• Update On Golf Course Openings Across Canada

    *This article was last updated on May 4, 2020.

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Our partners at the Provincial Golf Associations are working incredibly hard to understand the impact of COVID-19 on golf in each province.

    They will continue to seek clarity from municipal and provincial government and health authorities to help our member clubs and golfers navigate through this crisis.

    Below are summaries and links for each respective provincial golf association.

  • Helpful Golf Specific Tips To Work On At Home

    During this time of uncertainty and disruption to our regular routines both at home and in the community, we'd like to make this space available for readers to access the many golf tips on line that can be done away from the golf course or driving range, so either at home or in the back yard. 

    We'll search for informative and hopefully entertaining articles and share the links with you in this section. Check back regularly to see what's been newly posted to help get you ready for when we head back out to the golf course.

  • Announcement: Cancellation Of 2020 British Columbia Golf Mid-Amateur Competition

    Announcement: Cancellation Of 2020 British Columbia Golf Mid-Amateur Competition

    Due to the COVID - 19 pandemic and the Ministry of Health's safety regulations, B.C. Golf has determined that it would not be in the best interests of our staff, volunteers or players to hold the B.C. Mid-Amateur.

    The Mid-Amateur was scheduled to be played at Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria from May 26th-28th.

    The B.C. Men's Mid-Am started in 1986 and the Women's started in 2006, this will be the first time since then that they have not been contested. We look forward to bringing this championship back in 2021.

    This is not an easy decision to make and we thank Gorge Vale Golf Club who were excited to hold this championship.

    We have not made any decisions on our other Championships for the 2020 season at this time, and will give at least 4 weeks of notice for each event as to whether it goes ahead or not.

    We all hope to get back on the golf course as soon as it is safe to do so.

  • British Columbia Golf Partners With The LPGA Amateur Golf Association

    British Columbia Golf is pleased to announce a partnership with the LPGA Amateur Golf Association. British Columbia will have 3 distinct 'Chapters', each with membership opportunities for those residing throughout the province and offering some outstanding benefits.

  • AGA-BC Publishes Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Operations Amidst COVID-19

    For Release April 20, 2020

    On March 26, 2020, the BC Government issued the following:

    “The Provincial Health Officer has ordered some types of businesses to close. Any business or service that has not been ordered to close and is also not identified on the essential service list may stay open if they can adapt their services and workplace to the orders and recommendations of the PHO.”

    With over 300 golf courses in all areas of the province, it is critical that all golf operations in British Columbia immediately align with COVID-19 orders, direction and safety protocols mandated by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and regional health authorities.

    Where governments have not mandated the temporary closure of golf courses, such as in BC, golf operators choosing to open must take every health and safety precaution for their team members and customers.

    Please click HERE to view Allied Golf Association (AGA) Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Courses.

  • Posting Of Scores Amid COVID-19 Protocols

    TO: All Member Clubs; All Member Club’s Handicap Committees

    Posting of Scores during COVID-19 Lockdowns

    The information below provides guidance in response to questions received from golf course owners, administrators, tournament organizers and golfers. It is not the intended purpose of the below guidance to either encourage or discourage anyone from playing the game, but rather, in our role as administrators, to help golf course operators, committees and golfers better understand how the Rules of Golf and Rules of Handicapping apply to the various questions we have received.

  • British Columbia Golf Junior Trick Shot Challenge

    Contest Created by BC Golf Staffers Elizabeth Dunn & Tyler McKay

    Attention Junior Golfers! British Columbia Golf would like to challenge you to get creative, have some fun, and show off your skills in the form of a trick shot contest!

    Contest Description:

    Take a video of your trick shot, post the video on YouTube and send us the link. Sort of like this one:

    We will post all the videos on our website for people to have a look and everyone who submits a trick shot will get a shout out on British Columbia Golf’s Instagram page!

    Our judges will be the readers of our digital newsletter and they will be judging the contest on one thing and one thing only: creativity. The top three most creative trick shots will receive a prize when the contest is over at the end of May.

    Get creative, have fun, and good luck!!!

  • Happy Passover British Columbia!

    British Columbia Golf would like to wish a Happy Passover (Pesach) to all of BC's Jewish Community beginning with sunset April 8th until Thursday, April 16th. “Chag Pesach Samech.”

    Passover or Pesach is a major Jewish holiday and one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays. Together with Shavuot and Sukkot, Passover was one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals during which the entire population of the kingdom of Judah made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. 

  • Meet British Columbia Golf's 3 New Directors

    Following the recently completed Annual General Meeting, British Columbia Golf would like to welcome the three newest members of their Board.

