Fast Facts About Vancouver Island Golf Courses
The Vancouver Island Golf Trail
A 250-kilometre golf trail of Pacific paradise from Victoria to Campbell River awaits golfers on Vancouver Island – consistently ranked in the Top North American Islands by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. From the breathtaking beauty of Bear Mountain Resort and Olympic View Golf Club in the South, to the opulence and luxury of Crown Isle Resort in the North, there is “plenty of gold medal worthy golf” on Vancouver Island according to GOLF Magazine with a selection of 13 destination golf courses, exceptional golf packages, convenient transportation options, world- renowned island hospitality and a multitude of apres golf activities! Discover the old-world ambience of cosmopolitan Victoria, Cowichan Valley wine country, the magnificent beaches of Parksville & Qualicum Beach, and the pristine wilderness of the North Island – you can explore it all on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.
What Is Golf Vancouver Island
Golf Vancouver Island is a one-stop-shop for booking golf vacations on Vancouver Island. Golf Vancouver Island proudly offers BUYER DIRECT GOLF PACKAGES to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. Owned and operated by the golf courses of Vancouver Island, Golf Vancouver Island’s DIRECT ADVANTAGE is the best pricing and selection of 13 golf courses and 10 accommodation options for your Vancouver Island Golf Trail vacation in Pacific paradise. Visit GolfVancouverIsland.ca and/or call toll free 1-888-465-3239
Media Relations: Trisha Larsen, Director of Marketing
Victoria Golf Courses
Highland Pacific Golf
Highland Pacific Golf is the newest addition to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. Carved from the Highland wilderness in Victoria, Highland Pacific’s lush bent grass fairways thread through a majestic landscape of westcoast forest, rock, fescue and natural water features, boasting panoramic views of the city of Victoria, Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Bear Mountain and Thetis Lake Park.
The Pacific Nine opened in October of 2008 and has quickly become one of the jewels of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, with wide, sweeping fairways, dramatic elevation changes and challenging greens. The Highland Nine, scheduled to open in the spring of 2010, boasts a similar test of golf with a wider viewscape of the city of Victoria, and will bring the total course yardage to over 6,600 yards. Highland Pacific is a definite “must play” addition for both locals and destination golfers!
Course Architect: Chris Young
Media Relations: Jeff Palmer, General Manager
Bear Mountain Resort – Mountain & Valley Courses
No name is more legendary in the game of golf and course design than Jack Nicklaus, and the developers at Bear Mountain Resort are the first to bring that name to Victoria. Originally introduced in 2003, the cornerstone of the Bear Mountain Resort community is the Jack and Steve Nicklaus co-designed Mountain Course, a 19-hole beauty that is the first ever collaboration of Jack and his son Steve. The Mountain Course is a masterpiece, offering challenging terrain and spectacular natural beauty. A par 72 playing at 7,212 yards, the course takes full advantage of its setting atop a 1,100-foot mountain, exhibiting dramatic elevation changes and awe-inspiring views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Mountain range and the city or Victoria.
The Bear Mountain Resort Valley Course – the second of two Nicklaus Design golf courses at Bear Mountain – opened for play on June 1st, 2009, positioning Bear Mountain Resort as the only 36-hole Nicklaus Design golf offering in Canada. The Valley Course’spar 71, 6,807 yard, 18-hole Nicklaus Design is at a lower elevation than the Mountain Course, but boasts the same spectacular west coast rock and water features for which Bear Mountain has become renowned. As Jack himself put it when discussing the Valley Course “I promise you thisis going to be something pretty special”.
The Nicklaus designed Valley and Mountain courses are cornerstone to Bear Mountain Resort’s premiere master-planned resort community. Bear Mountain Resort’s lush mountainside community defines resort living with a montage of residential and vacation real estate opportunities as well as The Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa. Medical and traditional aesthetics at the Santé Spa ranked one of the top ten medical spas in the world by SpaFinder, a dining mecca with eclectic and world-class restaurants, the state-of-the-art Mountainside Athletic Club, a Nicklaus Golf Academy (coming in 2010) and The Village round out the complete lifestyle experience, all within 25 minutes of the beautiful seaside harbour of Victoria, British Columbia.
