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  • 5 Tips for a Relaxing Golf Vacation in Parksville & Qualicum Beach

    Planning a golf vacation to Vancouver Island and looking for some insider tips and hot spots for a terrific golf getaway? The 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 offers incredible golf opportunities – with lush greens, stately tree-lined fairways, and ocean views that will leave you breathless.

    Start your escape at the newest addition to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, Eaglecrest Golf Club in Qualicum Beach.  Enjoy this uniquely challenging course just steps from the Strait of Georgia, with winding fairways and groves of firs and cedars. Stay on your toes for the 14th hole, this par-5 is a real challenge surrounded by lakes and a pot bunder guarding the green, but it’s well worth a visit just for the views.

    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 Parksville-Qualicum Beach 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!

    Tip #2: Beach Time

    Parkville Beach Sandcastles Vancouver Island

    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, skimboarders, 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.

    Tip #3: Indulge in Yourself

    tigh na mara

    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 Trip
    Heritage Forest Qualicum Beach Vancouver Island

    Between rounds of golf, take in a few excursions and get to know the 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 Beach

    After 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 Parksville-Qualicum Beach golf packages that will make your summer golf trips a success!

    This (Bear Mountain Resort – Mountain Course, on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail) is my new favourite golf course – I just love the layout. It’s really one of the prettiest golf courses I’ve played in my life, I’ll come back here on vacation, it’s that good.

    Scott McCarron, PGA TOUR Champion

    I always treat golf courses as how many poor holes there are. This (Bear Mountain Resort – Mountain Course, on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail) is a very good one. There’s not one poor hole on this golf course.

    Colin Montgomerie, PGA TOUR Champion

    Great job on the initial booking and subsequent changes requested. Easy check-in at the golf courses and the hotel made the trip hassle-free. Nice touch with the driving directions and discounts at recommended food and beverage establishments. Will definitely recommend your service to friends and business associates.

    Vancouver Guest, Corporate Golf Outing

    Terrific trip: well presented website, knowledgeable staff, and the golf and accommodation were second to none.

    Couples Golf Trip

    We will make this trip an annual April vacation. We will definitely book with Golf Vancouver Island again in 2017!

    Annual Couples Golf Trip

    Very much enjoyed our trip and staff were great to deal with - we'll be booking more trips through Golf Vancouver Island in the future.

    Buddies Trip Golf Package

    Wonderful trip, well planned and organized. Fantastic golf. Wish we stayed longer.

    Buddies Golf Trip

    I have used Golf Vancouver Island a number of times and have found them very helpful and professional. Everyone in our group had a great time, the courses and accommodation were first class.

    Repeat Customer, Buddies Golf Trip

    Staff did an amazing job! So easy to work with. I am already looking to book another trip next year, making this an annual event.

    Annual Buddies Golf Trip

    Personalized, quick response, good customer service and reasonable price. Overall experience was great.

    Couples Golf Trip