British Columbia CANADA Raft Cove Provincial Park
VICTORIA TO: SIDNEY SOOKE DUNCAN NANAIMO PORT ALBERNI
VANCOUVER ISLAND’S TOP-RATED COURSES VICTORIA AND THE SOUTH ISLAND (page 6)
1 Highland Pacific Golf u 2 Olympic View Golf Club u 3 Bear Mountain Resort – u The Mountain Course 4 Bear Mountain Resort – u The Valley Course 5 u Arbutus Ridge Golf Club
6 Cowichan Golf & Country Club u
CENTRAL ISLAND (page 14) 7 Fairwinds Golf Club u 8 Morningstar Golf Club u 9 Eaglecrest Golf Club u 10 Pheasant Glen Golf Resort u
11 Crown Isle Resort & u Golf Community 12 u Storey Creek Golf Club 13 Campbell River Golf & Country Club u 14 Quadra Island Golf Club u
DUNCAN...................................... 45 min PARKSVILLE.................................... 2 hr COURTENAY.................................... 3 hr CAMPBELL RIVER.............. 3 hr 30 min
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NORTH ISLAND (page 20)
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CAMPBELL RIVER COURTENAY DUNCAN NANAIMO PARKSVILLE PORT ALBERNI PORT HARDY
COWICHAN (page 12)
VANCOUVER ISLAND DRIVING TIMES
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Contents VANCOUVER ISLAND GOLF: 4 It's all here, all year long! VICTORIA AND THE 6 SOUTH ISLAND: TIP OF THE GOLF TRAIL
12 CSIPOWICHAN: OF THE GOLF TRAIL
ENTRAL ISLAND: 14 CHEART OF THE GOLF TRAIL
ISLAND: 20 NTOPORTH OF THE GOLF TRAIL 26 TRANSPORTATION 28 ACCOMMODATION 35 GOLF VACATION PACKAGES
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Vancouver Island Golfing on Vancouver Island is truly an experience in nature. The superb conditioning of manicured courses in the midst of Vancouver Island’s stunning wilderness is a captivating contrast. Mornings spent sharing fairways with deer are followed by afternoons on patios sharing drinks with friends. Clubhouses that cater to every golfer’s culinary whim grant mesmerizing vistas of the mysterious natural wilds just beyond. Even courses within Island communities seem closer to the wilderness than to civilization.
The Island’s reputation as an outstanding golf destination starts with the fact that there are 40-plus courses in the region, all within a three-hour drive of each other. The year-round mild climate keeps courses open in every season, no matter what the weather is doing in other parts of the country. Not only are the greens awesome, so are all the Island’s post-game activities: everything from whale watching and salmon fishing to luxurious spas, micro-brewery tours, and wineries and distilleries that welcome visitors with tours and tastings.
Bear Mountain Resort
It’s all here, all year long!
Farms and orchards offer freshly grown produce from roadside stands. Parks invite exploring along trails leading into cool green forests, past rivers and waterfalls, and to beaches and shorelines. Then there’s the warmth of Island hospitality at hotels, golf courses, and restaurants, as well as from local Islanders, who are happy to share tips on what to see and where to eat. It’s a genuine friendliness that comes naturally in a place where everyone is welcome! Golf Vancouver Island packages make
it easy to discover the region’s must-play courses, all professionally selected to offer a premium experience. The Vancouver Island Golf Trail — the ultimate package — is a one-week trip that showcases the Island’s most beautiful communities and has you golfing a different unforgettable course every day (see page 35). Along the way, glimpses into the Island lifestyle await, glimpses that bring people here again and again for the golf and frequently to live here part time or year round.
All of this together has been drawing golfers to Vancouver Island since the first course was built here over a century ago. Whether you get here by ferry — an amazing voyage between the Mainland and the Island — or by plane, with dazzling aerial views of the Gulf Islands and rocky shorelines, make this the year you golf Vancouver Island! Great golf, outstanding facilities, superb hospitality, a season that never ends — and all that incredible wilderness! That’s golf, Vancouver Island style.
VICTORIA AND THE SOUTH ISLAND TIP OF THE GOLF TRAIL
Boutique Shops Island Pubs • Great Food
Pub fare in Victoria is positively gourmet!
o say Victoria is a chip off the old British block isn’t really fair — not anymore, anyway. Yes, there are some wonderful tearooms and double-decker buses and plenty of pubs, but Victoria has its own style, a unique blend of off-the-charts, West Coast gorgeous and fresh, futureforward energy. In the pubs, for example, locally made craft beer has taken over the taps in many 6
establishments — and there are many. Standard pub fare — fish and chips, burgers, shepherd’s pie, and the like — is anything but standard in most places. In fact, the pub fare here is positively gourmet! While the South Island has long been known for outstanding dining choices, the local trend can no longer be called a trend when it comes to food — it just is the way it is. Some of the country’s best chefs live
here, where they can select from a dizzying abundance of ingredients from the land and the sea to create what can only be considered culinary art. And what goes best with local cuisine? Wines made from Island grapes and ciders made from apples grown in Island orchards. Shopping has also gone local with many independent boutiques and galleries featuring the unique creations of Island
THE AVENUE GALLERY
TIP OF THE GOLF TRAIL
1 Highland Pacific Golf 2 Olympic View Golf 3 Bear Mountain Resort: The Mountain Course 4 Bear Mountain Resort: The Valley Course 5 Arbutus Ridge Golf Club
Local and international treasures await in galleries and boutiques.
landscape of West Coast forest, rock, fescue, and natural water features, boasting panoramic views of Victoria, the Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Bear Mountain, and Thetis Lake Park. Since opening 18 holes in 2010, Highland Pacific, with its wide, sweeping fairways, bent-grass greens, and dramatic elevation changes, has become an Island jewel. Jeff Palmer, General Manager at Highland Pacific, says people love the tranquility. “Highland Pacific is surrounded by West Coast wilderness and borders parkland, making the experience peaceful, breathtaking, and full of wildlife encounters,” says Palmer. “You can often get so caught up
designers and artists alongside international names you would expect to find only in a much larger city. The spas, too, have given the world’s finest esthetic products and spa services a distinctive Island twist with salt scrubs and seaweed wraps. The scenery? It’s as breathtaking as ever, with lush green forests and jagged, rocky shorelines. The air still has that same wonderfully salty freshness and the sun still sparkles off ocean waves. The well-preserved heritage buildings that give downtown Victoria its traditional charm are always beautiful, and the Inner Harbour bustles with life by day and transforms into a HIGHLAND PACIFIC GOLF glowing, magical place when the sun sets. As for the golf, you’re going to love it.
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by all the beautiful scenery Highland Pacific has to offer that you forget you’re on a golf course.” But more than just the views are beautiful at Highland Pacific. “We boast that even our winter conditions will blow you away, leaving you feeling like you just played a round in June, even though it’s January,” says Palmer. “We’re well known for having the best drainage on Vancouver Island.”
COURSE DETAILS TEE
YARDAGE 6,603 6,326 5,861 5,051 SLOPE
131 126 123 117
72.6 70.9 69.1 69.2
COURSE ARCHITECT CHRIS YOUNG
HIGHLAND PACIFIC GOLF
It’s in Victoria but it feels like the wilderness. Highland Pacific Golf’s lush fairways thread through a majestic
Highland Pacific Highlights
Jeff Palmer, PGA, is General Manager of this championship golf course, which features a covered, heated, lit practice facility plus a licensed café, golf academy, extensive golf shop, GPS-equipped power carts, pull carts, and rental clubs.
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VICTORIA AND THE SOUTH ISLAND Olympic View Highlights
OLYMPIC VIEW GOLF CLUB
From the golf shop, restaurant, snack bar, lounge, meeting rooms, and banquet facilities to the teaching academy and practice facility with natural grass tees, target greens, and 25,000 square feet of putting and chipping greens, this course has it all.
