By John Gage
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – Vancouver Island, which is one of the top North American Islands, is a 250-kilometer golf trail of paradise on Canada’s Pacific from Victoria to Campbell River. The British Columbia island calls golfers to book golf packages on its shores. Vancouver Island features 11 destination golf courses amidst the old-world ambience of cosmopolitan Victoria, the lush vineyards of the Cowichan Warm Land, the magnificent beaches of Oceanside, and the pristine wilderness of the North Island – explore it all on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail!
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Unveiled in 2003, Bear Mountain Resort is a master-planned community built around the first 18-hole golf course ever to be co-designed by Jack and Steve Nicklaus. Located just 25 minutes from downtown Victoria, Bear Mountain combines the mastery of a Nicklaus course with a series of panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Garden City and the mountains.
The Olympic View Golf Club boasts tranquility and nature, punctuated by two waterfalls, twelve lakes, mountain vistas, and playful deer and eagles. If some of the golf shots on this target venue quicken your pulse, the tranquility of the setting should help to calm and center you. The variety of golf holes constitute individual masterpieces that meld together to form a larger piece of golf art. Discover why Olympic View consistently rates among the top golf courses in North America and recently as the #20 Best Golf Experience in Canada and USA West, 2006.
Set atop a plateau overlooking the Southern Gulf Islands, Arbutus Ridge boasts breathtaking views including Mt. Baker’s mighty snow-capped peak and offers a sublime golf challenge complete with an island green, within its tranquil country setting. Located 40 minutes North of Victoria.
Fifty kilometres north of Victoria in the Cowichan Valley, a truly spectacular 18-hole championship golf course and residential community is taking shape. The Cliffs Over Maple Bay, designed by none other than Greg Norman, is slated for completion in 2008. This promises to be one of the most memorable layouts in the province. Views here stretch from the Strait of Georgia toward Vancouver to the mountains and lakes of the Cowichan Valley for a magnificent vista of more than 210 degrees.
Set in one of Canada’s last great, unspoiled places, Fairwinds offers award-winning championship golf, breathtaking ocean vistas and a pristine natural setting. A serene ocean front resort and marina complement the Fairwinds experience to be awarded 1999 BCPGA Golf Facility of the Year. Located just 20 minutes from Nanaimo.