VANCOUVER, BC – Robby Bush cruises the streets of downtown Vancouver, BC in his pimped out SUV, drawing funny looks from shoppers in this cosmopolitan city in British Columbia. He is not some thug or guy desperate for attention, but rather a man that wants to bring golf to the people in Vancouver. Or, rather bring the people to the golf.
The SUV has plush seats and a huge “Play Golf Vancouver” with three clubs and a ball logo on it.
“People look at me like I’m nuts,” Bush said. “Sometimes people stop to ask if I’m recruiting golfers.”
But he is not. Bush is trying to help the tourists who visit this unique, water-and-mountain city called Vancouver actually get to play. The SUV with the club drawings is essentially golf’s version of a party bus, though it does bring you to places you might not otherwise get.
That’s the thing about golf in Vancouver, BC: It’s spread out and not instantly known. That’s a difficult combination for any golf destination looking to attract people planning a golf vacation.
“With all the other things going on in and around Vancouver, BC, especially all the other outdoor activities, golf is probably not one of the first things people think of,” Bush said.
To help change that, several of the area’s courses came together under The 19th Hole Personal Golf Concierge Service. It’s operated out of a little corner office in the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, right across the street from those bustling cruise ship docks and on one of the highest pedestrian-frequented paths in the entire city.
Westwood Plateau itself is a good 45-minute drive from the dock downtown area. Mayfair Lakes, which has hosted the Canadian Tour’s Greater Vancouver Classic, is 40 minutes away. Furry Creek, the love-it-or-hate-it, trick shot marvel on the sea, comes in at about a 50-minute drive. Even the University Golf Club, the city course in Vancouver, British Columbia, is 20 minutes over a bridge from those downtown hotels.
“The idea is to make it easier to play golf,” said Bush. “There are plenty of reasons out there that someone can find to not play golf on a trip to Vancouver, BC. We want to try and remove the transportation issue from that in Vancouver.”
So the next time you are in Vancouver, BC don’t forget to bring your golf clubs – and just maybe, you can hop a ride in Bush’s fancy SUV to the Canadian golf course of your choice in the Vancouver area.
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.