Hit The Links For Family Time
Travel Golf’s appeal is changing and it’s finding a place as part of a well-rounded vacation in many beautiful regions of BC.
As golfing becomes an activity en- joyed by more people, it has broken free of the stereotype as something only retirees and businessmen enjoy. “The golf industry is focused more than ever on kids, women and whole family experiences,” says Mike Zuccolin, general manager of Nicklaus North Golf Course, a resort located in the beautiful Whistler area that integrates golf as part of their array of vacation actitivies.
“The village of Whistler itself offers great dining from high end to little cafes. There are lots of activities for kids, and biking and hiking trails for everyone”
“The village of Whistler itself offers great dining from high end to little cafes. There are lots of activities for kids, and biking and hiking trails for everyone,” Zuccolin says. And of course, pristine mountain lakes make both water and snow skiing possible. A view from the sandtrap BC’s golf courses take advantage of the regions where they’re located, offering attractive vacation packages such as Okanagan Valley’s Gallagher’s Cany on and The Pinnacle.
General Manager Peter Hopley says they tie a lot of activities around the area’s many wineries. “We also have a full-length challenging course as well as a shorter nine- hole course that can appeal to beginners and children.” At Vancouver Island’s Arbutus Ridge Golf Course, there’s a real emphasis on kids. “Anyone under 16 plays for free and we are creating a short course with forward tees (3,000 yards instead of a typical 5-6,000+ yards) which is a real innovation,” says General Manager Jason Lowe. Access to shopping and other city delights can be found in Victoria which is only 25 minutes away from Arbutus Ridge. BC has some of the country’s best golf courses and when combined with the array of other outdo- or recreational activities, all-ages appeal, and spectacular natural beauty, it’s an unbeatable vacation package.