• Pace Of Play Issues Send Architects Back To Drawing Board

    November 24, 2014

    David Shefter, USGA

    FAR HILLS, New Jersey (David Shefter/USGA) — Beginning about thirty years ago, golf course architects seemed to be engaged in a game of one-upsmanship to design the boldest and most dramatic layout.

    Many of these designs were visually stunning, diabolically difficult and drew rave reviews from golf publications. There was just one problem.

    "We tried to build courses to be photographed rather than be played," said Bruce Charlton, president/design officer for Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects, who helped shape Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., site of the 2015 U.S. Open.

    "It was a dark period for golf course architecture. We moved too much dirt. We tried to make courses too difficult."

  • Fit Tip Video - Increasing Your Flexibility

    November 20, 2014

    Jim Lee, British Columbia Golf

    As we age, flexibility becomes more of an issue for most of us.  The golf swing demands a higher degree of flexibility in the back and shoulders to allow a good back swing and follow through.  This fit tip video from our partners at the SCGA demonstrates a simple exercise that you can use either prior to a round at the course, or on your living room floor this winter.  Spring is really not that far off!  Watch the video




  • Keep Fit Tip - Hips and Shoulders Video

    November 7, 2014

    Jim Lee British Columbia Golf

    This Fit Tip video from the Southern California Golf Association shows you a simple exercise to help you develop and maintain the strength in your hips and shoulders that are ncessary to maintain your swing.  Dave Sabo from Momentum Sports Therapy in Orange County demonstrates an excercise you can do while watching television this winter.  Watch the video

  • Fit Tip Video - Balance and Flexibility

    Oct 23, 2014

    Jim Lee, British Columbia Golf

    As we age, one of the first parts of our body's performance that we lose is balance and flexibility in the swing.  Just compare the swing of a good golfer in their teens with that of a 60-year old.  Just like with strength, focussed exerecise can assist to retain your balance and flexibility, but these are elements that need to be worked on in a consistent fashion, not just during the golf season.

    In this video from our partners at the Southern California Golf Association, Mike Hansen and Jentry Fields demonstrate some easy exercises to keep you in good shape.

    Watch the video.

  • Performance Tips For All Levels Of Golfer

    Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    After 16 hours of High Performance Camp for the province’s best junior golfers, I learned that while golf is hard, getting better at golf isn’t quite as difficult. Many of the lessons coaches Matt Palsenbarg, Jody Jackson, Helene Delisle and Matt Cella, along with trainers Nick Mueller and Lindsay Manion, had can be used by golfers of all abilities.

    And while you may not get to the championship level of an Alisha Lau, Shirin Anjarwalla, or Keaton Gudz, you can improve your game with these tips from the experts.

  • Swing Tip Video: Bump and Run

    Oct 24, 2014

    Jim Lee British Columbia Goilf

    In this swing tip video from the Southern California Golf Association, you learn the bump and run shot using a hybrid.  With the way that some courses are now being maintained with drier and firmer conditions, this technique will be of increasing importance. Watch the video here.

  • British Coiumbia Golf High Performance Camp Club Pro Takeaway: Worst Ball Separates Good from Great Golfers

    October 23, 2014

    Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    The British Columbia Golf High-Performance Camp for the province’s best and brightest under the age of 17 featured many drills designed to challenge the physical, mental and emotional games of each golfer.

    But one drill in particular was a “Coach’s Favourite” and can be used by any club player who thinks they can succeed at the highest levels of golf.

    “ 'Worst ball' is something I’ll sometimes play with my friends,” said Team B.C. coach Matt Palsenbarg.

  • Glorius Golf Video

    In this delightful video by Rodrigo Rangel and Julia Gummo, Jim McDermott coaches members of the Victoria Disabled Golfers Association and shows their sheer pleasure in playing golf at Henderson Park in Oak Bay.  The members of his group show that they can get as much, if not more, pleasure from the game as the rest of us.  As Jim says, "Golf is a big part of their happy experience" Watch the video here

    If you like the video, leave a comment on Youtube!

  • Celebrating the Career Amateur

    Three Of Canada's Great Career Amateurs From L-R: Doug Roxburgh, Gary Cowan And Graham Cooke - Images Courtesy Inside Golf/Golf Canada

    By John Gordon, Golf Canada

    What would it take to help you make the decision to remain an amateur golfer or turn pro?

    For one Hall of Famer, it took a plane crash.

    On a miserable December night 60 years ago, a young Marlene Stewart was returning to Toronto from college in Florida. The pilot undershot the runway and the plane careered into a field, shearing off a wing. A terrified Marlene and a friend escaped through the hole created when the wing was torn off. As they ran from the wreck, it burst into flames and exploded. Miraculously, no one was killed although there were some injuries.

  • Green Speeds and Their Impact on Your Game

    August 22, 2014
    Jim Lee (British Columbia Golf)

    In this USGA video, a stimpmeter is used to show how a superintendent measures the speed of greens. For the golfer, the video provides information on how green speeds impact the speed of play by creating conditions which some golfers have difficulty with. Green speeds also help to determine hole locations, since more sloped portions of greens shoudn't be used with higher green speeds. 

    The superintendent is looking for consistency across all greens and the practice putting surface. While green speeds of 10 and above are common at professional events, the average golfer will play better with slower speeds. Ask in the proshop what the green speeds are at your course, and see how they impact your putting. Click here to watch this video.

