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Capilano Golf & Country Club

420 Southborough Drive,

West Vancouver, British Columbia V7S 1M2

  • Office

    +1 (604) 922 9331
  • Pro shop

    +1 (604) 925 4653
  • Fax

    +1 (250) 921 1366

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Forest and residential.

  • Designer:

    Stanley Thompson
Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6706
6183
5041
Par
70
70
72
SSS or slope
73.0
70.6
71.2

Location

Latitude:

49.354042

Longitude:

-123.124605

How to get there:

10 km N of downtown Vancouver.

Capilano Golf & Country Club

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.

Est. 1936

Capilano Golf & Country Club: Renowned for its stately clubhouse and top-class amenities, the strength of Capilano lies in its Stanley Thompson designed golf course. Laid out on a gentle slope, the excellently crafted and predominantly tree-lined holes lay down many scenic golfing challenges. As you might expect from a Top10 Canadian course, maintenance and presentation standards at "Cap" (as it is known locally) are generally up there with the best.

Sitting at the highest part of the layout, the clubhouse offers stunning "alpine" views up to Mount Grouse and other notable peaks to the north. From the first tee of the downhill par-5 1st you look south to the Burrard Inlet, Lions Gate Bridge and the city of Vancouver. Lining the way on your journey around this captivating course are towering Douglas firs, sequoias and many other native tree varieties. The top-quality greens are framed by stylishly created green surrounds (a Thompson hallmark) and plenty of "raised lip" bunkering. These expansive subtly-sloping putting surfaces have caused many headaches and heartbreaks.

Capilano's challenging and handsome layout takes full advantage of the topography and natural beauty of its location. Amongst the 18-holes are many Thompson classics, with the back-nine offering the best views beyond the course. The par-4 13th plays back uphill, its green beautifully framed by the clubhouse. After the short par-3 14th (the back-tee sits just behind the car park), the final four hole stretch is played to the north of, but still below the clubhouse. The par-4 15th and 17th holes both enjoy a stunning backdrop provided by Crown Mountain. Capilano's par-5 18th, together with the par-5 1st, are two of Capilano's best. The wonderful closing hole doglegs into a raised and heavily bunkered green that sits just below the clubhouse terrace.

The bedrock of Stanley Thompson's great legacy is the world-class collection of courses he designed in his native Canada. In the west of the country, Capilano and the Rocky Mountain duo of Banff Springs and Jasper Park Lodge are the most revered examples of his work. Although Capilano may not have the Rockies as a backdrop, and may lack as many "dramatic" holes as its Alberta cousins, it is nonetheless a wonderful layout. A "must play" Vancouver course ... if you can secure a tee-time at this staunchly private club.
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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Capilano is a private club. Outside visitor play is very restricted. Contact the Proshop/General Mgr to establish playing possibilities and conditions.

Green fees

Outside visitor fee not applicable; course exclusively for members and their guests.

Other information

Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available to rent.

Practice facilities

Limited

Did you know?

Capilano's first professional, Jock McKinnon achieved the remarkable feat of recording a lifetime eclectic score at Capilano of 33, which for 18 holes involves a score of 2 on fifteen holes, and aces on the other three. | Legendary Canadian golf course designer Stanley Thompson routinely has five of his layouts in the ranking of Canada's Top 10 courses: Jasper Park Lodge (1925), Banff Springs (1928), St George's (1928), Capilano (1937) and Highland Links (1939). A sixth Thompson design, Westmount G&CC (1931), is currently rated by ScoreGolf magazine just outside the Top10.

Published ranking

2018/19 ScoreGolf magazine rating: 9th best course in Canada.

Where2Stay

  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites North Vancouver4-star

    700 Old Lilloet Rd, North Vancouver, BC, V7J 2H5

    +1 (604) 985 3111

    Visit website
    Nestled at the base of Vancouver's majestic North Shore Mountains, this North Vancouver hotel offers a relaxing atmosphere just 20 minutes away from Downtown Vancouver. This modern hotel includes many five-star amenities such as on-site restaurant, lounge, pub, spa and theme rooms.
    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Northlands; Capilano (Private).

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Most courses in Greater Vancouver are within 30 km of this hotel.

  • The Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier4-star

    138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC, V7L 0B1.

    +1 (604) 986 7437

    Visit website
    Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier is located in one of BC’s most scenic neighbourhoods - North Vancouver. Located right alongside the ocean, this North Vancouver, modern, boutique hotel offers stunning waterfront and mountain views. An excellent vantage point from which to connect to many of the best golf courses around Vancouver.
    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Northlands; Capilano (Private).

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Most courses in Greater Vancouver are within 30 km of this hotel.

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