BC’s Sea to Sky Corridor is home to raw, natural settings, soaring ocean and mountain vistas, and some of the finest golf courses in the province. Here’s a play-by-play.
Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains provide the backdrop for Mayfair Lakes, a Les Furber design that showcases equal parts aesthetic and intrigue. Mere minutes from Vancouver in Richmond, Mayfair Lakes ranks as a favourite course for PGA and CPGA pros, due namely to its secluded nature and abundance of lakes and waterways that come into play on more than half of the course’s 18 holes. Bonus: consistently mild temperatures ensure that Mayfair Lakes is open to the adventurous year round. golfbc.com/courses/mayfair_lakes
Sunny South Surrey, further east, sets the scene for Morgan Creek Golf Course, a Thomas McBroom gem that makes the best use of its natural topography with rolling bent fairways, lush tree lines and strategically placed bunkers — all features meant to keep conditions dry and welcome long drives throughout the year. And with Morgan Creek celebrating its 20th season on the green in 2015, there’s more than enough opportunity for keeners to squeeze in a round or two of celebratory play. morgancreekgolf.com
Heading north along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway, enthusiasts can test their skill at Furry Creek Golf & Country Club, a course that spotlights wonder and drama in equal measures. Here, 18 holes prove an exciting draw, but it’s the course’s signature 14th hole that truly shines; a par-3 “Tee-to-Sea” shot, this camera-worthy challenge rewards risky play, from the tee to the sunny ocean-framed green. golfbc.com/courses/furry_creek
Further north on a Sea-to-Sky journey, enthusiasts will discover Whistler and Pemberton gems — golf courses, that is. While known internationally for its premier ski and snowboard scene, Whistler offers no less when the weather turns fine. Indeed, in this mountain town, golfers will be spoilt for choice with draws that include the original Whistler Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer-crafted course that threads through mountain streams and lakes, and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, a nail-biting Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout etched into the side of Blackcomb Mountain that tests serious duffers with 18 rugged holes. For even more mountain play, Nicklaus North Golf Course, situated between Green Lake and the wistfully named River of Golden Dreams, serves up an impressive Jack Nicklaus fairway design to match its surrounding glacial views, while further north at Big Sky Golf & Country Club in Pemberton, a Robert Cupp creation proves a draw for both weekend warriors and aspiring pros with its blend of manicured links, water features and other natural elements. whistler.com