★★★★ Four-Star Rating Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play COURSE DETAILS TEE
YARDAGE 6,600 6,165 5,544 SLOPE
COURSE ARCHITECT BILL ROBINSON
250-474-3673 or 1-800-i-GOLFBC
Palmer adds that Highland Pacific continues to improve course conditions, layout, and facility amenities, including adding new tee boxes to make some holes more enjoyable and improving greens to make them more receptive. “And we offer the Island’s best hot dog on course,” he says. This is in addition to the great dining in the clubhouse, which has a superb patio and a mouth-watering list of chef’s daily specials. The golf itself is outstanding, too, with Palmer commenting that all 18 holes are signatures. His advice? “When playing Highland Pacific, remember to breathe, because we generally take our customers’ breath away with what our course has to offer.” It starts right at the entrance with the “Everyone Welcome” sign.
to leave the city and be on the first tee in less than a half hour is the best of both worlds. I think just hanging out and relaxing in downtown Victoria is really nice,” he says. “Great restaurants. Great pubs. You can go whale watching. There’s a plethora of things you can do.” If you can tear yourself away from the course, that is. “It’s called Olympic View for a reason,” says Frank, referring to the panoramic mountain views. “We take pride in being known as “It’s quite a unique course in that it’s really ‘Victoria’s Friendliest Place to Play,’ from West Coast-style, cutting through the rock having exceptional customer service to six outcroppings in the forest.” different sets of tee boxes to accommodate Frank adds that their tagline — An any level of player,” says Palmer. “We’re proud to be a public golf course because that Experience with Nature — really fits. “You’ll spot lots of wildlife out there, and is who we care about.” because the holes are set off by themselves, He recommends visiting golfers take you find yourself surrounded by the forest advantage of some of the activities Victoria with deer grazing 10 feet offers, like whale watching away, and it makes for a and fishing charters. very peaceful experience,” OLYMPIC VIEW, “Victoria is surrounded by some of the best WITH ITS AWARD- he says, also pointing out salmon fishing in the that there are no houses WINNING GBC world,” he says. around the golf course, The dining is top rated, GOLF ACADEMY, which is quite unusual in too. this day and age of golf IS ALSO WELL “The restaurant scene courses. in Victoria is incredible,” KNOWN FOR GOLF Olympic View he says. “Ask the locals consistently rates among INSTRUCTION. where their favourite the top golf courses on place is to eat, and you’ll Vancouver Island, including generally never hear the same place twice.” a four-star rating in Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play. OLYMPIC VIEW GOLF CLUB “It’s a risk-reward golf course,” says Frank. “You can be aggressive or play strategic. It’s Close proximity to Victoria is a benefit up to you.” Randy Frank, General Manager at Olympic “If you want to take on the risk, it’s View, enjoys. “We’re close to town — about 20 minutes possible to get the ball down close to the green on some of the par fours, but if you outside of Victoria — so having the ability
want to play it strategically and BEAR MOUNTAIN GOLF make sure you stay in play, you AND TENNIS RESORT can shoot a good score as well.” COMMUNITY The signature hole, the Located just 20 minutes west 17th, is likely one of the most of downtown Victoria, Bear photographed holes in the area. Mountain Golf and Tennis Resort “It has a 40-foot waterfall Community spans over 850 as its backdrop,” says Frank. acres of supernatural British “It’s a 455-yard, par four, and Columbia. Featuring two distinct the biggest challenge is keeping courses and considered one Westin Patio at Bear Mountain your mind on your golf shot, of the finest golf offerings in Golf and Tennis Resort because you kind of lose yourself the country, Bear Mountain watching the waterfall.” boasts Canada’s only 36 holes of Olympic View, with its award“They’re all highly qualified and experienced, Nicklaus Design golf. Here you winning golf academy, is also well known for and they all bring their own unique teaching can choose between the rugged, challenging golf instruction. style and expertise to the table.” Mountain Course or the more serene, “We’re lucky to have some of the best golf A great option for your trip to Victoria picturesque Valley Course. professionals in the province, says Frank. is the one-, three-, or five-day golf schools, which include a half day of instruction, lunch, and 18 holes of golf BEAR MOUNTAIN GOLF AND daily. TENNIS RESORT COMMUNITY Nestled among the heights of Southern The clubhouse, the newly renovated Vancouver Island, this stunning course has AIMS TO MAKE EVERYTHING Table 19, with its beautiful wrapplayed host to PGA TOUR and around patio overlooking the 18th Champions events and features some of ABOUT YOUR TIME HERE green, is a great place to unwind after the best views of the Greater Victoria area. TRULY MEMORABLE. your round. COURSE DETAILS “We pride ourselves on being an easy-going and relaxing place, on and off “The Mountain Course is our premier GOLDEN GRIZZLY BLACK SPIRIT CINNAMON TEE the golf course,” says Frank. “It’s just a great 18 holes of golf that has played host to YARDAGE 6,849 6,402 6,053 5,552 4,771 atmosphere to be around.” numerous championships, most notably 142 140 127 121 113 SLOPE two PGA Champions Tour events in 73.2 70.7 68.9 67.3 63.7 RATING 2016 and 2017. The combination of 71 71 71 71 71 PAR playability and outstanding views make COURSE ARCHITECTS JACK & STEVE NICKLAUS it exceptional,” said Bear Mountain’s Director of Golf, Rob Larocque. “Take for example hole number 14 — 250-391-7160 or 1-888-533-2327 www.bearmountain.ca/recreation/golf a wonderful par three with a dramatic backdrop of the snow-capped Olympic Mountain range, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and downtown Victoria.” The Valley Course is an inland links design highlighted by native grasses, laced-edge bunker faces, and undulating greens complexes.
Bear Mountain – The Mountain Course Highlights
BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT The Mountain Course
The 18-hole Mountain Course is Bear Mountain’s premier course and features a Golf Performance Centre, putting greens, PGA of Canada instructors, GPS power carts, and club valet services. Add to that spacious accommodations and meeting rooms, two restaurants, a newly renovated luxury spa, athletic club, and eight red-clay tennis courts.
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VICTORIA AND THE SOUTH ISLAND “A perfect complement to the Mountain Course, the Valley Course is uniquely ‘Vancouver Island’ in its topography. We encourage guests to enjoy a round on both courses while visiting Bear Mountain because they truly are completely different,” says Larocque. “Our goal at Bear Mountain is to deliver a remarkable experience in an extraordinary year-round setting with exceptional service. You will leave with great memories and lots of photos to share with your friends.” Larocque adds that Bear Mountain is more than just great golf. “We are also home to western Canada’s largest indoor/outdoor red clay tennis
Carved into the serene mountain valleys, a course that offers a truly distinct design which balances challenge with fun. COURSE DETAILS TEE
BLACK SPIRIT CINNAMON
YARDAGE 6,807 6,392 6,022 5,583 4,684 SLOPE
135 130 128 120 103
72.9 70.8 69 66.8 63.2
71 71 71 71 71
COURSE ARCHITECT NICKLAUS DESIGN
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is spectacular for golf and for gorgeous views.
facility with Tennis Canada-certified professionals to help you work on your game.” The Bear Mountain community is just minutes away from numerous major attractions and activities like fishing, kayaking, whale watching, and hiking. Recreation is central to Bear Mountain’s way of life and it certainly shows with abundant opportunity to enjoy the outdoors whether
250-391-7160 or 1-888-533-2327
you are visiting or looking for a place to settle down. The Westin Bear Mountain offers excellent on-site accommodation that features superb dining options and a newly renovated luxury spa. Larocque says with exceptional service and breathtaking views, Bear Mountain Golf and Tennis Resort Community aims to make everything about your time here truly memorable. “If you decide that you want to stay permanently, we are an incredible place to live,” says Larocque with a grin. No question about it: Bear Mountain is the perfect destination for your next golf experience!
