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To Russia, with clubs


Brad Ziemer
Vancouver Sun

Phil Jonas is looking forward to his European Senior Tour adventure

hil Jonas has always been something of a golfing globetrotter and the chance to set sail for a new adventure is what has him most excited about the journey he is about to begin on the European Senior Tour. By Jonass count, his pro golf career has taken him to more than 30 countries and the Surrey resident is delighted to have the opportunity to tick a few more off his list. Like Russia. When Jonas glanced at the tours schedule after earning one of six cards at qualifying school in Portugal in January, it was the Russian Open Golf Championship in Moscow and the season-ending MCB Tour Championship on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius that caught his eye. I am excited about going to see some places that I have never been before, Jonas says. I have always wanted to go to Russia. I am excited about that part. And Mauritius is another place I have always wanted to visit, adds Jonas, a native of South Africa who has called the Metro Vancouver area home for nearly 30 years. It is sort of the Hawaii for South Africa. Its where people go for their holidays. Of course, this is no holiday for Jonas, but he is determined to enjoy his senior golfing moment. He doesnt quite know what to expect, but feels good about his game. If I took stock of my game I think I have some of the ingredients that could be successful, he says. That is, I hit the ball a long way for an old guy and I have a good short game and I have a good imagination for the game. So I think those things are going to work in my favour. I just have to go play and see what happens. Jones has been a very good player for a long time. He was one of the worlds top-ranked junior players growing up in South Africa, played the PGA Tour for a short time after his collegiate golf career at Lamar University in Texas and has won on the Canadian, South African and South American tours. For the past several years he and North Vancouvers Bryn Parry have been dominating the local pro circuit. Jonas, who was named the PGA of BCs teacher of the year for 2012, runs a golf academy at Hazelmere in Surrey and also teaches at McCleery in Vancouver. He plans

I have always wanted to go to Russia, says Surreys Phil Jonas, who will do just that when he embarks on the European Senior Tour.
to juggle his teaching with his new life on tour this year. Jonas figures hell be nervous when he tees it up in early June at the tours first event, the British PGA Seniors Championship in Cheshire, England, but he wont be scared. Jonas figures hell be able to draw upon a successful appearance at last summers Senior Open Championship at the famed Turnberry course in Scotland. I hope I am never as nervous again as I was playing in that thing, Jonas says. Nervousness isnt bad, but fear is and I was pretty scared. I had a lot of things working against me that week. I hadnt played in an event like that and my game wasnt good. Theres no doubt that having made the cut there helped my game improve and helped me get my card. I just felt if I could do it with all these things going against me, Im not too bad, you know. It was a big help. The tours schedule, which has not yet been completely finalized, is expected to include 12 to 15 events with purses ranging from about $400,000 to $2 million for the Open championship.

Jonas knows he wont get rich playing the tour, but if he plays well he has an opportunity to make some decent money. I think its going to be pretty expensive to travel, especially for me travelling back and forth, he says. The cheap thing is the tournament entry fee. Its only about $50 for each event. Jones is eligible to play in almost all the events, but will have to play his way into the Open Championship. Last summer, he used a onetime exemption earned for a win way back in 1990 on the South African Tour and tied for 55th at Turnberry. This could be a one-off thing and I think its only right that I go and play every event that I can, he says. So I expect to play in almost every event. He is going with the blessing of his wife, Patty, who is also a longtime golf pro and instructor, and their two children. Jones will be joined on tour by fellow Canadian Rick Gibson of Victoria, who is about to begin his second year on the European senior circuit. Actually, Rick helped convince me to go to Q-school, Jonas says. I was kind of humming and hawing about going and my daughter had a basketball game in Victoria and Rick was in Victoria and he came and watched. We were talking and I was saying I am thinking about going and he basically said, listen, you are not getting any younger. When you get to this age you just dont put it off. You cant afford to put it off. Jonas feels better about his game now than he did last summer when he headed overseas for Turnberry. He likes to think he plays some of his best golf when he is a long way from home in unfamiliar surroundings. His two wins in Peru would attest to that. I always remember the first year I won in Peru I was down there playing a practice round by myself and I was thinking, man, this is fantastic, golf is taking me to a place where Id never dreamt of going. My golf was good that week, but I think that feeling helped put me over the edge. Jonas hopes those same feelings follow him to some unfamiliar fairways on his new golf journey. Im excited about it, but well see how it goes, he says. Its kind of the unknown.
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Predator Ridge tops Best of B.C. list


