• Handicapping: Know Your Region's Active Seasons

    For many of us trying to squeeze in the last few rounds of the season, or for those still planning on heading south this winter, it’s important to note the “active season” in the region, province or country you’re playing in.

    Golf Canada’s Handicap System stipulates every player is responsible for returning all acceptable scores into one’s scoring record from rounds played on courses observing their active season, which is part of the golf season when courses have acceptable playing conditions.

    Ultimately, it is the responsibility of authorized provincial golf associations to declare active and inactive periods, and it is the responsibility of the area club and golfers to observe these dates for posting purposes.

  • Complaining About Rules Not Doing Golf Any Favours

    With all the recent controversy regarding the 'new rules' of golf, particularly due to some very publicized incidents on the PGA TOUR, Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press wrote a piece that puts the onus where it really should be, on the players, to learn, know, understand and play by the rules. He makes some excellent points here illustrating clearly why it should not be that difficult to accept and embrace the effort and intent of the new rules of golf. - ed

    By Doug Ferguson/Associated Press

    ORLANDO, Florida — The memo PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan sent to players on the new Rules of Golf can be interpreted different ways based as much on the timing as the message.

    One theme was to be patient. “We are committed to playing under these rules as we analyze their effectiveness... and it’s important to acknowledge that we are not at the finish line yet,” Monahan said in a memo.

    Another was to look at the USGA as a partner instead of a villain.

    “This is a collaborative process, one the PGA TOUR has been a part of from the beginning, along with all organizations in the world of golf,” he wrote.

    The hope is that it will lead players to stop complaining about the rules and simply follow them.

    Click HERE to read full story. 

  • Play The BC Golf Fantasy Challenge

    This golf season, get the provincial bragging rights for Fantasy Golf with The BC Golf Fantasy Challenge.

    The contest is easy, fun, flexible...and free. Pick your team in any, or all, of six qualifying tournaments through the summer, finish in the top 10% of entrants in any one of the six and you are immediately qualified for the season-ending Championship playoff. Emerge victorious there and you will be crowned BC Golf Fantasy Challenge champion.

    The Qualifying Series starts this week with the Players Championship followed by the Four Majors with the RBC Canadian Openalso included. All those who qualify from each tournament will then pick a team of players from the season-ending Fedex Cup Tour Championship.

    This format means that, as each of the six tournaments is a separate qualifier for the Championship round, there is no issue if you miss a tournament or two. Qualify early on and you can sit back and wait.

    Along the way, participants can win some great prizes. BC Golf will be working with the courses who earned the distinction of being selected as one of the province's top ten favourites by our members to provide green fees for winners in the individual Qualifying Series tournaments. The Grand Prize and presenting sponsor will be announced later this month.

    Stay tuned for word on that and in the meantime check out below how you can register to get started in search of 'Fantasy Golf Glory'.

  • Leslie Dunning Reflects: Walking The Talk On Inclusion

    Leslie Dunning (Bernard Brault/ Golf Canada)

    By John Gordon/Courtesy Golf Canada

    Leslie Dunning might be expected, as she leaves the presidency of Golf Canada after an eventful year, to focus just on the milestones.

    And there were some notable moments, including trophy presentations to the likes of the world’s top-ranked male golfer, Dustin Johnson, at the RBC Canadian Open and, even more memorable, the presentation to Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., who became just the second Canadian to win the CP Women’s Open.

    How about the announcement of a new, more preferable date for the 2019 RBC Canadian Open? Seeing a historic modernization of the Rules of Golf come into effect? Or travelling to iconic tournaments such as The Masters and the U.S. Open?

  • Golf Canada Annual Meeting Concludes With Charlie Beaulieu Of Lorraine, Québec Elected To Serve As President

    DORVAL, Qué. (Golf Canada) – DORVAL, Qué. – Golf Canada’s 2019 Annual Meeting culminated on Saturday, March 2 with the election of Charlie Beaulieu of Lorraine, Qué., to serve as the National Sport Federation’s President.

