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.
Category: Parksville Qualicum Beach & Nanaimo Golf
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.
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.
Hate 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 Vancouver Island Golf Trail, to delve deep with a 6-day golf vacation that lets you really explore the Island and play some of the top golf courses in British Columbia. Discover the benefits of “playing on island time” – that magical realm where you can rest, relax, see the sights, and rejuvenate.
Edmonton Sun’s resident golf fanatic Kevin Berkenbosch – aka Bogeyman – recently visited Parksville for a whistle stop Vancouver Island golf trip. What he found was a golfing experience second to none. As he puts it: “Parksville on Vancouver Island offers one of the most peaceful, relaxing and enjoyable golf holidays imaginable.
Well, here we are and summer is just around the corner, only a few more days until it’s official. Time to slather the sunscreen on the dimpled dome and get out and hit the course, then the beach with a couple of cold ones, and finally park myself in front of a big screen and take in the US Open! Man, what a weekend.
Sunday morning and the last course of the weekend is Fairwinds. Up early this morning and arriving at the course with not too much time to spare, but that’s OK. Hopefully, the swing is still locked in from the previous two days and shouldn’t take long to warm up.
We’re playing off the white tees at 5700 yards.
The first is a dog leg to the right and I pulled the ball left and left my second short, chipped over the green and then chipped in. Solid par four, ha, ha. Is this a good sign? Two pars later and feeling good I was on the par-3 4th with water short and right thinking this was going to be a good day. After hitting it into the rushes, think I could play it and hitting it six inches and finding I couldn’t and ending up having to sink a 12-footer for a double, not so good any more.
Back from the weekends golfing. Some good, some bad, some just awful – my golf that is, not the courses. At least I didn’t win the hideous trophy awarded to the person who failed to get it past the ladies tee the most times. I would probably have won if there was a trophy for the one who missed the green the most with a wedge or sand wedge from 80-120 yards out.
Taking the Trail, North End is a potentially punishing journey through the Oceanside region and up to Campbell River. Join me as I try my hand at world-class courses like Morningstar, Fairwinds, Pheasant Glen and Storey Creek.
Those of us with golf in our veins have many things in common. We love the outdoors. We love the camaraderie that the game makes possible. And, perhaps more than anything, we love to dream. We dream about that syrupy-smooth technique that has long evaded us. We dream about a 350-yard drive (I’d say 300, but those days are over). And, perhaps our favourite, we dream about the ultimate golf adventure.