Birdies & Boats – Golfing on BC’s Coast

Golf lovers don’t have to stow their clubs when it comes to a tour of British Columbia’s coastal waters – bring them along and enjoy some terrific coastal golf options throughout the province! There are ample opportunities across the length and breadth of BC’s coast to head ashore and savour some swings, without having to stray too far from your vessel.

Fairwinds Marina, Nanoose Bay

Places:

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is home to a multitude of exceptional year-round tracks. Being an island, most golf courses aren’t too far from the water – making for temperate rounds and stunning views.

Bear Mountain Resort – Mountain Course, Langford (Greater Victoria)

Victoria

The opportunity to tee it up at Victoria and area golf courses should not be missed. Berth at Victoria Harbour Authority to stay close to the action, and hop a taxi (or book a shuttle) to the following fantastic public golf courses, all within a short drive:

Olympic View
  • Bear Mountain Golf & Tennis Resort Community – Valley & Mountain Courses (20 km): The only 36-holes of Nicklaus Design golf in Canada. Challenge the rugged Mountain Course for some of the best views on the island, embrace the wild West Coast on the serene Valley Course, or play them both!
  • Olympic View (17 km): Aptly named for its beautiful views of Washington State’s Olympic Mountains, nestled deep inside a pristine forest, its beauty is punctuated by two waterfalls, twelve lakes, roaming deer, and soaring eagles.
  • Highland Pacific (12 km): Victoria’s friendliest golf course, Highland Pacific was created for golfers looking for a scenic, challenging championship golf course that is playable all year round. Boasting a range of experiences with views overlooking the majestic Olympic Mountains, Strait of Juan de Fuca and Thetis Lake Park.
  • Cedar Hill Golf Course (6 km): A player-friendly course, with picturesque views of the Olympic Mountains, surrounded by a 3.5 km trail and conveniently located only 10 minutes from downtown Victoria.
Highland Pacific Golf, Victoria

A stay on the eastern side of Vancouver Island in Oak Bay lands you a bit further from the hustle and bustle of Victoria’s downtown core, should you desire a more relaxed pace. Mooring or anchoring in Oak Bay offers quick access to explore the aforementioned golf courses while putting you closer to:

  • Victoria Golf Club (1 km): Although just a short walk from the marina, you’ll have to work your network to play this private golf club (ranked in the top 20 in Canada), but if you can get on, it’s well worth it.
  • Henderson Park Par 3 (5 km): Practice your short game on this delightful par 3 nestled in a beautiful, tree-framed setting.
  • Cordova Bay Golf Course (15 km): Discover a relaxed atmosphere while playing surrounded by stunning views of Haro Strait and Mount Baker.

Pro Tip: Victoria is a hub of activity for visitors, perfect for additional après-boating and golfing including whale watching excursions, a visit to Butchart Gardens, or a craft beer tour.

Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, Cobble Hill

Cowichan Bay – Arbutus Ridge and Cowichan Bay

Entering Mill Bay and the Saanich Inlet, a stay at Mill Bay positions you perfectly to play the beautiful Arbutus Ridge Golf Club (5.5 km) – a Bill Robinson designed, 18-hole golf course set amongst its namesake Arbutus trees that offer some of the most stunning views on Vancouver Island, with holes overlooking the Satellite Channel and panoramic views including Mount Baker.

You can also choose to motor (or sail) further north to Cowichan Bay for additional marina options and you’ll be 8.4 km from Arbutus Ridge, and Cowichan Golf Club is just 5.3 km from your boat. Either course provides beautiful scenery, a test for your golfing skills and, most importantly, an enjoyable day of golf. A stay at the beautiful Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay may be worth your consideration if your trip has been long and you are craving a king bed. The Masthead Restaurant is also worth your patronage while in Cowichan Bay!

Pro Tip: You’re now in the heart of the Cowichan wine region, with 13 local wineries and vineyards it makes it easy to pair a wine tour with your round!

Fairwinds Golf Club, Nanoose Bay

Nanaimo

Discover several options to moor along the harbour in Nanaimo, including Stones Marina, Waterfront Suites and Marina, and Nanaimo Boat Basin – all put you close to the action to explore and play the following:

  • Nanaimo Golf Club (4 km): A spectacular 18-hole semi-private course, offering a test for low handicap golfers to produce long, straight drives to reach the greens in regulation. Fortunately, the course offers five additional sets of tees for middle and high handicap players to find a level of play suited to skill level.
  • Beban Park Golf Course (7 km): Enjoy a quick, fun game on this 11-hole Pitch ‘n Putt course to tune up your short game.
  • Eaglequest Golf Center (12 km): Also known as Fiddlers Green, this par 27 course is ideal for a quick and fun round, while still offering a challenge for more advanced golfers.

