• Join The 2022 BC Golf Education Summit

    Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The 2022 BC Golf Education Summit. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

    The 2022 Summit will bring together leaders in their field to talk about competitive golf as it relates to Mid-Amateur and Senior athletes. It is an amazing opportunity for competitive players to come together to learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in Canada on how to succeed along the path to becoming the best possible golfer you can be.

    All Webinars are free and start at 7:00 p.m. PST

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Brian Knoetze ‘Masters’ his top-100 list; Svensson ties for seventh in Hawaii; Newly married Macdonald delays Korn Ferry season debut; Taylor, Hadwin to make 2022 debuts at American Express

    Marine Drive's Brian Knoetze  - BKnoetze Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    All that stood in the way of Brian Knoetze completing his goal of playing the top 100 courses in the United States was one of the toughest tee times in golf.

    In a journey that began eight years ago, the longtime Marine Drive Golf Club member had crossed 99 courses off Golf Digest’s top 100 list. All that remained was Augusta National.

    Knoetze had spent a lot of time wondering whether he was ever going to make that trip down Magnolia Lane. It’s not like you can just call the club and ask for a tee time. If you’re a mere mortal, you need an invitation from an Augusta National member to play the course. “It’s just about the hardest place in the world to get on to,” Knoetze says.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: GreenTee Golf Shop will cater to high-end clientele; Michelle Liu third in Orlando; Lauren Kim top 5 at Junior Orange Bowl; McDonald tops PGA of BC list

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A new golf shop is about to open in Coquitlam, but there won’t be any equipment from the likes of Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist or Ping lining its walls. 

    Instead, the GreenTee Golf Shop, located on the Lougheed Highway not far from Ikea, will feature names like Honma, Majesty, Fujimoto, Miura and Itobori. Golf Town this is not.

    “It’s only 2,500 square feet so it’s minimal if we compare it to Golf Town, but what we carry is actually very top tier,” says Bo Wu, who is director of JK World Group’s golf division. “We don’t carry any of the North American brands.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: New owners plan to take Pagoda Ridge private; Crown Isle gets one of seven Mackenzie Tour Q-schools; Lowe promotion opens up GM vacancy at Nicklaus North; Yeji Kwon a winner in Florida

    Pagoda Ridge GC Is To Become Private After Being Purchased By New Owners - Pagoda GC Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The new owners of Pagoda Ridge Golf Course have big plans that include a new name and an upscale clubhouse to serve members when the Langley facility goes private. For now, however, it’s business as usual at Pagoda, which changed hands last month when the Brown family -- the course’s original owners -- sold the facility to Coquitlam-based JK World Group.

    Justin Kim, president and chief executive officer of JKWG, told British Columbia Golf that the course will remain open to the public for the next two years. Once the course goes private, it will operate as GreenTee Golf Club.

  • 9 Things Canadian Golfers Can Look Forward To In 2022

    Adam Stanley/ Golf Canada


    Golf continues to provide a record number of Canadians safe refuge during the COVID-19 global pandemic as a proven activity that benefits physical and mental health.

    As we look ahead to 2022, there is comfort in knowing golf can continue to be a haven for safe gathering and fitness – for all.

    And beyond just the ability to continue to play the game, the world of golf has given Canadians much to be excited about as we look ahead to a new year!

  • Golfers Share Their 2021 Stats As Part Of New Golf Canada #MyGolfYear Campaign

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    OAKVILLE – (Golf Canada) – Some golfers claim their favourite aspect of the game is recanting highlights (and maybe even some lowlights) with friends following a round of golf.

    Now, members of Golf Canada and their respective provincial golf association who track their games with Golf Canada Score Centre can do just that… digitally.

    Introducing Golf Canada #MyGolfYear – a retrospective of a member’s golf year generated by the scoring data posted to the Golf Canada Score Centre in 2021.

  • Community Generosity Results In More Than $2.8M Raised For BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Calgary, AB – Canadian Pacific (CP) is proud to announce that fundraising efforts over the past two years for the CP Women’s Open (CPWO) have helped raise more than $2.8 million to support important equipment purchases and research at BC Children’s Hospital, along with an additional $557,000 for Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital.

    “CP is honored to support BC Children’s Hospital in their critical efforts to improve cardiac care for children,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO.

  • Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Announces 2022 Qualifying Tournament Schedule

    Seven Sites, Including Courtenay, BC's Crowne Isle Resort, Will Host The PGA TOUR Canada's 2022 Qualifying Tournaments - Image Courtesy Golf Vancouver Island

    FOR RELEASE: December 28, 2021

    TORONTO—The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announced December 28 it will hold 2022 Qualifying Tournaments at seven separate sites over a six-week period, beginning in mid-February and concluding in late-April at Courtenay, BC's Crowne Isle Resort.

    While the global pandemic made it difficult for PGA TOUR Canada to conduct its season as it had since its 2013 inception, the Tour did play a series of eight tournaments for players living in Canada this past summer on top of a set of four events it held in 2020. The 2022 campaign will be the first full season in two years that features a complete complement of members.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Kathy Gook returns home to run Quesnel Golf Club; Ewart ties for fifth at South Beach Invitational; University of the Fraser Valley signs South African recruit

    Quesnel's Kathy Gook Is Back Home Again - File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Quesnel Golf Club has new local owners who have selected a familiar face to run the facility. Quesnel native Kathy Gook is returning home as general manager and director of golf. She was hired by new owners Joe Hart, Dennis England and Kit and Gary Collins. 

    “I know the new owners very well,” said Gook, who has spent the past three years as director of golf at Bighorn Golf Course in Kamloops. “They are local people who have supported the community over the years in so many different areas and now they are doing the same with the golf course.”

  • BC's Jeevan Sihota Named PNGA Junior Boys Amateur Player Of The Year

    Photo credit: Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    The Pacific Northwest Golf Association announced their 2021 Players of the Year this past week and Victoria, BC's Jeevan Sihota has been named the PNGA's Junior Boys Amateur Player of the year. 

    Sihota earned the PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur Player of the Year award after a standout 2021 season. Competing against seasoned tour professionals, he finished runner-up at the Mackenzie Tour DC Bank Open, finished T6 at the Mackenzie Tour ATB Financial Classic, and finished T29 at the Mackenzie Tour Golf BC Championship.

    He also finished T4 at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship and T23 at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.

    The Victoria Now has further details on Jeevan's win HERE.

    To see the complete story on all the PNGA Players of the Year click HERE.

     

  • R&A Announces Record Numbers Now Playing Golf Worldwide

    Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada via R & A

    (St. Andrews, Scotland) – New research figures revealed by The R&A and Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS) show golf has enjoyed a significant increase in popularity worldwide since 2016 with over five-and-a-half million additional golfers taking up the sport.

    The number of total golfers globally has increased from 61 million to 66.6 million in a five-year growth period, surpassing the previous high mark of 61.6 million set in 2012.

    The measure includes club members and non-member independent golfers playing nine or 18 holes and users of driving ranges in markets where course availability is limited.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Victoria courses roll out winter welcome mats; Arora third at Dixie Amateur; Sihota named PGNA Junior Player of the Year; Several PGA of BC pros up for national awards

    The Multimat™ Could Be A Real Game-Changer For Golf Courses And Golfers - Image Courtesy Multimat™

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    We are blessed in some parts of British Columbia to be able to play golf year-round. But let’s be honest about it, the courses we play on many of those dreary December and January days are often more than a little wet. 

    Hands up everyone who hasn’t received a face full of mud after striking an iron a little fat off a soggy lie. The golf courses also take a beating during winter play as fairways become scarred with divots that won’t grow back.  Some Victoria-area courses have come up with a solution.

    Cordova Bay and Olympic View are requiring players to play with specially designed mini mats on fairways. Players are guaranteed a perfect lie and the courses are saved the wear and tear of divots at a time of year when the grass doesn’t grow. It’s a win-win.

  • Follow Canadians In This Week's Prestigious Dixie Amateur

    One of the longest running amateur golf tournaments in south Florida is being contested this week with many Canadians in the field.

    Dating to 1924 in the Men’s Division, the Women’s tournament was added in 2002 and the event has grown to such a stature that it now attracts fields of players from around the world.

    Both the men and women will play this week from December 16-19 with the men tackling Eagle Trace Golf Club and the women taking on Palm Aire Country Club.

  • 2022  CP Women’s Open tickets now available

    The 48th playing of Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship is set for August 22-28, 2022 in Ottawa.  

    Golf Canada, in partnership with title sponsor Canadian Pacific (CP), is pleased to announce that tickets for the 2022 CP Women’s Open are now available.  