Ridge Course at Vernon resort selected as best public facility in province by panel
BRAD ZIEMER
VANCOUVER SUN

here probably is not just one single reason why Predator Ridge has succeeded while so many other mega golf resorts have failed in British Columbia. But great golf certainly has a lot to do with it. Yes, the scenery will take your breath away and the service is outstanding, but its the golf that keeps players coming back to the Vernon facility. The Vancouver Suns Best of B.C. golf panel certainly seems to love it. The 12 panelists selected Predators Ridge Course as their favourite public or resort course in the province. The Ridge Course at Predator is visually stunning, eminently playable, and just pure fun and that is what golf is all about in British Columbia, says panel member Kris Jonasson, executive director of British Columbia Golf. It combines the best of meadows, woodlands and mountain terrains with outstanding lake views to create a memorable day. The weather is generally exceptional and in my mind it is the must-play course in B.C. This is the second time we have compiled a panel to rate B.C.s best courses. In a 2009 survey, Predator finished second to Big Sky in Pemberton. This year, the two courses swapped places. Our 12 panelists were each asked to submit their own top 10 lists and through a points system a top 10 list of their lists was compiled. Predator received more firstplace votes (three) than any other course.

I chose Predator Ridge as my No. 1 because it offers the complete package: a gorgeous layout, great conditions, top service and expansive patios in one of the most beautiful regions of the province, says panelist Holly Horwood, a two-time B.C. Senior Womens champion. We try to play it every year with another couple when we visit the area. Memories of golf played there include thoughts of warmth, beautiful vistas and a crisp glass of Pinot Gris from Burrowing Owl afterwards. It doesnt get any better. Predator Ridge is No. 1 for me as it has a wide variety of interesting, yet very playable holes, says panelist Mike Carroll, a Vancouver lawyer who is serving a oneyear term as president of Golf Canada. The course is always in great condition and the level of service, quality of the food and beverage operations, and the practice facility are all first-class. Predator Ridge has been open since 1991 and, for most of those years, it was a 27-hole facility. But noted Canadian golf architect Doug Carrick was recently asked to design nine new holes and re-do one of the existing nines. His creation, the Ridge Course, has drawn rave reviews since officially opening in 2010. The Ridge Course is a perfect complement to the existing Predator Course, says Brad Pelletier, who runs the facility for the owner, Vancouver-based Wesbild Holdings Ltd. Very infrequently with a site that has significant elevation change are you able to deliver a

very playable golf course. I think that is what Doug Carrick has achieved with the Ridge Course. It offers that unique B.C. setting with an experience that isnt going to beat you up. Its going to make you feel good about your game, not demoralize you. While many other B.C. golf resorts with significant real estate components have struggled in recent times, Predator Ridge has continued to flourish. I always say that Predator Ridge has four unique things, Pelletier says. It has a great piece of property, it has a great brand, it has great people and it has always continued to innovate. So many facilities, at some point in their life cycle, run out of ideas and dont know where to go next. That has not happened at Predator. Under Pelletiers leadership, the facility has added former LPGA regular A.J. Eathorne to its instruction staff and hired former PGA Tour winner Dick Zokol as executive director, golf development. Predator also has become the summer home of Hockey Canada. Predator Ridge deserved them, Pelletier says. I truly believe we are the best in our category in the country. And we have committed to owning that segment. We have not discounted. Where others have diminished the brand equity that they have had, we have held firm to our pricing and quality and value and it has paid off. Last year, we had the strongest performance ever within our resort. While Predator topped this

BEST OF B.C.
Top 10 public or resort courses in B.C. as selected by our Best of B.C. golf panel:
1. Predator Ridge-Ridge Course (23) 2. Big Sky (17) 3. Storey Creek (11) 4. Tobiano (11) 5. Whistler (11) 6. Nicklaus North (10) 7. Swan-e-set Bay (8) 8. Rivershore (6) 9. Fairview Mountain (6) 10. Morningstar (6)
(Point totals in parentheses. Panelists submitted their own top-10 lists and courses received ve points for a rst-place vote, three points for a second-place vote, two points for a third-place vote and one point for fourth through 10th-place votes. Ties were broken by total number of votes received by a course).

years poll, Big Sky was a close second. Multiple PGA of BC player of the year winner Bryn Parry and Vancouver Golf Tour commissioner Fraser Mulholland both chose Big Sky as their top course in B.C. Big Sky is unparalleled in beauty, condition, shot quality and overall golf experience, says Parry. Each and every time I have played Big Sky it has impressed me and in a new way. Hitting shots from perfect fairways while looking at spectacular mountain scenery with hang gliders