Pro Tip: Nanaimo is home to the world-famous Nanaimo Bar, and while you’ll find many bakeries and cafes offering the delightful treats, you can take your exploration up a notch with a tour of the Nanaimo Bar Trail!

Nanoose Bay

Fairwinds Marina at Schooner Cove is conveniently located in the heart of the community, so you could be playing Fairwinds Golf Club just a few minutes after securing your boat! Located only 2 km from the marina, take a leisurely stroll down Dolphin Drive to the clubhouse, or take advantage of the golf course’s complimentary club rentals and shuttle service with your overnight moorage.

Morningstar Golf Club, Parksville

Parskville Qualicum Beach

Plan a stopover at the picturesque communities of Parkville Qualicum Beach for sandy beaches, world-class trails, golf and more! A stay at French Creek Harbour Authority puts you close to quite a few top tracks:

  • Morningstar Golf Club (2.3 km): Combining excellent conditions with a 9-hole course layout that is both fun and unique – a must for golfers of all abilities.
  • Eaglecrest Golf Club (4.5 km): One of the area’s oldest golf courses, this 9-hole, par 36 golf course offers lush fairways and towering trees, with undulating greens to keep even seasoned golfers on their toes.
  • Pheasant Glen Golf Resort (7 km): Provides a challenging 18 holes with four sets of tees on a beautifully conditioned course with water in play on 10 holes and views of Mount Arrowsmith.
  • Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club (7 km): Established in 1913, this golf course features 9 picturesque holes with breathtaking ocean and mountain views.
  • Brigadoon Golf Course (7.7 km): A 9-hole public course offering a nice mix of par 3’s and 4’s for an affordable, yet testing round.
  • Arrowsmith Golf & CC (19 km): A beautifully manicured, 18-hole course specifically designed for year-round play, framed by tall, stately evergreens.

Pro Tip: Renowned for its incredible beach, spend some time exploring Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park’s kilometres of white sand beaches and tidal pools!

Crown Isle Resort, Comox

Courtenay & Comox

Comox Harbour offers a number of options to stay and play the following area golf courses:

  • Comox Golf Club (1.5 km) Explore this championship 9-hole golf course located in the heart of downtown Comox, offering beautifully conditioned fairways and considered one of the friendliest golf courses on Vancouver Island.
  • The Park Golf (4 km): Crown Isle Resorts’ fun and exacting 18-hole par 3 golf course
  • Glacier Greens Golf Course (5.1 km): Take in spectacular views and vistas with a fun test for all skill levels on this true shot makers golf course.
  • Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community (7 km): An award-winning, resort-style golf course that is superbly manicured and maintained, with 12 lakes, views of the Beaufort mountain range & Comox glacier, and verdant fairways.
  • Mulligans Golf Course (9 km): A picturesque, superbly-maintained, executive-length golf course framed by snow-capped mountains and the Comox Valley glacier in the distance.
  • Sunnydale Golf & CC (11 km): A beautiful 18-hole golf course that offers majestic scenery.

On the way further north along the coastline, stop at Pacific Playgrounds, which will put you just 1 km from Saratoga Beach Golf Course a 9-hole golf course nestled amongst the forest that showcases all of the beauty that you can expect from the Pacific Northwest.

Pro Tip: Explore the expansive Goose Spit Park. Its Indigenous name is Pelxqikw, which means “round on point,” and both sides of the spit were used by local First Nations to collect clams and cockles in spring and to fish for salmon in winter. Today, the park offers relaxing trails and a sheltered lagoon that’s home to migratory and resident waterfowl.

Campbell River Golf & CC, Campbell River

Campbell River

With several options for moorage right in the heart of Campbell River’s waterfront, this bustling little city is a terrific choice if you are heading up island and would like to spend a day ashore exploring the area’s golf courses.

  • Campbell River Golf CC (3.3 km): The re-design of Sequoia Springs by Graham Cooke features 5 sets of new tees, new bentgrass greens, and new water features that all come together into a world-class, inclusive golf experience. You’re encouraged to stay longer and book a bay at the Velocity Lounge & Driving Range for an evening of good food and fun!
  • Storey Creek (15km from Campbell River or 13km from Pacific Playgrounds Resort & Marina): Brimming with natural beauty, and tranquillity amidst the old-growth and second-growth forest resulting in a unique golfing experience in nature’s backyard.

And for an even more laid-back golf experience, head across Discovery Passage to Quadra Island and play Quadra Island Golf Club. You can moor at Quathiaski Cove or take a 10-minute ferry ride that departs hourly – from there it’s just 4 km by free shuttle (please book the shuttle in advance by calling the golf course) to this delightful, parklike 9-hole golf course.

