Victoria Golf Club sits on the southern most tip of Vancouver Island overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca, it has 15 holes which you can see the ocean and 7 holes where the ocean is less than 10 steps away from you. Victoria is in a micro climate which means golf is played year round and on rare occasion the golf course may be closed as a result of snow. The club was founded in 1893 and is the oldest golf club west of the Mississippi and is also the second oldest golf club in North America still on its original site with Shinnecock Hills being the oldest. If you get a chance to play here you will see an abundance of marine life and maybe if you play early in the morning you may see a pod of killer whales passing by Trial Island. The golf course itself is set on a 100 acres of land where south Oak Bay meets the ocean. The course has a links feel to it as the wind plays a big factor on the ocean holes. The Club has hosted many famous golfing guests including the likes of Bob Hope, Babe Zaharias and Ben Hogan as well as hosting a Shell's Wonderful world of golf episode between George Knudson and Al Gieberger. For its 100 anniversary the course hosted the Canadian Amateur Championship where the winning score was 1 over, pretty good for a course that measures just over 6000 yds. The course has also recently undergone a bunker restoration project carried out by Jeff Mingay making the course visually and playability more challenging.
Date: January 20, 2017