overhead is British Columbias most unique and enjoyable public golf experience. The combination of an amazing practice facility, exceptionally manicured fairways and greens and a breathtaking view of the 8,000-foot Mount Currie all day makes Big Sky one of my all-time favourites, adds Mulholland. Tobiano, the Tom McBroom layout near Kamloops, also received two first-place votes from panelists Adam Hadwin and Doug Roxburgh. Besides the unreal views, the course is well manicured and as a player I love it because it is a demanding design, says Hadwin, a regular on the Web.com Tour. It may not be the best course for higher handicaps, but for the good player it presents an amazing experience. Eighteen signature holes, adds Roxburgh, a 13-time winner of the B.C. Amateur Championship. But make sure to choose the correct set of tees for your skill level. New entries into this years top 10 include Whistler Golf Club (No. 5), Swan-e-set Bay (No. 7), Rivershore (No. 8), Fairview Mountain (No. 9) and Morningstar (No. 10). Courses receiving multiple votes but unable to crack our top 10 included: Squamish Valley, Northview (Ridge course), Fraserview, Salmon Arm, Cordova Bay, The Dunes, Chateau Whistler, Gallaghers Canyon, Pagoda Ridge, Ledgeview, Eagle Ranch, Talking Rock, Highland Pacific, Peace Portal, Morgan Creek, Golden, Kings Links and Greywolf.
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Private lies, hidden gems, getaways and signature holes


Meet our panelists
A dozen golf experts voted on the best that B.C. golf has to offer Kevin Carrigan, Victoria. Current Canadian Mid Amateur champion; Mike Carroll, Vancouver. President of Golf Canada; Anne Drewa, North Vancouver. Amateur golfer and Global BC news anchor; Adam Hadwin, Abbotsford. Web.com Tour professional; Holly Horwood, Vancouver. Two-time B.C. Senior Womens Champion; Phil Jonas, Surrey. European Senior Tour professional; Kris Jonasson, Richmond; Executive director of British Columbia Golf; Fraser Mulholland, North Vancouver. Commissioner of the Vancouver Golf Tour; Bryn Parry, North Vancouver. Seven-time PGA of B.C.s player of the year; Christina Proteau, Port Alberni. Three-time B.C. Womens Amateur Champion; Doug Roxburgh, Vancouver. Canadian Golf Hall of Famer; Eugene Wong, North Vancouver. PGA Tour Canada professional.

Our Best of B.C. panelists weigh in with their selections


Brad Ziemer
Vancouver Sun

British Columbia got short shrift from one of this countrys great golf course designers, but Stanley Thompsons lone West Coast creation has stood the test of time. Capilano Golf & Country Club has long been regarded as one of Canadas best courses and the scenic West Vancouver layout has been selected as this provinces top private course by our Best of B.C. panel. Stanley Thompson is one of the great designers and Cap has to be one of his best, says panel member Phil Jonas, a rookie on this years European Senior Tour. Its a course you wont ever get tired of playing. As a par 70, it is challenging and you must use every club in your bag. Absolutely the best, adds fellow

panelist Doug Roxburgh. Fantastic views, conditioning and shot challenge. Capilano received four first-place votes from our panelists to edge second-place finisher Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club. Panelists were asked to vote for their top three private courses and courses were awarded five points for firstplace votes, three points for second-place votes and a single point for third-place votes. Capilano finished with 24 points, while Shaughnessy garnered 19 points. Victoria Golf Club (18), Sagebrush (10) and Royal Colwood (8) rounded out the top five. Shaughnessy, which has played host to two recent Canadian Opens, actually received more total number of votes (seven) than any other course. It got a first-place vote from panelist Bryn Parry. I love the diversity of the course, Parry says. Small greens with a reasonable amount of slope, great conditions, the ability to play the course anywhere from par 70 to 73, huge trees to aim and hit around, and the views of the ocean on holes

nine through 12 make this B.C.s best. Panelists were not allowed to vote for courses they are affiliated with or are members of. That likely hurt Shaughnessy in the balloting as panelists Holly Horwood and Eugene Wong both play out of the Southwest Marine Drive layout. In addition to asking our panelists to give us their top public and private courses, we asked three other questions. Here are some highlights of their responses:

Question 1 If you had to

select a golf hole that best represents B.C. lets call it the provinces signature hole what would it be?

Not surprisingly, we got a variety of responses, but three panelists selected Victoria Golf Clubs seventh hole. This hole could be on the best piece of property in Western Canada, said panelist Kevin Carrigan, Canadas reigning Canadian Mid Amateur champion. Its just a coincidence it happens to be on a golf course. Its a tough downhill par 4 that never sees less than a 30-miles-per-hour head wind. The

hole is beautiful. Panelists Adam Hadwin and Eugene Wong both selected Furry Creeks dramatic par-3 14th hole that sits below the Sea to Sky Highway and hugs Howe Sound. I think this is a hole that really symbolizes B.C., says Wong, the North Vancouver resident who won twice during his rookie year on the Canadian Tour last summer. The green is a peninsula surrounded by water and the mountain backdrop is stunning. Panelist Anne Drewa, weekend anchor for Global BC, picked another Furry Creek hole, the par-4 first. When you tee off you are surrounded by an unobstructed view of the ocean and mountains, Drewa says. Its a reminder of why we live in B.C. ... even when it rains. Other holes receiving votes from our panelists included the 12th at Storey Creek, 17th at Nicklaus North in Whistler, No. 17 at Tower Ranch, the fifth hole at Victoria Golf Club, No. 11 at Golden and the fifth hole at the Ridge Course at Predator Ridge.

