There are 70+ world-class golf courses in British Columbia, spread across seven unique destinations. You can spend a week in any one of them and play the golf of your life.
Whether you prefer to golf in temperate coastal climes, mountain air or desert heat, British Columbia is your golfing mecca. The options are endless, but all have one theme in common: great golf at unbeatable value. For example, did you know that British Columbia has six week-long golf vacation packages available, all for under $1,000? That’s six week-long golf vacations of a lifetime for less than your average suit. Speaking of suits, why not shrug yours off and head out on one of these golf vacation weeks.
Imagine 150mi / 250km of Pacific paradise. Now add golf. Vancouver Island has been ranked as the Top North American Island by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine for 10 years in a row; we like to credit the golf. With this getaway, you get to experience the very best of both the island and the golf. Spend two nights in beautiful downtown Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, Canada’s most walkable city, and more restaurants per capita than any other city in Canada. Then head north two hours for two nights on Parksville’s famous beach. Finally, spend two nights fairway-side at the Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay BC, one-time home to the fearsome toothy prehistoric elasmosaur, and current home to awesome championship golf.
Golf at: Arbutus Ridge, Olympic View, Fairwinds, Crown Isle, Storey Creek.
Get there: Plane – Gateway airports are Victoria (YYJ), Nanaimo (YCD) and Comox (YQQ), with direct flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Seattle & SFO; Boat –BC Ferries and the Victoria Clipper offer frequent trips to Victoria.
Insider tip: Throw in some Fins & Skins for a truly unique island experience.
Regional Tourism & Golf Info: Golf Vancouver Island
Price: 6 nights / 6 rounds – From USD$605 / CDN$795
Golf. Swim. Wine. Repeat. Did you know that 65 vineyards surround the 19 epic golf courses found in the Kelowna & Vernon region. Spend seven nights in a region known for not only being the birthplace of British Columbia wine, but also for a lake (Okanagan Lake) which extends almost 90 miles (135kms); the mythical creature which calls that lake home – the Ogopogo (spot him from your tee-box viewpoints at a number of local golf courses); and, increasingly, for the golf courses dotted along its length. Welcome to Canada’s summer playground.
Golf at: Gallagher’s Canyon, Harvest, Kelowna Golf & CC, Okanagan – Bear / Quail, Predator Ridge – Predator / Ridge, Tower Ranch* (*Choose 6 from listed courses.)
Get there: Gateway airport is Kelowna (YLW), with direct flights from Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and Seattle.
Insider tip: The Okanagan is often referred to as the Napa of the North. Take in some wine tasting on one of the five wine trails and 65 wineries in the area.
Regional Tourism & Golf Info: Golf Kelowna
Price: 7 nights / 6 rounds – From USD$795 / CDN$1049
It’s been called ‘the hottest market in Canadian golf’ – a literal nod to its location on the northern tip of the Sonoran desert, and a figurative nod to the amazing golf. A week golfing in Kamloops will deliver exactly what you might expect from a semi-desert region: long, hot days perfect for extra hours of golfing long into the evening, at golf courses where dramatic design comes standard. It will also deliver a thriving cultural, foodie and craft brewery scene, and a population known for being ‘BC’s friendliest city’.
Golf at: Tobiano, Talking Rock, Sun Peaks, Eagle Point, Rivershore, The Dunes, Kamloops Golf & CC
Get there: Gateway airport is Kamloops (YKA), with direct flights from Vancouver, Calgary and Prince George.
Insider tip: Come prepared to keep busy pre- and post-golf. With 107 things to do in and around the city – including having tea with a monk – you certainly won’t be at a loss for things to do. This is small-town, big-heart British Columbia at its very best.
Regional Tourism & Golf Info: Golf Kamloops
Price: 7 nights / 7 rounds – From USD$625 / CDN$825
Houseboating in the Shuswap and haven’t found your sea legs yet? Dock your boat and step onto dry, green land for a round or three of golf. At least one golf course in this area boasts their own dock. Welcome to the Shuswap: British Columbia’s best-kept secret. For those who have heard of the Shuswap, it’s probably been in relation to the legendary houseboating. Increasingly though, golfers are beginning to discover this hidden gem of a region – and with good reason: stunning views, mild conditions, and championship golf.
Golf at: Hyde Mountain, Salmon Arm, Shuswap Lake Estates, Talking Rock, Shuswap National
Get there: Gateway airports are Kamloops (YKA) and Kelowna (YLW), with direct flights from Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and Seattle.
Insider tip: For a unique pairing of golf and Aboriginal tourism don’t miss out on the cultural experiences at the First-Nations owned Talking Rock Golf Resort and Quaaout Lodge in the “Land of the Great Spirit”.
Regional Tourism & Golf Info: Shuswap Tourism
Price: 6 nights / 5 rounds – From USD$610 / CDN$799
High altitude, low attitude… The Kootenay Rockies are well known for being laid back. The pace of life is slower, the people stop to talk to you on the street – perhaps even the course, and even your swing can take it down a notch. High altitude means you have to club down and watch your balls go further. It’s true: your ball flies further in the mountains. A week of unforgettable mountain golf, plus extra-distance bragging rights on your tee shot. Are you in?
Golf at: Copper Point, Eagle Ranch, Radium Resort – Springs Course, Shadow Mountain, St. Eugene, Wildstone
Get there: Gateway airports are Calgary (YYC) (direct flights internationally and locally) and Cranbrook (Canadian Rockies International YXC) with direct flights from Vancouver and Calgary.
Insider tip: You know what goes well with well-used golfing muscles? Golf swings and hot springs. In the Kootenay Rockies you can’t swing a club without running into one.
Regional Tourism & Golf Info: Columbia Valley Golf Trail
Price: 7 nights / 6 rounds – From USD$779 / CDN$1,025
Driving from Sea to Sky is most definitely a bucket list item and, with Whistler commonly known as Canada’s number one golf destination – as rated by Golf Digest, golfing the Sea to Sky is too. This package also includes a couple of stops on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail – another bucket list golfing destination. Experience the very best of BC golf on this loop.
Golf at: Bear Mountain – Mountain Course, Big Sky, Chateau Whistler, Nicklaus North, Olympic View.
Get there: Gateway airports are Vancouver (YVR) and Victoria (YYJ) with direct flights from Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Seattle, SFO and beyond.
Insider tip: Both regions offer fantastic opportunities for wildlife watching. Keep an eye out for bears in the woods in Whistler and tee up some whalewatching on the island.
Regional Tourism & Golf Info: Golf Whistler / Golf Vancouver Island
Price: 7 nights / 5 rounds – From USD$929 / CDN$1,225
*Please note all quoted USD prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Article updated from 2017.