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Golf Vancouver Island’s Toughest Holes – Vote & Win!20-06-19

Golf Vancouver Island's Toughest Holes

If you’re the type of golfer who likes a challenge, then the 13 toughest holes on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail will be right in your wheelhouse. Vote for your toughest of the toughest for a chance to win a foursome of golf at your chosen course! Contest closes August 30th.

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Play Vancouver Island’s Toughest Golf Holes

Golf is primarily a challenge with yourself. Can you make par? Can you beat your previous score? Can you get past that one hole without throwing your club into the trees? If you’re the type of golfer who really enjoys a challenge, then you might seek out those courses or holes that test your endurance (and your sanity), in which case you’ll be interested in this list of the toughest holes (determined by their respective #1 handicap ratings on their scorecards) on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.

And now, onto the holes that can make you laugh one round and cry the next…

Arbutus Ridge #7Fairwinds #4
Bear Mountain – Mountain Course #6Highland Pacific #14
Bear Mountain – Valley Course #9Olympic View #8
Campbell River #17Pheasant Glen #16
Cowichan #7Quadra Island #3
Crown Isle #14Storey Creek #12
Eaglecrest #14 

Arbutus Ridge Golf Course

Hole 7: 547 yards, par 5

Golf Vancouver Island's Toughest Holes

Trouble right. Trouble left. Just keep each of your three full shots in the middle of the fairway on Arbutus Ridge’s Hole #7 and you’ll have little difficulty. From 140 yards to the green it’s downhill.  Mind the wind as it will affect your approach shot.


Bear Mountain Resort – Mountain Course

Hole 6: 432 yards, par 4

The sixth hole on the Mountain Course features a fairway elevated from the tee area. Once you’ve safely stayed centre or right and carried the fescue with your tee shot to the top of the fairway, you’ll have a good second shot to the green, as the sand traps are slightly away from this green.


Bear Mountain Resort – Valley Course

Hole 9: 442 yards, par 4

Hole #9 on the Valley Course takes a slow turn right from the tee, with heavy bunkering on the right side of the fairway challenging the tee shot. The left side of the fairway hugs up against the exposed rock face. With a large bunker front, the average golfer will either try and run the approach in from the left side or need to hit a high, towering approach shot to find the green.


Campbell River Golf & Country Club

Hole 17: 613 yards, par 5

BC Golf Courses toughest holes Vancouver Island

Hole #17 at Campbell River G&CC is a double dog-leg par 5 demanding focus. After the tee shot, you will have to thread the needle into a narrow landing area before hitting a long approach of the hazard to this well surrounded multi-tiered green. Short of the green on your approach is better than landing in any of the three bunkers around it.


Cowichan Golf Course

Hole 7: 433 yards, par 4

British Columbia Golf Toughest Holes Vancouver Island Golf Trail

The ideal drive is to the right side of the 7th fairway at Cowichan so your approach is not obstructed by trees, but bogey is not considered a bad score here so take heart if you don’t make par.


Crown Isle Golf Resort

Hole 14: 438 yards, par 4


Hole #14 is Crown Isle’s longest par 4 at 438 yards, a drive down the right side will help to shorten it a bit. The green can be pretty tricky if you don’t manage to land on the correct tier, so pay careful attention to your approach.


Eaglecrest Golf Club

Hole 14: 533 yards, par 5

Golf Vancouver Island's Toughest Holes

A bit of an anomaly here as the 14th is Eaglecrest’s 2 handicap hole, but the golfing public agrees that it is indeed the toughest on the course. Water runs down both sides and at the end of the fairway off the tee, play smart and lay up with your second shot to the 100 yard marker.


Fairwinds Golf Course

Hole 4: 418 yards, par 4


Hole #4 at Fairwinds is one of their longer par 4s with a slight dogleg to the right, a pond in front of the tee, and a fairly demanding tee shot. The raised green is fronted with a creek plus bunkers on the right side and back left.