ARBUTUS RIDGE GOLF CLUB
Just 25 minutes from the outskirts of Victoria, Arbutus Ridge Golf Club straddles Cobble Hill, above the
Bear Mountain – The Valley Course Highlights
BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT The Valley Course
Bear Mountain’s Valley Course offers 18 holes on uniquely Vancouver Island topography. Features include a Golf Performance Centre, putting greens, PGA of Canada instructors, GPS power carts, and club valet services, as well as spacious accommodations and meeting rooms, two restaurants, newly renovated luxury spa, athletic club and eight red clay tennis courts.
Arbutus Ridge Highlights
The front nine weaves alongside the seaside community of Cobble Hill and the back nine climbs a ridge to overlook the Satellite Channel. Arbutus Ridge is a picturesque 30-minute drive north from the outskirts of Victoria in the heart of the Cowichan wine region and a 40-minute drive south from Nanaimo. Check out one of BC’s most scenic patios after your round!
★★★★ Four-Star Rating Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play
ARBUTUS RIDGE GOLF CLUB
COURSE DETAILS TEE
YARDAGE 6,152 5,854 5,508 5,113 SLOPE
COURSE ARCHITECT BILL ROBINSON
Satellite Channel and the Southern Gulf Islands, and looks out to the snow-capped peak of Mount Baker. Designed by Bill Robinson, the course opened in 1987 and has since become known as one of the most scenic in Canada — and a top pick among golfers. “Our 4.5 Trip Advisor rating for the golf course and restaurant are among the best in the industry,” says Richard Ingle, General Manager at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club. One of the most notable characteristics of the course is the condition. “Especially the condition of our greens — we believe we’ve found the right balance of speed and receptiveness and have one of the best young superintendents in the country making sure all elements of agronomy are cutting-edge,” says Ingle. “Every year, we tackle items on our Course Master Plan to continuously improve our product for members and guests,” he
adds. “The recent facility improvements have been very much appreciated by guests.” The clubhouse, with its gorgeous views, is raved about, as is the service from the staff. “Providing high-level service is not possible unless the team enjoys their work, are motivated to put their best effort forward, and are passionate about their product,” says Ingle. In 2017, Arbutus Ridge was the inaugural winner of the Tourism Vancouver Island
Employer of the Year Award. But the top reason Arbutus Ridge is such a favourite is the design of the course. “No hole is like another — you use every club in your bag,” says Ingle. “It is an excellent mix of challenge and fairness, with no forced carries except for the par threes.” The signature hole is one of those par threes. “Number 17 features a peninsula green with some elevation drop,” says Ingle. “It’s all carry and dramatic to watch. The set up makes it exciting, near the end of the round. Whoever is ahead in your group’s side bets will need to hit some solid shots over the last few holes to take the bragging rights to the clubhouse.” Something else that makes this course very attractive to visitors is what surrounds it: several award-winning wineries. “People are often surprised at the quality of these wines that don’t have the marketing budget or distribution as some of the other wineries in B.C.,” says Ingle. “They have won many awards recently for great reasons.” Post-game wine tour anyone?
Many of the wineries in the area offer tours, tasting, and dining.
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COWICHAN SIP OF THE GOLF TRAIL
Wineries • FIRST NATIONS Fly fishing
The totems in Duncan are world-famous examples of authentic First Nations art.
he drive from Victoria into the Cowichan is a descent from the forests and mountains of the Malahat into rolling farmland. The Cowichan, which gets its name from a First Nations word that roughly means “warm land,” is a destination for uber-talented chefs and culinary explorers. Ultra-fresh fish and seafood, just-picked fruit and vegetables, handcrafted cheese, and award-winning wines play
starring roles on Cowichan menus. Winery and vineyard tours are ravedabout experiences and a wonderful way to see the sights and sample some fine wines and ciders. Distilled beverages have recently been added to the mix at some properties. You can drop in at one or two properties on your own or sign up for a tour of several. While the Cowichan is a big hit with foodies, there are other draws to this
pastoral region. The Cowichan River flows 47 kilometres from Cowichan Lake to Cowichan Bay. It’s a designated B.C. heritage river and a Canadian heritage river, which means it has been recognized for its outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational value. The river’s most famous activity is fly-fishing, a sport that has been luring people with their waders and fly rods for well over a century. And whether you
fish or not, the pathways along the river are perfect for pleasant afternoon strolls. For a stroll with cultural significance, take a Totem Walk in downtown Duncan, known as the “City of Totems” and home to some gorgeous art galleries and boutiques. A wander through Chemainus reveals the history of this former logging town depicted in 39 colourful murals. If it is retail therapy you crave, Cowichan Bay’s shops, some of which are perched over the water on stilts, are sure to delight. To bump your stroll up to an easy hike, check out the Kinsol Trestle, one of the world’s tallest timber rail trestles. And then there’s the ocean. The Cowichan has some of the loveliest marinas on the Island in the pretty little communities of Cowichan Bay, Mill Bay, Maple Bay, and Genoa Bay. Saltwater fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, wildlife watching tours, diving, and sailing are all on the activity menu in this outdoor recreation paradise. For golfers, this means you have plenty of great options before and after your game.
COWICHAN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
Located in Duncan, the area’s largest community, the Cowichan Golf and Country Club has been at this location overlooking the waters of Cowichan Bay since 1947, when legendary architect A.V. Macan designed one of the finest nine-hole courses in the province. It expanded to 18 holes in 1985 and meanders through the valley, offering a picturesque mix of meadow and tree-lined holes. At 6,189 yards, Cowichan isn’t particularly long from the tips, but don’t let that fool you into a sense of complacency, as the tight fairways and fast, undulating greens will come to haunt you. “It’s a very walkable course but a challenging test of golf, with small, fast greens,” says Head Pro, Norm Jackson,
Stormin’ Norm, as he is locally known. “It’s friendly, affordable golf,” he says, adding that all the competitors in the 2015 Golf British Columbia Women’s Mid-Senior Amateur enjoyed the course immensely. A good example of Cowichan’s enjoyable challenge is the 10th, a par-four dogleg left. Trees block out the green, so the play is a sensible iron shot off the tee. The approach is downhill into a slick green that is bounded by bunkers front, left, and back. You need to remember to spin it on the green but keep the ball beneath the hole. That’s just a warm up for the 11th. “Our signature hole is hole number 11, and it is probably one of the most challenging holes on Vancouver Island,” says Jackson. “It is a long 404-yard, uphill par four with the second shot over water to a narrow sloping green. If you don’t hit the perfect tee shot, it is a gamble to go for the green in two shots.” “Sometimes laying up your second shot is a smart play,” he adds.
COURSE DETAILS TEE
YARDAGE 6,189 5,899 5,570 4,865 SLOPE
69.0 67.7 65.9 68.2
110 112 –
COURSE ARCHITECT A.V. MACAN
Qualicum Beach Parksville Nanaimo Ladysmith COWICHAN
SIP OF THE GOLF TRAIL
6 Cowichan Golf Club Victoria
“IT’S A VERY WALKABLE COURSE BUT A CHALLENGING TEST OF GOLF, WITH SMALL, FAST GREENS.” Norm’s tip for playing Cowichan Golf? “Our greens all break to Cowichan Bay, and when in doubt, hit to the middle of the greens so you don’t short side yourself.” Jackson’s got one more tip: “The area’s wineries are a must see: award-winning wines and culinary extravaganza.” Beautiful scenery, challenging holes, excellent service, a great clubhouse, and wineries close by — all the right ingredients for a terrific day of golf.
250-746-5333 or 1-877-744-5333
Great golf plus a practice range and lessons, power carts, rentals, and club fitting at the pro shop. A favourite for tournaments, dining, banquets, and weddings.
