VANCOUVER ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Vancouver Island is one of the top places to plan a golf vacation in Canada. With a 250-kilometer golf trail that stretches from Victoria to Campbell River, it is no wonder this Pacific paradise of British Columbia was rated as the Top North American Island by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. The Vancouver Island Golf Trail features 11 destination golf courses that are the highlight of a tourist’s golf package in BC. Vancouver Island’s golf courses are set around cosmopolitan Victoria, BC, beautiful vineyards of Cowichan Warm Land, the stunning beaches of Oceanside and the fantastic wilderness of the North Island. Be sure to explore all Vancouver Island, BC has to offer on and off the golf courses along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.
BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT
British Columbia’s Bear Mountain Resort on Vancouver Island opened in 2003 to much fanfare and hype. And for good reason – it is a master-planned community constructed around the first 18-hole golf course to ever be co-designed by Jack and Steve Nicklaus.
Bear Mountain Resort’s golf course is located only 25 minutes from downtown Victoria, BC.
“Bear Mountain intertwines the expertise of a vintage Nicklaus-designed course with an amazing serious of panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean on the coast of British Columbia, the Garden City and the majestic mountains only offered by the Canadian Rockies,” said Ted Davis, BC golf expert.
OLYMPIC VIEW GOLF CLUB
The Olympic View Golf Club is set among the tranquil wilderness of British Columbia, Canada.Two waterfalls, mountain views, 12 stunning, blue lakes and an array of Canadian wildlife highlight the natural BC setting found at Olympic View.
“But don’t be subdued by the spirituality of the beautiful BC countryside on your golf vacation, because there are some tough shots at the Olympic View Golf Course that will require total attention,” according to Davis. “The golf holes are individual masterpieces that combine to make this course a must-include on your next BC golf package. Olympic View regularly rates among the top golf courses in not only British Columbia, Canada but also all of North America, and was named one of the top 20 golf experiences in Canada and USA West.”
THE CLIFFS OVER MAPLE BAY
Travel 50 kilometers north of Victoria, BC in the Cowichan Valley to find the Cliffs Over Maple Bay. This British Columbia golf course is one of the most spectacular places to play a round of golf in all of Canada. The Cliffs Over Maple Bay feature 18 holes designed by Greg Norman and is highlighted by amazing views of BC’s Straight of Georgia toward Vancouver to the mountain and lakes of the Cowichan Valley.
FAIRWINDS GOLF CLUB
Fairwinds Golf Club, located 20 minutes from Nanaimo, BC, is enviously found in one of the final, unspoiled pieces of land in Canada. This golf course is a must for travelers booking their next golf vacation to BC, Canada. The Pacific Ocean views and the natural beauty of British Columbia are one in a million.
“The ocean front resort and marina complete the experience at Fairwinds, which was named the 1999 BCPGA Golf Facility of the Year,” said Davis.
MORNINGSTAR CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE
Morningstar Championship Golf Course is not only surrounded by the majesty of British Columbia’s pure natural setting, but is part of the mastery that is a Les Furber-designed links/parklands championship golf course. It is a truly memorable part of any golf vacation – most notably the No. 7 hole located near serene Parksville, BC.
CROWN ISLE GOLF COURSE
BC’s Crown Isle Golf Course is arguably the gem of all golf courses on Vancouver Island. It received Platinum Status by Golf Course Ranking magazine and is the centerpiece of Crown Isle Resort. The golf course is designed by Graham Cooke, features classic links-style and is the beneficiary of a superb setting midway on the sunny east-coast in Coutenay, BC. There is also a resort center and a 4 star nightly villa accommodation that overlooks the first fairway of the Crown Isle Golf Course.
Golf Canada’s West is the official golf course, tee time and golf packaging company of Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies. Call them at 877-323-3633. For additional information be sure to check out GolfTheRockies.net. For more BC and Alberta vacation and tourism information, please visit Banff National Park.com and Banff Travel.com.