Highland Pacific Golf Course

Hole 14: 378 yards, par 4/5


Hit your tee shot on HIghland Pacific’s Hole #14 200 yards from the white tees to the widest part of the fairway. If you decide to use a driver, keep it left or your ball will end up wet or on an awkward lie. The approach will test your nerves, but there is a bailout area short and left of the green.


Olympic View Golf Course

Hole 8: 420 yards, par 4

Golf Vancouver Island's Toughest Holes

A well-placed drive along the left side of Olympic View’s 8th fairway is the best shot here. If all goes according to plan, you’ll be about 170 yards from the green, leaving you with a longish iron or wood shot to the triple-tiered green surrounded by water and sand.


Pheasant Glen Golf Course

Hole 16: 536 yards, par 5


Accuracy and patience is required for this narrow-fairway course. Hitting the fairway off the 16th tee at Pheasant Glen is very important in order to play a second shot into short iron or wedge distance to attack this challenging green. The green is guarded with a bunker on the right, a bunker left and water left and long.


Quadra Island Golf Course

Hole 3: 487 yards, par 5

Quadra Island Hole 3

The tees for this uphill par 5 third hole at Quadra Island are set among Sitka Spruce, with varying widths of the fairway making it necessary to chose your landing areas carefully. Be precise with your approach to this two-tiered green as anything short will roll back down the steep slope.


Storey Creek Golf Club

Hole 12: 568 yards, par 5

Hole #12 at Storey Creek is a dogleg right par five with a water hazard lining the entire right side of the hole. The tee shot takes the driver right out of your hands as you have to play to a landing zone. A perfect tee shot will leave you 185 yards to the 100-yard marker which will clear you of the water hazard. The green is two-tiered and placing yourself on the proper level is a must if you want a two-putt.

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Top 5 Things To Do On A Vancouver Island Golf Vacation – Besides Golf15-05-19

Top 5 Things to Do Vancouver Island

While golf may certainly be the focus of your trip to Vancouver Island, there’s so much more to see and do while visiting! Along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, you’ll find everything from bustling cities to quaint seaside villages, and a host of activities to explore:

Top 5 Things to Do Vancouver Island Wildlife

1. Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife is plentiful on Vancouver Island, so you’ll want to plan some time for a tour. Head out on a whale watching eco-adventure with Prince of Whales to explore the BC coastline from Victoria, while visitors further north can embark on a bear viewing, whale watching, or wildlife adventure in Campbell River with April Point Resort.

If you prefer to catch rather than watch, then a fishing charter is a popular Vancouver Island activity, with charters leaving destinations on the northern end of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. Make sure to plan plenty of time for each of these adventures as they can take several hours each or browse a complete Fins and Skins Package.

Top 5 Things to Do Vancouver Island Craft Beer

2. Explore Craft Culture

Find plenty of farm-to-table and craft food and beverages all across fertile Vancouver Island. Craft beer and cider lovers are encouraged to explore the Vancouver Island Ale Trail, extending from Victoria 227km through Comox Valley, while wine connoisseurs and foodies alike can find their fix on the Cowichan Valley Flavour Trail. If you’re in the Qualicum Beach area, stop at the brand new Love Shack Libations for a local nano brew on Wednesdays and Saturdays – it’s worth it!

One of the most unique craft concoctions you’ll find on the Vancouver Island golf courses is our very own Vancouver Island Golf Trail Ale. A unique partnership between Vancouver Island Brewing and Golf Vancouver Island, this craft ale is only available at member courses on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. It’s something you just have to taste and be sure to tag your images with #GolfVancouverIsland.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Top 5 Things to Do Vancouver Island Victoria BC

3. Visit Victoria, BC

Victoria is a vibrant, bustling city right on the ocean, full of exceptional après-golf activities and perfectly placed for a BC golf vacation. One of the most popular Victoria, BC attractions is Butchart Gardens, where 100 years of meticulous cultivation has resulted in a 55-acre oasis that will put your green thumb to shame (but is well worth visiting!). Afterwards, spend a delightful afternoon exploring the bustling Victoria Harbour where you find boats and floatplanes, water taxis, artists and performers, plus plenty seaside dining and historical buildings on view nearby. Or, try two of Victoria’s top activities together with a whale watching and garden tour!

