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Canada offers Winter Golf in Victoria, BC

By Memphis Tanner
Golf Writer/

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – No, Victoria is not heaven, but it can seem that way to those that vacation in this golfer’s paradise located in BC, Canada. Known as the “City of Gardens,” Victoria offers a perfect, mild climate that makes its courses available all year long – a fact that makes it very popular in golf packages during the winter months. Victoria, BC boasts several championship courses, most of which display British Columbia’s amazing ocean and mountain views, as well as evergreen forests. Picturesque Cowichan Valley, BC combines spectacular, scenic golf courses with excellent wineries found 45 minutes north of Victoria. So after a round, grab a bottle of the good stuff and make a toast to your luck of experiencing a fabulous golf vacation in British Columbia.

Best New Golf Courses in Victoria, BC

Looking for the best-known golf hotspot in Victoria, BC? Look no further than Bear Mountain Golf Resort, ranked No. 3 on SCOREGolf magazine’s Top 10 list of Best Public Golf Courses in British Columbia in 2009. SCOREGolf also named Bear Mountain’s Valley Course as Canada’s No. 2 Best New Golf Course in 2009. The course offers panoramic mountain, city and ocean views, and it is Canada’s only facility with 36 holes created by Nicklaus Designs.

Olympic View Golf Club is another of Vancouver Island’s outstanding golf experiences, with picturesque waterfalls, lakes and panoramas of BC’s Olympic Mountains.

Victoria’s newest course, Highland Pacific Golf, is an exciting addition to the British Columbia golf scene. And don’t miss the beautiful Cordova Bay Golf Course with its views of Haro Strait and Mount Baker in Washington State.

Golf Scenic Cowichan Valley, British Columbia

Head to Cobble Hill and play a round at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, located among the wineries of the Cowichan Valley. This course was awarded four stars in Golf Digests Places to Play. The 17th hole has an island green that will be one of the most talked about holes during your entire golf vacation to the British Columbia region.

Just up the highway is the Duncan Meadows Golf Course in Duncan, British Columbia, which hosts the 2009 BC Amateur Championship. Creeks with small rock bridges enhance the course’s natural scenery.

Plan a Canadian Golf Trip to Victoria, BC

Golf vacations to Victoria, BC are ideally planned between April and October, although the mild climate in this area of British Columbia enables most golf courses to remain open all year round. Remember that tee times must be booked in advance of your arrival to BC, Canada, most notably during July and August as golf courses are generally full during the peak season. Also, most top golf courses in Canada, which are included in various golf packages throughout British Columbia, have a dress code – so be sure to check ahead with the resort to become aware of their policy to avoid unexpected problems on a fantastic golf vacation to beautiful Canada.

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 For more BC and Alberta vacation and tourism information, please visit Banff National and Banff

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