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Getting fit for golf takes on a whole new meaning 


Brad Ziemer
Vancouver Sun

University Golf Club is the place to go to get your TaylorMades tailor-made. TaylorMade is the latest club manufacturer to open a regional fitting centre in Metro Vancouver. Its located on the driving range at University Golf Club, where master fitter Andy Johnson stresses club-fitting is not just for low-handicappers. We encourage it for every skill level, says Johnson, an Australian native who played both the Australasian and Canadian tours. Some people think, oh, I am not good enough for a fitting. Absolutely you are. We want to get the best clubs in your hands. Its better for people just starting. I like to make sure there is no mystery behind it. I want to make sure a person understands why a particular club works for them and explain what different shafts can do and how it manages ball flight and gives people more

consistent results. Theres no mystery to it. We kind of hold their hand through the whole process. That process costs $150 for a full 90-minute fitting, which includes every club in the bag. A partial fitting or 45-minute session is $75. Clients simply hit balls off a driving range mat and a wireless hightech system called FlightScope monitors everything about your swing and delivers it to an iPad. Swing speed, carry distance, ball speed, smash factor, launch angle, ball trajectory, backspin rating, peak height ... it will basically tell you everything except what you ate for breakfast that morning. It will also show me how that person is delivering the golf club into the ball as well and what their tendencies are so I can build the right golf club for them, Johnson says. The goal is to fit players with clubs that will help them be more consistent. I feel a bit evil sometimes because I like to look at someones bad shots, Johnson says. That is what we want to manage. We want to improve the bad ones. We are

not going to eradicate them. We are not going to say we are going to turn your high slice into a nice straight draw. We are going to minimize the bad shots and control some of those ones that cause the double- and triple-bogeys. Johnson says some clients are surprised by the information produced from their fitting session. I had a lady come in recently and she generated above-average mens speed so I put her in mens clubs, he says. If she went into a store theyd say no, no you need a ladies club. And then I had a gentleman who needed something with a little more kick, light and soft, and we went into something ladies and it really helped his game. You can think outside the box with all the options and get the best possible option ... we do get a lot of ah-ha moments, people start hitting balls and go thats amazing. The TaylorMade facility at University includes the companys full 2013 product line, with all available shaft and head options. It is now open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to

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4 p.m. and appointments can be made through the University pro shop. Some other major manufacturers also have regional fitting centres in the area.

