Review: Bear Mountain Resort (The Mountain Course)

Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain Course 16

Bear Mountain Resort is a 36 hole facility located on beautiful Vancouver Island in Victoria, British Columbia. Our visit to play at Bear Mountain came on our last full day of a 5-night adventure along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, so we were a bit unsure how our bodies would hold up playing both courses in one day. After all, it was only May and we were just getting our season started back home in Alberta, even though it felt like the mid-summer on The Island.

Turns out we lived to tell the tale.

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Club Championships 2017 – learning from adversity

The great thing about golf is that you learn something every time you tee it up. Whether it’s something about your game, the course you’re playing, or yourself as a human, the learning opportunities are everywhere. And unfortunately, as I learned this year, adversity also offers some of the best opportunities to learn.

Review: St. George’s Golf and Country Club

St. Georges Golf and Country club 18th hole

So, here’s the thing. Stanley Thompson is the man. If you aren’t familiar with the work of this renowned golf course architect, I highly recommend becoming familiar as soon as you can, because you will discover some of the most fun, interesting and beautiful golf courses you’ll ever play. St. George’s Golf and Country Club, a private club located near the core of Toronto, Ontario, was no exception.

Review: Storey Creek Golf Club

Storey Creek 9th green

Storey Creek Golf Club is located near the beautiful east coast of Vancouver Island, approximately 30 minutes north of the Comox Airport. It was our first tee time during our Trek Down the Vancouver Island Golf Trail back in May, and it sure got us fired up for the rest of the trip.

Supporting Golf’s Governing Bodies

The easiest thing to be in the world is a critic. I’ve been quick to criticize golf’s governing bodies in the past, whether it was in regards to the decision to not allow solo rounds as eligible handicap scores, or the rules controversy at the 2016 U.S. Open. It was pretty easy to sit back and be enraged by the things I disagreed with and vent in a blog post.

In the case of golf’s governing bodies, there are far more things to be positive about and support than there are to criticize.

A Trek Down the Vancouver Island Golf Trail

bear mountain resort mountain course

The first time I visited Vancouver Island I was young enough that I don’t even remember how old I was. All I recall from the trip was going to the beach and catching miniature crabs from under rocks and putting them in a bucket.

My most recent trip to Vancouver Island was a little different.

Beth and I set out on a 5-night, 6-day excursion to see what the Vancouver Island Golf Trail (more commonly referred to as the VI Golf Trail) was all about. Although I was still fascinated by all the tiny little crabs hiding under rocks on the beach, this time it was the golf, scenery, and food that’ll have me coming back for more.

A Casual 9, Episode 4: Patrick Koenig

Cabot Links

I am fired up to introduce my fourth guest on A Casual 9 – avid golfer, golf photographer, and writer Patrick Koenig. With Patrick’s stunning photography of the world’s best golf courses assaulting my Instagram timeline, and his strong wit on Twitter, he has quickly become one of my favorite follows on social media.

Patrick carries a sporty 3-handicap and has taken his game (and camera gear) to enough courses to make most of us envious, including Cypress Point, Augusta National, and Merion Golf Club, just to name a few. His work has been featured by the likes of Golf Digest, and now he’s taking his career to the next level by being featured here on Golf is Mental. Please enjoy.

A Casual 9, Episode 3: Leah Bathgate

Alberta Golf Tour Leah Bathgate

For my third installment of A Casual 9, I’m pleased to introduce the Founder and President of the Alberta Golf Tour, Leah Bathgate. Her tremendous efforts to start the Alberta Golf Tour from the ground up have made it possible for amateur golfers of any skill level to feel like a pro and have their own season-long tournament circuit. Leah’s energy and drive to make a positive impact on the game is contagious. Please enjoy.

Review: The Glencoe Golf and Country Club (Forest Course)

Glencoe golf and country club forest course

The Glencoe Golf and Country Club is located a few minutes west of Calgary, Alberta and has been one of the city’s premiere private golf clubs since 1984. The property boasts 45 holes of golf, including two 18 hole championship courses, a 9 hole course, and arguably the best practice facility around.

This review is for the more difficult and well-known of the two championship courses — The Forest Course. I actually played the Forest Course last summer when I teamed up with my father-in-law for an inter-club match, and probably delayed writing this review to suppress memories of the shellacking we received…