• Super Busy: Golf Course Superintendents And Their Crews Challenged By Unprecedented Level Of Play

    Superintendent Dave Fair And His Trusty Companion Max, Have Had A Particularly Busy Time At Work At Northview GC This Season - Image Courtesy Dave Fair

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Golf courses are busy, almost as busy as the men and women who maintain them. The current golf boom has most courses nearly fully booked from dawn to dusk. All that play means more divots in the fairways, more ball marks on greens, more overall wear and tear on courses.

    And that has presented challenges for golf course superintendents and their crews as they attempt to present their properties in the best possible condition for their guests.

  • PGA of Canada Presents The NOSWEAT Hardest Hole In Canada Contest

    Courtesy PGA of Canada

    Maybe it’s the length. Maybe it’s a few well-placed ponds. Maybe it’s a set of white stakes that seem more like a golf-ball magnet than an out-of-bounds indicator.

    For whatever reason it may be, we want to know which golf hole in Canada gives you shivers just thinking about. We’re in search of the NoSweat Hardest Hole in Canada presented by the PGA of Canada.

  • CP Women’s Open Cancelled For Second Straight Year; Shaughnessy To Play Host To Event In 2023

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    For the second straight year, the CP Women’s Open scheduled for Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver has been cancelled. 

    The LPGA event, which had been set for Aug. 26-29, is once again a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current border and quarantine restrictions.

    Golf Canada and tournament sponsor Canadian Pacific made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon.

  • Pheasant Glen Not Pulling Punches With Different Approach To Aerating Greens

    Article Reprinted Courtesy Inside Golf

    The Qualicum Beach facility takes a very controversial approach to aerating greens... they don't.

    If there is one thing golfers don't like, it is arriving at a course to find the greens have been recently aerated. But most golfers will grudgingly accept the necessity.

    That is not the case at Pheasant Glen, a course well known for good manicure and smooth putting surfaces... good enough to co-host the BC Amateur in 2018.

  • Vancouver Parks Golf New Tee Box Program, Is Very Forward Thinking

    The Following Is From The Vancouver Parks Golf Newsletter And Outlines Their New 'Tee It Forward' Program. A Very Forward Thinking Program, Indeed. 

    Courtesy Vancouver Parks Golf

    You have likely seen the construction and grow-in of a set of forward tees at all three of our Championship golf courses. These new tees are opening for play today, June 1, 2021 as part of a larger initiative to make golf welcoming, faster and enjoyable for everyone who plays the game.

    At the same time, all three of our Championship courses have also received new tee markers that are numbers instead of golf's traditional colours.

  • In Memoriam: Moe Hays

    Longtime Prince Rupert Golf Club Head Professional Moe Hays Is Seen Here Accepting The PGA of BC's 2003 Golf Professional Of The Year Award. Hays Passed Away Last Week At The Age Of 74 - Image Courtesy PGA of BC

    British Columbia Golf joins the PGA of BC and the entire golf community in offering our condolences to Moe Hays' family and friends upon learning of his passing.

    Another wonderful ambassador for the game gone too soon.

  • Jessica Wallace Now Crunching Some Different Numbers At The Golf Course

    Two-Time B.C. Junior Girls Champion And Former Symetra Tour Regular, Jessica Wallace, Is Now The Controller At Pitt Meadows Golf Club - (Photo/Jurgen Kaminski of JKam Photos)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    For much of her life, the only accounting Jessica Wallace did was adding up her score at the end of a round. That usually didn’t take too long. Wallace became a very good golfer at a young age, winning two B.C. Junior Girls Championships before playing collegiate golf at Pepperdine University and the University of Colorado.

    She turned pro and played on the Symetra Tour for four and half years. Wallace called it quits after her most successful season in 2016 and decided to put her business degree to work. She landed a job with Deloitte and became a chartered public accountant. Little did she know that her new career path would take her back to a very familiar place.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Svensson, Macdonald, Hadwin enjoy big weekends; Mandur inside top 20 at NCAA Championships; Four British Columbians to tee it up at Reno Open; Osland ready for her Olympic experience

    Three From BC, Adam Svensson, Adam Hadwin And Stuart Macdonald, All Had Nice Finishes This Weekend - File Photo Images

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A trio of British Columbia pros all made big moves with top-10 finishes on their respective tours on the weekend.