Cleveland has a facility set up on the grass driving range at Hazelmere in Surrey. Titleists regional fitting centre is located at the driving range at Northview Golf Club in Surrey. Phil Jonas, a local teaching pro who is about to begin his first year on the European Senior Tour, is a big proponent of recreational players being fit for their clubs. I think its beneficial when you hit outdoors, says Jonas, who has a teaching academy at Hazelmere. Here at Hazelmere you can hit outdoors. Anything indoors is a waste of time as far as I am concerned because people swing differently indoors than they do outdoors. You want to be able to simulate what they are going to do on the course and the next best thing is being out on the range where they can sort of see fairway and fire at some flags. But fitting is important. If you are going to buy a set of clubs, you might as well buy the right set.
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Loomis Trail Golf Course semiahmoo.com 4342 Loomis Trail Rd. Blaine, Wa., 1-800-281-7002 Aquadel Golf Club Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,137 aquadel.ca Green fees: M-Th: $65 US; F-W-H: 1855 Columbia Valley Hwy $75; Earlybird: $50-60 Lindell Beach, 604-858-6896 Bookings: 30 days prior Holes 18. Par 55. Yardage 2,490 Maple Ridge Golf Course Green fees: M-F: $20; W-H: $24: Sr: mapleridgegolfcourse.org Dakota Creek Golf Course $16 (M-F); Jr: $14 Greenacres Golf Course dakotacreekgolf.com 20818 Golf Course Lane Bookings: Week prior greenacresgolfcourse.com 3258 Haynie Rd. Maple Ridge, 604-465-9221 5040 No. 6 Rd. Custer, Wa. - 360-366-3131 Belmont Golf Course Holes 9. Par 33. Yardage 2,557 Richmond, 604-273-1121 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 5,500 wcgg.ca Green fees: M-F: $22 for 9, $27 for Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,022 Green fees: M-F: $22 US; W-H: $28 22555 Telegraph Trail 18; W-H: $25-35 Green fees: M-F: $46; W-H: $53; Sr: US; Twi: $18-22 US Langley, 604-888-9898 Bookings: Week prior $39 M-F; Jr: $34; Twi: $30-35 Bookings: Two weeks prior Holes 18. Par 70. Yardage 6,416 Mayfair Lakes Golf & CC Bookings: Five days prior Green fees: M-F: $29-39; W-H: $29golfbc.com Delta Golf Course 59; Earlybird: $29-49; Twi: $15-25 Guildford Golf & CC 5460 No. 7 Rd. deltagolfcourse.com Bookings: Five days prior guildfordgolf.com 11550 No. 10 Highway Richmond, 604-276-0585 7929 152 St. Delta, 604-594-1414 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,640 Big Sky Golf Club Surrey, 604-594-0282 Holes 18. Par 67. Yardage 4,932 Green fees: $79 every day; bigskygolf.com Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,502 Green fees: M-F: $37; W-H: $47; Jr: Earlybird: $55; Twi: $55: Jr-Sr: $59 1690 Airport Road Green fees: M-F: $40; W-H: $50; $24 (M-F); Sr: $35(M-F). Bookings: Five days prior Pemberton, 1-800-668-7900 Jr-Sr: $33 (M-F) Bookings: Week prior for weekHoles 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,001 McCleery Golf Course Bookings: Week prior days: 2 p.m. Wednesday for W-H. Green fees: $129-155; Twi: $69-115; vancouverparks.ca Jr: $35 7188 MacDonald Eaglequest Coquitlam Harrison Resort Golf Course Bookings: No restrictions Vancouver, 604-257-8191 eaglequestgolf.com harrisonresort.com 1001 United Blvd. Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,530 3855 Hot Springs Rd. Bridal Falls Golf Course Coquitlam, 604-523-6400 Harrison Hot Springs, 604-796-9009 Green fees: $40 every day; Twi: $30; bridalfallsgolf.com Holes 9. Par 27. Yardage 1,007 Sr: $28; Jr: $20 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 3,375 53191 Bridal Falls Road Green fees: M-F: $15.99; W-H: Green fees: M-F: $28; W-H: $34; Sr: Bookings: Five days prior at 7 p.m. Rosedale, 604-794-7788 $18.99; Jr-Sr: $12.99-14.99 $40; Twi: $15 Holes 9. Par 32. Yardage 2,270 Meadow Gardens Golf Course Bookings: Not available Bookings: Week prior Green fees: M-F: $32 for 18; W-H: meadowgardens.com $36; 19675 Meadow Gardens Way Eaglequest Coyote Creek Hazelmere Country Club Bookings: Week prior Pitt Meadows, 604-465-5474 eaglequestgolf.com wcgg.ca Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,041 7778 152 Street 18150 8th Ave. Burnaby Mountain Golf Course Green fees: M-F: $67; W-H: $77; Jr: Surrey, 604-597-4653 Surrey, 604-538-1818 golfburnaby.net Holes 18. Par 65. Yardage 4,165 $37 (M-F) Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,627 7600 Halifax Street Green fees: M-F: $34.95; W-H: Bookings: Week prior Green fees: M-F: $59; W-H: $69; Jr: Burnaby, 604-280-7355 $39.95; Jr: $19.95 (M-F); Sr: $27.95 Meadowlands Golf & CC $35-39. Twi: $39-45 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,431 (M-F): Twi: $27.95-$30.95 meadowlandsgolfcountry.com Bookings: Five days prior Green fees: M-Th: $37; F-W-H: $46; Bookings: Week prior 47823 Yale Rd. East Jr: $24 (M-Th); Sr: $27.75 (M-Th) Homestead Farms Golf Resort Chilliwack, 604-792-2276 Eighteen Pastures Golf Course Bookings: Two days prior at noon homesteadfarmsgolf.com Holes 18. Par 69. Yardage 5,400 eighteenpastures.com Carnoustie Golf Course 1115 E. Homestead Blvd. Green fees: M-F: $30; W-H: $35; Jr: 29110 Matheson Ave. carnoustiegolf.ca Lynden, Wa., 1-360-354-1196 $18-24: Sr: $25-28 Ruskin, 604-462-8622 533 Dominion Avenue Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,353 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,927 Bookings: Week prior Port Coquitlam, 604-941-5233 Green fees: M-F: $25; W-H: $33; Green fees: M-F: $40 US; W-H: $50; Mission Golf & CC Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,333 Tuesday special: $14.95; Jr: $16; Sr: Jr: $25; Sr: $35-45 missiongolfclub.com Green fees: M-F: $48; W-H: $59 $20 including cart (M-F) Bookings: Week prior 7893 Nelson St. Bookings: Week prior Mission, 604-826-7617 Cedar Ridge Golf Course Kings Links By The Sea Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 3,023 Fort Langley Golf Course cedarridgegolf.ca kingslinks.ca Green fees: M-Th: $42; F-W-H: $47; fortlangleygolf.com 9500 Clay St. 3388 72nd St. Twi: $32-37 9782 McKinnon Road Mission, 604-814-0414 Delta, 604-952-0999 Bookings: Two days prior Fort Langley, 604-888-5911 Holes 18. Par 36. Yardage 1,800 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,865 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,383 Green fees: M-F: $21 W-H: $24.50; Green fees: M-F: $67; W-H: $78; Twi: Morgan Creek Golf Course Green fees: M-F: $38; W-H: $45; Twi: $45; Jr: $44-50; Sr: $55-78 (M-F) Twi: $17-18:50; Jr: $19-21.50: Sr: morgancreekgolf.com $25-32; Sr: $37.50 M-F $20-22.50 3500 Morgan Creek Way Bookings: Five days prior Bookings: Week prior Bookings: Week prior Surrey, 604-531-4653 Kinkora Golf Course Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,961 Fraserglen Golf Course Chateau Whistler Golf Course golfkinkora.com Green fees: $95 M-W; $105 Thu-Sun fraserglen.com fairmontgolf.com/whistler 46050 Higginson Rd. Bookings: Five days prior 36036 S. Parallel Rd. 4612 Blackcomb Way Sardis, 604-858-8717 Abbotsford, 604-852-3477 Musqueam Golf Club Whistler, 1-877-938-2092 Holes 18. Par 54. Yardage 3,001 Holes 18. Par 62. Yardage 3,712 musqueamgolf.com Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,635 Green fees: $23 every day; Jr: $13; Green fees: M-F: $31; Jr: $19; Sr: $29 3904 West 51st Ave Green fees: $175; Twi: $125 Sr: $20; Twi: $16 (M-F); W-H: $34; Twi: $26-28 Bookings: No restrictions Vancouver, 604-266-2334 Bookings: Week prior Bookings: Five days prior Holes 18. Par 60. Yardage 3,471 Cheam Golf Course Green fees: M-Th: $30; F-W-H: $35; Fraserview Golf Course Lake Padden Golf Course cheamgolf.ca Twi: $25; Jr: $15; Sr: $20 vancouverparks.ca lakepadden.com 44610 Luckakuck Way Bookings: Two days prior 7800 Vivian Drive 4882 Samish Way Chilliwack, 604-858-7991 Vancouver, 604-257-6923 Bellingham, Wa. - 360-738-7400 Mylora Sidaway Golf Course Holes 18. Par 56. Yardage 2,618 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,700 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,500 mylora.ca Green fees: M-F: $20; W-H: $22; Jr: Green fees: $45 every day; Twi: $17- Green fees: M-F: $29.44 US; W-H: 9911 Sidaway $10-12; Sr: $17-19; Twi: $14 33; Sr: $31.50 M-F; Jr: $22.50 $36.80; Jr-Sr: $23 M-F only Richmond, 604-271-5626 Bookings: Week prior Bookings: 5 days prior at 7 p.m. Bookings: Week prior Holes 18. Par 57. Yardage 3,006 Green fees: M: $29; T-F: $33; W-H: Chilliwack Golf & CC Furry Creek Golf & CC Langara Golf Course $37; Jr: 21; Sr: $28; Twi: $29-21 chilliwackgolf.com golfbc.com vancouverparks.ca 41894 Yale Road West Bookings: Week prior 150 Country Club Rd. 6702 Alberta St. Chilliwack, 604-823-6521; 1-888Furry Creek, 1-888-922-9461 Mylora on Five Golf Course Vancouver, 604-713-1816 757-7222 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,025 mylora.ca Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,261 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,267 Green fees: $99 with power cart; Green fees: $35 for 18; Twi: $26.25; 9500 No. 5 Rd. Green fees: M-F: $55; W-H: $65; Twi: Twi: $79 Richmond, 604-277-1179 Sr. $31.50; Jr: $22:50 $45; Jr: $30 Bookings: No restrictions Holes 18. Par 57. Yardage 2,507 Bookings: 5 days prior at 7 p.m. Bookings: Three days prior Green fees: M-F: $24; W-H: $25; Jr: Gleneagles Golf Course Langley Golf Centre $16; Sr: $23 westvancouver.ca Country Meadows Golf Course langleygolfcentre.com Bookings: Week prior 6190 Marine Drive countrymeadowsgolfcourse.ca 21550 44th Ave. West Vancouver, 604-921-7353 8400 No. 6 Road Newlands Golf & CC Langley, 604-534-4555 Holes 9. Par 35. Yardage 2,637 Richmond, 604-241-4653 newlandsgolf.com Holes 18. Par 58. Yardage 3,157 Green fees: $24.50; Jr. $18.25 (M-F); Holes 18. Par 54. Yardage 2,545 21025 48th Ave. Green fees: M-F: $24; W-H: $26; Jr: Green fees: M-F: $32; W-H: $37; Sr: Sr. $20.25 (M-F) Langley, 604-534-9211 $20; Sr: $20 (M-F); $23 (W-H) $28-37;Twi: $25-28 Bookings: None Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,103 Bookings: Week prior Bookings: One week prior Green fees: M-F: $40; W-H: $60; Golden Eagle Golf Club (North Bookings: Week prior Ledgeview Golf & CC Course) Cove Links Golf Course goldeneaglegolfclub.com ledgeviewgolf.com Nicklaus North Golf Course covelinks.com 21770 Ladner Rd. 35997 McKee Rd. golfbc.com 6000 Admiral Blvd. 8080 Nicklaus North Blvd. Pitt Meadows, 604-460-1111 Abbotsford, 604-859-8993 Delta, 604-946-1839 Whistler, 1-800-386-9898 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,627 Holes 18. Par 70. Yardage 6,131 Holes 9. Par 29. Yardage 1,841 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,908 Green fees: M-Th: $49; F-W-H: Green fees: Seven-day: $22-32 Jr-Sr: Green fees: M-F: $39; W-H: $49; Jr: $19; Sr: $29 (M-F) $62.50. Jr: $27 after noon; Sr: $36-40 Green fees: $155; Twi: $105 $20-30; Twi: $18 Bookings: No restrictions Bookings: Five days prior Bookings: Five days prior Bookings: Five days prior

