FORE! Great Golf Courses on South Vancouver Island

Summers on Vancouver Island are something special. While we may not have soaring summertime temperatures, the beautiful blue skies and moderate weather of an Island summer allows you to enjoy the outdoors in comfort and creates the most stunning conditions for a perfect round of golf. If you’re an avid golfer, you know that a long day on the course in blistering heat can make the back nine even harder than it already is, which is why there really is no better place to enjoy a great summer day than on one of the beautiful courses around Victoria.  

Courses in Victoria 

Just minutes from downtown Victoria, right near Camden Green Mews and Station Villa Executive Condo is Highland Pacific Golf, the perfect course for players looking for something that is both scenic and challenging. This championship golf course is playable all year round but really comes alive in the summer. This stunning course overlooks the beautiful Thetis Lake Park and has views that encompass the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the shadowy Olympic Mountains in the distance. Don’t have it in you to take on a round? Have a great afternoon in the driving range and take a break at the Range Cafe for lunch. They also have lessons for anyone looking to start golfing or improve their game. 

In the beautiful neighbourhood of Cordova Bay, right near Prospect Lake Country Cottage and within easy driving distance from any of the stunning EMR vacation properties near Sidney, you’ll find Cordova Bay Golf Course. With it’s forward-thinking design elements and a constant adherence to best practices, this impressive and suitably challenging course is perfect for scratch players and beginners alike! At this fun-loving course with it’s self-described irreverent philosophy, you can feel good about enjoying yourself, taking it easy and hitting a few great shots. There’s no doubt, the summertime is the perfect season to get a round in on this thoughtfully designed course – after all, golf is a great excuse to get in a good walk! 

Travelling with a non golfer? The Cedar Hill Golf Course might be your next favourite course. Just north of Victoria and an easy drive from any EMR vacation rental in the capital city, this beautiful and challenging 18 hole course not only has everything you need for a great game but non-golfers have access to the charming, licenced clubhouse and a lovely wooded 3.5km chip trail around the perimeter which is perfect for a easy walk or light jog.

Nestled amongst beautiful trees, in the lovely burrough of Oak Bay just five minutes from Beach Drive Manor you’ll find Henderson Park Golf Course. This little neighbourhood course is perfect for beginners or those who are in a group with mixed ability levels. Advanced players will find the course a fun way to practice their short game and beginners can enjoy learning the beautiful sport in a relaxing environment. At this lovely course you’ll find reasonable fees and tee times to ensure you get the most out of your game! 

Are you an avid golfer looking for a real challenge? Something unique, out-of-the-ordinary, something to write home about? Then you had better book your next rental at Nature’s Gate Executive Vacation Home, a stone’s throw away from the luxurious Bear Mountain Golf & Country Club. Just outside Victoria in Vancouver Island’s new, award winning resort community is the awe-inspiring, 36 hole, Nicklaus designed, double course. You can choose between the rugged and challenging Mountain Course, the more serene Valley Course, or for the brave of heart, you can book all 36 holes, both courses for one epic day on the green. This club offers all their guests gold-standard service and ensures that a day here will be one of the best golf days of your life.   

Courses Outside Victoria 

If you’re staying at the lovely Arbutus Hill, you’re in luck because the award winning Olympic View Golf Club is just a 15 minute drive away! No matter where you are staying though, this course is worth the trip. It has ranked in the top 50 Golf Courses in Canada by both the Golf Course Ranking and SCOREGolf Magazine as well as being rated amongst the Top 10 Best Public Golf Facilities in BC by SCOREGolf Magazine. It’s no wonder this course has picked up so many accolades as it boasts over 12 acres of pristine land stretching an impressive 330 yards with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains. Plus, with extensive grass tee decks, five target greens and three versatile short game areas, no matter what your skill level is, you’ll have a great day at Olympic View. Looking for a great way to unwind after a round? The newly restored Table Nineteen is a spectacular location to sip a cocktail and enjoy some fresh, local dishes. 

Located in the beautiful seaside community of Cobble Hill and right between Malahat Mountain House and Cowichan Bay Oceanfront Estate is the popular and highly celebrated Arbutus Ridge Golf Club. This Bill Robinson designed, 18 hole course has hosted both provincial and national championships, has been given a prestigious four star rating by Golf Digest, named Best Destination Golf course in British Columbia by Golf Nerve Magazine and One of Canada’s Ten Best Courses for Your Money by WestJet Magazine, as well as achieving a Sustainability Award from Tourism Vancouver Island. This truly stunning course is situated amongst the unique serpentine Arbutus trees and offers breathtaking views of the waters of the Satellite Channel Ecological Reserve. Travel companion not interested in a round? No problem! Arbutus Ridge has a state-of-the-art, covered tennis facility that you can enjoy! With excellent instructors available if necessary, luxury locker rooms and extensive hours, everyone can enjoy a day at the club. Whether it’s after a great round or if you’re popping by for a special evening, the Satellite Bar & Grille offers a sensational ocean and mountain views and elevated casual cuisine inspired by locally sourced ingredients.  

If you’re planning on making your way to more than one of these courses during your stay, Golf Central is a great way to make the most of your trip. Their dedicated team will provide you with preferred tee times, arrange green fees and transportation to and from your choses courses all in one easy payment. Included in their gold-star service are arrangements for power carts or rental clubs and tours of the clubhouse and facilities. Additionally, they confirm all reservations made so you don’t have to worry about anything but having a great time! 

No matter where you are staying on southern Vancouver Island, there is the perfect golf experience waiting for you!

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