Afternoon at Highland Pacific
With the weather looking up, now is a better time than ever to be golfing. Mentions of sweet tail winds, perfectly cut greens and Mr. Ballhead breaking par are reasons enough to lock in those tee times. Sure the irregularly windy past week has left most of us with lots of yard work to tackle, but what better reason to get out of it than to jump on the trail, the Vancouver Island Golf Trail that is. With powerhouse golf courses such as Highland Pacific, Bear Mountain (Valley & Mountain courses), Olympic View, Arbutus Ridge, Cowichan, Duncan Meadows, Fairwinds, Morningstar, Pheasant Glen, Crown Isle Golf Resort and Storey Creek–there are a dozen reasons to not rake the leaves. When I asked myself what makes a good golf course, I shook my head and adjusted my focus. There are loads of good courses just about anywhere. More importantly, what makes a great course? St. Andrews’ Old Course in Scotland, the birthplace of golf, as unforgiving as ever, will always stand apart from the rest as a great course. Maybe not on accessibility or affordability–I’ve heard of non-members waiting from as early as 2 a.m. to join a half empty pair! But for the most part, course conditions, scenic views and signature holes can contribute to the greatness without a doubt. The 250 KM Vancouver Island Golf Trail boasts some of the greatest golf courses in the Pacific Northwest, from Victoria to Campbell River. Breathtaking beauty of the Bear Mountain Resort, or even the new Highland Pacific Golf Club to the south, the dozen courses offer amazing conditions, supreme views and an excess of signature holes to cut into. So pack your bags and come enjoy some of North America’s finest. Rated as one of the continents best values by Golf Magazine, the Six Nights and Six Rounds Package offers you your pick of accommodations and courses to build your dream golf getaway. Not looking to drop a dime? You’re in luck too. Right now, Golf Vancouver Island is running a contest where you snap a photo of you golfing, add a giant ballhead to your pic and upload to their Facebook page for your chance to win the entire six nights and six rounds for free! For more details on how to win, “Like” Golf Vancouver Island’s Facebook page and follow the simple instructions to participate. For everyone else who wants to approach the golf trail at their own speed, not a problem. Click here to view participating golf courses and keep in touch as there are lots of specials, contests and prizes for everyone all season. What do you think makes a great golf course? Share your comments below!