The only region in Canada where you can golf year around - Vancouver Island Golf. The Pacific air keeps this region mild for most of the winter so the majority of precipitation will fall as light rain while temperatures remain warm enough to play golf.
The Vancouver Island golf region is a large, sparsely populated area that is home to one of the world's most diverse ecosystems: rainforests, marshes, meadows, beaches, mountains, oceans, rivers and lakes create habitats for multitudes of wildlife species.
In fact, the region is one of the world's premier locations for whale watching, birding, as well as salmon and trout fishing so there is lots to do off the course. Speaking of golf, enjoy fabulous golf designs such as Storey Creek and Crown Isle on the northern part of the Island to Olympic View, Bear Mountain (36 holes), Arbutus Ridge and Highland Pacific in the south with plenty of others in between.
Hotel options are plentiful from Vancouver Island golf resorts to downtown locations that are steps from shops, dining ideas and nightlife. It's a perfect choice for golf getaways with the guys, ladies, corporate groups or couples.
Popular Vancouver Island Golf Courses
Arbutus Ridge - Arbutus Ridge is located in the seaside community of Cobble Hill within the Cowichan Valley amongst nine of Vancouver Islands golf finest wineries and 10 minutes from the cultural city of Duncan. The terrifically scenic 40 minute drive from Victoria or Nanaimo prepares you for the pure natural charm of the country setting.
Bear Mountain Resort - The Mountain Course - Discover some of the finest golf Victoria has to offer! Co-designed by Jack & Steve Nicklaus, the Mountain Course is set in the foothills of Mount Finlayson and offers a truly challenging year round golf experience for players of all levels. With panoramic mountain, city and ocean views set within rolling fairways and lush forest, rest assured - you will be back for more. Vancouver Island golf at its very best.
The Valley Course - The Valley Course meanders through forest, borders lakes, and traverses creeks throughout its 18 holes, while offering spectacular views of Vancouver Island's beautiful landscape.
In contrast to the existing Mountain Course, the par 71 Valley Course is approximately 400 yards shorter than its sibling. Factoring in elevated tee boxes, more generous fairway widths, and fewer bunkers and larger greens and the Valley course will likely be considered a 'friendlier' of the the Vancouver Island golf gems!
Highland Pacific Golf course - Highland Pacific Golf was created for golfers who want to enjoy a scenic, challenging championship golf course that is playable all year round. Highland Pacific overlooks the majestic Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Thetis Lake Park. Don’t let the views distract you…this course has some surprises in store! The Pacific Nine, with its incredible vistas and rolling fairways, was opened in October 2008 and the Highland Nine opened June 2010.
Olympic View Golf Club - Olympic View is rated the Top 10 best Public Golf Facility in British Columbia 2011 by ScoreGolf Magazine, and previously ranked within the Top 50 Golf Courses in Canada by the Golf Course Ranking and ScoreGolf Magazines. Olympic View Golf Club boasts a variety of golf holes that compliment individual masterpieces. Nestled deep inside a pristine forest, natural beauty is punctuated by two waterfalls, twelve lakes, roaming deer, soaring eagles, and the beautiful snow peaked Olympic Mountains in the horizon.
Victoria Golf Club - Located on the southern tip of this Vancouver Island golf hotbed, a temperate micro-climate allows our Members to play year-round. With more days of play than anywhere else in the country, our Members are known to enjoy sunny weather on New Year’s Day while the rest of Canada is covered in snow. In 2012, Score Golf Magazine ranked the Victoria Golf Club #1 on Vancouver Island, 3rd in British Columbia and #23 in Canada – the oldest golf club in the Top 100. So if you’re looking for golfing excellence and a rich legacy, Victoria Golf Club is where you belong. **Access can be challenging being a private course so it's best to consider times mid week or late afternoons on weekends.
North Vancouver Island Golf CoursesCrown Isle Resort - Designed by Graham Cooke & Associates and opened in 1992, the award winning Platinum rated golf course is superbly manicured and maintained. The layout at Crown Isle is playable for golfers at all levels, the course is designed in a resort style with a dynamic set of tees to meet the needs of any guest or member. With 11 lakes, views of the Beaufort mountain range & Comox glacier, and verdant fairways, this Par 72, 18-hole course offers a superb driving range with chipping & putting greens, and practice bunkers. Enjoy this year round Vancouver Island golf resort with easy flight access thru Comox. (Westjet)
Pheasant Glen Golf Resort - The Pheasant Glen Golf Resort at Qualicum Beach is located in the heart of Oceanside at the base of majestic Mount Arrowsmith. No matter how the round goes on the scorecard, you will always enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you. Pheasant Glen offers challenges to both novice and experienced players alike. The tranquil setting remains the same with grassy meadows, west coast woodlands, and a spectacular view of Mount Arrowsmith providing the backdrop to this wonderful golf experience on Vancouver Island.