Tales From The Trail

Spring Golf Photo Tour19-03-18

Spring golf is in full swing on Vancouver Island. And we have proof! Below you’ll find photos collected this past week, March 11-18th, 2018 from golf courses along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.  Yes – they are that green!!

Crown Isle Golf

You can’t beat the view at Crown Isle Golf Resort. The golf course looks pretty darn good too!

Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

Can you say postcard? This glorious scene can be found at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club.

 

 

Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

Another scene from Arbutus Ridge, with nothing but blue sky.

 

Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

The final photo from Arbutus Ridge, with a green that’s just waiting for your putt.

Olympic View Golf

Check out the stripes at Olympic View Golf Club in Victoria!

 

Olympic View Golf

Olympic View Golf Club, all you need is your driver to get started.

Bear Mountain Golf

The early bird gets the worm (or the tee time) over at Bear Mountain. Thanks to Matt Mamone for the gorgeous photo. 

Quadra Island Golf Club

Finishing off at Quadra Island Golf Club, the mountains may be covered in snow but the course is looking fantastic.

Quadra Island Golf Club

Also at Quadra Island Golf Club, long green fairways await you and your foursome.

 

You can experience amazing green spring golfing too, all you need to do is book! Check out the Spring Golf Deals available to save on your next Vancouver Golf Trail visit.

Planning a 6 Day Golf Vacation – Island Style18-03-18

6 Day Stay, Play & Apres Vancouver Island Golf Trail ItineraryHate to rush when it comes to a golf vacation?  Does a weekend golf getaway to Vancouver Island never feel like enough?  Then we invite you to play the the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, to delve deep with a 6-day golf vacation that lets you really explore the Island.  Discover the benefits of “playing on island time” – that magical realm where you can rest, relax, see the sights, and rejuvenate.

Full of features, suggestions, and insider tips, this golf vacation itinerary will help you plan a memorable week-long golf holiday including much of the splendor of The Vancouver Island Golf Trail.

Day One: Comox & Crown Isle

Fly into Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), with direct flight options available from Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton and their connection networks. Grab your bags and rental car; Crown Isle Golf Resort is just 15 minutes away. After you check into your luxury villa (with fairway and mountain views and optional hot tubs), grab your clubs and go tee it up at this Graham Cooke designed gem!  What a great way to start your golf vacation, and it’s just getting started.  (Close enough to drive to Crown Isle? No problem, jump on the Horseshoe-Bay to Departure Bay Ferry, and drive an hour North, or join us from your Island home).

 

Day Two: Spirits & Storey Creek

Wake up refreshed and be ready for another fabulous day on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. Drive 30 minutes north on Highway 19A (a beautiful oceanside drive, so take your time) you’ll reach Storey Creek Golf Club in Campbell River – one of the Island’s best kept secrets and Les Furber’s best! Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, including bald eagles and deer that frequent the course.

After your round of golf – we recommend retracing your steps along Highway 19A and stopping in at the Shelter Point Distillery, a small-batch, artisanal distillery that uses locally-sourced ingredients and their very own spring water. Once you’ve sampled their wares, you and your designated driver can head back to Crown Isle for a relaxing evening.

Day Three: Seafood, Spa, & Tigh-na-maratigh na mara

On your third day of this week-long golf vacation, you’ll be heading an hour south to the oceanside area of Parksville and Qualicum Beach. We highly recommend a stop at Fanny Bay Oysters en route, as they offer scrumptious fresh oysters, straight from the ocean to your cooler. You can thank us later.

Next up is Pheasant Glen Golf Resort, another of our Island’s best kept secrets offering an incredible golf experience impressive views of Mount Arrowsmith. When you’ve wrapped up your round, be sure to order their Halibut Fish & Chips as they are quite simply to die for, and best paired with an Island ale!  Golf crave, thirst and hunger quenched, head south to the luxurious Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and check in to your choice of oceanside room or spa villa.   When oceanside, we say, stay oceanside in Tigh-na-Mara’s newly renovated rooms!  By now, you might be feeling the effects of three straight days of golf, so we recommend the ultimate relaxation with a visit to the Grotto Spa Mineral Pool, or booking a massage at this #1 Spa in Western Canada to help relax sore muscles.

Day Four: Beaches, Markets, & Fairwinds

Can you believe the week is already half over? Luckily, today’s itinerary can help you recoup. Don’t forget you’re “playing on island time” – so take your time! Grab a coffee and head out for a walk on Parksville’s world-famous beach. Enjoy the feel of sand between your toes as you take in the sights. Feel free to bring your suit – the water’s warm, and a quick dip is a perfect way to prepare for a fun day ahead.