    Surrey’s Adam Svensson moved one huge step closer to locking up his PGA TOUR card for next season with a solo second at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Evans Scholars Invitational in suburban Chicago.

    Svensson jumped seven spots on the Korn Ferry Tour points list to 11th. The 300 points he earned gives him 1,576 points on the season. The Korn Ferry Tour considers 1,700 points its ‘fail-safe threshold’ for finishing inside the top 25 and earning PGA TOUR status for the 2021-22 season.

  • Women's Golf Day Set To Go Across BC

    The International Women's Golf Day goes Tuesday, June 1st and facilities across the province are getting involved...

  • Solid Play Has BC's Stuart Macdonald Climbing Points Ladder On Korn Ferry Tour

    Stuart Macdonald Is A Proud Member Of Point Grey Golf Club In Vancouver - Image Courtesy Stuart Macdonald/Twitter @stuart_mac_golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Golf is a numbers game and on the Korn Ferry Tour two very important numbers are 25 and 75.

    Finish inside the top 25 on the Korn Ferry Tour points list, where Surrey’s Adam Svensson currently resides, and you earn yourself a promotion to the PGA TOUR. 

    Right now, Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald is focused on that other number: 75.

    Players finishing the season inside the top 75 are guaranteed Korn Ferry Tour status for the following year. And they also get to participate in three post-season events where 25 more PGA TOUR cards are up for grabs.

  • The Right Place, The Right Time

    Victoria's Dale Jackson Has Gone From Making A Rules Inquiry Playing In An Event To Becoming This Country's Pre-eminent Rules Official - Image Courtesy Dale Jackson 

    By Jeff Sutherland / iG

    When Dale Jackson asked a rules question 20 years ago, it would have been hard to imagine what that would lead to.

    The member at Royal Colwood Golf Club on Vancouver Island may modestly say that his rise to the upper echelons of Canadian golf may be about being in the “right place at the right time,” but, other than the original incident that sparked his interest, chance really has had little to do with it.

    It all started when Jackson was playing in the Colwood Amateur in 2001 and was unable to get a clear answer to a rules question.

  • B.C. Amateur Champion Tristan Mandur Qualifies To Play In NCAA Championships Tourney

    Duncan, BC's Tristan Mandur Is Off To The NCAA National Championships - BC Golf File Photo/Jurgen Kaminski

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Tristan Mandur is going where very few University of Utah Utes have been. The reigning B.C. Amateur champion from Duncan will compete at the upcoming NCAA Championships as an individual after some terrific play at the recent NCAA Regionals in Cle Elum, Wash.

    Mandur, a junior at Utah, tied for fourth at the West Regional tourney, which was played at Tumble Creek Golf Club at the Suncadia Resort about 90 minutes east of Seattle. 

    And while the Utes just missed finishing in the top five to advance as a team to the nationals, Mandur was the low individual on a non-qualifying team and earned a spot to nationals.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Friends, colleagues rally to support Tim Kubash; Hadwin weathers tough PGA Championship; Henry Lee wraps collegiate career; Macdonald posts another solid finish on Korn Ferry

    Master Superintendent Tim Kubash Is Determined To Continue In His Chosen Profession Following A Devastating Accident - Image via GoFundme.com

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    His many friends throughout the golf industry and so many others are rallying to support longtime superintendent Tim Kubash after a life-altering accident earlier this month. 

    Kubash, a Canadian Golf Superintendents Association Master Superintendent, suffered devastating injuries May 5th when the tractor he was using to smooth the driveway at his Salmon Arm home tipped over a slope.

    Kubash was thrown head first into the canopy of the vehicle and snapped his C6 and C7 vertebrae. He was flown by air ambulance to Vancouver General Hospital and has lost the use of his legs.

