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Vancouver Travel Guide

Golf

Vancouver-area golf courses offer golfing with great scenery. Most are open year-round. Three championship golf courses are operated by the city, meaning they are more affordable. To reserve up to 30 days in advance, contact the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (www.vancouver.ca/parks/golf).

Just want to practice? Pitch & Putt courses are 18-hole putting greens that are perfect for beginner golfers. The best one is near the entrance to Stanley Park, next to a spectacular rhododendron garden. A round costs C$12.95.

Fraserview Golf Course. The most celebrated of Vancouver's public courses, the 18-hole Fraserview Golf Course sits on 225 heavily wooded acres overlooking the Fraser River. It has a tree-lined fairway, a driving range, and a lovely clubhouse. There's a golf institute staffed with instructors who teach players of all levels. Golf carts are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 7800 Vivian Dr., South Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, V5S2V8. 604/257–6923; 604/280–1818 advance bookings. www.vancouver.ca/parks/golf. 18 holes. 6700 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: C$35. Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, golf academy/lessons.

Langara Golf Course. Its central location and highly walkable green are two features that make the public Langara Golf Course a great golf getaway, even if you have only part of a day. There's a clubhouse with large-screen TVs tuned to the day's sporting events, and plenty of free parking. The green fees are about half the price of its more celebrated sister course, the Fraserview Golf Course. It does not, however, have a driving range. 6706 Alberta St., South Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 2Z2. 604/713–1816. www.vancouver.ca/parks/golf. Putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, restaurant, bar. 18 holes. 6261 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: C$25.

Last Minute Golf. For advance tee-time bookings at about 20 Vancouver area courses, or for a spur-of-the-moment game, call Last Minute Golf. The company matches golfers and courses, sometimes at substantial greens-fee discounts. 604/878–1833 or 800/684–6344. www.lastminutegolfbc.com.

McCleery Golf Course. Want to practice your putting and driving? With its expansive greens, the McCleery Golf Course is the best place in Vancouver. The public course is located on the north banks of the Fraser River and has the best views from the 9th and 18th greens. There's also an on-site golf academy particularly geared toward less experienced golfers. 7188 MacDonald St., South Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, V6N 1G2. 604/257–8191. www.vancouver.ca/parks/golf. 18 holes. 6527 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: C$25. Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Northlands Golf Course. Just 20 minutes from downtown, Northlands may be Vancouver's best-kept secret. Douglas firs line the fairways, which makes it feel like a course at Whistler or Vancouver Island. The public course's greens and fairways are well maintained. 3400 Anne Macdonald Way, North Vancouver, BC, V7G 2S7. 604/280–1111. www.golfnorthlands.com. 18 holes. 6504 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: C$70. Golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, restaurant, bar.

Northview Golf and Country Club. In the rolling terrain southeast of Vancouver, this lovely golf club is home to two Arnold Palmer–designed courses. The Ridge Course crosses meandering streams, while the Canal Course has wide fairways and undulating greens. An optional cart at either course costs C$36. There's a strict dress code: no jeans or T-shirts allowed. 6857 168th St., Surrey, BC, V3S3T6. 604/576–4653 or 888/574–2211. www.northviewgolf.com. Ridge Course: 18 holes. 6900 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: C$58. Canal Course: 18 holes. 7100 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: C$48. Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Seymour Golf and Country Club. This semiprivate course's fairways wind around towering old-growth fir and cedar trees at the foot of Mt. Seymour. It's open to the public on Monday and Friday, and has a fairly strict dress code. 3723 Mt. Seymour Pkwy., North Vancouver, BC, V7G1C1. 604/929–2611. www.seymourgolf.com. 18 holes. 6291 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: C$78. Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

University Golf Club. On the Point Grey peninsula, this challenging 1929 course includes a clubhouse and restaurant and is home to the British Columbia Golf Museum. The course's narrow fairways, lined with old-growth trees, appeals to golfers of all skill levels. 5185 University Blvd., Point Grey, BC, V6T1X5. 604/224–1818. www.universitygolf.com. 18 holes. 6560 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: C$67. Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. This well-manicured course is located just east of the city. In addition to a pro shop and other amenities, the club has a restaurant that's open seasonally. The 9-hole executive course includes a driving range. The courses are open April to October. 3251 Plateau Blvd., Coquitlam, BC, V3E3B8. 604/552–0777 or 604/945–4007. www.westwoodplateaugolf.com. 18 holes. 6770 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: C$125. Driving range, golf carts, pull carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro-shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

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