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Bear Mountain Golf & Country Club

1999 Country Club Way,

Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia V9B 6R3

  • Office

    +1 (250) 744 2327
  • Pro shop

    +1 (888) 533 2327
  • Fax

    +1 (250)474 3754
  • Golf pro

    Doug Hastie (Director of Golf Instruction)
  • Academy

    Bear Mountain Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Significantly undulating terrain.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland.

  • Designer:

    Nicklaus Design

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6807
5583
4674
Par
71
71
71
SSS or slope
72.9
66.8
66.7

At the same location:

18-hole par-72 Mountain course (7203 yds from back tees).

Location

Latitude:

48.477331

Longitude:

-123.531539

How to get there:

17 km NW of downtown Victoria.

Bear Mountain Golf & Country Club (Valley course)

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 2009

Bear Mountain Resort (Valley course): The Bear Mountain luxury resort, located just north of British Columbia's capital city of Victoria, offers two captivating 18-hole championship golf courses. Both layouts are products of the Nicklaus design team, but each is strikingly different from the other.

Six years younger than the Mountain course, the equally impressive Valley course was originally heralded as the easier-going of the two (you be the judge!). It is certainly no less dramatic, nor does it lack the challenging character of its older sibling. The many elevation changes are just as pronounced.

True to its name, the Valley sits at a lower elevation than its companion, but boasts the same spectacular mix of pine forest, dramatic rock formations and occasional water features. It is debatable who or what takes top honours for the Valley course. You have to applaud Nicklaus Design for laying out such a fabulous and visually arresting course. But a higher power must take credit for providing the design team with such a stunningly natural setting.

First time out, you'll get a wonderful surprise at every hole as you look out from the typically elevated tees. Generous width fairways tumble through exposed rock formations and glide past occasional creeks and lakes. All is framed by towering pines and fir trees. Putting-out on the huge greens poses one of the course's key challenges, while the rough-edged bunkering sports a minimalist look, complementing the layout's sublimely natural surroundings.

The out-and-back routing ensures you don't return to "civilisation" until the par-5 18th, when you climb out of the valley and back up to the imposing resort hotel.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Open all year.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes on Mountain or Valley course in high season (mid-April thru mid-Oct): Mon-Thur C$149; Fri-Sun C$159. Golf cart included.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory; carts are fitted with GPS.

Practice facilities

Excellent

Did you know?

In 2010 the Mountain course at Bear Mountain hosted one of Canada's most prestigious golf events, the Telus World Skins Game. Five of the world's top players competed for some of the biggest prize money offered in Canadian golf. To the delight of home spectators, Canadian No.1 Mike Weir won the most skins, repeating his earlier triumph in this competition in 1999. | Bear Mountain is a member of the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. | The golf courses at Bear Mountain reputedly cost over one million dollars a hole to build, and were funded by a coalition of former and current National Hockey League stars.

Published ranking

2018/19 ScoreGolf magazine rating: 80th best course and 31st best public course in Canada.

Where2Stay

  • The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa5-star

    1999 Country Club Way, Victoria, BC V9B 6R3

    +1 (250) 391 7160

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    The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa offers a stunningly natural setting and the laid-back comforts of a top-quality resort hotel. The charming harbour city of Victoria is just a short drive away. Here you can test your skills on two of British Columbia's most celebrated golf courses, or indulge in a treatment at the accredited Santé Spa. Included in the resort's excellent amenities, guests can enjoy plenty of varied dining options, including a Chop House, traditional Grill, Sports bar and Japanese restaurant.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Bear Mountain (Mountain and Valley courses)

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Highland Pacific; Royal Colwood

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Olympic View; Cordova Bay; Victoria.

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