    Now on 'Board' as directors are Shayain Gustavsp, Joe Higgins and Michael Cook. Each brings with them a unique set of skills and experience that will only add to the quality of the existing Board Members. Below you'll find short bios of each of the new directors.

    Click HERE or below to see a video of the AGM as presented online following social distancing protocol.

  • World Handicap System (WHS) Online Training Seminar Videos

     World Handicap System Online Training Seminar

    On behalf of British Columbia Golf, thank you for your interest in the World Handicap System!

    The following four-part Online Training Seminar is being provided to help educate and authorize golf clubs in British Columbia to administer the World Handicap System. However, individuals are also permitted to view this content for their own knowledge.

  • Golf Canada Announces Event Cancellations And Postponements

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    With heightened uncertainty and global concern related to COVID-19, Golf Canada continues to evaluate all aspects of our business to operate and make informed and responsible decisions within the best interests of our athletes, staff, volunteers, host clubs, partners and other stakeholders health and well-being.

    Today (March 30, 2020), Golf Canada is announcing its decision to cancel or postpone the events listed below.

  • British Columbia Golf's H2F (Home To Fairway) Program

    Presented By Tyler McKay/British Columbia Golf, Manager - Participation

    The following 7 drills are adapted drills from British Columbia Golf’s Playground 2 Fairways (P2F) school golf program and can easily be done at home.

    In fact, we call this program “Home to Fairway” or H2F. Each drill comes with a written explanation on this page along with a video demonstration which will be linked here next to the explanation.

    There are also written reasons on why each of the skills focused on in these drills will help with golf and other sports.

  • Apology From British Columbia Golf

    Re: Email Regarding Golf Travel Sent Earlier Today

    British Columbia Golf would like to issue a sincere apology for the email communication sent earlier today promoting golf travel.

    After the closure of all facilities earlier this month, we implemented a hold on all communications like this.

    This one, however, had been auto-scheduled to distribute today prior to this decision and, in a clerical error, was not subsequently "unscheduled."

    We fully appreciate the inappropriate nature of this transmission given the current situation and members can be assured no other emails of this nature will be sent until conditions change.

    Again our sincere apologies,

    British Columbia Golf

  • Official Statement From WE ARE GOLF (NAGA) About COVID-19

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  • BC Golf's Fitness And Wellness Page

    During this time of uncertainty and disruption to our regular routines both at home and in the community, we'd like to make this space available for readers to access the many fitness tips on line that are useful for golf as well as everyday life. 

    We'll search for informative and hopefully entertaining articles and share the links with you in this section. Check back regularly to see what's been newly posted to help get you ready for when we head back out to the golf course.

  • Team Canada Will Not Send Athletes To Games In Summer 2020 Due To COVID-19 Risks

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    TORONTO/OTTAWA (March 22, 2020) – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, have made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020.  

    The COC and CPC urgently call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the Games for one year and we offer them our full support in helping navigate all the complexities that rescheduling the Games will bring. While we recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community.

  • How Is The Coronavirus Pandemic Affecting Recreational Golf?

    Courtesy GOLF.com editors

    There are lots of questions about the state of the world these days. While we can’t provide answers to some of the more important questions, we can answer some questions about how golf can exist in our current reality.

    Here are a few common questions and our best answers on how recreational golf will be affected in the coming weeks and months.

    Should I feel safe playing golf right now?

    With the information we have available at the moment, yes. But there should be some extra precautions taken when out on the links.

    According to one expert, “Being in a wide-open, outdoor space is the least at-risk scenario.” But there are still certain cautious measures to take when on the course.

  • World Handicap System Club Presentation

    The World Handicap System (WHS) consists of the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System.

  • The World Handicap System (WHS) Is Now Live

    The World Handicap System (WHS) will bring major changes to the fabric of our handicap system. This new World Handicap System aims to bring the game of golf under a single set of handicapping rules and provide a more consistent measure of players’ ability between different regions of the world.

  • Not The Retiring Kind

    Every Golf Facility Throughout The Entire Pacific Northwest And B.C. Has Been Touched By The Hand, And Voice, Of Larry Gilhuly - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    by Paul Ramsdell

    (As seen in the pages of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine)

    You can call it a farewell tour, or a thank-you tour, but whatever you call it, it wasn’t something Larry Gilhuly had planned.

    After 36 years with the USGA Green Section, helping Northwest golf courses and their superintendents constantly adapt to changing landscapes and climates, both natural and political, Gilhuly retired in 2019 at the age of 67.

    At one of their meetings, which over the years Gilhuly was a regular attendee and speaker, superintendent groups from British Columbia to Hawaii to the Dakotas said thank you with various honors and presentations.