Pro Tip: Book a unique experience while in the area with a salmon snorkelling excursion from mid-July to September (although August is the peak of the salmon run for the best experience). Float down the crystal-clear waters of the river with a wetsuit and snorkelling equipment provided.

Keep Exploring!

There are a few other golf courses on Vancouver Island to consider playing if you’re in the area. In Port Hardy, Seven Hills Golf Course is 23 km away from the dock, although you might want to look into transportation options before committing.

If you’re touring up the western shores of Vancouver Island (or embarking on a circle tour) of Vancouver Island), then you might want to add these laid-back golf courses to your list:

  • Port Alice Golf & CC is just 6.3 km from Rumble Beach Marina. This unique 9-hole course features tight greens, water hazards and interesting terrain, surrounded by the lush tree line and mountains.
  • Long Beach Golf Course: This location has everything – a 9-hole championship course, driving range, mini golf, Tacofino and refreshments, all just 14 km from Tofino Harbour Authority.
  • Alberni Golf Club: Located at the end of Alberni Inlet, a stay at Clutesi Haven Marina puts you just 5.7 km from this 6,242-yard, par 70 course nestled amongst the evergreens and under Mount Arrowsmith for a relaxing, nature-filled round.
Sunshine Coast Golf & CC, Robert’s Creek

Sunshine Coast

Several golf courses are located near the waters along the beautiful Sunshine Coast (named aptly for its over 2400 average annual hours of sunshine), so it’s a perfect place to stop off for a round (closet marina to each golf course and distance listed below):

  • Myrtle Point Golf Club (4.6 km from Beach Gardens Resort and Marina or 8.4 km from Westview HA, Powell River): This Les Furber-designed course is a true west coast gem. Tree-lined fairways and ample bunkers/lakes reward those who stick to their game plan, but it’s always fun to “go for it!.”
  • Pender Harbour Golf Club (8.1 km from Pender Harbour/Madeira Park – but check transportation options before committing): this unique 9-hole course features significant elevation changes over the first four holes followed by a tree-lined zig-zag back to the top. It all comes together in a fun adventure a little off the beaten path.
  • Blue Ocean Golf Club (5.6 km from the Sechelt Public Wharf (Summer day-stay only), 3.4 km from Lighthouse Pub or Porpoise Bay HA – if you’re making the trek up Sechelt Inlet – or 26 km from Gibsons): A tale of two nines with the front nine offering views across Sechelt Inlet in a links-style and the back nine nestling amongst cedars, alders and firs for a completely different experience.
  • Sunshine Coast Golf & CC (12 km from Gibsons, with several options for marinas): Play the oldest 18-hole course on the Sunshine Coast. With views of the ocean, mountains and forest for an enjoyable day on the fairways.
Furry Creek Golf & CC 

Howe Sound

If you’re heading up beautiful Howe Sound, there are two incredible golf courses to consider. There are a few moorage options inside the Mamquam Blind Channel and from there you can plan your transportation to play:

  • Squamish Valley Golf & CC (6.6 km): A championship par-72 golf course featuring breathtaking mountain views, lakes, tree-lined fairways, and wildlife.
  • Furry Creek Golf & CC (19.8 km): A stunning oceanside setting paired with a beautifully landscaped Robert Muir Graves designed course, complete with a “Tee to Sea” – the 14th hole is set out into the waters of Howe Sound and tops the list of British Columbia’s most photogenic golf holes.

Pro Tip: Refresh after your round with a tour of the Squamish Ale Trail, home to Howe Sound Brewing and Cliffside Cider.

Mayfair Lakes Golf & CC, Richmond

Vancouver & Lower Mainland

This region’s mild, temperate climate means that you can find golf here on lush greens all year round. Dotted around the coast you’ll find plenty of marinas to stop in at while you explore the golf courses nearby. We’ve outlined these golf courses below, along with the closest options for moorage:

Vancouver

  • University Golf Club (7.6 km from False Creek – several options to stay and good public transit): Since 1929 this golf course has been offering an accessible experience with its traditional layout including long, narrow fairways and towering old-growth trees just minutes from the city.
  • Fraserview Golf Course (8.8k m from Milltown Marina): Discover an old course feeling in a West Coast setting, with a well-maintained, traditional-style course that includes topographical changes along majestic, tree-lined fairways, overlooking the Fraser River.
  • Langara Golf Course (5.2 km from Milltown Marina): A traditional-style course located on the south slope of Vancouver, offering contoured, tree-lined narrow fairways and large rolling greens to challenge all levels of golfer.
  • McCleery Golf Course (4.8 km from Milltown Marina): Featuring well sculptured and meticulously maintained fairways and greens, the narrow fairways and many water hazards created a target-style golf challenge.
  • Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy (6.7 km from Milltown Marina): Featuring scenic views of tree-lined fairways and the Fraser River, this executive course has six Par 4’s so be ready to use all the clubs in your bag!