    The 2022 edition of the CP Women’s Open will be held August 22-28, marking the championship’s fifth visit to the nation’s capital, as well as the fourth playing at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, which previously hosted in 1994, 2008 and 2017.

  • With Your Help, First Tee - Canada Can Build Game Changers!

    The Charles Schwab Challenge Grant is providing a transformational opportunity to help First Tee – Canada deepen your impact by matching funds raised until the end of 2021!

    First Tee is an internationally recognized grassroots life skill development program that builds character, instills life-enhancing values and promotes healthy choices for young people through the game of golf.

    In 2021, Golf Canada launched three inaugural First Tee chapters in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

    Our goal is to have 5,000 participants in each of our launched chapters by the end of 2022 and add new chapters serving all provinces by the end of 2023.

    Great news, this year your tax-deductible gift will be matched 1:2 ($1 is matched for every $2 raised) through the Charles Schwab Challenge Grant! With your support, we can help deliver exceptional life-skills programming through the game of golf.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Tobiano plans water-sport packages with marina acquisition; Three B.C. juniors off to Orange Bowl tourney; Osland seventh at Arizona Open; Vancouver Parks Golf looking for junior members

    Tobiano Golf Course With Bruker Marina Below - Image Courtesy: Tobiano Golf/Hux.net

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Tobiano golfers will soon be able to do more than just admire the stunning views of Kamloops Lake during their rounds. They’ll have the opportunity after they play to hop in a boat to do a little cruising, water-skiing or wake-boarding, or perhaps head out on a jet ski, paddle-board or kayak. 

    The golf course has purchased Bruker Marina, which is located on the Tobiano resort property, and general manager Terry Smith said the course plans to develop unique ‘Birdie, Boat and Barbecue’ packages where golf groups can play 18 holes in the morning, spend some time on the water in the afternoon and enjoy a meal afterward on the clubhouse patio.

  • BC Amateur Sport Flood Relief Fund

    The BC Amateur Sport Fund is raising funds to give amateur sports organizations the vital support they need to survive and rebuild in the aftermath of the recent floods in British Columbia.

    You can designate your donation to a specific community, sport or club, or make a general donation which will go to the greatest need selected by Sport BC. You cannot donate to support a specific individual.

    Your donation can help community sport organizations across the province with costs including rebuilding facilities and replacing equipment, rental of temporary facilities and travel costs.

  • Thoughtful Holiday Gifts For The Golfer In Your Life (2021)

    By John Gordon/ Courtesy Golf Canada

    This time of year, we are inundated with “gift guides for the golfer in your life.” I’m here to tell you I am that golfer and I don’t want most of that stuff.

    Why the greatest game has the cheesiest accessories is beyond me. You’ve seen them: Caddyshack gopher head covers, ugly sweaters and those visors with the fake hair sprouting out the top.

    Note to my family: Buy me one of those and the next time you see one while walking through the local thrift store and remark, “Hey, that’s just like the one we got Uncle John for Christmas,” rest assured it is the same one.

    So here’s the real stuff the golfer in your life (and likely you) want for Christmas.

  • Book Now With Golf Kelowna And Get A 4th Night Free!

    Black Mountain Golf Club

    Courtesy Golf Kelowna

    It is difficult to resist the idea of a golf trip in Kelowna. Between the gorgeous scenery and great course conditions you won’t want to leave. Now you can enjoy a bit more time in Kelowna with our 4th Night Free Package! Play 3-rounds of golf and enjoy a 4-night stay at the Sandman Hotel & Suites starting at just $599 per person.

    Experience the rush and golf along the cliffs of Black Mountain Golf Club, while you enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery the Okanagan can offer.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Henry Lee makes cut in pro debut far from home; Collin Morikawa’s Vancouver connection; Sagebrush now booking for 2022 season; Ewart earns South Beach invite; Hadwin inspires at National Team camp

    File Photo

    Coquitlam's Henry Lee Has His First Official Pro Paycheque From The PGA Tour Latino-America circuit

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Henry Lee will always remember that his pro golf journey started a long way from his Coquitlam home. About 11,000 kilometres to be exact. He’ll also recall that he cashed a cheque in that first event.

    Not a big one, mind you, but he got paid nonetheless. Lee tied for 43rd at the Argentine Open in Buenos Aires, the season-opening event of the 2022 PGA Tour Latino-America circuit.

    For that, Lee made $866.25 US from the $175,000 purse. That likely won’t cover airfare, but it’s a positive first step in his professional life.