The primary investor and CEO of Bear Mountain Resort, Len Barrie, is a former NHL player and is joined in partnership by a group of current and former NHL stars. Bear Mountain Resort is one of the largest resort developments in Western Canada covering 1,300 acres.
Mountain Course Statistics:
Yardage: 7212 Rating: 75.1
Par: 72 Slope: 152
Architect(s): Jack and Steve Nicklaus
Valley Course Statistics:
Yardage: 6807 Rating 72.9
Par: 71 Slope: 135
Architect: Nicklaus Design
Media Relations: Shannon Drew
Olympic View Golf Club
The Olympic View Golf Club boasts tranquility and nature, punctuated by two waterfalls, twelve lakes, mountain vistas, and playful deer and eagles. If some of the golf shots on this target venue quicken your pulse, the tranquility of the setting should help to calm and center you. The variety of golf holes constitute individual masterpieces that meld together to form a larger piece of golf art. Discover why Olympic View consistently rates among the top golf courses in North America and recently as the #20 Best Golf Experience in Canada and USA West, 2006. Located 15 minutes from downtown Victoria
Yardage: 6534 Rating: 71.9
Par: 72 Slope: 123
Course Architect: Bill Robinson
Media Relations: Randy Frank, General Manager
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club was voted the Best Destination Golf Course in British Columbia by readers of Golf Nerve Magazine in 2006. Set atop a plateau overlooking the Southern Gulf Islands, Arbutus Ridge boasts breathtaking views including Mt. Baker’s mighty snow-capped peak and offers a sublime golf challenge complete with an island green within its tranquil country setting. Etched in your memory upon completing your round will be three of the most demanding finishing holes on Vancouver Island, punctuated by the knee-rattling 214-yard par 3 island green on the 17th hole. The team at Arbutus Ridge is active with the Audubon Society and has formed a Greening Committee to preserve and protect the environment. Located in Cobble Hill, 40 minutes North of Victoria.
Yardage: 6168 Rating: 70
Par: 70/71 Slope: 123
Course Architect: Bill Robinson
Media Relations: Richard Ingle, General Manager
South Central Island: The Cowichan Valley Warmland
Cowichan Golf & Country Club
With views of Cowichan Bay and surrounding mountains, this course lures golfers with its sedate rural charm. Here, fairways range from open to tight as they flow through orchards and tall stands of trees. Cowichan is the local’s secret that outsiders are thrilled to find out about in Duncan.
Yardage: 6189 Rating: 69
Par: 72 Slope: 118
Course Architect: A.V. Macan / Ken Worthington
Media Relations: Norm Jackson, CPGA Professional
Central Valley: Oceanside
Fairwinds Golf Club
Voted as the 2013 best golf course on Vancouver Island in a recent poll conducted at bcliving.ca. Fairwinds is set in one of Canada’s last great, unspoiled places. Offering award-winning championship golf, breathtaking ocean vistas and a pristine natural setting. A serene ocean front resort and marina complement the Fairwinds experience to be awarded 1999 BCPGA Golf Facility of the Year. Located just 20 minutes from Nanaimo.
Yardage: 6151 Rating: 70.2
Par: 71 Slope: 126
Golf Digest Rating: 3 Stars (last rated in 2002)
Course Architect: Les Furber
Media Relations: Ryner Wilson, Golf Shop Manager
Pheasant Glen Golf Resort
Pheasant Glen Golf Resort is a par 72, 6,600 yard championship course in Qualicum Beach. The slogan, Nature’s Golf Course, perfectly suits this secluded enclave, devoted solely to great golf in a natural setting. Pheasant Glen is undisturbed by houses and highways and is delivered with customer service second to none. Pheasant Glen is also home to the renowned Brent Morrison Golf Academy.
