Golf may have had its start in the Highlands of Scotland, but judging by the liberal sprinkling of world-class courses that pepper British Columbia, one could almost imagine that it began on Canada's West Coast.
BC has not only some of the finest golfing in the country but also some of the most visually stunning anywhere in the world. Combine this with professionally designed, award-winning courses and you have something special. Add the fact that you can enjoy all this 365 days a year and you have something unique. In fact, coastal British Columbia's typically temperate winters make this the only place in Canada where you can find yourself waist-deep in a sand trap while the rest of the country is waist-deep in snow.
Amongst the world of strip malls that is Richmond in Vancouver BC, there are also acres of green, manicured golf courses. Private clubs like Richmond Golf & Country Club and Quilchena Golf & Country Club might be tough parties to crash without a friend on the inside but the area offers many more fantastic choices that are affordable, public and just as quality. Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club, for example, is an 18-hole Les Furber-designed course with fast, well-protected greens and lush fairways. Other favourites include the Green Acres Golf Course, Mylora Golf Course and Country Meadows Golf Course.
Head into the city! The West Side of Vancouver features favourites such as the University Golf Club, McLeery Golf Course, Marine Drive Golf Club, Point Grey Golf and Country Club and Musqueam Golf Course. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge onto the North Shore and you'll be astonished at the golfing possibilities. West Vancouver is home to 2 public golf courses: The 18-hole Ambleside Pitch and Putt Golf Course and the 9-hole Gleneagles Golf Club. North Vancouver offers options such as the 18-hole Langara Golf Club, the 9-hole Murdo Frazer Par 3 Golf Course, the 18-hole Northlands Golf Course or the semi-private 18 holes at Seymour Golf & Country Club.
Winding north along the Sea to Sky Corridor, one will undoubtedly be unable to resist the breathtaking beauty of Furry Creek Golf and Country Club, a course that sits on the shores of the twinkling Howe Sound. Not far away, the Big Sky Golf and Country Club brags a 7,001 yard Robert Cupp-designed course.
And of course, there's Whistler itself. Try the Whistler Golf Club, a challenging Arnold Palmer original or the par-71 masterpiece that is the lakeside Nicklaus North Golf Course. With mountain bluffs, waterfalls and rock faces in abundance, Chateau Whistler Golf Club provides some of the area's most regionally authentic terrain. These truly comprise some of the most idyllic, masterfully crafted links in the province. Other choices include Pemberton Valley Golf & Country Club, Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club and Garibaldi Springs.
A short ferry-ride west to Vancouver Island won't leave the golfer in your group wanting. The Cowichan Valley area includes such courses as Cowichan Golf and Country Club and Duncan Meadows Golf Course in Duncan and Arbutus Ridge Golf and Country Club near Cobble Hill. Mount Breton Golf Club in Chemainus provides all the challenges and excitement of any quality par-71 golf course. Travel south for less than an hour and you'll find that the breathtaking beauty of southwest Vancouver Island makes an ideal setting for a beautiful, windswept afternoon on the links. Rugged coastline, lush rainforest, staggering views of the Olympic Mountains - it's all here. Try John Phillips Memorial Golf Course, Metchosin Golf Course, Olympic View Golf Club, Royal Colwood Golf Club or Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club. You won't be disappointed.
The beautiful and celebrated capital city of Victoria lives up to its stalwart British heritage with a collection of courses that would do the Old Country proud. Spend the day at Glen Meadow Golf and Country Club, Ardmore Golf Course, Sunshine Hills Golf Course, Cordova Bay Golf Course and Prospect Lake Golf Course. And for a truly majestic day out, you might be lucky enough to find yourself on the ocean's edge looking out across the Strait of Juan de Fuca as you play the Victoria Golf Club or Uplands Golf Club.
Sometimes, different is good. Maybe it's time to put the clubs away and take the whole family out for a day of Disc Golf! Just a short ferry ride from the mainland or from Vancouver Island, the Pender Island Disc Golf Course is comprised of 27 holes (the front nine being tone poles and the middle and back 9 being chain baskets.) Let's see what your handicap is now!
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