Well folks, summer is about to begin, and we think it’s now time to talk about the public golf courses you can find around British Columbia. Luckily, there’s no shortage of amazing destinations and options, from downtown pitch and putts to stunning seaside spots to make the most of the mountains. It’s a wonderful way to see the province, and we’re going to show every moment of it!
So here are the best public golf courses to play in British Columbia. For your convenience, we’ve separated them by price, from cheap Sunday tours to comprehensive international destinations.
We had to start here. One of the most beautiful parks in North America, in the middle of Vancouver, and is it one of the cheaper options? Great for those just starting out or if you have a few free hours and just want to have a little fun.
Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver
Cost: $15.12 for 18 holes
Fun fact: this pristine 9-hole course in West Vancouver is actually one of the oldest public courses in all of Canada. With par 3s, 4s and 5s throughout, and with the North Shore mountains in the background for most, this course punches above its weight in terms of value.
Where: 6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Cost: $27+ for 9 holes
We’ll admit that the hardest part of golf here is actually, you know, getting out of Vancouver. However, those who make the trip will be rewarded with fantastic mountainside golf in the heart of the Rockies, and very reasonably priced to boot.
Where: 201 Fairway Drive, Fernie
Cost: $42+ for 18 holes
Like Fernie, Qualicum Beach offers views typically reserved for much, much higher prices. With the ocean flanking some of the holes and a classic layout, the course fits perfectly into a small island golf trip, where you can experience a wide range of options.
Where: 469 Memorial Ave, Qualicum Beach
Cost: $48 for 18 holes
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Blast from the Past: This iconic Canadian course offers a unique ‘heritage golf experience’
We return to Vancouver Island to kick off this section of the list. Combine the two 9 holes here for a challenging but rewarding day, with plenty of water hazards, an elevation change and strategically placed bunkers to keep things interesting.
Where: 450 Creed Road, Victoria
Cost: $84+ for 18 holes
Named for the magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains in the distance, Olympic View has another fun little bonus for those who choose to visit…While the course only plays around 6,600 yards from the tips, you won’t be treated to none, but two, waterfalls during the tour.
Where: 643 Latoria Road, Victoria
Cost: $69+ for 18 holes
Although the Okanagan is home to some truly stunning courses, it’s hard to find a compromise between quality and price. That’s not the case at Tower Ranch – here you’ll be treated to the same spectacular views as the courses below, but with varying prices that make things much more wallet-friendly!
Where: 1855 Tower Ranch Blvd., Kelowna
Cost: $99+ for 18 holes
We would be remiss not to mention at least one of the Happy Gilmore courses in the province. Luckily, Furry Creek is also worth including among the best public golf courses in British Columbia, offering incredible views of the Howe Sound between their well-thought-out and even better-maintained holes. And yes, this is the class where Happy and Bob Barker had a fist fight. If that’s not golf history, we don’t want to know what is.
Where: 150 Country Club Road, Furry Creek
Cost: $89 + (includes cart rental)
Before getting into the real heavyweights of the province, a quick shout out to Big Sky is a must. Located in Pemberton, this course offers a very pleasant mountain backdrop without getting carried away by elevation changes. It is consistently rated one of the best courses in Canada, and the price is right too.
Where: 1690 Airport Road, Pemberton
Cost: $99+ for 18 holes
If Fernie was the Rockies’ bottom end, then Greywolf is its natural evolution. This superb resort course at Panorama is exactly what you would expect of a mountain golf experience, scenic valleys, soaring mountains and a real focus on keeping the grass in pristine condition. It also doesn’t hurt that its price is damn low.
Where: 1860 Greywolf Drive, Panorama
Cost: $119+ for 18 holes
It was around…then it was gone…and now it’s back! This hidden gem outside of Kamloops has taken a very rare approach to the classic golf experience – you don’t book a tee time, you book a full day. Capped at just 48 players, the course becomes a playground, allowing golfers to hit signature holes multiple times or do as many loops as they like (while respecting other golfers, of course). For golf lovers, this is a must.
Where: 6280 Merritt-Kamloops, BC-5A, Quilchena
Cost: $225+ for a full day
If you’re going to start paying a lot of money for a tee time, then you want something that’s both memorable and challenging. You’re going to get both on the Ridge Course, which has adopted a links style, one with a natural design to create incredible views and unique holes.
Where: 301 Village Center Square, Vernon
Cost: $175+ for 18 holes
One of the few Jack Nicklaus courses in Canada, Bear Mountain has the unique distinction of being the only 36-hole option, for a double whammy of golf. If we had to pick one, it would be the Mountain Course, which naturally uses the landscape (a fairly common theme in this part of the list) to showcase the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
Where: 1999 Country Club Way, Victoria
Cost: $199+ for 18 holes
Like its cousins in Alberta, the Fairmont Château Whistler is a destination for golf enthusiasts around the world. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course is nestled in the hills and valleys of the Coast Mountain Range, offering spectacular views just about everywhere you look. Couple that with the quality of the resort itself, and it’s easily one of the most sought after tee times in all of Canada.
Where: 4612 Blackcomb Road, Whistler
Cost: $135+ for 18 holes
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Ok, full disclosure, we’ve only picked one location in the Kamloops area, but it’s more than worth mentioning. Not only does it offer varying prices depending on the part of the season, but its amazing design does a beautiful job of showing off the area’s hills and Kamloops Lake. Don’t just take our word for it, as this spot also landed on Golf Digest’s 2022 roundup of the world’s best golf courses.
Where: 38 Holloway Drive, Kamloops
Cost: $90+ for 18 holes
Fellow golfers…there is our roundup of the best public golf courses to play in British Columbia. As we said, this province has all sorts of variety for all types of golf, and all you need to do is plan a trip to make the most of it!