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Cultus Lake Golf Club golfcultus.com 4000 Columbia Valley Hwy Cultus Lake, 604-858-9902; 1-877858-FORE Holes 18. Par 63. Yardage 3,890 Green fees: M-F: $29; W-H: $35. Jr: $15-20; Sr: 10 per cent off Bookings: Five days prior

Golden Eagle Golf Club (South Course) goldeneaglegolfclub.com 21770 Ladner Rd. Pitt Meadows, 604-460-1111 Holes 18. Par 70. Yardage 6,300 Green fees: M-F: $39; W-H: $49; Jr: $19; Sr: $29 (M-F) Bookings: Five days prior

Nicowynd Golf Course nicowynd.bc.ca 3601 Nicowynd Dr. Surrey, 604-535-9511 Holes 9. Par 35. Yardage 2,953 Green fees: M-F: $38 ($25 for 9); W-H: $44-29 Bookings: One week prior North Bellingham Golf Course northbellinghamgolf.com 205. W. Smith Rd. Bellingham, Wa., 1-888-322-6242 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,816 Green fees: M-F: $40 US; W-H: $50 US Bookings: Week prior Northlands Golf Course golfnorthlands.com 3400 Anne Macdonald Way North Vancouver, 604-924-2950 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,504 Green fees: M-Th: $65; F-W-H: $70; Sr: $47; Jr: $35 Bookings: Five days prior at noon Northview Golf & CC (Canal) northviewgolf.com 6857 168th St. Surrey, 604-576-4653 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,100 Green fees: M-Th: $70; F-W-H: $80; Twi: $50 Bookings: Week prior Northview Golf & CC (Ridge) northviewgolf.com 6857 168th St. Surrey, 604-576-4653 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,900 Green fees: M-Th: $80; F-W-H: $90; Twi: $60 Bookings: Week prior Peace Portal Golf Course peaceportalgolf.com 16900 4th Ave. Surrey, 604-538-4818 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,393 Green fees: M-Tues: $49; WedFri: $53; W-H: $63; Earlybird: $43 (M-Fri), $50 (F); Twi: $41-48 Bookings: Week prior for weekdays. Monday morning at 8 for weekend Pitt Meadows Golf Club pittmeadowsgolf.com 13615 Harris Rd. Pitt Meadows, 604-465-4711 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,516 Green fees: $65 Bookings: One day prior Point Roberts Golf & CC pointrobertsgolfcourse.com 3350 SW Marine Dr. Point Roberts, Wa., 604-694-0222 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,868 Green fees: M-F: $40 Cdn; W-H: $50 Bookings: Week prior Poppy Estate Golf Course poppygolf.ca 3834 248th St. Aldergrove, 604-856-1181 Holes 18. Par 63. Yardage 4,503 Green fees: M-F: $36; W-H: $43; Sr: $34 (M-F); Jr: $21.50 (M-F, after 2 on W-H); Twi: $30-36 Bookings: Week prior Redwoods Golf Course redwoods-golf.com 22011 88th Ave. Langley, 604-882-5132 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,516 Green fees: M-F: $55.95; W-H: $69.95; Twi: $39.95-45.95; Sr: $44.95 M-F; Jr: $28.95-32.95 Bookings: No restrictions Riverway Golf Course city.burnaby.bc.ca 9001 Riverway Place Burnaby, 604-280-4653 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,004 Green fees: M-Th: $47; F-W-H: $56; Sr: $35.25 (M-Th); Jr: $26 (M-Th): $29 before 9 on F Bookings: Two days prior at noon Royalwood Golf Course royalwoodgolf.com 41050 Trans-Canada Hwy. Chilliwack, 604-823-4653 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,907 Green fees: M-F: $45; W-H: $55 Bookings: Five days prior

