine 2006
  • Hole #17, one of the top 18 holes on Vancouver Island, Pacific Golf Magazine 2006
  • Host of the Canadian Junior Girls Championship, CLGA 2005
  • Golf Course of the Year 2004
  • Host of the BC Junior Girls Championship, CLGA 2002 & 2003

Bear Mountain:

  • Host of the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship, a PGA TOUR Champions event
  • Site of the 2010 TELUS World Skins Game
  • Canada’s only 36 hole Nicklaus Design golf offering.
  • Mountain Course – #30 Signature 36 Holes of North America Fairways and Greens Magazine 2007
  • Mountain Course – Top Golf Course in Canada Westworld Alberta Magazine May 2005
  • Mountain Course – 4th best new golf course in Canada, ScoreGolf 2004


  • PGA of BC Golf Shop of the Year 2008
  • Host of the North American Indigenous Games 2008
  • Host of the Annual Cowichan Open

Crown Isle:

  • Gold Medal Resort – Golf Ranking Magazine
  • Winner “Best clubhouse and most romantic accommodation in Western Canada” by Golf Ranking Magazine
  • Host of the Canadian Tour’s Payless Open, 2000


  • Golf Facility of the Year – BCPGA 1999
  • Hosted the Canadian Tour Qualifying School

Olympic View:

  • 4 Star Best Places to Play Rating – Golf Digest 2009
  • Business of the Year 2006 & Best Service Professional 2005Westshore Chamber of Commerce
  •  #20 Best Golf Experience in Canada and USA WestFairways and Greens Magazine 2006
  • Best Practice Facility in BCReaders Choice, Pacific Golf 2005
  • PGA of BC Teacher of the Year, 2002, 2006, 2007
  • PGA of BC Junior Promotor of the Year 2007

Pheasant Glen:

  • Home to the Brent Morrison Academy of Golf
  • Host of the 2006 BCGA Mid-Amateur Championship

Storey Creek:

  • One of the top 100 Courses in Canada ScoreGolf Magazine
  • Prestigious 4 Star Ranking – Golf Digest
  • Hosted B.C. Men’s Amateur Championship


  • “#2 Best City in the Americas” Conde Nast Traveler Magazine 2004

British Columbia:

  • Golf Destination of the Year” 2007
    International Association of Golf Tour Operators
  • “Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year Award” 2004International Association of Golf Tour Operators

Golf Vancouver Island

  • Winner of the 2012 Innovative Marketer of the Year Award
    Tourism Vancouver Island
  • Winner of the 2009 Power of Partner’s Award
    Tourism Vancouver Island
  • Winner of the 2005 Raising the Bar Industry AwardTourism Vancouver Island
  • Winner of the 2005 Multi-Faceted Advertising Campaign AwardTourism Vancouver Island