Yardage: 6570 Rating: 72
Par: 72 Slope: 129
Course Architect: John Johnson
Media Relations: Gord Melissa, General Manager & Director of Golf
Eaglecrest Golf Club
Visit Eaglecrest Golf Club in Qualicum Beach, just 25 minutes north of Nanaimo, and experience one of Vancouver Island’s oldest golf courses and one of the area’s best-kept golf secrets. Explore the semi-private 18-hole, par 71 championship golf course featuring lush fairways and towering evergreen trees. Start your game with a few links-style holes, then enjoy the challenge of winding fairways as they meander through groves of firs and cedars, along with water and sand hazards. Open year-round, get your taste of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail on your next golf vacation here. Finish your day at the completely renovated 9,000 sq. ft. clubhouse with expansive views of the golf course and enjoy some of Qualicum Beach’s finest fare!
Yardage: 6417 Rating: 71
Par: 71 Slope: 128
Course Architect: Warren Radomsky
Media Relations: Cory Betz, Head Professional
North Central Island: Comox Valley & Campbell River
Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community
Crown Isle Golf Resort and Community is an 831 acre, master-planned golf course and resort community located in the heart of the beautiful Comox Valley. The platinum rated Graham Cooke designed championship golf course is superbly manicured alongside eleven lakes and boasts incredible views of the Beaufort mountains. Lining several fairways are the Villas at Crown Isle available for nightly accommodation and the nucleus of the Resort is a marquee 48,000 sq foot resort centre including several dining alternatives, the golf shop, a fitness centre, ample meeting space, cognac room and classic car museum. Located in Courtenay, with terrific air access from Comox.
Yardage: 7024 Rating: 73.5
Par: 72 Slope: 120
Golf Digest Rating: 4_ Stars
Course Architect: Graham Cooke
Media Relations: Rod Prieto, Director of Golf
Storey Creek Golf Club
It does not take long to discover why Storey Creek Golf Club is “A Course in Nature”. Eagles soar, deer wander, and the occasional black bear ambles across the course. Carved out of the surrounding forest, Les Furber placed each hole in its own grove of trees, eighteen separate beacons of tranquility. Storey Creek has been voted one of ScoreGolf Magazine’s top 100 courses in Canada and has been awarded a prestigious 4 1/2 star ranking from Golf Digest. Located just south of the seaside town of Campbell River.
Yardage: 6699 Rating: 72.5
Par: 72 Slope: 133
Golf Digest Rating: 4 stars
Course Architect: Les Furber
Media Relations: Steven MacPherson, Head Professional
Campbell River Golf & Country Club
British Columbia’s first new course since 2011, Campbell River Golf & Country Club (actually a complete redesign by Graham Cooke & Associates of Northern Golf Design) offers something for every level of golfer that’s inclusive, fun and positive. It includes fast greens, new water features and a state-of-the-art driving range (The Velocity Lounge) featuring Top Tracer Technology. This course has been the talk of the town since it opened its doors in the Summer of 2018.
Yardage: 6051 Rating: TBC
Par: 70 Slope: TBC
Golf Digest Rating: TBC
Course Architect: Graham Cooke & Associates & Corey Black
Media Relations: Scott Ballhorn, Marketing Coordinator
Quadra Island Golf Club
Overlooking the Sutil Channel and coastal mountains, this professionally designed, the nine-hole public course provides 3,219 yards in a striking natural landscape that is pure enjoyment for both seasoned and beginner golfers. With a quick and easily-accessible ferry ride from downtown Campbell River and free shuttle service between the ferry to the course, Quadra Island Golf Club is a favorite course for locals and visiting golfers alike.
Yardage: 3219 Rating: 72.2
Par: 36 Slope: 134
Course Architect: Ted Locke
Media Relations: Jason Tchir, General Manager