Visitors’ Guide to the Best Golf Courses in Victoria, BC
There are many reasons to visit Victoria — especially given our amazing restaurants, mild weather, and vibrant culture. One of the most overlooked? Our world-class golf courses. We have far more than our fair share of fantastic spots, from relaxing leisure links to pro-level challenges. Feel like getting into the swing of things? Take a look at our guide to the best golf courses in Victoria, BC.
Bear Mountain is truly special. A full 36 holes of world-class golf awaits you here, courtesy of the venerable Nicklaus Design. Experienced golfers will want to opt for the Mountain Course, which offers a challenge even to power players. Looking for a more leisurely day? The Valley Course provides a more casual round, with serene scenic views throughout. Bear Mountain has twice been home to the PGA Tour Champions Pacific Links Championship, so you know you’re in for a singular experience. Before you fo, be sure to take a look at our Stay & Play Package, and enjoy both a 15% savings on your stay, as well as a 50% club rental discount once you get to the course!
This award-winning 18-hole course has been offering duffers a fantastic day out for more than 30 years. Designed from the fairways up to offer golfers some of the most breathtaking views in British Columbia, Arbutus Ridge is as stunning to take in as it is enjoyable to play. When you also consider the ocean views from the on-site Satellite Bar & Grill and full practice facility here, it’s not hard to see why Golf Digest gave this course a four-star rating.
Located just minutes from downtown, the 18-hole, par 67 Cedar Hill’s sweeping views of Victoria and the surrounding mountains have drawn players just as much as the course itself. Because of this, it’s one of BC’s busiest public courses — so arranging a tee time in advance is highly recommended. The grounds also feature an events and banquet facility, available instruction from resident pros, a young golfer’s program, and a well-appointed clubhouse.
The exceedingly walkable, beautiful to behold 18-hole championship course at Cordova Bay is so balanced, it’s served as the staging ground for several provincial and national championship tournaments. After you sink your last putt, don’t forget to stop into Bill Mattick’s Restaurant for everything from light salads and sandwiches to hearty entrées. Need to sneak in a quick few holes? Cordova Bay also offers a satisfying 9-hole ridge course for a quick fix.
Widely known for its quiet serenity and panoramic mountain views, Olympic View is a must-play. Rolling fairways and manicured greens will have golfers walking adjacent to lush, preserve-like areas where wildlife sightings are a more-common-than-not occurrence. Thanks to its location at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the area’s mild winter conditions even offer golfers year-round play. Table Nineteen Restaurant is also the perfect place to finish your day.
Billing itself as “Victoria’s friendliest golf course”, Highland Pacific has more than earned its honorary appellation. The welcoming staff, well-stocked pro shop, practice area and all-day café present a pretty irresistible package. In addition to its playfully landscaped 18-holes, this course affords players gorgeous vistas of the nearby mountains, downtown, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Budget more than your usual time just to drink in the scenery.
First opened in 1895, the venerable Victoria Golf Club is the oldest 18-hole course in Canada, and easily one of its most picturesque. Legends have played here, and it’s not difficult to see why. Sweeping fairways give way to cushion-soft greens, all laid seamlessly along a property that hugs the southeastern edge of Vancouver Island along Mayor Channel. Be sure to raise a glass to a game well played at Macan’s Pub once you finish filling out your scorecard.
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Victoria’s best golf courses await you. So pick your course, pack your clubs, and check out The Parkside Hotel & Spa’s exclusive offers and rates. We look forward to welcoming you on your grand golfing adventure!