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6 Golf Courses You Need To Play On Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is home to year-round and top-ranked golf courses, drawing visitors from all over the world. The Golf Trail runs from Victoria in the South to Campbell River in the North, with an incredible variety of courses peppered throughout the island. Experience the stunning ocean views and top-notch hospitality at the 14 courses that make Vancouver Island a must-play destination for golf enthusiasts. 

Not only are the courses beautiful to play at, but they also host many competitions each year, attracting professional golfers from around the world. So come tee up at these world-class courses and play where the pros play! 

 

Bear Mountain – Mountain Course, Victoria

One of the most spectacular views on Vancouver Island is at the signature 14th hole overlooking the city of Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This course is a two-time host to the PGA Tour Champions golf tournament and Canada’s only 36 Hole Nicklaus Design golf resort, combined with the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa. The Mountain Course is a masterpiece, offering demanding terrain and awe-inspiring natural beauty. A par 70 playing at 6,900 yards, the course takes full advantage of its setting atop a 1,100’ mountain, exhibiting dramatic elevation changes and gorgeous views. 

Bear Mountain is the perfect location for your next golf getaway! Whether you plan to fly solo, bring your loved one, or take the whole family, everyone can enjoy their time at this resort. Go for a stroll or hike in nature, zip-line in Sooke, shop or dine at the local restaurants; most attractions are nearby or a quick drive away to please everyone in the family. 

Olympic View Golf Club, Victoria

Play where Tiger played! This Victoria course is another spot that the famous Tiger Woods played in a college championship. Olympic View Golf Club-aptly named for its beautiful views of Washington State’s Olympic Mountains- is located only 20-minutes outside of Victoria’s downtown core. This magnificent golf course has been heavily investing in renovations to create an enjoyable experience for all who visit. The tranquillity and natural setting will help calm and center you as you make your way through the course, aiming for a hole-in-one. Golf isn’t the only thing they are known for; the views of holes 1, 10 & 18 from Forester’s Restaurant is a great place to unwind and savour the local fare with floor to ceiling windows and a scenic wrap-around patio. 

Take advantage of the mild winters of the south island and enjoy this award-winning golf course all year round! The course is located 20-minutes from Victoria, making for a great vacation to golf and see the sights in the capital of BC. 

Cowichan Golf Club, Duncan

A favourite for locals and visitors in the region, The Cowichan Golf and Country Club, is one of the older courses on Vancouver Island – founded in 1947. Combined with one of the most notable golf personalities in BC, Head Professional Stormin’ Norm Jackson, a visit to Cowichan isn’t the same without a round here. The course features stunning views of Cowichan Bay and the surrounding mountains with holes that wind through orchards and tree-lined fairways. Plan a round here to soak in the beautiful scenery and challenging holes. 

Cowichan & Southern Vancouver Island is a destination for food, wine tours, whale watching and ocean adventures of all kinds. Don’t leave the region without enjoying a sampling at the nearby wineries; it’s been called “Napa of the North” for a reason. 

Fairwinds Golf Club, Nanoose Bay

Nanoose Bay is a hot spot for golfers, water sports, and ones looking for a relaxed country atmosphere. The Fairwinds Golf Club was designed by Les Furber, one of Western Canada’s leading golf course architects, with the natural beauty at the forefront. Establishing itself as one of Vancouver Island’s finest courses, the layout of this award-winning course offers a challenging game to inspire novice and seasoned players alike. This target-style course snakes along the edge of a rugged peninsula, offering both a challenge and breathtaking ocean vistas. Practice your swing, improve your short game, or play a round with your friends – the course, driving range and practice green are open year-round. If your golf game needs help, the Fairwinds Golf Learning Centre is the solution. 

Do you want to boat to your next golf game? Boaters can moor overnight at the Fairwinds Marina, and take the free shuttle to/from the course, and enjoy free club rental! You’d be remiss without going for a soak at the Grotto Spa, located at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort, voted #1 Spa in Canada – the perfect way to end the day! For more inspiration of things to do in the Parksville-Qualicum area, visit Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism

Crown Isle Golf Resort, Courtenay

Located in the heart of the beautiful Comox Valley, Crown Isle Golf Resort is a championship 18-hole course offering year-round play. The platinum-rated Graham Cooke designed course is superbly manicured and maintained, alongside twelve lakes and boasts incredible views. The resort is located just five-minutes away from the Comox Valley Airport and minutes from the surrounding communities in the valley. Extend your stay with an overnight trip at one of the on-site villas, nestled in the trees along the 1st fairway, in a tranquil, natural setting. This exquisite resort will stand out in your memory as one of those unique places on the golfing globe. 

You can easily please all members of your family if you choose this resort as your home base for your next family getaway. The Comox Valley has something for everyone, beachcombing and waterfalls, wine tasting, many local trails, including the year-round Mount Washington Resort for winter and summer enthusiasts. 

Campbell River Golf & Country Club, Campbell River

The re-designed golf course by Graham Cooke & Associates of Northern Golf Design features five sets of new tees, new bentgrass greens and new water features. Focused not only on world-class golf course design but the entire golf experience, Campbell River Golf & Country Club also opened the new state-of-the-art Velocity Lounge & Driving Range featuring Top Tracer technology, 30,000 sq ft grass tee deck and new expansive practice area. With a world-renowned designer, unique “Top Golf Style” lounge and range, and plans to add accommodations, spa, restaurant and an event centre, the Campbell River Golf & Country Club is a welcome addition to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. 

Stay longer in the area by combining your trip with a Whale Watching adventure, hiking to Elk Falls Provincial Park or see the region from new heights on a flightseeing tour. For more ideas of things to do in the Campbell River area while you’re there, visit Destination Campbell River’s website

We highlighted only 6 of the total 14 courses on the island, so we urge you to discover The Vancouver Island Golf Trail in its entirety: A complete directory of the courses, along with package deals and trip planning help, is available on the website. 


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