COWICHAN GOLF CLUB
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CENTRAL ISLAND HEART OF THE GOLF TRAIL
Glorious beaches â€˘ Resort lifestyle Unique attractions
Afternoon strolls at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park are spectacular.
rom Nanaimo, with its beautiful harbourfront, through Nanoose Bay and all the way to Lighthouse Country just north of Qualicum Beach, this stretch of coastal beauty has been captivating vacationers for over a century. Miles of golden-sand beaches lure paddlers and dreamers, boaters ply the waves on sailboats and yachts, lush green parks
invite walkers and hikers, restaurant patios serve just-caught seafood, and resorts with decadent spas and water views provide the ideal escape from the stresses of modern life. In the summer, this is a very popular destination, especially with events like the Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition drawing crowds to see the
intricate creations made by sand-sculpting artists from around the world. In 2020, the competition is on from July 11 and 12, and the sculptures are on display until August 16. But Central Islandâ€™s beaches are as appealing in the cooler months as they are in the heat of July and August. In fact, many vacationers prefer to be here when the summer crowds subside and the beaches are
Provincial Park, along with hiking trails, a picnic area, and an all-natural pool for swimming. Milner Gardens and Woodland features 60 acres of woodland and 10 acres of garden surrounding a heritage house. And then there are the beaches: almost 20 kilometres of glorious sand at four main beaches between Parksville and Qualicum Beach. As for the golf, it has been a favourite pastime here since 1913.
Rathtrevor Beach is a region favourite all year round.
more conducive to quiet contemplation and peaceful strolls. On land, most of the region is included in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, recognized with a UNESCO designation for its unique microclimate and ecosystem of Douglas fir and giant red cedar. For jaw-dropping views of the Strait of Georgia, explore the alpine trails leading to Mount Arrowsmith, Cokely, and Moriarity. No Island experience is complete without a walk in a forest. MacMillan Provincial Park, more commonly known as Cathedral Grove, a name it picked up back in the 1920s, is a 301-hectare park located 25 kilometres west of Qualicum Beach off Highway 4. Preserving a rare Vancouver Island ecosystem of Douglas fir forest, this park has trees that are an amazing 800 years old. And they are big: one tree measures nine metres around. Short pathways start from both sides of the highway and take you through this small but treasured park. This region offers many options for exploring the great outdoors. Little Qualicum River Falls Provincial Park has an accessible pathway and spectacular waterfall views. More waterfalls await in Englishman River Falls
FAIRWINDS GOLF CLUB
Parksville Nanoose Bay
YARDAGE 6,181 5,699 5,173 4,043 SLOPE
130 125 114 98
69.9 67.6 65.3 61.0
71 71 71 71
Nanaimo Ladysmith CENTRAL ISLAND
HEART OF THE GOLF TRAIL 7 Fairwinds Golf Club 8 Morningstar Golf Club 9 Eaglecrest Golf Club 10 Pheasant Glen Golf Resort
Golfing at Fairwinds Golf Club is the kind of experience that can change the direction of your life. Located at Nanoose Bay between Nanaimo and Parksville, Fairwinds is more than a golf course: it’s a stunningly beautiful coastal community with gorgeous beaches, rivers, and waterfalls. Sailing, fishing, and kayaking adventures
launch from the marina, and miles and miles of trails invite hikers and cyclists to explore the Nanoose Peninsula landscape. But it’s often the golf that gets people here in the first place, and it makes an indelible first impression. The natural surroundings are one of the top reasons people love this course, says Brett Standerwick, General Manager of Operations and Head Professional. “Being at the tip of Nanoose Bay, Fairwinds is surrounded by the ocean, with abundant wildlife, including resident deer, swans, and eagles,” he says. The course is well known for its conditions. “Fairwinds prides itself on maintaining high-quality, on-course playing conditions
COURSE ARCHITECT LES FURBER
250-468-7666 or 1-888-781-2777
This 18-hole golf course features a grass tee driving range with covered heated stalls for winter, two practice greens, including one with practice bunker, and a clubhouse with an open-daily restaurant and full banquet and tournament facilities.
FAIRWINDS GOLF CLUB
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CENTRAL ISLAND Morningstar Highlights
Beautiful Morningstar offers 18 holes of championship golf, plus a grass driving range, practice greens, full-service restaurant, and golf shop.
for all its players,” says Standerwick. “It is also a very walkable golf course for those who choose that option.” And having options is something else golfers love about Fairwinds: playability for everyone and great MORNINGSTAR GOLF CLUB practice facilities. “Fairwinds is challenging, but not particularly long, making it appealing for all will feature spacious patios, sophisticated players,” he says. “There are interiors, and expansive views and will be even five tee-box options, including junior surrounded by the array of amenities that tees. The driving range boasts grass tees in Fairwinds has to offer. season with covered, heated stalls in the winter.” Standerwick’s pro tip relates to the fact FAIRWINDS PRIDES that the course, while not long in length, is a ITSELF ON MAINTAINING good challenge for all levels. “Using shorter clubs off the tee and giving HIGH-QUALITY, ONup some distance to improve your accuracy COURSE PLAYING will also improve your score,” he says. And he has one more tip, one you’ll CONDITIONS FOR ALL appreciate after the game: “There is worldITS PLAYERS. class fishing just off-shore in and around the Winchelsea Islands.” Close to the heart of the Island but Many exciting plans are in the works for away from the bustle of the city, one visit the Fairwinds community, beginning with to Fairwinds and you’ll understand why so the redevelopment of Fairwinds Landing, a many have chosen to live here. Whether it 40,000-square-foot waterfront building be a passion for golfing or boating, fishing that will feature convenience shopping, or nature hikes, fitness and fun or quiet a café, an oceanfront restaurant/lounge, evenings with family and friends, Fairwinds residential rental units, and professional is truly a place to live with passion. offices and more. Adjacent to the 350-berth Fairwinds MORNINGSTAR GOLF CLUB Marina, visitors will be able to shop, dine, The pristine natural beauty and the and enjoy the panoramic water and nature exciting challenge of a great course meet views of Fairwinds’ beautifully natural at Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville. landscape. Designed by course architect Les Furber, Additionally, The Westerly, which is this par-72, 6,983-yard course is a superbly now under construction, offers a limited conditioned course, with undulating greens collection of 39 spacious suites just steps from the Marina and Landing. This boutique and bunkering to provide interest and collection of one- and two-bedroom homes challenge for all players. 16
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“People love it because they can play every club in their bag,” says Mark Forrest, Morningstar’s Head Golf Professional. Evidence that Morningstar is worthy of the praise it continually gets is clear from the number of times it has been selected to host professional, national, and provincial events. Morningstar has hosted three PGA of Canada events, two CN Links Pacific Championships, the 2007 BCGA Men’s Amateur, the 2010 Golf Canada Senior Ladies National Championships, the 2014 Golf Canada’s Women Tour, and the 2016 Golf Canada University/College Championships. One of Morningstar’s signature holes is the ninth, a long par five that starts with a risk-reward tee shot that needs to be fitted in between two bodies of water. “If successful, you will be left with deciding whether to go for the green or find the best spot on the narrow fairway from which to play an approach shot to the very large and undulating green,” says Forrest.
On the back nine, the par three 14th hole is a test that requires a good tee shot or you will be left with a tricky pitch to get up and down. If you want to warm up before tackling the course, you can. Recently, Morningstar has undergone a total redo of their shortgame practice area. “More area, more space, more challenge, more shot types to practice,” says Forrest. And you can do that anytime of the year. Just like the beaches in the area, the season never ends. Morningstar is open year round and the playing conditions are excellent throughout. Before or after the game, enjoy the eclectic menu and excellent service in Morningstar’s Grill. Seating is available inside or out on the deck overlooking the course.