    Beaulieu succeeds 2018 President Leslie Dunning in leading Golf Canada’s Board of Directors. Liz Hoffman of Thornhill, Ont., becomes 1st Vice-President and Dale Jackson of Victoria assumes the role of 2nd Vice-President.

  • Golf Canada Set For 2019 Annual Meeting In Montreal

    DORVAL, Que. – Golf Canada’s 2019 Annual Meeting is set for this week (February 28 to March 2) at the Marriott Montréal Airport In-Terminal Hotel in Dorval, Que., just outside of Montreal.

    The event brings together Golf Canada’s Board of Directors, staff and volunteers as well as representatives from Canada’s provincial golf associations, national and international partners and other stakeholders. The group will assemble for select meetings, innovative presentations and discussion in preparation for the upcoming golf season.

    CEO Laurence Applebaum will also present Golf Canada’s Strategic Plan (2019-2022) to increase Canadian participation and excellence in golf.

  • British Columbia Golf Members Chose Your Top Ten Favourite Tracks In The Province

    British Columbia Golf, in conjunction with publishing partner Inside Golf, has just completed the largest course ranking survey ever in the province.
     
    More than 2500 golfers completed the six question survey which asked them to identify their favourite courses both from across the province and locally within their own region.
  • Why Learning The New Rules Will Set You Up For Success On The Golf Course

    Written By John Gordon/Courtesy Golf Canada

    "It would not be a bad idea to require each golfer to pass a written examination on the Rules of Golf…”

    Don’t panic. That was just the opinion of J.T. Clark, editor of the Toronto Star.

    In 1915.

  • Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Series Kicks Off In Vancouver

    In 2019 the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy will be partnering with the Canadian Junior Golf Association as the title sponsor of two events on the Canadian Junior Tour schedule.

    Both events will be held as part of the of the Junior Tour's spring schedule with one taking place in British Columbia in March & the second being held in Ontario in April.

  • BC Golf 2019 AGM To Focus On Women, Health, Teeing It Forward

    With the 2019 Annual General Meeting coming up, British Columbia Golf, the governing body of amateur golf in our province, is using the occasion to shine a light on three of the most important elements identified as part of the continued growth and well-being of the game as we look ahead with '2020' vision.

    This year's meeting will take place on Saturday, March 30th from 8:30am (registration) - 3pm at Tsawwassen Springs Golf Club, 5099 Springs Boulevard, Tsawwassen, B.C .

  • Golf Canada 2019 Championship Schedule Starts And Finishes In British Columbia

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Golf Canada is pleased to announce its 2019 championship schedule, which includes a record setting 31 amateur and professional competitions in addition to various qualifiers hosted at golf facilities across Canada.

    The 2019 schedule is headlined by Golf Canada’s premier professional championships — the RBC Canadian Open, June 3-9 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Hamilton, Ont., and the CP Women’s Open, to be conducted August 19-25 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.

    The 2019 competition calendar includes eight national amateur championships, eight Future Links, driven by Acura regional junior competitions and two international women’s championships.

  • ModGolf Podcast Season 5 Episodes 08 & 09 Focus On The PGA Show From Orlando

    This month we feature the two most recent episodes of The ModGolf Podcast as part of our effort to bring you golf’s best innovation and entrepreneurship stories.

  • Early Returns For BC's Faves Show Some Surprising Results

    While we won't be announcing the winners until later this month, we can release a few early indications...
     
    #1 The favourite public courses in the province might likely come from outside the Lower Mainland.
     
    #2 Three courses that maybe have been historically considered "Hidden Gems" are hidden no longer, currently positioning themselves firmly among the top ten.
     
    #3 While on the subject of "Hidden Gems", one that may come as a slight surprise to some is Kings Links in Boundary Bay where more than one-in-five Lower Mainland golfers have included it among their local favourites.
     
    If you wish to add your voice to the discussion, click the link below to take the three-minute survey. The closing date for the survey is Tuesday, February 19th at 9:00am.
     
