Cordova Bay is located in Victoria, BC and was designed by Bill Robinson. The course opened in 1991 and continues to be one of the most played courses on Vancouver Island. The landscape of the layout is quite flat with subtle undulations but it does offer a number of water hazards and doglegs which ask golfers to shape their shots.
Cordova Bay has hosted two Canadian Tour stops featuring current PGA Pros Mike Weir, Ian Leggatt and Notah Begay. Generally in fantastic all-year-round shape, Cordova Bay is renowned for its extremely large greens, so expect your short game to be tested as you are sure to face a variety of putts, some from great lengths.
The holes are relatively open from the tee with a few trees lining some fairways. However, the trees, fairway bunkers and water hazards provide enough resistance to stop you from just gripping and ripping without consequence.
The toughest hole is the 230-yard par three 6th with its elevated and well-bunkered green placing a premium on distance control for the tee shot. Cordova Bay has many other solid golf holes including the 420-yard, par four 10th and the 190-yard par three 11th. Both holes require precise shot making, as a number of hazards are very much in play. The course measures 6,701 yards from the tips so it is well in reach for today’s big hitters but scoring does not come easy.
Cordova Bay is a great place to play for all levels of golfer. The course offers enough challenge for the low handicapper and is eminently playable for the high handicapper.