There are 80+ world-class golf courses in British Columbia, spread across ten unique regions. 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 $1,000USD? 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 150 miles / 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: Highland Pacific, Olympic View, Fairwinds, Morningstar, 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 – with international flights from Seattle & SFO returning soon; Boat BC Ferries offers frequent trips to Victoria, and the Victoria Clipper from Seattle is expected to return soon.
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$759 / CDN$965
Golf. Swim. Wine. Repeat. Did you know that 65 vineyards surround the 18 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: Black Mountain, Gallagher’s Canyon, Harvest, Kelowna G&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 other locations returning soon.
Insider tip: The Okanagan is often referred to as the Napa of the North. Take in some wine tasting on one of the eight wine trails and 186 wineries in the area.
Regional Tourism & Golf Info: Golf Kelowna
Price: 7 nights / 6 rounds – From USD$995 / CDN$1,265
Visit “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, Eagle Point, Rivershore, The Dunes, Kamloops Golf & CC, Big Horn.
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 / 6 rounds – From USD$707 / CDN$899
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 its 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 other locations including Seattle returning soon.
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$641 / CDN$815
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: Bootleg Gap, Eagle Ranch, Greywolf, Shadow Mountain, St. Eugene, Trickle Creek.
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: Golf Kimberley Cranbrook
Price: 7 nights / 6 rounds – From USD$943 / CDN$1,199
Take a drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway as you head to Canada’s top golf destination, complete with rugged Coast Mountain surroundings, world-famous golf course architects and a vibrant village atmosphere. Experience the very best of BC golf with a week exploring exceptional golf along with outdoor cafes, world-class restaurants and thrilling off-course pursuits.
Golf at: Squamish Valley, Big Sky, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Nicklaus North, Whistler Golf Club.
Get there: Arrive through Vancouver (YVR) with direct flights from Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Seattle, SFO and beyond.
Insider tip: Keep an eye out for bears in the woods and on the fairways in Whistler! You can also take a bear viewing tour to find more (April/May & Sept/Oct).
Regional Tourism & Golf Info: Golf Whistler
Price: 7 nights / 5 rounds – From USD $808 / CDN$1,015
Of course, you’re welcome to create your very own custom golf week to explore one or more of these top BC golf regions and add on your apres-golf activities as you see fit. Simply contact our golf travel experts to get started!
*Please note all quoted USD prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Article updated from 2017.