  • Seen and Heard At The Vancouver GOLFEXPO

    Courtesy Jeff Sutherland/Inside Golf
     
    Entering its second year under the management of the NGCOA, the Vancouver GOLFEXPO tee'd up some great deals but that was not all that happened...
     
    The 2019 edition of the Vancouver GOLFEXPO opened its doors Feb 9-10 to the biggest crowds in years who had their choice of great deals from more than 70 exhibitors. The increased focus on providing deals showed up from the moment golfers walked through the entrance where attendees could enter for a complete golf vacation to play in Reno, NV.
  • Surrey’s Adam Svensson Settling In Nicely On PGA TOUR

    Surrey, BC's Adam Svensson Holds Up His PGA TOUR Card Last Fall After Graduating From The Web.com Circuit. Top Left: Adam Holds The B.C. Junior Boys Trophy He Won In Trail In 2011 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Adam Svensson is now a PGA TOUR regular and that’s a surprise to, well, just about no one.

    After all, that’s always been the plan for Svensson, a 25-year-old Surrey native who is off to a solid start in his rookie campaign on golf’s biggest stage.

    “To tell you the honest truth, we anticipated that Adam would do very well in his career at a very young age,” says Svensson’s dad, Frank. “I just knew he had the talent. We did go abroad and tested his talent at a very young age and he did well there. He was just destined to end up on the PGA TOUR, so it’s not really not that much of a surprise to us.”

  • British Columbia Golf Welcomes New Manager Of Field Operations & Tournament Director Doug Hastie

    (Delta, BC) - British Columbia Golf is pleased to announce the addition of Doug Hastie to their staff as the new Manager Field Operations/Tournament Director for BC Golf.

    Doug will officially assume his role with British Columbia Golf commencing on Friday, March 1st, 2019.

    Doug's primary role will be to organize and conduct all British Columbia Golf Amateur Championships. The Manager Field Operations/Tournament Director supports this function through the negotiation, setup and delivery of each event. This individual also acts as a resource available to golfers and member facilities providing interpretations and answers related to the rules of golf and rules of handicapping.

  • Performance Coach Employment Opportunity With British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia Golf is looking for a qualified Performance Coach. 

    The position is a part-time, one (1) year contract with a salary pending qualifications and experience, with a three month probation period. Travel allowances and coach education benefits are provided.

    There is potential for the contract to be extended to a two-year period.

    Interested applicants please CLICK HERE for complete details.

    Application  deadline is 12 Noon, February 15th, 2019.

  • 9 Rule Changes That Most Impact The Recreational Golfer

    By John Gordon/Courtesy Golf Canada

    As you have heard, a historic reworking of the Rules of Golf came into effect on Jan. 1.

    To gain a better understanding of how it affects recreational golfers like me, I invited Adam Helmer, Golf Canada’s director of Rules, competitions and amateur status, to play nine holes with me at my home club. While the round is fictional—it is minus 8 in Central Ontario and Midland G&CC is snow-covered as I write this—the new Rules are anything but.

  • British Columbia Golf Longtime Volunteer Ray Flynn To Receive Sport BC Presidents Award

    British Columbia Golf is pleased to announce that Chilliwack's Ray Flynn is to be recognized at the 2019 Sport BC Awards Banquet with the prestigious Presidents Award

    Founded in 1994, Sport BC’s Annual Presidents’ Awards promote and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism by giving member organizations an opportunity to acknowledge and thank an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to their sport.

  • Dale Jackson - Revealing The Process Behind Creating The New Rules of Golf

     
    On January 1st 2019 The New Rules of Golf were released by the USGA/R&A Joint Rules Committee. Lots of media coverage has been dedicated to what the changes are, but we wanted to reveal the five year process that focused on the why and how.
     
    On this episode Golf Canada Board Member and Past Joint Rules Committee representative Dale Jackson pulls back the curtain to shed some light on the vision, strategy and decision-making process that was half a decade in the making.