Blaze the Vancouver Island Golf Trail
Vancouver Island offers year-round golfing in some of the prettiest places you'll ever swing a club. Just ask Scott McCarron, recent runner up in the PGA TOUR Champions Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship, who had this to say about the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail: "It's really one of the prettiest golf courses I've played in my life." And Scott McCarron has played a lot of golf courses in his life.
Bear Mountain is not alone in offering views aplenty and gold-medal worthy golf. Vancouver Island is home to more than 40 golf courses, boasting a vast array of golfing options, from mountain-top fairways to oceanside courses, city clubs to world class destination golf resorts.
Named in the top North American Islands by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine for the last 10 years, Vancouver Island is worth visiting even without its quite incredible golfing options. But once you realize the quality of golf to be had here, it may become the only reason you visit. Courses on the island include designs by renowned architects Jack and Steve Nicklaus, Les Furber, Graham Cooke and Bill Robinson – making for what GOLF Magazine deems “plenty of gold medal worthy golf”.
The Island’s most concentrated play can be found along what is known as the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, where 12 championship courses are laid out along a 250-kilometre (155-mile) corridor between Victoria and Campbell River. That's 250kms of Pacific Golfing Paradise where you get to play some of the best golf in North America on island time.