Richmond

  • Mayfair Lakes (8.3 km from Vancouver Marina): Backdropped by the towering North Shore Mountains, discover a genuine golf sanctuary in a secluded country ambiance, with an abundance of lakes and waterways coming into play on 13 of the 18 holes, adding a risk/reward element in addition to the aesthetic appeal.
  • Country Meadows Golf Course (9 km from Vancouver Marina): Located in the heart of tranquil farmland and home to families of North America’s Sandhill Cranes, take in the custom-built bridges, lakes, willows, evergreens, and interestingly shaped sand traps.
  • Mylora Executive Golf Course (11.6 km from Captain’s Cove Marina): Take in terrific views and as you test your skills tracking the well-groomed fairways and greens.
  • Savage Creek (14.6 km from Captain’s Cove Marina): Enjoy stunning views of the city along with sandy beach bunkers, radical undulations, stone bridges and unique water features.

Pro Tip: There are so many things to do in Vancouver and area it might be difficult to narrow it down! Top suggestions include a visit to Granville Island, the public market and seawall, the Richmond Night Market or Lonsdale Quay Market.

Morgan Creek Golf Course, South Surrey

Surrey/White Rock/Crescent Beach

South Surrey and White Rock are ideal for a day of exploring beaches, restaurants, and trails all along the waterfront. Moorage is offered at Crescent Beach Marina.

  • Morgan Creek Golf Course is just 9 km away – a beautifully manicured golf course in unbeatable natural scenery, with rolling fairways; lush tree lines; strategically-placed bunkers; nature’s wonders, like Mount Baker looming in the distance.
  • The Hills at Portal (Formerly Peace Portal) is a few km further – 13.8 km from the marina to be exact – and offers a full-service and laid-back atmosphere.
  • Hazlemere Golf & Tennis Club is 14.1 km from the marina and it has been a mainstay of Surrey’s golf scene since it opened in 1962. The course underwent a renovation in 2003 and the result is a supremely playable 18-hole track.
  • Northview Golf & Country Club is the furthest from the marina in Surrey at 15.8 km, but the two Arnold Palmer signature courses are worth the drive. The two courses offer unique experiences with the Ridge course being a true championship style (it has hosted PGA Tour events) and the Canal course offering a more west-coast, links-style round for golfers of all skill levels.

Pro Tip: While staying in picturesque Crescent Beach, take a walk along the waterfront at sunset for some incredible views, paddleboard Boundary Bay, and visit Blackie Spit for some terrific birdwatching.

Galiano Golf Course

Gulf Islands

The lovely Gulf Islands are home to a handful of laid-back, picturesque golf courses:

  • Galiano Golf Course (4.9 km from Montague Harbour Marina): No tee times are needed to play this 9-hole executive golf course, complete with manicured greens, elevated tee boxes and two separate tees.
  • Pender Island Golf & CC (1.1 km from Otter Bay Marina): Considered one of BC’s most scenic 9-hole public golf courses, offering four elevated tee boxes and expansive views.
  • Salt Spring Island Golf Club (3.5 km from Ganges Harbour – multiple moorage options): is A beautiful 9-hole golf course comprised of gently rolling fairways, water features and old-growth forest, just minutes from Ganges.

Pro Tip: Salt Spring Island is ideal for a resupply and day spent touring the quaint shops and hand-crafted goods, particularly during their Saturday Artisan & Farmer’s Market.

Northern BC

Heading north through the Johnstone Straight and into the Broughton Archipelago, your golf options near the water are going to dwindle, but there are still a few terrific tracks to consider:

Haida Gwaii

  • Willows Golf Course, offering 9 holes of links and parkland-style golf, can be found right near the Sandspit Airport, just 3.9 km from the Sandspit Harbour Authority. [no links]
  • Dixon Entrance Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole golf course located in the village of Masset, just 5.4 km from the Delkatla Slough Harbour Authority.

Pro Tip: The history and culture on Haida Gwaii is off the charts – so put aside some time to visit the Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida House at Tlall, Haida Heritage Centre and longhouses on Gwaii Haanas.
Prince Rupert

Still going north? Don’t put your clubs away just yet! Prince Rupert Golf Club is just a little over 2 km from Cow Bay – with plenty of options for moorage.

Pro Tip: Head out for a hike on the Butze Rapid Trail, a leisurely 3.2 km loop that meanders through the coastal rain forest and wetlands, ending at a lookout over the tidal rapids.

That’s it! Now it’s time to start planning your excursion along BC’s coastline, complete with golf!

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