Tales From The Trail

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.

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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!

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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!

 

Image credit: Tourism Cowichan

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! 

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

 

SCOREGolf visits the Vancouver Island Golf Trail17-07-18

Episode 7 of SCOREGolf TV saw Jason Logan and the team tour the spectacular Vancouver Island Golf Trail


Bold And Beautiful Bear Mountain

Two of the marquee attractions of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, Bear Mountain’s two Nicklaus Design courses, Mountain Course and Valley Course are tremendous.


Eye-Opening Olympic View GC

Opened in 1990, Olympic View’s semi-private facility welcomes anybody and everybody – even Tiger Woods back in the day.


Crown Isle Continues to Captivate

Now in its 25th year, Crown Isle in Courtenay, B.C., allows resort guests to stay steps away from the first tee.


Stunning and Fun Storey Creek

One of Les Furber’s best designs, Storey Creek bills itself as a course in nature – and it is exactly that.


Logan’s Alley: Canada’s Nat’l Amateur Program Paying Off

Bear Mountain is home to Golf Canada’s National Amateur program that is producing plenty of fruit.


For more on SCOREGolf and Jason Logan’s visit of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, check out his blog post: Island Time
If you need assistance in organizing your own visit to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, our Golf Vacation Specialists would be happy to help.
 

 

5 Tips for a Relaxing Golf Vacation in Parksville, Qualicum Beach & Nanaimo19-06-18

Golf Vacation Parksville Qualicum Beach Nanaimo

Planning a golf vacation to Vancouver Island and looking for some insider tips and hot spots for a terrific golf getaway? The Nanaimo and Parksville-Qualicum Beach area offers the perfect location to escape to  “island time” and truly relax on your next golf vacation.

A golf vacation should be easy, relaxing, and stress-free. To help with the process, we’ve assembled 5 tips to ensure you have a great golf trip.

Tip #1: Tee Up Great Golf

You may not have considered it in the past, but Parksville-Qualicum and Nanaimo offer incredible golf opportunities – with lush greens, stately tree-lined fairways, and ocean views that will leave you breathless.

Start your escape at the A.V. Macan designed Nanaimo Golf Club. This semi-private golf course, first opened in 1912, is situated in the heart of Nanaimo overlooking Departure Bay and delivers beautiful year-round ocean views. You’ll want to make sure to enjoy a tasty post-round meal on the expansive patio before heading to your next destination course.

Just 15 minutes north of Nanaimo is Fairwinds Golf Club, located in the beautiful pocket community of Nanoose Bay. This Les Furber designed course offers a challenge to all levels of golfer, as well as extraordinary views and the chance to see a variety of wildlife – including families of deer and their resident swan!

The northernmost course on this Nanaimo-Parksville golf vacation is Pheasant Glen Golf Course in Qualicum Beach and is devoted to golf in a natural setting. Enjoy this par 72, 6,928-yard championship course that’s secluded from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Once you get some golf in, it’s time to relax!

 

Tigh-na-mara beach Parksville Vancouver IslandTip #2: Hit the Beach

You can’t visit Parksville & Qualicum Beach without hitting the beach, and we’re not referring to the time spent in the bunkers! Fortunately, great beaches are not hard to come by here. Visit the 39-acre Parksville Community Park for a relaxing stroll before you set up shop on the amazing, pristine sand beach to watch the turn of the tides as well as sandcastle builders, skim boarders, and swimmers.

Nearby Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park offers up to 5 kilometres of beachfront, oceanfront trails, and luxury resorts to stay at. Be sure to time your visit for low tide – you can walk out nearly a kilometre before you find the ocean! If you’re interested in stretching your legs, try the 10 km circle route that links the beach with two nearby parks.

The ocean isn’t the only place where you’ll find great beaches, there are many terrific lakes and rivers nearby that offer cool, crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches. Not far from Qualicum Beach, you can spend time on the shores of Horne Lake, Spider Lake, and Englishman River Falls, among others.

Tigh-na-mara Resort grotto spa Qualicum BeachTip #3: Indulge in Yourself

For the pinnacle of a relaxing golf vacation, make an appointment at Tigh-Na-Mara’s Grotto Spa – there’s nothing like it! The 20,000 square foot spa features a stone grotto mineral pool with underwater music and a two-story waterfall, as well as numerous spa treatments on offer.

Consider a massage for aching muscles, or just to relieve any tension you brought with you!

Tip #4: Plan a Day TripHeritage Forest Qualicum Beach Vancouver Island

Between rounds of golf, take in a few excursions and get to know the Nanaimo & Parksville-Qualicum Beach area better. Coombs, B.C. (just west of Parksville) makes for a terrific side trip and offers the opportunity to visit a bedroom community complete with specialty shops, local artwork, and the famous Old Country Market, where goats live on the roof!

If getting back to nature is more your style, then spend some time amongst 50 acres of old growth forest in Heritage Forest in Qualicum Beach. Explore the forest with coastal Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Hemlock, Grand Fir & Sitka Spruce towering above and rare and endangered plants below, as well as wildlife including deer, birds, and salmon in the streams. Located just five minutes from downtown, it’s an easy way to embrace Mother Nature on your golf vacation.

Tip #5: Taste the Island

Shady Rest Restaurant Parksville Qualicum BeachAfter golfing, relaxing, and exploring, you might just be hungry! Delicious food certainly is not in short supply here, so you’ll want to plan ahead to hit a few of the best locations. In Parksville, Bistro 694 is considered one of the best, or relax oceanside at The Shady Rest Waterfront and enjoy the casual pub atmosphere.

