Perched up in the Santa Clara mountains in Santa Cruz, California, is a little 6500 yard Alister MacKenzie gem you may have heard about. The fact that MacKenzie lived out the last years of his life along the 6th hole and had his ashes spread over the course says a lot about this place and what it meant to him. On our latest trip to the Monterey Peninsula, we took the one-hour drive north to Santa Cruz to see what all the fuss is about.
The Valley Course at Bear Mountain Resort, located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, is often referred to as the slightly tamer of the two Jack Nicklaus designed courses on property, but it is by no means tame. You are still treated to a thrilling and challenging mountain golf experience with elevation changes, beautiful views, tough greens, and a remote feel to each hole.
I continue to be humbled by all the amazing golf courses we've been able to play and write about over the years, and looking back on 2017, it was no exception. Our 2017 journeys took us to the California desert, Vancouver Island, the Monterey Peninsula, Ontario, and the Canadian Rockies. Needless to say, there was no shortage of tremendous courses to discover for the first time.
Unless we're talking about a fine red wine, not many things get better with age by sitting idol, particularly golf courses. It takes hard work, innovation and a willingness to not only maintain, but improve over time. This is why many courses actually get worse, whether it's from overgrowth, complacency, or even evolving public perception as to what a "good" course is. Poppy Hills Golf Course, located along famed 17-mile drive in Pebble Beach, California, was a course that made a commitment to be better.
It's not everyday you drive through the gates of a golf course and feel truly lucky to be there. Magna Golf Club, a private club located within the Greater Toronto Area in the town of Aurora, Ontario, turned out to be one of those places. Entering the gates of this exclusive club on an overcast Monday morning felt almost eerie -- the "too good to be true" type of eerie where you can't believe you practically have a place like this to yourself. With only 270 full playing members, opportunities to play Magna can be few and far between.
Every so often you stumble across a place where all your worries melt away. You may not even be able to explain why, but you just know it's special. For 30 years, Kananaskis Country Golf Course was one of those places for thousands of golfers. Kananaskis Country Golf Course originally opened for play in 1983 … Continue reading Kananaskis Country Golf Course – The Reopening of an Icon
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.
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.
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.
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...