Tales From The Trail

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:


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.


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
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


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.