  • Save-on-Foods Committing $10M Over Next Five Years To Fuel Local Sport

    LANGLEY, B.C. – More Rewards is proud to partner with Save-On-Foods on Fueling Sport, a program designed to reward athletes at every level by fueling their journey from playground to podium with sponsorship, fundraising and cost-saving opportunities.

    Over the next five years, Fueling Sport will provide more than 500 amateur high-performance athletes and 150,000 community-level youth athletes from British Columbia to Manitoba with $10 million dollars in much-needed support.

    For more on this exciting program please click on the link below

    https://www.morerewards.ca/promotions/fueling-sport

  • ModGolf Podcast: The "Accidental Agronomist"

    In this edition of the ModGolf Podcast, creator and host Colin Weston speaks with Shelia Finney, Senior Director of Member Programs at The GCSAA. She shares the engaging programs they are leading that encourage more women and young people to consider careers in the golf industry.

  • Vancouver’s Championship Courses, As Well As Its Pitch-and-Putts, Continue To See Unprecedented Demand

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    If you have spent any time trying to get a tee time at one of the City of Vancouver’s three championship golf courses, the numbers will not come as a surprise.

    They are simply off the charts.

    Year to date (through mid-May), Fraserview, Langara and McCleery have logged a total of 68,365 rounds. That’s more than double the 33,562 rounds played in the same period of 2019, which is the best comparable as the courses were closed for a significant chunk of the spring season last year due to COVID 19.

    “Our first-quarter numbers were unprecedented,” says Dennis Luick, supervisor of golf operations. “It was a mild winter. I don’t know if we even closed one day. So that also helped, but there’s no doubt COVID is driving the demand.”

  • Golf Canada’s Latest App Update Includes Games And Enhanced Course Lookup

    courtesy Golf Canada

    Golf Canada has dropped an app update that is sure to get golfers pumping their fists!

    Just in time for the 2021 golf season, the latest version of Golf Canada’s app now features the ability to set up Match Play, Skins of Stroke Play games against friends using Gross or Net scoring.

  • Take Part In BC Golf's 'Cloud Scramble' In Celebration Of Women's Golf Day

    As part of this year's Women's Golf Day celebration, British Columbia Golf is holding a 'Cloud Scramble' and you can win prizes by entering your own team. The Scramble format has proven to be a fun way to play and to have everyone get a chance to contribute to the team. 

    There will be prizes drawn from the scorecard images entered by each team, thus the 'awards' are strictly based on participation. Have fun, it's called 'playing' Golf ????

    Teams will receive clarification on the basics of the rules upon entering the event from Tyler McKay. See more details below. 

  • Burnaby Mountain Ladies Golf Club Celebrates 50 years On June 1st

    On June 1st of this year the Burnaby Mountain Ladies Golf Club will celebrate their 50th year of operation, co-inciding with International Women's Golf Day. Over the years they have worked hard to grow and improve the environment for the not for profit club at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course, boasting a membership of 112 ladies ranging in age (from 30 - 96 years) and abilities (8 - 40 handicap).

    On Tuesday, June 1st, BMLGC Members will participate in a special game to honour their 50th Anniversary and celebrate women getting recommended physical activity in a perfect low impact sport. 

    In honour of 50 years, all BMLGC Members received a commemorative ball marker gift along with a special 50 chocolate treat. Throughout the 2021 season, many special events are taking place. Winners of weekly events receive a GOLD golf ball.

  • Salmon Arm GC Master Superintendent Tim Kubash Faces 'Big Reset' Following Major Spinal Injury

    Image via Tim Kubash Twitter/@westernrootzone

    Tim Kubash, Master Superintendent For The Salmon Arm Golf Club, Suffered A Major Spinal Injury Recently And Is Facing A Long Road To Recovery

    #TEAMKUBASH is asking for help in getting the word out to request any support well-wishers may be able to give on behalf of Tim Kubash, CGSA Master Superintendent.

    Tim suffered a serious and life-altering accident on May 5th that required not one but two air ambulance trips, eventually taking him to the Intensive Care Unit at Vancouver General Hospital. Tim suffered a break to his C6 and C7 vertebrae and received emergency surgery May 6th.