BC Golf at a Glance: 5 Best Golf Cities/Towns

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Written by Riley Jones posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013

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If you’re visiting British Columbia in the summer, you’re bound to have some incredible golf nearby regardless of the location. If golf is the centerpiece of your trip, however, the five following cities and towns should not be missed.

5. Vernon, BC

Vernon is a small city located in interior British Columbia. Considering its small population of just over 50,000, Vernon is home to quite a few golf courses. The most notable destination in the area is Predator Ridge, which is home to two courses recognized among the best in the country. Other courses include the Golf Club at the Rise, the Vernon Golf & Country Club and more. The options only grow as you venture further and further out of Vernon, with excellent courses in the nearby cities of Kamloops and Kelowna.

4. Invermere/Panorama, BC

Invermere is a tiny town in Eastern British Columbia, with a population of only 4,000. It is a very popular tourist destination at all times of the year. With Eagle Ranch Resort and Greywolf Golf Course (both ranked in the top 100 courses in Canada by Scoregolf 2012), this secluded mountain destination is among the most high-quality golf destinations out there. It doesn’t hurt that the Radium Springs Resort and the Fairmont Riverside Golf Resort are just a short drive away, either.

3. Vancouver, BC

Vancouver finds itself on this list for completely different reasons than Invermere and Vernon. Where they have quality, Vancouver has quantity. In fact, Greater Vancouver is home to 54 full or executive courses for you to choose from – and that’s not to say there aren’t high quality courses in the area, either. Notable courses include the Northview Golf & Country Club (both Ridge and Canal), Westwood Plateau, and Mayfair Lakes. One thing to note about many of these courses is the inflated price, which is becoming far too typical in this great city.

2. Whistler, BC

Choosing which golf course to play in Whistler is one of the hardest choices an avid golfer can make – and with the price of some of these courses, being forced to choose just one isn’t far-fetched. If you ask me, the decision should be boiled down to Nicklaus North and Big Sky, but Chateau Whistler and Whistler Golf Club are difficult to overlook.

1. Victoria, BC

The previous destinations on this list have either been there because quality or quantity. Victoria has both. Whether you’re looking for condition or scenery, waterfront or mountain, narrow or open…you get the picture. Victoria has it all. The plethora of courses in comparison to the city’s population allows for great tee-time availability and affordable rates. Notable courses in Victoria include the Victoria Golf Club (private) and the 36 holes at Bear Mountian (public) (among others).