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.
When golf writers refer to a course as being a good “value play”, it’s usually a polite way of saying the course isn’t very good, but at least it’s cheap. When I call Storey Creek a value play, this is not the case. The Les Furber design is a solid layout and their green fees max out at only $70 (walking) during peak season (May 1 to September 30) and their shoulder season rate in April and October is only $45. Turns out I’m not the only one who gives this layout respect, as Score Golf recently included Storey Creek in their Top 59 Best Public Courses in Canada ranking (coming in at No. 50).
Upon arrival in the pro shop we were greeted by the friendly head pro, Steven MacPherson, who was running the entire operation by himself, including the “next on the tee” announcements. The facilities are modest, but it was definitely worth making a point to have a home-cooked-style lunch on the Creekside Grill patio before heading out on the course.
I decided to play the par 72 layout from the tips which stretches out to about 6700 yards, and as a 4-handicap it was fun and playable. Each hole is carved out of the rugged forest and stands alone, which gives the course a serene feel. You’re not likely to see many other golfers out there, except for the ones who are on the same hole as you.
Courses carved out of the forest usually give golfers an unforgiving sense of narrowness, but I found the playing corridors at Storey Creek to be sufficiently wide, if you can overcome the visual intimidation of forest lined holes. Wildly offline tee shots
may require a reload, but even my mediocre tee shots managed to find the golf course.
As we journeyed through the forest with frolicking deer and soaring eagles, I enjoyed the variety of short holes, long holes, beautiful bunkering, and enough hazards to keep you honest, but not so many to spoil your day. The course had a consistent feel but each hole felt unique.
Vancouver Island was coming off an unusually harsh winter followed by an extremely wet spring, so while the course conditions were good, it sounded like they were still trending back to their typical higher standard. The greens rolled great which is always the most important part.
While the course is situated on a fairly flat piece of land, it still provided enough contour and movement to keep you intrigued. The greens were fairly large and had a lot more slope on them than I managed to convince myself of while reading putts.
This may sound super strange, but something that particularly impressed me about Storey Creek was the sand in the bunkers. I was only in a couple of them, but it was probably the easiest and most pleasant sand to escape from, particularly green-side. It was a nice reminder for both Beth and I, who come from a course with notoriously unfriendly bunkers, that we aren’t actually as mediocre as we thought we were from the sand.
Storey Creek dubs themselves “A Course in Nature”, and that is probably the best way to describe the experience in a nutshell. While a lot of people don’t consider golfers “outdoorsy”, they may change their opinion if they spent a day in the quaint forest of Storey Creek with deer, eagles, and the occasional black bear. As an added bonus, you’ll be treated to a fun layout that is challenging yet approachable enough for most skill levels.
Whether you’re playing a one-off round of golf while visiting Vancouver Island, or planning an extensive VI Golf Trail trip with the help of Golf Vancouver Island, Storey Creek Golf Club is definitely a course worth having on your itinerary. It turned out to be one of our favorites of the trip once all was said and done.