Nearby Government Street and area is also a terrific place to find pubs, restaurants, and live music, including Irish Times Pub – voted Best Irish Pub in North America with live music every night, Bard & Bunker Public House – offering local beer and craft cocktails, and 10 Acres – a group of three restaurants where ingredients are provided by their 10-acre farm for fresh, wholesome, farm-to-table fare and everyone’s favourite, The Keg Steakhouse is on hand to satisfy even the choosiest palates. All in all, Victoria is the place to go if you want to hit the trifecta of a perfect golf trip – incredible golf courses, après-golf adventures, and amazing food and beverage options.

Top 5 Things to Do Vancouver Island Beaches and Trails

4. Go Natural

The hustle and bustle of the city may tempt some, but for others towering trees, untainted sea air and endless views may be what caps off the perfect Vancouver Island golf vacation. MacMillan Provincial Park, just outside of Qualicum Beach, is home to Cathedral Grove, an ancient old-growth forest nurturing 800-year-old cedar trees and is a perfect place to reconnect with nature.

If sand and sun is more your style, you’ll find plenty of options along the Vancouver Island shoreline, including arguably Vancouver Island’s most beautiful location, Rathtrevor Beach. With over 2km of sandy beach along the shoreline, as well as seemingly endless exploration out to meet the ocean during low tide, you won’t feel crowded here even on the busiest of summer afternoons and can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Top 5 Things to Do Vancouver Island Spas

Just Relax!

Those in need of a little more rest and relaxation need look no further as Vancouver Island Spas are some of the world’s best:

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort (located along Rathtrevor Beach mentioned above), offers a terrific place to stay to help your cares melt away. Schedule a session at the Grotto Spa – the #1 Spa in Canada. Home to 20,000 square feet of pure relaxation, soak in the mineral pool, indulge with a massage, or sip a soothing cup of tea by the fire and feel your soul recharge.

Enjoy an immersive natural experience at the Spa at April Point on Quadra Island, just a short ferry ride from Campbell River, where your seaside treatment melds ancient wisdom with organic and naturally-derived botanicals to enhance rejuvenation and restoration.

The award-winning Sante Spa Victoria at Bear Mountain Resort offers specific treatments for golfers to help soothe sore muscles, and you’ll also find an all-around exceptional resort complete with restaurants, trails, activities and two of Canada’s top golf courses.

Whether wildlife, nightlife, relaxation or all of the above, a Vancouver Island golf trip offers plenty of opportunities for enjoyment. Explore Vancouver Island Golf Packages and start planning!

Craft Golf Experiences on Vancouver Island23-04-19

Craft Golf Experiences on Vancouver Island Craft Golf Experiences on Vancouver Island

Get ready for the best two sounds a golfer can experience during their round:

The Vancouver Island Golf Trail – a collection of 13 courses along 250 km of Canada’s west coast offering some of the most scenic and enjoyable golf in British Columbia, the perfect destination for a golf vacation, but also a craft beer-lover’s dream and now home to the exclusive Vancouver Island Golf Trail Ale. Find your perfect pairing of ale and trail and come play on “island time” with some suggestions…

Introducing the Best of Both Worlds

Love golf and beer, and are on the lookout for more opportunities to enjoy both at the same time? Then you’re in luck as Golf Vancouver Island and Vancouver Island Brewing have teamed up to create a uniquely branded Golf Trail Ale, only available at participating courses along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. Satiate your love of all things golf and access a unique brew right as you tour the Vancouver Island segments of the BC Ale Trail!

About the beer:

It’s earthy and crisp with a dry finish and oh-so-refreshing, truly golf beer perfection and an ideal complement to your round of golf on Vancouver Island!

Victorial Ale Trail Golf Vancouver IslandWhile You’re Here…Stroll the Beer Mile

Explore the rest of Vancouver Island’s Ale Trail and combine exceptional craft beer with some of the top golf in British Columbia! Begin south island on the Victoria Ale Trail and be sure to visit the Vancouver Island Golf Trail Ale at its birthplace, Vancouver Island Brewing. What began as a small operation as Island Pacific Brewing in 1984 now lives right on Government Street, offering up dozens of champion beers culminating in one very special brew. Although the Vancouver Island Golf Trail Ale is only available on Vancouver Island Golf Trail courses, the brewery itself offers a host of terrific variety of flavours and styles to sample or take home with you.