  • What You Need to Know About Travel Insurance

    Aug 21, 2014

    Reprinted with permission from Travel Underwriters, a member of the TU Group of Companies.

    The Atlantic hurricane season starts in early June and can run as late as November. This raises a lot of questions for Canadians travelling to hurricane hot spots like the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and the East and Gulf coasts of the United States—in particular Florida, Louisiana and Texas.

    Here are our top 5 tips for staying covered while travelling to at-risk hurricane zones:

  • Par... What Is It Good For?

    Seymour Golf & Country Club (British Columbia Golf)

    By John Gordon (Golf Canada)

    The editor asked for a column on “par.”

    My response?

    “My good man, your ‘par’ is a deceitful harlot whose insidious false promises inevitably lead to broken dreams and shattered hopes.” (OK, so I just came up with that now, but that would have set him back on his heels, I bet. In any case, I accepted the assignment.)

  • Playing Charity Golf

    July 31, 2014
    Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk (Inside Golf)

    Golf is a key networking skill. Here are some tips to make the most out of your tournament experience and to impress your clients, customers and or colleagues.
  • So You Want to Play Championship Conditions?

    August 13, 2014
    Jim Lee (British Columbia Golf)

    We all love what we see on television, especially a course like Augusta. But it is important for golfers to realize that for most championship events, a year or more of preparation has been devoted solely for that one week in a given year. The playing and, more importantly, the maintaining of championship conditions is much more difficult than it looks. It is hard on a course's wallet, and it can be even harder on golfers' egos! 

  • How You Ranked BC Courses

    August 12, 2014
    Jim Lee, (British Columbia Golf)

    In the August 6 British Columbia Golf Newsletter, we included an article based on the ScoreGolf top 100 courses in Canada ranking, and provided the list of the top courses in BC. We asked for your feedback on the ranking of courses, as well as on some other related issues. We wouild have liked more responses, but following are the rankings and responses that you came up with.  If you would like to see the architects of each and the year they were constructed, click here.

    Following is the list of courses, the ScoreGolf ranking in Canada (on the left) and the ranking provided by our readers of the BC courses.

  • You Just Had Your Clubs Stolen!

    August 5, 2014

    Canadian Direct Insurance

    Someone Just Stole Your Golf Clubs! What Should You Do? Here Are Some Common Scenarios!

    • You bring your clubs into your hotel room and go out for dinner. While you are away, thieves break in and steal your clubs and other personal property.
    • You leave your clubs in the Member’s Area storage at your Golf Club and overnight, thieves break in and steal your and several other members clubs.
    • You leave your clubs in your garage for storage when you are not playing. Overnight, someone breaks in and steals your clubs.
    • You are on a trip to go play Chambers Bay in Washington State before the US Open in 2015. You stop to get a meal and when you come back out, your car has been broken into and your clubs have been stolen!

    (For more information on the special offer for British Columbia Golf members by Canadian Direct Insurance, click here.)

  • Your Search For Consistency

    By Rob Houlding (Courtesy Inside Golf)

    Your search for more consistency ends here!

    I am going to share with you a few of the mental and physical secrets I have used for many years to develop world-class competitive junior and adult players.
  • BC's Top Courses?

    August 4, 2014

    Jim Lee (British Columbia Golf)

    ScoreGolf released their list of the top 100 golf courses in Canada for 2014. Sixteen BC courses are in the top 100 – here’s the list, with the architect and the date built:

    8 – Capilano (Stanley Thompson, 1937)

    10 – Sagebrush (Rod Whitman, Dick Zokol, Armen Suny, 2009)

    11 – Shaughnessy (AV Macan, 1961)

    13 – Tobiano (Thomas McBroom, 2007)

    23 – Greywolf (Doug Carrick, 1999)

    25 – Predator Ridge, Ridge Course (Doug Carrick, 2009)

    26 – Royal Colwood (AV Macan, 1913)

    28 – Victoria (Harvey Coombe, 1893)

    33 – Big Sky (Bob Cupp, 1994)

    41 – Fairmont Chateau Whistler (Robert Trent Jones, 1993)

    43 – Bear Mountain, Mountain Course (Nicklaus Design, 2003)

    47 – Nicklaus North (Jack Nicklaus, 1995)

    58 – Bear Mountain, Valley Course (Nicklaus Design, 2008)

    86 – Predator Ridge – Predator (Les Furber, 1991)

    87 – Tower Ranch (Thomas McBroom, 2008)

    92 – Eagle Ranch (Bill Robinson, 2000)

  • The Putting Revolution Report


    Anthony Procopis has created a revealing putting report that helps all levels of golfers in three key areas: Better long putting to help eliminate 3-putts, Solid Short-Putting from 8 feet in to the hole, and a 2-5 reduction in putts per round! As an exclusive to British Columbia Golf members, click hereto download the Putting Revolution Report for FREE!

  • BC Golf Course Architects

    July 21, 2014

    Jim Lee (British Columbia Golf)

    In 2011, I was thinking about golf in BC for a newsletter article, and what kind of course best represented the essence of golf in the province.  This got me to thinking about who had designed what courses and whether any one architect had captured best the spirit of golf in the province.  I did some research on the courses in the province, going to websites to track down designers.  This wasn't always easy.