British Columbia Golf: 5 Hardest Golf Courses in the Vancouver Area

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Written by Riley Jones posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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Vancouver, BC, and the surrounding area have a great array of golf courses. From pitch-and-putts to full length, amateur to championship, and easy to difficult, there’s something for everyone. The following list identifies the most difficult golf courses in the Greater Vancouver Area.

5. Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club – Richmond, BC

Mayfair-Lakes-GolfMayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club is a difficult course located just half an hour outside Downtown Vancouver in Richmond, British Columbia. At 6,645yds, it isn’t overly long, but the amount water makes it very challenging. The playability of the course often varies, with high winds one day and calm tranquility the next. Summer rates at Mayfair Lakes are $79/round, with twilight rates at $55.

4. Swan-e-Set Bay Resort & Country Club Links Course (Links Course) – Pitt Meadows, BC

Swan-e-Set-Bay-ResortSwan-e-Set golf course is a slightly further from Vancouver than Mayfair Lakes, located one hour out of Downtown in Pitt Meadows, BC. The Links Course, at 7,126yds, is quite long with dangerously placed hazards riddled across the course. The semi-private course is available to the public within four days in advance, and costs as much as $79 in the summer (although the rates vary almost hourly).

3. Northview Golf & Country Club (Canal Course) – Surrey, BC

Northview-Golf-&-Country-ClubThe Canal Course at Northview G&CC is very trying for quite self-explanatory reasons; the plethora of canals and ponds. With water on every hole and potential for very high winds, this 7,100 links style course is among the hardest courses in the Province. At no more than $80 in the summer, this well-conditioned course comes highly recommended. Just make sure to bring enough golf balls to donate to the pond.

2. Northview Golf & Country Club (Ridge Course) – Surrey, BC

Northview-Golf-&-Country-ClubridgeAt 6,900yds, the Ridge Course at Northview G&CC is shorter than the Canal, but it is not easier. The former common PGA stop is similarly conditioned to the Canal, but the water is replaced with treelines and the landscape is much hillier. The Ridge Course is usually $10-$15 more than the Canal, which are both located about 45 minutes to an hour outside of the Vancouver core.

1. Kings Links By The Sea – Delta, BC

Kings-Links-By-The-SeaKings Links by The Sea is a fairly unknown course among Vancouverites, and all would be well if it stayed that way. The course closely resembles the links-style found in Scotland, although its conditioning leaves something to be desired. Located right near the ocean in Delta, British Columbia, Kings Links is subject to extremely high winds. I’m not talking about winds that can make for an interesting, challenging round; I’m talking about winds that can make for a near impossible and incredibly frustrating day. When you add that to the deep fescue found all over the course, this 6,865yd course can be the hardest in the Vancouver Area. Kings Links is $49-$69 during the peak season and located about 45 minutes from Vancouver.