Yet another design from the portfolio of Canadian architect Les Furber, the 18-hole layout at Storey Creek Golf Club is situated between Courtenay and Campbell River, on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Literally carved out of a forest, the course first threw its doors open to the golfing public in 1991.
Today, the course is one of eleven layouts featured on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, stretching from Victoria in the south to Campbell River in the north. One commentator has described this association of golf courses as offering “great golf – sometimes astonishingly good – on one of the world’s most sought after islands”.
Extending to 6,696 yards, the fairways at Story Creek move gently across a very gently undulating landscape, with each hole isolated from the other in such a dense woodland setting. Water comes into play from time to time by way of small ponds and creeks but the aquatic element never feels overbearing.
Kyle Stoudt, Storey Creek Head Professional, kindly provided us with the following comments:
The toughest hole at Storey Creek is the 568-yard 12th, a right doglegged par five with a water hazard lining the entire right side of the hole. The tee shot takes driver out of your hands as you have to play to a landing zone. A perfect tee shot will leave you 185 yards to the 100 yard marker which will clear you of the water hazard. The green is two-tiered and placing yourself on the proper level is a must if you want a two-putt. The 12th is often ranked amongst the top eighteen holes in the Province.
Our signature hole is the 186-yard 17th, a beautiful par three that demands a disciplined tee shot. A creek runs in front of the green and a rock wall just over the creek ensures that you cannot ‘run one up’ to the green. An overhanging Fir tree protects the left half of the green and prevents ‘faders’ from getting close to a left pin. If you’re above the hole you must be wary as the green slopes heavily back to front. Make a par here and you will sigh with relief.
Storey Creek Golf Course was rated the number one
public golf course in the province by the PGA of BC in 2014 and is truly ‘a
course in nature’.