With its rigid mountain ranges, sparkling seashore, and fragrant forests, Western Canada is a spectacularly scenic place to golf. Discover these five incredible must-play courses.
1. Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club, British Columbia
Just minutes away from the picturesque city of Victoria (British Columbia’s capital) on Vancouver Island, you can tee off year round at , part of the . This 18-hole stunner is positioned at the base of 1,100-foot Mt. Finlayson, surrounded by jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean. Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve co-designed the course, which offers significant elevation changes to challenge your golf game.
2. Furry Creek Golf and Country Club, British Columbia
Traveling the gorgeous Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) that traces Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord, makes the journey to an epic adventure alone. Situated in a secluded village between Vancouver and Whistler, the celebrated course, which rises 350 feet above sea level, has just gotten better thanks to a recent upgrade to its fairways and clubhouse. You can still, “hit into the unknown” on Hole 1, called the for its 165-foot plunge to the fairway below.
Stay: Continue your outdoor adventure by heading north to Whistler and staying at the , an intimate mountain lodge where guestrooms feature cozy touches like fireplaces and balconies.
3. Greywolf Golf Course, British Columbia
Inhale a lungful of fresh alpine air before teeing off at , a pristine spot situated amid in B.C.’s Kootenays region. The handiwork of Canadian architect Doug Carrick features challenging layouts of holes like its signature, the notorious Cliffhanger, which has earned this course accolades as one of the top places to play in golf in Canada and beyond.
Stay: Book a night (or two) at Copper Point Resort, one of Invermere’s premier upscale hotels, and spend your downtime relaxing in one of the pools or hot tubs, before curling up beside your in-room fireplace for the evening.
Eat: After a round of 18-holes, you won’t have to go far to enjoy a good meal with breathtaking views. Located in the clubhouse, Cliffhanger Restaurant serves up contemporary Canadian cuisine including Prince Edward Island mussels, prime AAA Alberta beef, and fresh BC fish.
4. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club, Alberta
When tackling the wide fairways at , ponder this award-winning golf course’s fascinating backstory. It took 200 men and 50 teams of horses more than a year to carve this course out of Alberta’s rugged landscape. Designed by Stanley Thompson, Canada’s master golf course architect, the 18-hole course opened in 1925 and has consistently notched top rankings as Canada’s — and North America’s — best golf resorts.
5. Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club, Alberta
Golf may be a serious game but there’s plenty of playfulness at in the charming town of Canmore, a 25-minute drive from Banff. This modern 18-hole course was designed on the site of an abandoned mine by Alberta golf architect Gary Browning. While you can see remnants of the course history, the environmental approach to designing the course has qualified it as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
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