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layout deftly combines a variety of different in Qualicum Beach is one of the oldest elements to create a uniquely challenging courses in Vancouver Island’s beautiful Oceanside region. This challenging, course with different styles of greens throughout the course — five classic-style superbly maintained, semi-private, 18crowned greens left from the original ninehole course is renowned for its exceptional hole course, six modern tiered-style greens, customer service, scenic beauty, and classic and seven larger sweeping, rolling greens. atmosphere. “Eaglecrest has a wonderful traditional feel exuded by its staff, members, and the community,” says Cory Betz, Head Golf Professional at Eaglecrest. You’ll notice that feel out on the course, too. Betz says the “classic country club-style layout” is what people love the most about Eaglecrest. “Eaglecrest’s true value comes with its approach shots,” he says. “Firstly, The town of Qualicum Beach is known for being one of the most charming one must take what the communities on Vancouver Island. course gives you off the “This provides unlimited pin locations tee, and regardless of the tee box you’ve and makes the approach shot value so great chosen, the ball needs to be placed in the here at Eaglecrest,” says Betz, adding with a same location on the fairway.” smile, “Happy flag hunting.” It’s not a course you want to attack off the tee. The reward for meeting Eaglecrest’s challenges is equally spectacular. Once the ball is placed appropriately in “People love our patio, and there is no the fairway, this is where the fun begins. The better place to be on a beautiful summer afternoon or evening,” he says. “It overlooks the course with its abundance of wildlife.” It’s also the perfect spot to enjoy peaceful Island time with a mug of craft beer or glass of Island wine. While you are in the area, you’ll find all kinds of wonderful ways to spend your time between rounds: spas, mountain biking, and festivals. “And don’t forget the kayaking, caving, hiking, paddle
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Eaglecrest Golf Club is a favourite of the locals and boasts a variety of challenges over its 18 holes. Playable year round, this traditional-style golf course meanders through towering firs and cedar trees and places a premium on shot making and strategic course management.
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Pheasant Glen Highlights Home of the Pheasant Glen Golf Academy, the Pheasant’s Nest Restaurant, banquet facilities, practice facilities.
Host of the 2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. Host of the 2020 Canadian Senior Men’s Championship.
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boarding, beaches, old growth forests, and car shows,” says Betz. The latest news coming from Eaglecrest is very exciting. In the fall of 2017, the course was sold to a group led by Lisa Lui. After a year of analyzing the course and the business, Eaglecrest is now moving forward with a number of capital projects. The future looks bright — and beautiful! As they say at Eaglecrest, it’s a special place in a unique location.
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Qualicum Beach is one of the most charming communities on Vancouver Island. Art galleries and studios, boutiques, cafés, and bistros line streets bordered by flower baskets and boxes. The town’s beach has been named one of the best in Canada and is known for shallow water that gets deeper gradually and warms up quickly on hot summer days. Some days, the water temperature along the shore heats up to 20˚C/70˚F. The golf here is as beautiful as the beach. Pheasant Glen Golf Resort is a 6,928-yard course devoted solely to great golf in a natural setting. “Pheasant Glen is walkable through nature — there are no houses lining the fairways,” says Gord Melissa, Manager and
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Head Professional at Pheasant Glen. Melissa adds that golfers love Pheasant Glen’s conditioning of lush fairways and fast greens, and the staff that create a friendly and happy environment. The front nine winds through high grass, meadows, and creeks, all framed by the peak of Mount Arrowsmith. The back nine zigzags through a heavy stretch of Douglas fir and features a finishing punch that may be the most memorable in the province. The 16th hole is a narrow, 520-yard par five that dares big hitters to try for the green in two. Go too far and the ball splashes down into the hazard that wraps around the back of the hole. The 17th is a 427-yard par four with water squeezing the fairway on both sides of the landing zone. The 18th measures 582 yards from the tournament tees, and after giving it all you’ve got from the tee and fairway,
it demands accuracy with your approach to stay out of the water and bunker left and bunker right. A proven championship course, Pheasant Glen has a list of events to its credit, most recently the 2016 BC Amateur Championship and the 2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. In 2020, Pheasant Glen will be hosting the Canadian Senior Men’s Championship. Pheasant Glen has a great Junior Academy, which currently offers four programs, including a credit course for high school students. “The Elite Group Program is a threetiered program providing coaching for juniors entering into competition and who are seeking a future in golf, whether it be a scholarship, professional golf, or golf business,” says Melissa. The fourth Junior Academy program, the School of Golf, sees high school students enjoy instruction three days a week during their PE block.
PHEASANT GLEN GOLF RESORT IS A 6,928-YARD COURSE DEVOTED SOLELY TO GREAT GOLF IN A NATURAL SETTING. “We have a 20-seat shuttle bus that shuttles them to and from school,” says Melissa. “Students get golf instruction, membership at Pheasant Glen, and credits towards graduation.” No matter what level of play you are at, Pheasant Glen is a must-golf course on a Vancouver Island golf adventure.
DELIVERING THE BEST GOLF VACATIONS FOR 20 YEARS
hen we cut the ribbon on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail back in 2000, it featured six exceptional courses linked into a vacation package for golfers from nearby: Vancouver, Calgary, and Seattle. And the golfers loved it, calling it a “hidden gem.” Now, 20 years later, the Vancouver Island Golf Trail isn’t a hidden gem anymore — it’s a confirmed “must play” and has become the repeat destination of choice for golfers from across Canada, California, Texas, the southern U.S., and the Pacific Rim. And the Trail has grown. Now, 14 of the Island’s very best
courses are teed up along the Trail designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Graham Cooke, Les Furber, Ted Robinson, and Canadian golf design legend, A.V. Macan. Combined, our courses have hosted the Canadian PGA Tour Qualifying School nine times and have been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world and on the Golf Channel’s Ginella’s Journeys. Some of the greatest golfers in the history of the game have played here: Nicklaus, Montgomerie, Faldo, and Langer. It’s been a fantastic round of 20 years. Join us this year and tee off for some amazing rounds of your own on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.
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Spectacular wilderness Outdoor adventure Fine food and drink The North Island has been a destination for world-class fishing for over a century.
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he first thing that strikes anyone about the North Island is the wilderness. The magnificent forests, mountains, glaciers, and coastline seem endless. This is the location of Strathcona Provincial Park, B.C.’s oldest park, encompassing 231,434 hectares of wilderness, including six of the seven highest peaks on Vancouver Island. Adventures range from whale and grizzly bear watching and guided marine and aerial tours, to snorkelling with salmon, kayaking among the Islands, skiing the slopes of Mount Washington, hiking through forests and up glaciers, mountain biking and cycling, and diving at some of the best cold-water dive sites in the world. For well over a century, fishing has topped the list of adventures here. According to legend, the waterway between Campbell River and Quadra Island was once so bountiful that it could be crossed by walking on the backs of the salmon. These days, boats are preferred for getting out on the water and a fleet of charters is ready to take you out to where the fishing is best. If you really want to explore the remote wilderness, check out a floatplane charter. The North Island is also a destination for Indigenous culture. Totems, petroglyphs, and artwork can be found in communities throughout the region, including at Quadra Island’s Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre and in museums and art galleries in Campbell River and Courtenay. After a day on the golf course or exploring the wilderness, creature comforts await in the many communities scattered throughout the region: luxurious spas, arts and cultural experiences, and fine wine and food, most likely grown or raised right here in this rich agricultural heartland. Chefs love it here because so much of what they serve in their dining rooms comes from local land and water: fresh produce, farm-raised meats, justcaught fish and seafood, handcrafted cheese, and freshly baked bread. The region is also gaining a reputation for wine and spirits. Local wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries make wonderful products that pair beautifully with the delectable dishes the area’s star chefs create from local ingredients. Farm markets and farm tours are also very popular ways to see the sights and sample the region’s flavours.
And all of it makes for some excellent options to add to your golf vacation.