While in Victoria, “cradle of the craft beer revolution” and home to Canada’s first brewpub, Victoria Brewing in 1858, pace yourself and visit numerous Ale Trail stalwarts. These include Phillips Brewing & Malting, Hoyne Brewing and Driftwood Brewery, as well as some of the amazing pubs and tasting houses that showcase local craft beers like The Drake Eatery and Swans Brewery, Pub & Hotel – all within walking (or stumbling) distance of one another and if you’re staying in town, likely your hotel.

 

Courses to Play:

Canoe Brewpub Victoria Ale Trail

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Hit Mid-Island for More Golf & Beer Opportunities

While in Parksville and golfing at the many area golf courses, wander down the road from your stunning accommodations at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort to the Black Goose Inn, a unique 1920’s public house steeped in British character, offering a wide selection of local craft brews. The local craft brewery to put on your must-visit list during your stay is the Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Co., located just off the beach and voted “Brewery of the Year” in the 2017 BC Beer Awards.

 

Courses to Play:

Continue North for Hidden Gems

Further along the Vancouver Island Golf & Ale Trail in Comox and Campbell River, you’ll have a chance to relax on the patio and sample a perfect pint while gazing out at the golf course at Crown Isle, or head to Cumberland Brewing Company in nearby Cumberland. In search of the new and hereto undiscovered? Try the newly opened Beach Fire Brewing in Campbell River and relax after a round at Campbell River Golf & CC.

 

Additional Courses to Play:

Vancouver Island Golf Ale

Enjoy a Round Greenside

The clubhouses on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail are also a terrific place to head to after a game and explore local craft beer (including a Vancouver Island Golf Trail Ale), grab some food, and recount your round.

Explore Vancouver Island Golf Trail packages and discover what we think is the best part of the BC Ale Trail on your next golf trip!

Best BC Golf Courses on Vancouver Island20-03-19

Best BC Golf Courses on Vancouver Island

Is 2019 your year to hit some of the best golf courses in British Columbia? If so, then we highly recommend you consider one of these bucket-list worthy BC golf trips, where you will play golf, stay in world-class accommodations, and experience some of Vancouver Island’s top attractions. Discover these four trips that will allow you to enjoy some of the best BC golf courses on Vancouver Island…

BC's Best Golf Courses on Vancouver IslandVictoria’s Bear & Whales

Turn any golf trip to visit BC’s best golf courses on Vancouver Island into a truly memorable experience with just a few key ingredients:

  • Start with Canada’s only 36-hole Nicklaus Design property
  • Add additional rounds of golf, as desired
  • Complete with an unforgettable whale watching & wildlife tour

Canada’s only 36-hole Nicklaus Design property, The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria, includes the rugged and scenic Jack & Steve Nicklaus Mountain Course and the tranquil yet equally challenging Valley Course. Find out why this golf resort consistently ranks highly on BC golf course rankings and across the country, including SCOREGolf’s Top 100 Courses in Canada. Create a custom package to visit other top public golf courses in Victoria BC, such as Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, Highland Pacific Golf Club, & Olympic View Golf Club.

Once you’re all golfed out, as if that could happen, head out on a sunset tour with Prince of Whales Whale Watching, where you’ll have an opportunity to spot resident and transient orca (killer whale) pods, as well as gray, humpback, and minke whales. On your journey, you’ll likely spot sea lions, seals, porpoises and many types of marine birds. Bring a camera and get ready to discover the rugged beauty of Vancouver Island’s coastal waters.

