It doesn't take long for visitors who play the WestShore links to realize what locals often take for granted - that the WestShore has some of the best golf courses and golf clubs in Canada, all located within a short drive of each other.
The WestShore boasts two courses named to ScoreGolf magazine's 2014 top 100 Golf Courses. Royal Colwood and Bear Mountain are all under the best 50 and Olympic View has also found itself on this prestigious list in year's past.
Get StartedTo get yourself acclimatized to west coast golf, consider Metchosin Golf and Country Club, a picturesque nine-hole course. While considered forgiving, this course does require accurate approach shots to its small, sometimes undulating greens. If you play 18 holes by walking the nine holes twice, you get an opportunity to play some holes from a different set of tees to the same, or in some cases different, greens stretching the 2,760 front nine to about 5,700 yards for the full 18.
Play a Full 36 Holes
Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa offers Canada's only 36 holes of Nicklaus Design Golf. Choose the challenging Mountain Course or for more relaxing round, take on the Valley Course. Co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve, the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain is set in the foothills of Mount Finlayson and strikes the perfect balance between playability and a truly challenging year-round golf experience for all skill levels. With panoramic mountain, city and ocean views set within rolling fairways and lush forest, it's tough at times to keep focused on the game at hand! The Valley Course meanders through forest, borders lakes, and traverses creeks throughout its 18 holes, while offering spectacular views of Vancouver Island's beautiful landscape. In contrast to the Mountain Course, the par 71 Valley Course measures 6807 yards from the Golden Bear tees - around 400 yards shorter than its sibling. Factor in elevated tee boxes, more generous fairway widths, fewer bunkers and larger greens and the Valley course will likely be considered a "friendlier" version of the original.
A Historic Golf CourseThe course at Royal Colwood Golf and Country Club was designed in 1913 and over a hundred years later is still considered one of the top courses in Canada. It's no surprise that Hatley Castle's owner, James Dunsmuir and friend Robert Sayward, decided to build a new golf course within a few shots of the castle (now part of Royal Roads University). According to Royal Colwood, it was "in 1929 when the eldest son of HM King George V, HRH Edward, Prince of Wales, honoured the Club by becoming its patron. Edward was an avid golfer and frequent visitor to the Club while staying at Hatley Castle. As a result of this honour, the Club petitioned the Canadian Governor-General for the right to use the "Royal" prefix. On July 29, 1931, the prefix "Royal" was formally bestowed by HM King George V". Even without the Royal prefix this course demands a golfer's respect.
Golf in NatureOlympic View Golf Club, aptly named for its beautiful views of Washington State's Olympic Mountains, is located just 20 minutes outside of Victoria's downtown core. The William Robinson course was built in 1990 and entices all who play it to come back again and again. Open to the public, Olympic View is always in great shape and there's not a club in the bag that will go untouched. Navigating this 6,600 yard gem may seem like an easy stroll on paper, but players will tell you that their higher-than-handicap score was due to the distraction of two waterfalls, twelve lakes, roaming deer and soaring eagles. After your round, Olympic View boasts a club house restaurant that serves delicious seasonal local fare.
The WestShore, Victoria and Vancouver Island truly are a golfer's dream. And with our mild Victoria weather, you can enjoy the dream 365 days a year!