Campbell River has all the comforts of the city juxtaposed by stunning wilderness and is a launch point for some of the best outdoor adventures you can imagine. Elk Falls Provincial Park: Located two kilometres out of Campbell River, Elk Falls Provincial Park is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Along a beautiful trail system, the park boasts a 64-metre-high suspension bridge with spectacular views of the falls. Discovery Fishing Pier: Canada’s first saltwater fishing pier offers rod rentals so you can try your hand at catching a bite in the Discovery Passage. And don’t miss the ice cream at the concession — it’s famous! Rotary Seawalk: Where the land meets the sea, you’ll find the Campbell River Seawalk. With expansive views of the Discovery Passage and Quadra Island, this waterfront walkway is a wonderful place to see coastal wildlife, creative shoreline carvings, and the historical Big Rock landmark. Museum at Campbell River: The museum is a perfect venue for learning about local history. Explore the First Nations Gallery and follow the changes brought about by exploration and colonization. In addition, the museum features exhibits on logging, fishing, and the history of Ripple Rock. Getting out on the water: Whether you’re fishing, on a wildlife excursion, or simply enjoying the sunset, getting out on the water
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is a must-do in Campbell River. As a city nestled in nature, Campbell River has been shaped by all that surrounds it, and ocean adventures are some of the most timehonoured traditions. Snorkelling with the salmon: From mid-July to mid-September, join hundreds of determined salmon in the city’s namesake river and witness their tenacity on the journey to their spawning grounds. The experience is a true immersion in nature. Craft brewery and tap houses: Campbell River’s brewery and tap houses bring locally brewed craft beer and innovative cuisine to the city. Dockside seafood: Enjoy fresh seafood while watching the boats come and go with the catch of the day. Arts and theatre: Among many local galleries and performance venues, the iconic Tidemark Theatre offers diverse musical performances and visual and media arts. With its bright pink exterior, it is one the most prominent buildings downtown. Visit www.campbellriver.travel for more details.
Marine adventures are unforgettable in the North Island.
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The scenic Comox Glacier and the Beaufort Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the course at Crown Isle Resort. Just 30 minutes away, Mount Washington Alpine Resort beckons, reminding golfers that, in the winter months, they can split the day’s activities between golfing and skiing. Alternatively, the ever-present Pacific offers fishing, kayaking, and sailing as options. “We have plenty of things to do in our valley: fishing, hiking in the forest and along our streams and rivers,” says Rod Prieto, Director of Golf at Crown Isle. “We also have numerous wineries nearby where our guests can do wine tastings, have lunch, and take their favourite bottle of wine home.” The course is as beautiful as its surroundings: lush green fairways, lakes, glacier views, and abundant wildlife, including bald eagles and deer. “Our members and guests love the beauty of our course,”
says Prieto, noting that their maintenance crew works tirelessly to keep Crown Isle in top shape. Prieto adds that the course is also loved for its challenge and for its fairness. “Our course has generous fairways and larger greens, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get into trouble,” he says. “My tip is to play smart. You don’t always need to hit the driver off the tee and don’t always need to fire at all the pins. Take the club that will get you into the widest part of
the fairway. The holes are tucked into tight locations, so aim for the centre, take your par, and move on to the next hole.” The 14th hole, formerly a fairly straightforward par four, was updated in 2018 with the addition of a creek and small lake on the left side of the fairway. Golfers must select the proper club off the tee to avoid the water and reach the green in regulation. Crown Isle ends with its signature 18th, a 423-yard monster with bunkers both off the tee and guarding the front of an elevated green. The Crown Isle Clubhouse is a dazzling 48,000-square-foot West Coast structure, offering sweeping views and top amenities, including conference and meeting space. Nine villa buildings offer scenic accommodation nestled in the trees along the first fairway. Along with Crown Isle’s Timber Room Bar & Grill, The Atrium was recently added and
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Everything you need is right here: a pro shop, practice facilities, and golf academy. The Resort Centre features the Timber Room Bar & Grill, The Atrium Restaurant, fitness centre, lounge, and conference rooms. You can even book accommodation overlooking the first fairway.
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No two holes are the same at this course, which also features a pro shop for retail and rentals, covered driving range, putting and chipping greens, and private lessons. The Creekside Grill & Lounge has a great outdoor patio.
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offers relaxed fine dining in the perfect postgame setting. It’s no wonder so many visiting golfers, after a day on the greens, wander over to the Crown Isle real estate office to inquire about available properties.
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Just south of Campbell River, where the scenery becomes a little wilder yet, you come upon Storey Creek Golf Club. Truly a course that has been set into the rugged natural wilderness, Storey Creek is in the midst of dense old-growth and second-growth forest. The course itself, designed by Les Furber and opened in 1990, has gained international attention as a renowned championship golf course. It was named the 43rd Best Public Course in Canada by Score Golf in 2015 and rated the 2014 number one public course in the province by the PGA of B.C. CPGA Head Professional Steven MacPherson says Storey Creek is distinctive from other Island courses. “Each of our holes winds through thick forest,” he says. “Golfers don’t see other holes or other groups of golfers. They are at one with nature. No homes. No highways. No sound.” Instead, you may see bald eagles, deer, beavers, and black bears during your round. “Each of our holes has its own unique
the morning round.” After your game — or two — at this wilderness paradise, there is no shortage of things to do. “Campbell River describes itself as the Salmon Capital of the World,” says MacPherson. “Visitors to Storey Creek often choose fishing and whale and grizzly bear charters from myriad specialists located in the city and divide their week between golf and these ocean adventures.” This year, Storey Creek is hosting a mixed open for couples in May, a ladies’ open in late July, and a men’s open in September. Yet more great reasons to go north to Storey Creek.
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shape. No two present similar challenges,” says MacPherson. “The holes twist and turn with creeks meandering across and alongside fairways.”
Beautiful Quadra Island is just 10 minutes by ferry from Campbell River, but it feels like a whole new world. It’s a laid-back Island, known for its rich history, friendly people, and natural beauty.
SET INTO THE RUGGED NATURAL WILDERNESS, STOREY CREEK IS IN THE MIDST OF DENSE OLD-GROWTH AND SECOND-GROWTH FOREST. While the course has a few forgiving par threes, as well as awe-inspiring par fives, the signature hole is the 12th — and it is also the hardest hole. A long dog-leg right par five, the 12th has a water hazard down the right side beginning at the tee and continuing until the 100-yard marker, forcing the slicer to play strategically, says MacPherson. It’s challenging, yes, but very exciting. “Many of our golfers play a second round in the afternoon, such is their enjoyment of
Jason Tchir, General Manager and Golf Professional at the Quadra Island Golf Club, says the natural beauty is a big draw for golfers. In fact, the setting gets rave reviews. “People love the setting. It’s a really nice, isolated setting. You’re out with nature and your golf clubs, and that’s about it,” he says. “You don’t even see too many other golfers, because each hole is pretty isolated from the others.”
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Quadra Island Golf Club is a serious test of golf in nine beautiful holes and offers a driving range, practice green, lessons, and tournaments, plus a golf shop with retail and rentals, power carts, pull carts, and a licensed facility for lunch or a snack.
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Quadra Island Golf Club makes it easy, too, with a free shuttle between the golf course and the ferry terminal, resorts, and marina. But while getting to the greens is easy, this nine-hole course is “a really good nine holes,” says Tchir. “A lot of people are surprised at how serious a challenge and tough of a test it is just doing nine holes. They come off the course, saying, ‘Wow! That’s a serious golf course.’” A round finishes with the signature hole. “It’s our par-three finisher, and it’s a good 100-yard carry over a pretty large pond,” says Tchir, adding that the ninth is very picturesque. “Really, all the holes are beautiful, and they’re all unique,” he says. “Personally, I love the second hole, a great par four.” His advice for golfers: keep your ball in play. “I know it’s cliché,” he laughs. “But at our golf course, definitely, the most important thing is to keep your ball, keep it in play, keep it in the middle. Our trees are unforgiving.”
Though underbrush gets cleared away every winter, the forest is thick: this is golfing as natural as it gets. “If you are not hitting in the middle, you’ll definitely have a long day, so club down where it’s safe: in the centre of the fairways.” While Quadra Island is a popular day trip, it’s also a great place to kick back for a couple days. “Quadra’s got some really nice resorts. The water access is great, and there are some beautiful areas, like Rebecca Spit Park, and lots of hiking trails, whale watching tours, fishing adventures, the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre,” says Tchir. A peaceful setting, fantastic golf, and all that nature. “Kind of endless opportunities in those respects,” he says.