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BC's Best Golf Courses on Vancouver Island

Get Some “Fins” with your “Skins”

Picture waking up early to be the first out on some of the most prolific fishing grounds in the world and the thrill of wrestling and landing a big salmon while your mates cheer you on. In the afternoon, head to one of the local golf courses and enjoy a few hours of peaceful play at multi award-winning Storey Creek Golf Club or quaint and quiet Quadra Island Golf Club. Want a place to tell your “fish stories” with friends? Check out Campbell River Golf & Country Club’s Velocity Lounge and Driving Range and boast away while experiencing Western Canada’s only driving range with Toptracer technology.

Once you’re in the swing of things, you won’t want to stop, so it’s a good thing you can head to another terrific golf course the next morning, or customize your package to include extra rounds if desired.

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BC's Best Golf Courses on Vancouver Island

Experience the “Suite Life” on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail

Imagine six amazing golf courses on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, in three distinct regions, plus luxury oceanfront and fairway-side suite accommodations for your stay on a six-day long golf adventure. Take in golf on top of a mountain, enjoy a course set in nature, visit a track carved from the wilderness and overall have an incredible experience at some of BC’s top golf courses on Vancouver Island, plus all the apres golf activities you can handle.

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Your Way: Access the Vancouver Island Golf Trail

Fly into & out of regional airports in Comox Valley, Nanaimo & Victoria
View sample itineraries for Campbell River, Parksville & Qualicum Beach, Victoria

BC's Best Golf Courses on Vancouver IslandTwo Week Golf Trail for Ultimate Bragging Rights

Grab a bucket-list worthy BC golf vacation with a two-week Vancouver Island golf vacation, where you get to experience the full Vancouver Island Golf Trail. Fourteen nights, thirteen rounds on some of the best BC golf courses on Vancouver Island from north to south (or vice-versa), and a great story to tell when it’s all said and done. Feel free to add in local experiences on your journey, including fishing, whale and wildlife tours, swimming with the salmon, touring the Vancouver Island Ale Trail, and more.

Golf Vancouver Island will take of booking your rounds and rooms, so pick a date and make your visit to these incredible BC golf courses on Vancouver Island a reality!

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Don’t Just Take Our Word for it…

Bonnie Stoeppelman – Google
5 stars
If I could give them 8 stars, I would…I could not have planned it any better if I was doing it myself and the trip was one of the best we have taken. It was very easy and completely planned for us!… The places we stayed were all fantastic and the rooms excellent. We seemed to get the best rooms in the lodges and their choices were fantastic… The fish gods were with us and we both caught beautiful Chinook’s from a small Whaler with Bald Eagles flying off our balcony. The other places were equally as nice and the golf is as good as it gets… We have been wanting to go on this for a while so anybody reading this, just roll the dice and do it!

Weekend Golf Vacations on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail12-02-19

Weekend Golf Vacations Vancouver Island

There’s a saying when you’re golfing on Vancouver Island – Play on Island Time. That means kicking back and take your time, but what if you want to pack in some incredible rounds of golf on some of the finest golf courses on Vancouver Island AND try some of the other must do Vancouver Island experiences? With this guide, explore the myriad of options when it comes to golf courses to play, activities to do, and food and drink to savour during a weekend golf trip on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.


Courtenay & Campbell River

Vancouver Island Golf Weekend Crown Isle

Of course, you’ll be playing a few rounds, and you can choose from Crown Isle Golf Resort, Storey Creek, Campbell River Golf & Country Club or Quadra Island Golf Club, but what about when you’re finished your round and you want to explore?

Velocity Lounge TopTracer Golf Vancouver Island

While you’re in that golfing frame of mind, after your round at Campbell River Golf & Country Club, stay into the evening at the Velocity Lounge for an amazing golf entertainment experience with TopTracer Technology – the only one like it in Western Canada.

Elk Falls Provincial Park
Hike across the suspension bridge, explore the trails on foot or by bike, or try some of the finest year-round salmon fishing in Canada at Elk Falls.

Cumberland Brewing Craft Beer Vancouver Island BC

Explore the BC Ale Trail’s Cumberland Brewing Co, the only place to find and enjoy their draught beer, along with excellent pizza.

 

Snorkle with the Salmon

Snorkel with the Salmon in the Campbell River as they make their journey home to spawn in an experience that exists nowhere else on earth.