For a different dining experience, try The Final Approach, situated alongside Qualicum Beach’s regional airport. Settle in on their patio for terrific food while you watch the planes come and go. Or, go out in style on your golf vacation by trying Butlers at The Mansion – with entrees including pan-seared scallops, halibut with toasted bulgar wheat, and sea asparagus and clams, all prepared by a Gordon Ramsey-trained chef. Yum!

Are you ready for a relaxing golf vacation? Look no further than Vancouver Island – we have some terrific Nanaimo-Parksville golf packages that will make your summer golf trips a success!


 

The Ultimate 72-Hour Campbell River Golf Itinerary14-05-18

72 Hour Campbell River Golf EscapeThere’s nothing like a 72-hour golf getaway help you escape to island time and leave your worries behind. Luckily, Campbell River is a great option as a golf destination. Get all the tips on courses to play and places to stay, along with hidden gem restaurants and activities, and then get ready to book your 72-hour golf escape!

Crabby Bobs Campbell River BCDay One: Arrive & Set Island Time

The first day of your 72-hour golf getaway starts with a flight into Campbell River Airport  (YBL) from Vancouver or Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), which services major hubs including Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton with quick connections to Toronto and points beyond. Pick up a car from National Car Rental and head North along Highway 19A for a laid-back ocean drive.

If you’re coming from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, simply hop aboard a BC Ferry to Nanaimo and take Highway 19 north up the coastline. Campbell River is about an hour and a half from the Departure Bay terminal.

Once you arrive in Campbell River, your first stop on an island getaway should be seafood!  Satisfy your culinary cravings by stopping at Crabby Bob’s Seafood Inc. The name might be funny, but they are dead serious about their seafood, with a restaurant right in the marina and ingredients come fresh off the boat.

Make your way to Painter’s Lodge to check into your oceanside room, or take the time to explore Campbell River’s incredible forests and trails with a hike or bike through the nearby Snowden Demonstration Forest, or go for a walk along Elk Falls Suspension Bridge for dramatic views, nail-biting heights, and tumbling waterfalls.

For dinner, Legends Dining Room at Painter’s Lodge offers fresh seafood dishes and local produce, as well as phenomenal views of Discovery Passage, so you can settle in and take in the scenery while you let your cares melt away.

Painter's Lodge Campbell River BCDay Two: Fins & Skins

Campbell River, dubbed the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World, is home to some of the best salmon fishing anywhere! So, as they say, when in Rome…one must be sure to add some “fins” to your “skins”. Fortunately, Painter’s Lodge is a legendary fishing lodge where guests can stroll from their room to a guided fishing charter in mere moments. Golf groups can even arrange to barbecue their catch of the day, and subtract your weigh in from your golf score for the ultimate bragging rights competition.

If fishing isn’t your choice of morning activity, head out on a wildlife, bear-watching, or whale-watching adventure tour (depending on the season).

Energized, it’s time to tee it up for 9 holes at Quadra Island Golf Club. Right from Painter’s Lodge you can take a convenient water taxi across the Discovery Passage to their sister resort April Point on Quadra Island, where your free shuttle to the golf course awaits. Gotta love designated drivers by car & by boat! Enjoy the tranquility as you take in views of the BC coastal mountains amid lush forests, however one must keep their focus as this 3,219-yard course tree lined course will take some game!

Return to April Point Resort on Quadra Island and dine oceanside on fresh oysters, prosciutto-wrapped halibut, or seared tuna on their massive wraparound deck, while you watch an amazing sunset and cruise ships journey by on their way to and from Alaska. When you’re ready, return to Painter’s Lodge via water taxi for a nightcap and bed.

Storey Creek Campbell River GolfDay Three: Birdies & Brews

Now that you are settling into playing on island time, it’s time for a full 18 holes of golf at Storey Creek Golf Club, so start with a good breakfast. Ideal Cafe is rated Campbell River’s #1 breakfast location, and you’ll soon see why. Try their smoked salmon eggs benedict, it seems the reviews speak for themselves!

At Storey Creek, the stunning Les Furber designed course is set amongst an old growth forest where you’ll have the opportunity to see wildlife including deer, and if you’re lucky a glimpse of a bear. Take in the surroundings while you tackle this 6,699-yard course and find out why Storey Creek is recognized as one of the top undiscovered golf courses in British Columbia.

After your game, take time to explore some of Campbell River’s culinary options such as Campbell River’s first craft brewery, Beach Fire Brewing & Nosh House, where you’ll find locally-crafted beer, appys, and mains. Follow your meal up with a walk down to Discovery Fishing Pier where you are welcome to try your luck fishing off the dock in the world’s salmon fishing capital!

Shelter Point Distillery Campbell RiverDay Four: New Golf Course & Home

It’s your final day and we’ve saved the newest for last – the Campbell River Golf & Country Club. All hail, first golf course to open in British Columbia since 2011! The course (formerly Sequoia Springs) has been completely redesigned from the soil up by golf course architect Graham Cooke and will open summer 2018. Campbell River Golf & Country Club promises a unique experience including a licensed practice facility with Toptracer technology for some additional golfing fun, as well as après-golf dining in The Sandtrap Restaurant & Lounge.

Get your last taste of the island on your way home with a stop at Shelter Point Distillery. Sample handcrafted spirits made from locally-grown ingredients, and don’t forget to take some home as a memento of your island golf getaway to Campbell River.

Campbell River: 72-hours, 3 rounds of golf, 1 fishing or wildlife viewing excursion, 1 spectacular oceanfront resort, and as much seafood and local libations as you can handle. Now that’s playing on island time. 

If you need assistance in organizing your own golf vacation to Campbell River, or any of the other amazing destinations on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, our Golf Vacation Specialists would be happy to help.

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

 

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Championship or PGA TOUR Champions, please visit www.PGATOUR.com/Champions
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