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Whether on the welcoming course or inside the interactive and innovative lounge and range, this is golf “FOREveryone.” Ever since opening in August 2018, the Campbell River Golf and Country Club and Velocity Lounge and Range have been described as approachable,
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innovative, visionary, and even futuristic. As Jason Deegan of Golf Advisor, says, “If golf is to be more inclusive — which is the future of the game — it will need more facilities like Campbell River.” Formerly the Sequoia Springs Golf Course and now under new ownership, every hole was remodelled in 2017-18. Mature trees were kept, but otherwise, the 18-hole, 6,141-yard course is completely new. Golfers are raving about it. “Reviews have all been about the amazing condition of the course,” says Kyle Stoudt, Head Professional. “The fairways are pure and lush and the greens are smooth and fast with enough undulation to make any ‘routine’ two-putt a challenge.” Looking at the yardage, you may think it will be an easy round. “Although we may have a few hundred less yards than the traditional golf course, we still
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WITH MOUNT WASHINGTON ONLY 45 MINUTES AWAY, WE ARE ONE OF THE ONLY PLACES YOU CAN SKI AND GOLF IN THE SAME DAY DURING THE WINTER. require accurate tee shots and approaches,” he says. “The bunkers have been placed to penalize errant shots, and our greens are set up so you have to be on the correct level with the pin or face a very difficult putt.” The signature hole is the 17th. “The double dog-leg, par five stretches out to over 610 yards from the back tees and has a creek crossing the fairway right
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about the area you would typically lay up to with your second shot,” says Stoudt. “You must decide whether you want to take the risk and try to get close to the green or lay back and have a long approach from behind the creek, all while weaving your way down through the tree-lined fairway.” Innovation goes beyond the exceptional on-course experience: this is a destination, leading a new era in golf using technology and world-class facilities to attract new golfers. The Velocity Lounge and Driving Range is a highlight, where you can enjoy a fun-first
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experience in a casual group setting, order food and drinks, and hit golf balls late into the night using TopTracer technology. “We have already seen the game introduced to hundreds of ‘non-golfers’ and it has led to increased interest in learning more about the game.” For those already familiar with the game but ready to pick up a few more skills, the indoor golf academy and world-class 8,000square-foot practice area are second to none. “We’ve created a space that reflects realistic on-course situations, from a simple bump-and-run to a 60-yard wedge shot, that provide golfers ample opportunity to improve all aspects of their short-game,” says Stoudt. 2020 will see the opening of a 2,400-square-foot retail space/ golf shop that will appeal to golfers and athletic enthusiasts alike. The space will also feature brand-new locker room facilities sure to make your visit all the more comfortable and enjoyable.
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BC Ferries provides more than 30 crossings per day between Vancouver Island and the Mainland. BC Ferries feature vehicle transportation (cars, RVs, trucks, buses, bikes),
snack bars and restaurants, gift shops, newsstands, and elevators. Crossing time between Vancouver and Victoria is 95 minutes; crossing time between Vancouver and Nanaimo is 95 minutes to two hours, depending on the departure point. Optional vehicle reservations are available up to 90 minutes prior to departure. Service between Powell River and the Comox Valley is also available; reservations are not offered for this route. Call 1-888-BC FERRY or visit www.bcferries.com. For visitors from Washington, options include passenger service on the Clipper from downtown Seattle and vehicle service from Anacortes and Port Angeles. Visit www.golfvancouverisland.travel.
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DRIVING THE ISLAND
Vancouver Island is easy to reach by air and has several airports, including Victoria International Airport (YYJ), Nanaimo Airport (YCD), Comox Valley (YQQ), and Campbell River (YBL). WestJet Airlines provides non-stop service from Edmonton, Calgary, and Kelowna and seasonal service from destinations such as Toronto, Las Vegas, and Honolulu. Call 1-800-538-5696 or visit www.westjet.com. Air Canada offers service to Victoria from Vancouver, Toronto, San Francisco, and Calgary. U.S. carriers, such as Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines, offer service from Seattle.
The total drive time for the Vancouver Island Golf Trail (see page 35), a 250-km/155-mile stretch from Victoria in the South to Campbell River in the north, is only three hours. Car rentals are easily arranged and can be reserved when you book your vacation with Golf Vancouver Island. The car rental provider for our golf vacation packages is National Car and Truck Rental, which allows for one-way rentals between Victoria and Comox (1-800-227-7368, www.drivenational.ca). Another way to drive the Island is to let someone else do the driving! Customized tours for groups and individuals to see the sights and to enjoy a variety of activities, including visits to breweries and wineries, shops and galleries, and more, can be easily arranged. Call L.A. Limousines and Transportation Services at 1-888-933-5466.
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PRINCE OF WHALES Experience the stunning views of BC’s picturesque coastline while our team introduces you to the whales and wildlife that make these waters home. Step on board one of our purpose built catamarans, featuring indoor /outdoor seating, floorto-ceiling windows, and ample room to stow your bags. With daily departures from Vancouver, Victoria, and Telegraph Cove, there are a variety of additional tour options. Vancouver, Victoria & Telegraph Cove 250-896-4884 1-888-383-4884 firstname.lastname@example.org www.princeofwhales.com
VANCOUVER ISLAND BREWING It all started in 1984 when a few people with a passion for brewing set out to craft fresh, natural beers for Islanders to enjoy. 35 years later we still love brewing craft beer and supporting the people and events that make the Island great! Visit our tasting room 7 days a week in downtown Victoria. 2330 Government St. 250-361-0007 1-800-663-6383 email@example.com www.vibrewing.com
Golf Vancouver Island is proud to partner People have been vacationing on Vancouver with accommodation providers that offer Island for well over a century. The list of reasons to visit this island of natural wonders a range of outstanding options to suit any and endless adventures is long — from art budget and taste. Whether you are looking to stay in a seaside cottage or revel in the galleries, gardens, and spas to some of the opulence of a world-renowned hotel, wake best fishing and golfing in the world. But the reasons people come back again and again, year OUR GOLF PACKAGES INCLUDE after year, generation after generation, are consistent: warm PREFERRED RATES AT ALL OF THE hospitality, top quality service, GOLFING HAVENS ON VANCOUVER and exceptional experience. ISLAND, FROM VICTORIA IN THE Our accommodation properties have played a vital SOUTH ALL THE WAY TO CAMPBELL role in establishing Vancouver RIVER IN THE NORTH. Island’s world-renowned reputation. And while the Island has played host to royalty, dignitaries, and up to an ocean vista or to a view of the more celebrities than you can count, you greens, we have what you want at prices that don’t have to famous to be welcomed here. are right for you. In fact, what makes Vancouver Island so Our golf packages include preferred special is that everyone is sincerely welcome. rates at all of the golfing havens on
Vancouver Island, from Victoria in the south all the way to Campbell River in the north. Budget accommodation with super-friendly staff; midrange hotels where you can relax in luxury without emptying your wallet; high-end hotels where spa treatments and fine dining are just some of the ways you can spend your aprèsgolf time. Additional activities — such as whale and wildlife watching, custom sightseeing tours, wine and brewery tastings, shopping and art gallery excursions, fishing, hiking, sailing, and, in the winter months, skiing — can be easily added to your golf vacation. You can even extend your stay to see and do everything you want. If you are looking for tips on where to fuel up between games, the hotel staff are happy to let you in on all the local dining secrets. Whether you want fresh pastries and coffee to go or a full English
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breakfast, a sumptuous feast of local seafood and Island wine or a gourmet burger and a craft brew, they’ll get you set up. All of our accommodation properties are featured advertisers in this issue of Vancouver Island Golf Vacations. To see how we combine accommodation, golf, and other island activities, check out our golf packages on page 35.