“…my adrenaline is racing. I’m “flying like Superman” — the river guide Jamie Turko’s words, not mine – while floating down the Campbell River. I’m speeding through the river’s swift current like a human torpedo. What a rush.” – Jason Deegan, Golf Advisor

Golf Package Ideas & Resources

Find more things to do in Courtenay & Campbell River or check out a Parksville Courtenay Golf Getaway or Courtney & Campbell River Golf Weekend.


Parksville & Qualicum Beach

Explore the delightful communities of Parksville & Qualicum Beach during your weekend golf vacation. Once you’ve finished playing Fairwinds Golf Club, Pheasant Glen Golf Resort, and Eaglecrest Golf Club you’ll find endless sandy beaches, plenty of trails to explore, and amenities and charm that only small towns can provide.

Tigh-na-mara Seaside Spa Resort

Spend time at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, offering an expansive sandy beach, old-growth forested trails, and plenty of scenic spots for photos.

Tigh-Na-Mara Grotto Spa Vancouver Island

Stay and play at Canada’s Top Resort Spa, Tigh-Na-Mara, on the shores of Parkville. The resort offers 22 acres of tranquil forest, 2 award-winning restaurants, and endless sandy beaches for a tranquil seaside stay.

Coombs Old Country Market Vancouver Island

Visit the renowned, unique Coombs Old Country Market for some small-town charm, fresh and local baked goods, plus goats on the roof!

Mini Golf Vancouver Island

Settle on course rivalries with an off-course mini-golf tournament. There are a few amazing mini-golf courses in Parksville that will really help you settle those putting challenges, once and for all.

Parkville Beach Sandcastles Vancouver Island

Create your masterpiece of a sandcastle on one of Parksville’s white sand beaches, walk along the sand during low tide, or view the work of Master Sand Sculptors during the annual competition & exhibition from mid-July to mid-August.

Golf Package Ideas & Resources

Discover more things to see and do in Parksville & Qualicum Beach or check out a Parksville Beach Golf Special or Parksville Golf Getaway.


Victoria

The bustling city of Victoria offers copious opportunities to explore, taste, and experience, as well as playing some pretty terrific golf courses. While you’re here check out Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, Bear Mountain Resorts Mountain Course and Valley Course, Highland Pacific Golf and Olympic View Golf Club. Even if you’re just visiting Victoria over the weekend, plan to take in a tour or stop in for some excellent food & drink.

Vancouver Island Brewing

Kick off your visit with a tour of the Victoria Ale Trail, starting at Vancouver Island Brewing. Visit their recently-renovated space and sample some of the carefully crafted types on tap, then continue your journey along the Ale Trail.

Prince of Whales Whale Watching Vancouver Island

Embark on a “whale” of an adventure with Prince of Whales Tours for a memorable wildlife viewing experience. Grab a chance to view Orcas, Humpbacks and Grey Whales, plus other marine mammals including Porpoises and Sea Lions.

LA Limousine Luxury Winery Tour Vancouver Island Take in a winery tour in style with LA Limousines, offering luxury trips to the Saanich Peninsula to visit local wineries, enjoy lunch, and take in the views.

Victoria Golf Packages

Stay and play in Victoria, BC, with a Golf Wine Weekend or Luxury Golf Weekend Package!


Forget the Weekend, Stay for a Week

There are plenty of golf packages to suit any length of visit to British Columbia golf courses on Vancouver Island, so if you can, stay longer and keep exploring!

Golfers Rate Golf Vancouver Island 4.5 Out of 5 Stars!17-01-19

Golf Vancouver Island ranked by golfersSurvey Reveals…Golfers Love Booking Golf Vacations with Us!

Why should you book your next golf vacation through Golf Vancouver Island? It’s simple, golfers love our convenient golf package booking services! Every year we survey our past guests and the results show that time and time again, golf travellers receive excellent service and have a terrific time golfing the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. In our annual Trip Experience Survey, respondents rated our services an average of 4.5 stars. But don’t just take our word for it, read below to see just how golfers feel about booking their golf experience through us:

We had a great trip. The accommodations and golf courses picked for us have lasting memories.

