British Columbia

The most westerly of Canada’s provinces, British Columbia is a largely mountainous, heavily-forested region that’s ideally suited to outdoor pursuits – if you’re into hunting, shooting or fishing then BC’s the place for you. For the aquatically minded, there are plenty of water sport activities to be found along its rugged coastline whilst the world-famous Whistler resort is an ever-popular destination for a vast number of skiers.

On the golfing front, British Columbia Golf was formed in 2004 by the amalgamation of the British Columbia Ladies Golf Association and its male counterpart, the British Columbia Golf Association. This governing body looks after the interests of more than 60,000 members in almost 300 clubs that are divided into eight geographical zones. Competitive amateur golf has been played in the province since 1894 and nowadays, the BCG organises sixteen annual championships for men and women across a wide range of age groups.

One of Stanley Thompson’s old masterpieces, Capilano, is widely regarded as the best golfing layout in the province, though a trio of A.V. Macan designs at Shaughgnessy, Victoria and Royal Colwood also rest comfortably within the very top national bracket of golf courses. Of more recent vintage, Tom McBroom’s wonderful Tobiano course at Kamloops has attracted many admirers since its unveiling in 2007.

Top 100 Golf Courses - British Columbia

Bear Mountain (Valley)

11th British Columbia - Best in Area

The Valley course opened for play in 2009 and, at the time of writing, is quite dry and firm. A noticeable lack of housing around the Valley course is in stark contrast to its Bear Mountain neighbour...

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Bear Mountain (Mountain)

12th British Columbia - Best in Area

The Bear Mountain course itself is a dramatic Jack and Steve Nicklaus design, set in the foothills of Mount Finlayson. The father and son design team have used the elevation changes to near perfection.

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Nicklaus North

13th British Columbia - Best in Area

Opened in 1996 to instant critical acclaim, the Nicklaus North Golf and Country Club course is situated in Whistler Valley in British Columbia.

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Tower Ranch

14th British Columbia - Best in Area

The realisation of rancher Stan Tower’s dream, Tower Ranch Golf & Country Club is a 2008 Thomas McBroom design from the architect’s top drawer.

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Olympic View

15th British Columbia - Best in Area

Designed by Bill Robinson and opened for play in 1990, the course at Olympic View Golf Club lies on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, half an hour’s drive from downtown Victoria...

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Radium (Springs)

16th British Columbia - Best in Area

The biggest threat to a good score on the Radium Springs course is the sensational panorama of the Rocky Mountains which puts your concentration under continual pressure.

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Salmon Arm (Champions)

18th British Columbia - Best in Area

The fairways and greens at Salmon Arm Golf Club follow the natural contours of the terrain and are routed through towering fir and pine trees.

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Marine Drive

19th British Columbia - Best in Area

Measuring a modest 6,361 yards from the back markers, Marine Drive Golf Club is not overly long but what it lacks in distance off the tee it makes up for in strategic design...

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Richmond Country Club

20th British Columbia - Best in Area

Designed by respected architect A. V. Macan and opened in 1958, the course at Richmond Country Club is a terrific tree-lined track which is characterised by its well-positioned bunkers and undulating, elevated putting surfaces.