ARBUTUS INN | VICTORIA
Arbutus Inn Arbutus Inn offers 52 guest rooms in the heart of Victoria, BC. Less than a 10 minute drive from the famous Victoria Inner Harbour and 5 minutes to Mayfair Shopping Centre. All guest rooms include free wireless, free parking, air conditioning, and coffee/ tea. We make Victoria affordable with comfort and newly appointed rooms. AMENITIES
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• Free in-room wireless and lobby computer • Free parking and free local calls • Flatscreen TVs, new Serta Sleep Perfect beds • In-room coffee and tea
2898 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC • T 250-386-1000 TF 1-888-546-4432 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.arbutusinn.ca
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DAYS INN – VICTORIA ON THE HARBOUR | VICTORIA
The Days Inn Victoria on the Harbour is perfectly located on Victoria’s beautiful downtown Inner Harbour, walking distance to so much of what the city has to offer, including the Convention Centre, Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, IMAX Theatre, US Ferry docks, Beacon Hill Park, restaurants, shopping, and more. Come and visit our beautiful Garden City, and we’ll take care of the rest! AMENITIES
• On-site restaurant and lounge with seasonal outdoor patio • Seasonal outdoor heated pool and yearround whirlpool • Complimentary high-speed Internet access, Internet kiosk on lobby level, and free local calls • In-room coffeemaker/tea/kettle/fridges • Harbourview, pet-friendly, and kitchenette rooms available 427 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC • T 250-386-3451 F 250-386-6999 TF 1-800-665-3024 • www.daysinnvictoria.com • email@example.com
HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC | VICTORIA
You Play the Best, Why Not Stay at The Best? Located on Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, the Hotel Grand Pacific offers welcoming comfort, world-class facilities, an unbeatable location, and access to Victoria’s most exciting experiences. One of the few hotels right on the Inner Harbour, and next to the landmark BC Legislature and Parliament Buildings, the Hotel Grand Pacific is just a par 5 away from Victoria’s downtown restaurant and shopping district, and minutes away from some of the best courses the Greater Victoria area has to offer. AMENITIES
• Victoria Athletic Club and Pool • Pacific Patio & Terrace • Concierge staff • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Pacific Restaurant and Lounge • Courtyard Cafe 463 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC • T 250-386-0450 TF 1-800-663-7550 • www.hotelgrandpacific.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
INN AT LAUREL POINT | VICTORIA
Resort-style luxury, excellent service, and captivating inner harbour views make Inn at Laurel Point an exceptional accommodation choice. Minutes from many of Victoria’s attractions, this property has a park-like setting and offers harbour-view rooms and suites with private decks. Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio boasts glorious views and offers a globally inspired small plates menu for all meals, with the addition of happy hour, and an à la carte small plates brunch on weekends. AMENITIES
• Surrounded by water, stunning views • All guest rooms have balconies and complimentary Wi-Fi • Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio • Locally owned • Carbon-neutral property • Parking and electric vehicle charging station
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680 Montreal Street, Victoria, BC • T 250-386-8721 TF 1-800-663-7667 • www.laurelpoint.com • email@example.com
ROYAL SCOT HOTEL & SUITES | VICTORIA
The Royal Scot Hotel & Suites is located one block from the Inner Harbour and offers guest rooms, studio, and one- and two- bedroom suites with kitchens. The hotel offers flat screen TVs and DVD players, a billiards and games room, a business centre, indoor pool, whirlpool, saunas, and an exercise room. Jonathan’s Restaurant and Lounge is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. AMENITIES
• Guest rooms and suites with kitchens • Restaurant on site • Indoor pool • Hot tub & saunas • Free Wi-Fi • Downtown courtesy shuttle 425 Quebec Street, Victoria, BC • T 250-388-5463 F 250-388-5452 TF 1-800-663-7515 • www.royalscot.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE WESTIN BEAR MOUNTAIN GOLF RESORT & SPA | VICTORIA
The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa is a stunning 91-room boutique hotel located just minutes from Downtown Victoria. Experience luxury and convenience as you overlook the lush mountainside fairways of Canada’s only 36-hole Nicklaus Design golf facility and enjoy 8 red-clay indoor/outdoor tennis courts, a full athletic club complete with hot tub and heated outdoor swimming pool, multiple dining options and newly renovated luxury spa. AMENITIES
• 36 holes of Nicklaus golf and practice facility • Luxurious and large rooms and suites • On-site spa and athletic club • Minutes from seaside parks • Breathtaking views of Southern Vancouver Island 1999 Country Club Way, Victoria, BC • T 250-391-7160 TF 1-888-533-2327 • www.bearmountain.ca • email@example.com
BAYSIDE OCEANFRONT RESORT | PARKSVILLE
The Bayside Oceanfront Resort, “Parksville’s finest resort on Canada’s most desired island. A distinctively iconic oceanfront property where all senses are indulged, the culture is authentic, the setting is gorgeous, and the experience is second to none.” Visit us in Parksville for your next golf adventure, corporate retreat or for your dining pleasure in our stunning oceanfront setting. The view is truly just the beginning. AMENITIES
• Pool and fitness centre • On-site restaurant and lounge • Ample free parking • Meeting and convention space • Steps to downtown and miles of sandy beaches 240 Dogwood Street, Parksville, BC • T 250-248-8333 TF 1-800-663-4232 • www.baysideresortparksville.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
TIGH-NA-MARA SEASIDE SPA RESORT | PARKSVILLE
Experience rustic charm in the heart of nature with the award-winning Grotto Spa, two unique restaurants, Parksville’s best lounge, and handcrafted log guestrooms all nestled in 22 acres beside the ocean. Reconnect at Vancouver Island’s Natural Choice for your next golf getaway, retreat, or corporate event. AMENITIES
• Over 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space • Free Wi-Fi and no resort fees • Parksville’s best lounge • Indoor pool with fitness facilities • 3 kms of sandy beach and the warmest swimming waters in Canada
1155 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC • T 250-248-2072 F 250-248-4140 TF 1-800-663-7373 • www.tigh-na-mara.com • email@example.com
CROWN ISLE RESORT & GOLF COMMUNITY | COURTENAY
Stay. Play. Dine. Live. Crown Isle is Vancouver Island’s ultimate home base. Full-service resort with rooms and suites overlooking the first fairway, and two restaurants plus banquet and conference facilities. We offer easy access to the Comox Valley’s alpineto-ocean recreational activities, vibrant cultural scene, airport, and shopping. Host Facility of the Mackenzie Tour — PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying School. AMENITIES
• Platinum-rated golf course and 47,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse • Practice facility, golf shop, fitness centre • 7,000 sq. ft. of conference space • Timber Room Bar & Grill • The Atrium restaurant 399 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay, BC • T 250-703-5000 TF 1-888-338-8439 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.crownisle.com
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PAINTER’S LODGE | CAMPBELL RIVER
A fishing paradise and gateway to nature — this is Painter’s Lodge. Welcoming nature and fishing enthusiasts from all over the world, Painter’s Lodge is a place for island adventure, relaxation, and retreat to experience the wilderness. In addition, Storey Creek Golf Club and the majestic Quadra Island Golf Course are located just a short distance away. Give us a call and let your playtime begin! AMENITIES
• Oceanfront dining • Outdoor pool and hot tub • Tennis court and fitness centre • Guided fishing • Helicopter Tours • Whale Watching • Grizzly Bear & Rapids Tours 1625 McDonald Road, Campbell River, BC • T 250-286-1102 TF 1-888-999-2799 • email@example.com • www.painterslodge.com
APRIL POINT RESORT & SPA | QUADRA ISLAND
MORNING GOLF, AFTERNOON BLISS
Welcome to our playground. April Point Resort & Spa offers the best fishing, adventure tours and relaxation on the West Coast, and it can all be accessed just a few steps from your room. In addition, Storey Creek Golf Club and the majestic Quadra Island Golf Course are located right nearby. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call and let your playtime begin! AMENITIES
• Oceanfront dining room • Signature Spa • Guided fishing charters • Wildlife tours • Whale watching • Grizzly bear tours • Kayak rentals • Free water taxi to sister resort, Painter’s Lodge 900 April Point Rd, Quadra Island, BC • T 250-285-2222 TF 1-888-999-2799 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.aprilpoint.com
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