British Columbia Golf Vacations

By Jim & Barbara Nicol

British Columbia is the most western province of Canada. The Coast Mountains stretch from Vancouver to the Alaskan border. Throughout the area are glacial peaks and alpine lakes with vivid hues of green and turquoise. The interior of the province is lush and has fertile valleys that produce some of the best fruits and vegetables in North America.

The view is what makes golfing British Columbia so spectacular, watching a shot sail through the air with a spectacular backdrop behind it. Imagine courses where you climb from sea level to staggering mountain heights - or "take a long drive" on gently rolling landscapes over creeks and through ancient stands of cedar. Stunning scenery and challenging links provide any level of golfer a first class golf experience. In addition to all of its natural blessings it also happens to be home to such a wide selection of superb golf courses that it rivals golf destinations anywhere in the world for quality and variety.

Vancouver is now recognized as one of the world's finest - and most attractive - golf destinations. The Vancouver area is not without a classic course to play. One of the finest examples anywhere is the Peace Portal Golf Course. Opened in 1928, "Portal" has been playing to deservedly rave views ever since. In Surrey, just east of Vancouver, Arnold Palmer designed the Northview Golf and Country Club's Ridge Course - home of the PGA TOUR'S Air Canada Championship - and the links-style Canal Course. Just minutes away, award-winning Canadian architect Les Furber sculpted the beautiful Meadow Garden, a perfect compliment to his Mayfair Lakes course - site of the annual Canadian TOUR'S TELUS Vancouver Open - in nearby Richmond. Thomas McBroom designed the beautiful Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey. In Coquitlam, Michael Hurzdan, created the spectacular Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. At Swan-e-set Bay Resort in Pitt Meadows, Lee Trevino designed two remarkable championship courses.

Whistler is North America's number 1 ski resort and with four championship courses designed by famous golf course architects such as Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Jack Nicklaus and Bob Cupp has made Golf Digest rate Whistler in the "Top 20 Golf Destinations in the World". Fittingly, Arnold Palmer, the King of Golf himself, designed the first championship course in the area. Chateau Whistler Golf Club was immediately recognized as the best new course in Canada by the golf world's bible, Golf Digest. Big Sky Golf and Country Club was the runner-up for the prestigious honour. To make the remarkable foursome complete, Golf Digest recognized Nicklaus' North Golf Course as the Best New Canadian Course.

Vancouver Island has shimmering blue water, lush green forests, rolling mountain peaks and superb courses - Vancouver Island is truly a Pacific Paradise. From the world class hotels and colonial charm of Victoria in the south to the world famous fishing and seaside ambiance of Campbell River in the north, Vancouver Island has the destinations and golf you are looking for - no wonder it was named as the #1 Island destination in North America and #3 in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine! Arbutus Ridge is a beautiful course that will please the eye as much as it pleases your discerning golfing appetite. Every now and then a new course comes along that raises the bar for golf in the country. Bear Mountain Golf & Country Club is just such a course. The only course in the world to be co-designed by Jack and Steve Nicklaus, Bear Mountain combines the mastery of a Nicklaus course with the unforgettable scenery of Vancouver Island. Cowichan Golf Club is a wonderful track. At just under 6,200 yards from the back tees, Cowichan's challenge lies not in its distance but in its tricky landing areas and demanding tee shots. Towering stands of trees and rolling hills mean that golfers must plan their strategy well to avoid tricky lies for their approach shots.

Crown Isle takes golf on the North Island to an all-new level of opulence and luxury. Duncan Meadows tantalizes golfers with a fantastic blend of risk and reward choices. Big hitters have plenty of opportunities to workout their driver but must match their power with short game finesse if they are going to successfully attack Duncan Meadow's tricky and well-guarded greens. Fairwinds is a fantastic blend of beauty and challenging precision golf. It's towering Douglas Firs, Arbutus and Oaks trees line each fairway to give you the feeling you are the only golfer on the course. Glengarry is truly one of the hidden gems of Vancouver Island. At just 5,029 yards from the back tees many golfers assume that it will not present the challenge they are looking for, but those same golfers often go home having eaten a healthy portion of crow. Morningstar International Golf Club is host to the Canadian Tour Qualifying School for six years and one of the most popular courses on the Island.