I enjoyed the experience and would definitely use it again. Courteous service and really easy to get help.

We had a great time the golf courses were super and accommodations were perfect. We would and have highly recommended it to friends.

The golf courses that participated were all enthusiastic participants that made us feel welcome; they appreciated our business. The accommodations complemented this with great facilities. Clearly, GVI and the properties they represent are effectively working in concert for the benefit of the customer.

What about group golf vacations, you ask? Be prepared for excellent service and a great time by all at staying at Vancouver Island Golf Resorts:

Once I made the decision to book through you it was a delight working with Herman to put the package together…at the end of our trip it was a unanimous 15-person decision that we would book again next year.

Your entire crew did a fantastic job! It was a seamless experience and everyone had an amazing time. I would recommend your company to anyone looking for amazing service!

All people on the trip were pleased and asked me when is the next one. Thank for a great golf trip  we will be in touch again soon

There you have it! Perhaps it’s time to find your perfect Golf Vancouver Island stay and play golf package at the best golf courses on Vancouver Island, or talk to our team of experts by calling 1-877-393-6991 to create your own personal custom golf itinerary.

Eaglecrest Golf Club Joins the Vancouver Island Golf Trail!

Eaglecrest Golf Club Vancouver Island Golf Trail

Golf Vancouver Island is pleased to welcome Eaglecrest Golf Club to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail!

As one of the oldest golf courses on Vancouver Island, Eaglecrest has a long and storied history, from its beginnings as a country lodge on 260 acres in the 1930s (complete with putting green), to a resort in 1960 and a 9-hole golf course in 1971. In 1990 it became the first 18-hole golf course in the area.

Today Eaglecrest Golf Club, perched within a tee shot of the shores of Qualicum Beach, provides golfers with a uniquely challenging course that winds through dense groves of firs and cedars, with a par-5 14th hole bordered by lakes and a pot bunker guarding the green. Better bring your “A” game on your next golf trip to ensure success!

As for the region, Parksville-Qualicum Beach is an ideal golf destination. Off the green, explore seemingly endless beaches, trails, spas, and incredible food, just to name a few. Relax and enjoy the region, where you can immerse yourself in nature or find ample entertainment, depending on your preference. Read more about relaxing while enjoying your golf vacation in Parksville-Qualicum Beach.

What are you waiting for? Enjoy Vancouver Island’s “best-kept secret” in beautiful Qualicum Beach. Discover Eaglecrest Golf Club & book your golf vacation today to explore the top Vancouver Island golf courses.

Sip, Savour & See – 3 Experiences To Discover on a Cowichan Golf Vacation07-09-18

Cowichan golf vacation

Cowichan golf vacation

Located north of Victoria on Vancouver Island, Cowichan offers an attractive temperate climate and is considered Canada’s only Maritime Mediterranean climate zone for mild year-round temperatures. The word Cowichan (Quw’utsun’) means ‘land warmed by the sun’ to the local Coast Salish First Nation and delivers excellent year-round golfing to visitors and locals alike. But that’s not all there is to do in Cowichan – the region delivers incredible food, local libations, and fun activities for all.

Sip

Cowichan golf vacation

Home to fourteen unique wineries, you can explore the extensive wine region in the height of style with L.A. Limousines’ luxury wine tours. An expert chauffeur will take you on a 7-hour journey, where you’ll visit four bountiful establishments, enjoy a leisurely lunch, and fall in love with delightful vintages.

Craig Street Brew Pub awaits those who prefer hops to grapes, with a charming 1940’s building and 100-year-old antique bar. Sample a selection of hand-crafted brews, relax on their rooftop patio, and find your way to “island time” with the locals. Oh yeah, they have amazing food too!

If you’re searching for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up between rounds at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club & The Cowichan Golf & Country Club, Drumroaster Coffee is the place to visit. This family-owned and operated establishment has a 70-year love affair with coffee, and it shows. Choose from a range of ethically-sourced, locally-roasted coffees and be sure to take some beans home to enjoy later!

