Point Grey Golf and Country Club (click for website) is a private golf club located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Beth and I were lucky enough to play here because of reciprocal playing privileges with the Calgary Golf and Country Club. It was the day after Beth’s half marathon in Vancouver during our August 2013 road trip. She could barely walk. She somehow shot 79. A solid round of golf on any day, but more impressive considering that she was hobbling around.
The par 72 layout can be played at 6801 yards from the back tees and as short as 5414 yards from the forward tees. I really enjoyed the traditional layout. It’s quite a flat course with tall mature trees that line the fairways. Large and shallow bunkers protect the greens and are strategically placed along the fairways.
I love it when courses start with a reachable Par 5. It really gets my juices flowing a little bit extra. Point Grey’s starting hole did exactly that, a par 5 measuring 543 yards from the back tees.
With a reachable par 5 start, followed up by a shorter par 3 and another par 5, the course gives you every opportunity to get momentum on your side at the start of your round. The par 3 second hole measures only 159 yards from the back tees, but with water short left it still demands a quality iron shot.
The third hole is a more stern par 5 than the opening hole. It’s a tight driving hole that measures 560 yards. If you want a good look at the green you need to keep your ball down the right side or you may not have a look at the pin.
Angles are very important at Point Grey, this is a common view during your round if you put yourself on the wrong side. With many tightly treed fairways and dog legs, knowing where to put your tee ball is important to give yourself scoring opportunities.
I’m not going to lie, Beth and I felt lost out there a couple times. There are no signs pointing you in the right direction anywhere. With play generally dominated by members who know what they’re doing and their accompanied guests, there is really no need for it. We managed though. Even when we got to the turn and went into the snack shack and couldn’t find a place to pay for our snacks. After a moment of casually observing what members were doing, we realized that the snack shack is on the honor system. Simply write down your member number and what you took on a clipboard. Neat. More things in life should be able to be on the honor system.
The course offers an opportunity to have a great finish as well. The finishing hole is a par 5 measuring only 482 yards from the back. It’s a tight tee shot and the green is protected by a pond short and left, but two good shots will give you a great chance to finish with an eagle or birdie.
We both really enjoyed the course overall. There are several great scoring opportunities out there, but just as many holes that are a very stern challenge. The greens were in great shape and rolling nicely. Vancouver was in a bit of a drought when we were there, believe it or not, so the fairways were a bit of a burnt brown in some places but still pretty good overall.
The staff in the pro shop made us feel very welcome upon our arrival. My first impression was that it would be a great place to be a member. The few members we chatted with were extremely friendly and welcoming. I hope that next time we’re in Vancouver that Point Grey Golf and Country Club will have us back again for another enjoyable day on the links.