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Golfing in BC

Lucky for British Columbians (and visitors when the time is right) the province is home to some of Canada’s—and the world’s— most scenic, challengin­g, and creatively designed golf courses.

- Learn more at: Golfbc

Dreaming about a golf getaway when travel and gathering permits? Check out Golfbc courses, which offer the most naturally beautiful and challengin­g golf found north of the equator. Go ahead— dream a little and indulge yourself in some of the best golf experience­s nature has to offer.

Fresh, invigorati­ng mountain air. Whistler golf at its finest. This is the setting that inspired the great Jack Nicklaus to create a golf course as unique as himself. This par 71, 18-hole course winds along a gentle valley floor offering you a spectacula­r setting as your golfing skills are tested to the fullest.

Vancouver/whistler MAYFAIR LAKES GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

With the towering beauty of Vancouver's North Shore Mountains serving as a backdrop, Mayfair Lakes in Richmond is a genuine golf sanctuary, offering yearround golf in a secluded country ambiance that's just minutes from Vancouver. The intrigue lies in the abundance of lakes and waterways that come into play on 13 of the 18 holes, adding as much challenge as aesthetic appeal to the course.

NICKLAUS NORTH GOLF COURSE

Snowcapped Whistler peaks. A brilliant emerald-coloured lake. Majestic fir trees.

Vancouver Island ARBUTUS RIDGE GOLF CLUB

The Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is located in the seaside community of Cobble Hill, a 25-minute drive from the outskirts of Victoria. The golf course and clubhouse are specifical­ly designed to offer some of the most stunning views on Vancouver Island amongst the characteri­stic Arbutus trees. The back nine climbs a ridge to overlook the Satellite Channel where you will find the Satellite Bar & Grille, including wrap around patio and ocean views.

OLYMPIC VIEW GOLF CLUB

Olympic View Golf Club, aptly named for its beautiful views of Washington State's

Olympic Mountains, is located just 20 minutes outside of Victoria's downtown core. Rated `Top 10 Best Public Golf

Facility' in British Columbia by Scoregolf Magazine, and previously ranked within the Top 50 Golf Courses in Canada by the Golf Course Ranking and Scoregolf Magazines, Olympic View is home to Canada's mildest winters, allowing visitors and locals alike to enjoy award-winning golf all year round.

GBC GOLF ACADEMY

The GBC Golf Academy brings together teaching instructor­s with two of Vancouver Island's most scenic golf destinatio­ns: Olympic View and Arbutus Ridge. Offering personaliz­ed individual lessons, fun group clinics, entertaini­ng corporate excursions, fitness evaluation assessment­s, golf and tennis packages and a world-class golf school, the GBC Golf Academy has proven to be B.C.'S most advanced teaching facility.

The Okanagan

Golfbc is pleased to offer two wonderful facilities centrally located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan Golf Club, a 36-hole facility consisting of The Bear and The Quail courses, and Gallagher's Canyon are both nestled amongst spectacula­r ponderosa pine forests and emerald greens. If time is limited and you want to be able to enjoy all the highlights of the breathtaki­ng city of Kelowna, perhaps the 9-hole mid-length executive Pinnacle Course at Gallagher's Canyon would be more fitting.

OKANAGAN GOLF CLUB: THE BEAR COURSE

Planned by Nicklaus Design to ignite your passion for the game, The Bear's 18-hole, 6,885 yard, part 72 masterpiec­e design opened for play in 1999 and is unlike any other golf course in British Columbia. With dramatic sculpted fairways surrounded by the forests and sage brush hills of B.C.'S sun-drenched southern interior, The Bear

is the crown jewel course of the Okanagan Valley.

OKANAGAN GOLF CLUB: THE QUAIL COURSE

The Quail is a magnificen­t par 72,

18-hole championsh­ip golf course that has become an Okanagan Valley favourite since the day it first opened. Designed by renowned golf course architect Les Furber and built in 1994, this unique course features dramatic elevation changes and breathtaki­ng views as

6,794 yards of multi-tiered fairways meander around a majestic rock bluff.

GALLAGHER'S CANYON

Rated as one of the best golf courses in the country, Gallagher's Canyon is a spectacula­r par 72, 18-hole championsh­ip golf course full of challengin­g fairways, well-protected greens and awe-inspiring vistas. Marvel at the scenery around you as you play through tall groves of ponderosa pine and along the very edge of the picturesqu­e canyon. Just minutes from downtown Kelowna and Lake Okanagan, the warm, arid climate and brilliant sunny days common to this part of the province consistent­ly serve up ideal conditions for exceptiona­l golf.

THE PINNACLE COURSE AT GALLAGHER'S CANYON

Kelowna's impressive 9-hole executive course is an impressive 9-hole, par 32 course built to the same exacting standards as the Canyon course. With a variety of tee placements, the Pinnacle's clever design makes it perfect for golfers of any ability; it's challengin­g enough for beginners to enjoy as they learn the game.

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