Next up is the funky Coombs Old Country Market. The sod roof features goats (yes, goats on the roof), while inside you’ll find fresh baked goods, a selection of wares from around the world, delicatessen, restaurant, and delicious ice cream. After stocking up on snacks and memories, you’re off to golf at Fairwinds Golf Club in the afternoon. Make sure to take the time to enjoy the expansive views of the Strait of Georgia and coastal mountains. Head back to Tigh-Na-Mara for dinner and a nightcap, what a great day!

Day Five: Revs & RefreshmentVancouver Island Motorsport Circuit

Your fifth day of travel will take you south to the British Columbia capital of Victoria. At about the halfway point you’ll reach your first stop: either Cowichan Golf Club or Arbutus Ridge Golf Club. After an invigorating morning of golf, replenish and refresh by visiting a local winery, such as Cherry Point Winery or The Merridale Cidery & Distillery. You’re right in the middle of Vancouver Island’s wine country, so why not enjoy the fruits of their labour?

If imbibing is not your cup of tea, then a second option is visiting Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. Satisfy your need for speed with a Circuit Experience or hop in the driver’s seat with a full day Taste of the Circuit. When you’re done, head take your pick of one of Victoria’s famous inner harbour hotels, or stay at The Westin Bear Mountain Resort for quick access to your next day’s activities.

Day Six: Whales & Ales

It’s golfer’s choice today, so choose wisely! Select from four amazing courses:  Bear Mountain’s Mountain or Valley Course, Olympic View Golf Club, or Highland Pacific Golf Course. For the die hard golfers, today is the day to turn 36 if you’re so inclined to add that to your brag list, or stay true to playing on island time, and… in the afternoon, consider exploring the Victoria Ale Trail, featuring breweries, pubs, and tours. Alternatively, you can head out on an excursion with the Prince of Whales whale-watching tours or try for today’s catch with Adams Fishing. Hungry yet? Luckily, Victoria offers more restaurants per capita than any other city in Canada.

Return to your accommodations having savoured much of Vancouver Island golf trail. Get a good night’s rest since it’s time to go home!

Day Seven: Plan for Next Time

It’s now time to head home, and say goodbye (for now) to “playing on island time” – where you take it slow and stop to see the sights. Of course, there are many more things to see and do (and courses to play), so make a list now of what you’re going to do next time!

If you would like to plan your own Vancouver Island Golf Trail Adventure, view some of the sample packages or call our Golf Travel Experts at 1-888-465-3239. Our Vancouver Island golf trail experts are ready, willing and able to give you a hand as well, either by phone, email or chat, and look forward to teeing up your island time!

The Perfect 48-Hour Golf Trip15-01-18

The Perfect 48-Hour Golf Trip
If you’re anything like us, you’re always thinking about your next golf vacation. After all, golf isn’t just a sport: it’s a way of life. The Vancouver Island Golf Trail knows that, and knows just how to make the most of it. Not only does the Trail boast year-round golfing, but it also has the Island lifestyle to match. Think vibrant cities, myriad year-round activities and incredible getaway deals… So while, for many, golf is the primary reason for visiting Vancouver Island (and who are we to argue?), there’s so much more to do here. Enter the “Perfect 48-Hour Golf Trip” in Victoria: everything you need to know, as well as our golf travel experts’ top tips, to plan a perfect 48-hour golf vacation. 

Victoria Is Calling All Golfers

Victoria has repeatedly been named in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s Top 10 Cities in the World, as well as last year’s No. 2 small city in the world… Visit just once and you’ll understand exactly why. This vibrant city is teeming with activities, adventure, fantastic dining, nightlife, romance and, of course, unforgettable golf. Read on for how to make the most of 48 hours in this ‘has it all’ city.

Getting There & Around

Step 1: start your 48-hour luxury trip by flying into Victoria International Airport (YYJ) on one of the many flights onto the Island, then pick up a ride with L.A. Limousines. Our golf travel experts work closely with their transportation coordinators to assist in meeting the needs of both small and large groups, from the planning stages to on-site arrival and departure coordination. Prefer to be in the driver’s seat? We also work with Vancouver Island’s leading car rental service, National Car & Truck Rental. Now it’s time to hit the road – or Trail, as the case may be.

Stay & Play

Now the real fun begins. Step 2: choose from one of 10 Victoria short-stay golf packages for your 48-hour stay-and-play golf fix! Spoiled for choice? Our staff pick is undoubtedly the 5-Star Victoria Luxury Insanity Golf Special. Experience luxurious accommodations in the heart of vibrant downtown Victoria, with seemingly endless restaurants, attractions and activities on your doorstep, and truly phenomenal courses you can play year-round just a short drive away. The Victoria Luxury Insanity Golf Special gets you:

Another fan favourite, and our most popular golf package on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, is the Victoria Golf Getaway, which offers:

  • Two nights at your choice of hotel in Victoria;
  • Three rounds of golf with cart, one at each the following courses: Arbutus Ridge, Highland Pacific, Olympic View;
  • Victoria VIP Card – exclusive discounts at some of our favorite pubs and restaurants;
  • Starting from $315pp.

Still undecided? Speak to our golf travel experts for a totally customized weekend getaway designed to meet all your wishes!

Things To Do

Ride: Tick. Accommodation: Tick. Golf: Tick. Step 3: après golf anyone? Victoria has plenty of it! From a do-it-yourself craft brewery tour, starting at Vancouver Island Brewery; to post-golf muscle rejuvenation at one of Victoria’s world-class spas; to world-class dining, shopping and more, there is something for everyone to do post-golf.

Looking for something a bit more action-packed? Drop the lines in the water and add some fins to your skins game with a morning or afternoon fishing trip guided by Adam’s Fishing Charters. Or go whale watching with one of the country’s top whale watching businesses, Prince of Whales.

Whatever 48-hour Victoria golf getaway package and après-golf activities you choose, one thing comes standard: an experience you’ll never forget.

PGA TOUR Champions To Visit Vancouver Island06-09-17

Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship September 11 – 17, 2017

Golf on Vancouver Island is about to get another big visibility boost as the PGA TOUR Champions arrive into Victoria for the 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship. With the first practice rounds less than a week away, the event is the talk of the town.

It is an impressive field of PGA TOUR Champions coming to Bear Mountain Golf Resort: 2016 Tournament Champion Colin Montgomerie, current Charles Schwab Cup leader, Bernhard Langer, the grip it & rip it style of John Daly, Sir Nick Faldo, last year’s final playoff contender Scott McCarron, plus many more including; Kenny Perry, Jesper Parnevik, Tom Kite, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara, Jerry Kelly, Rocco Mediate, Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Funk, Stephen Ames, and Paul Goydos to name but a few.

This incredible event will take place at Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, British Columbia the week of September 11-17, 2017.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.pacificlinks-bearmountain-championship.com through the BUY TICKETS tab. Fans can choose from the following ticket options:

WEEKLY PASS – ​WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY: $99 (INCLUDES FREE PARKING & OFFICIAL PROGRAM)
DAILY​ ​PASS​ ​– FRIDAY, SATURDAY OR SUNDAY: $40
PRO-AM​ ​DAILY​ ​PASS​ ​– WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY: $25
CHAMPIONS​ ​CLUBHOUSE​ ​VIP​ ​PASS​ ​– FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: $200

Golf Vancouver Island’s partner National Car & Truck Rental is one of the partners for the event and will be offering a special 10% discount for vehicle rentals. Visit: drivenational.ca/plc

 

Activities & Events Happening All Week Long

2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Junior Clinic for Kids

Saturday, September 16 11am – 5pm
Location: The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort – Driving Range
To Register: Brian Newton (416) 805-3747 or bnewton@sportboxgroup.com

To purchase adult tickets to the event in order to accompany a junior, please visit:
www.selectyourtickets.com/promo and enter the PROMO CODE: JUNIORGOLF​ for a 15% discount.

 

2017 Pacific Links Championship Executive Women’s Day Initiative

Saturday, September 16 at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa.

Organized at PGA TOUR Champions tournaments in communities across North America, the Executive Women’s Day is a forum that brings together hundreds of local business and community leaders and innovators for a day of insightful and entertaining panels, networking, idea sharing, personal growth and business development.
www.pacificlinks-bearmountain-championship.com/ewd/

 

Official Pro-Am’s

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.

Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Tickets

 

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
  • Executive Women’s Day

Sunday, Sept 17th

  • Championship Round 3
  • Trophy Presentation
  • Volunteer Appreciation Party

 

For more information on the Pacific Links
Championship or PGA TOUR Champions, please visit www.PGATOUR.com/Champions
Website: PacificLinksChampionship.com
Twitter: @PacificLinksVIC
Instagram:@pacificlinksvic
Facebook: fb.com/pacificlinkschampionship

 

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 plentiful. 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. Days and days 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 the Victoria Ale Trail, 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 the 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 take the water taxi for an afternoon of enjoyment on an Island off an Island. For après golf of a rather diffferent kind, explore the waters around Victoria in a kayak – rentals are plentiful from the Inner Harbour. 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 lush parks of Goldstream near Victoria, or the majestic Old Growth stand of Cathedral Grove located between Parksville and Port Alberni, 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