Savour

Cowichan golf vacation

The golf courses you visit will, of course, have delicious food, but if you’re wanting to broaden your horizons with some of the finest fare in Cowichan, here are few top suggestions:

Pizzeria Prima Strada is the place to go for authentic, Italian, fire-roasted pizzas. Using simple ingredients and a traditional wood-fired oven, the proprietors have created a memorable dining experience. Indulge your sweet tooth as well with their locally-sourced, house-made gelato and sorbetto.

For a waterfront meal featuring local seafood, head to the Cow Cafe. Enjoy the spectacular view, but don’t let it distract you from the delectable dishes prepared by chef and owner Matt Heyne, including Maple Bacon Seafood Chowder, Fire-Grilled Tiger Prawns, Coast to Coast Platter, and burgers and steak for those who prefer their meal more mainland-based.

A little way down the road, you’ll find The Masthead Restaurant, settled in the 1863-era former Columbia Hotel. Take the easy road with a delicious the prix-fixé meal, or order your favourite à la carte selection, such as the Steamed Cortes Island Clams & Mussels or Rare Seared Black Sesame Crusted Albacore Tuna Loin. Yum!

See & Do

Cowichan golf vacation

Start your engines at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. The only track of its kind in Canada (and the only track period on Vancouver Island), you can embrace your inner speed racer with a full-day comprehensive track experience. Each experience includes vehicle, plus one-on-one coaching with a trained instructor, exclusive access to the Clubhouse, gourmet lunch & more. With five different track configurations, you’ll never feel like you’re driving the same track twice!

For a more leisurely pace, the Kinsol Trestle is a perfect way to explore beautiful Cowichan. Also known locally as Burnt Bridge, rebuilt and named after the previous bridge burned, is a notable landmark and is ideal for hikers and bikers. Completed in 1920, the trestle itself is 144 ft high and 188 m 617 ft long, making it the largest wooden trestle in the Commonwealth of Nations and one of the highest railway trestles in the world. As part of the Cowichan Valley and Trans Canada Trail, you can feel free to explore as far as you like.

Besides the Cowichan Valley Trail, this area is an explorer’s mecca, with a half-dozen provincial parks within easy reach. Travel the extensive Cowichan trail networks on Heather, Bald and Cobble Hill Mountains, or wind your way to Skutz Falls on the 20 km Cowichan River Footpath. The area also offers quiet country roads where you can tour to your heart’s content while taking in the spectacular sights of the area.

These are just a few places you can explore and activities you can experience while visiting beautiful Cowichan, British Columbia. You can start your trip planning by choosing an incredible Cowichan Golf Package and go from there!

 

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Campbell River Golf & CC – Opening August 9th!03-08-18

Are you ready for BC’s first golf course to open since 2011? Campbell River Golf & Country Club is opening August 9th, offering golfers the rare experience to play a brand new golf course.  Redesigned from the soil up amidst the original trees, Campbell River Golf & Country Club  

Check out the photos from our recent tour on July 24 as well as an invitation to you from Director of Golf Kyle Stoudt to come and experience Campbell River Golf & Country Club.

 

 

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Ready to golf this brand new course?  You can book tee times directly on CRGolf.ca, view Campbell River Golf & Country Club vacation packages or contact us for a customized experience.

For the month of August, tee times are available Thursday to Sunday.

Two GVI Courses Cracked SCOREGolf’s Top 100 in Canada24-07-18

Two of Golf Vancouver Island’s Courses Cracked SCOREGolf‘s Top 100 Course in Canada 2018

Both of Bear Mountain Courses made it on the list with the Valley Course landing at #80 (up from 89 in 2016) and the Mountain Course at 96 (down from 72 in 2016). 

According to a 2017 Golf Canada/PGA of Canada facilities report, there are 2,051 18-hole equivalent golf courses in Canada. Which means the courses here represent the country’s top 4.875 percentile. This is not an easy list to make. See full list here

Congratulations Bear Mountain, not only are you delivering some of the best golf courses in BC but in Canada as well! 

If you missed it check out SCOREGolf TV’s visit to Bear Mountain: