Guys On Golf - 5 Great golf courses in and around Metro Vancouver

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Playing golf can still be great, even if your game is not.

It is important to like who you play with, but also where you play! There are so many lush “tracks” to consider around British Columbia, but to make this Guys On Golf list it must be fun to play, have stellar customer service and somewhat forgiving bunkers and rough.

The game of golf is crazy enough. One day you post a score of 112 and the next week you chip in for eagle for an 89 and break 90 for the first time in your life. This is why you play the game — you never know which way the ball will roll that day.

By carefully choosing the location of where you play, you can enjoy brilliant views and trees, great service and cold beers even when your game puts you out of bounds. Private courses are just that… private and will remain off this list because it would be a tease. 

These are 5 great golf courses in and around Metro Vancouver that will leave a smile on your face. Get out and play!

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MORGAN CREEK GOLF CLUB – SURREY

The scoop:  Beautifully manicured and great service.

Why people should play here: With tree lined rolling fairways and white sand bunkers, the course is designed for golfers of all ability levels. The Clubhouse, overlooking the course and the North Shore mountains, provides a wonderful setting for a cool beverage, lunch or dinner, after your round.

Number of Tees & Colours: (5) Red, White, Silver, Black, Blue

Yardage from the Whites: 6,041 yards

Number of holes with water: (10)  (Have a few extra balls handy)

Signature hole: The 15th hole requires an accurate tee shot to a fairway framed by trees and the green by a creek on one side and white sand bunker on the other. Beautiful layout.

Green Fees: Call for the best rate & tee times 604-531-4653

Beverage Cart: Yes.

Drinking water available on the course: Yes.

Driving Range:  Yes, with grass tees and target greens.

Chipping/Putting area: Yes.

Lessons: Yes.

Patio for Après Golf: Yes

Weddings: Yes. Call 604-542-5327

Tournaments: Yes. Call 604-542-5322

Address: 3500 Morgan Creek Way – Surrey

Website: Morgancreekgolf.com

Twitter: @morgancreekgolf

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SANDPIPER GOLF COURSE – HARRISON MILLS

The Scoop: Beautiful, spectacular, tranquil, scenic and relaxing.

Why people should play here: Canadian course designer Russ Olsen fully took advantage of the spectacular water and mountain vistas when designing this masterpiece! With so many outstanding holes, smooth layout and breath-talking scenery — its easy to create an unforgettable golf experience.

Sets of Tees & Colours: (3) Black, White & Red

Yardage from the Whites: 6008

Number of holes with water:  (6)  – 9th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th & 18th

Signature hole: The 486-yard, par 5, 15th. Take a look at this video fly over of the hole.

Green Fees: Call for the best rates & tee times 877-796-1001 or 604-796-1000
Preferred pricing is also available for those who choose to join their Classic Rewards Program

Beverage Cart: Yes.Tipping helps your chipping.

Driving Range: No, but there is a Hitting Net with two stalls.

Drinking water available: Yes. Including water stations on the 4th, 7th, 12th, & 15th holes. Water also available in the on-course beverage cart and at the turn at the hot dog stand known as the “Eagles Nest.” 

Chipping/Putting area: Yes. There is an 80-yard chipping & putting area for short game practice.

Lessons:  Yes. Find out more online

Patio for Après Golf: Yes. Rivers Edge Restaurant

Weddings: Yes. Call 877-796-1001  ext 226 Wedding venues

Tournaments: Yes. Call 877-796-1001 ext 230

Address: 14282 Morris Valley Road – Harrison Mills, BC

Website: www.sandpipergc.com

Twitter: @sandpipergc

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UNIVERSITY GOLF CLUB – VANCOUVER

The Scoop: A complete joy to play!

Why people should play here: Because you never get tired of playing it – it is that enjoyable year after year…and you can’t beat the location.

Sets of Tees & Colours: (4) Red, White, Blue, Black

Yardage from the Whites: 6147 yards

Number of holes with water: Just (1) on the 2nd hole. There are5 others have ditches that will contain water in certain times of the year.

Signature hole: The par 4, 10th hole because of the elevated tee and the beautiful view down into the ‘valley’ of that end of the golf course…also because of the proximity to the clubhouse/patio – probably one of the most photographed holes (as shown above).

Green Fees:  Call for the best rates & tee times at 604-224-7799 or book online

Beverage Cart: Yes.

Drinking water available: Yes. Bring your water bottles. Filtered water refilling stations outside the Golf Shop & 10th tee or you can purchase from beverage carts.

Driving Range: Yes. Plus a Taylor Made Performance & Fitting Centre. Call 604-240-1512

Chipping/Putting area: Yes

Lessons: Yes

Patio for Après Golf: Yes. The Westward Ho Public House & Grill has of the best patios around the city

Weddings: Yes. Call Joni at 604-225-2312

Tournaments: Yes. Call Aaron at 604-225-2308

Address: 5185 University Blvd – Vancouver

Website: universitygolf.com

Twitter: @UniversityGolf

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PAGODA RIDGE GOLF COURSE – LANGLEY

The scoop: Fresh and new with breathtaking views and a great set up. Come golf the wall!

Why people should play here: Wide fairways, bent grass greens, challenging for all levels, the best drainage in the lower mainland with views of Golden Ears Mountains and Mount Baker. Featuring a miniature Great Wall of China on the course to complete Asian-themed design.

Sets of Tees & Colours: (5) Gold(long) Gold, Blue, White, Green

Yardage from the Whites: 5898 yards

Number of holes with water:  (8)

Signature hole : The 10th hole because of the amazing view and island green.

Green fees: Call for the best rates & tee times at 604-856-0929 or book online

Beverage Cart: Yes

Drinking water available: Yes

Patio for Après Golf: Yes

Driving Range:  No (Not yet)

Chipping/Putting area: Yes

Lessons: No

Weddings: Yes

Tournaments: Yes. Book online

Address: 7887 – 264th street – Langley, B.C.

Website: pagodaridge.ca

Twitter: @golfpagodaridge

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NICKLAUS NORTH GOLF COURSE – WHISTLER

The scoop: Whistler Golf at its Finest!

Why people should play here: Just minutes from the resort village of Whistler, Nicklaus North stands out as one of the great courses in North America. It’s no wonder this is only one of a few rare golf courses in the world bearing Jack Nicklaus’ name. This par 71, 18-hole course winds along a gentle valley floor offering you a spectacular setting as your golfing skills are tested to the fullest.

Sets of Tees & Colours:  (6) Orange (“Quik” tee for beginners) Red, Green, White, Blue, Gold

Yardage from the Whites:  6004

Number of holes with water:  (13)

Signature hole The signature 17th hole at Nicklaus North also happens to be one of its most demanding. From the tee, you’re faced with a bunkered “island” green surrounded by stunning glacier-fed Green Lake, and framed by snow-capped mountains.

Green Fees: Call for the best rates & tee times 1-800-386-9898 or 604-938-9898 or book online

Beverage Cart: Yes. Exceptional service

Drinking water available: Yes

Driving Range: Yes

Chipping/Putting area: Yes

Lessons: Yes

Patio for Après Golf: Yes. Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery

Weddings: Yes. Call 1-800-386-9898 ext 14

Tournaments: Yes. Call 1-800-386-9898  ext 14

Address: 8080 Nicklaus North Blvd. Whistler, BC

Website: nicklausnorth.com

Twitter: @NicklausNorthGC

 

Written by @jeffleyland in part with GuysOnGolf.com

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