Sandpiper Golf Club sandpipergolfclub.com 14282 Morris Valley Rd. Harrison Mills, 604-796-1000 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,474 Green fees: M-F: $60; W-H: $80; Sr: $45; Jr: $40-50 Bookings: Five days prior Semiahmoo Golf & CC semiahmoo.com 8720 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Blaine, Wa., 1-800-231-4425 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,005 Green fees: M-Th: $65 US; F-W-H: $75; Earlybird: $50-60 Bookings: 30 days prior Seymour Golf & CC seymourgolf.com 3723 Mount Seymour Pkwy North Vancouver, 604-929-2611 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,410 Green fees: Monday: $71.20; Fri: $76.94; Twi: $60-66 Bookings: Four days prior Shuksan Golf Club shuksangolf.com 1500 E. Axton Rd. Bellingham, 1-800-801-8897 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,742 Green fees: M-F: $33 US; W-H: $43; Jr: 25 Bookings: Week prior Squamish Valley Golf & CC squamishvalleygolf.com 2458 Mamquam Rd. Squamish, 1-888-349-3688 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,459 Green fees: M-Th: $63; F-W-H: $69; Twi: $42; Jr: $31; Sr: $54 (M-Th) Bookings: Week prior Sudden Valley Golf Club suddenvalleygolfclub.com 4 Clubhouse Cr. Bellingham, Wa. - 360-734-6435 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,553 Green fees: M-Th: $39 US; Twi: $1830; Sr: $35; F-W-H: $50; Twi: $20-35; Jr: half price Bookings: Week prior Surrey Golf Club surreygolf.com 7700 168th St. Surrey, 604-576-8224 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,750 Green fees: M- F: $49; W-H: $59; Sr: $39 (M-F); Twi: $32-38 Bookings: Week prior weekdays; 8 a.m. Wed for W-H Swan-e-set Bay (Links Course) wcgg.ca 16651 Rannie Rd. Pitt Meadows, 604-465-3888 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,126 Green fees: M-T: $59; W-F: $69; W-H: $79; Earlybird: $35-69 Bookings: Four days prior Swan-e-set Bay (Resort Course) wcgg.ca 16651 Rannie Rd. Pitt Meadows, 604-465-3888 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,000 Green fees: M-Tu: $49; W-F: $59; W-H: $69; Earlybird: $29-59 Bookings: Week prior Tall Timbers Golf Course talltimbersgc.com 23523 56th Ave. Langley, 604-534-0213 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 5,805 Green fees: M-F: $26; W-H: $35; Sr: $18 (M-F) Bookings: Week prior Th Flats Golf Course 8865 Dunn St. Canal Flats, 250-349-5266 Holes 9. Par 30. Yardage 2,076 Green fees: $15 for 9; $22 for 18 Bookings: No restrictions Tsawwassen Springs tsawwassensprings.ca 5133 Springs Boulevard Tsawwassen, 604-948-GOLF (4653) Holes 18. Par 70. Yardage 5,400 Green fees: M-Th: $79; F-W-H: $89; Twi: $59-$9 Bookings: No restrictions

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Gold River Golf & CC Highway 28 Gold River, 250-283-7266 Holes 9. Par 35. Yardage 2,793 Green fees: $25-9 holes, $35-18 holes Bookings: Not accepted Golden Golf & CC golfgolden.com 576 Golf Course Dr. Golden, 250-344-2700 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,818 Green fees: M-Th: $61; F-W-H: $71; Jr: $30-$35; Twi: $31-$46 Bookings: No restrictions Gorge Vale Golf Club gorgevalegolf.com 1005 Craigower Rd. Victoria, 250-386-3401 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,850 Green fees: $90 every day; Jr: $28 Bookings: Three days prior Granite Pointe Golf Club granitepointe.ca 1123 West Richards St. Nelson, 1-877-677-6077 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,209 Green fees: $49 every day; $34 for 9 holes Bookings: No restrictions Greywolf Golf Course greywolfgolf.com 1860 Greywolf Dr. Panorama, 1-888-473-9965 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,140 Green fees: $109 M-Th; $129 F-W-H; Twi: $69-89; Jr. $59-79 Bookings: No restrictions Harvest Golf Club harvestgolf.com 2725 KLO Rd. Kelowna, 1-800-257-8577 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,109 Green fees: $120; Twi: $80; Jr. $50 Bookings: No restrictions Highland Pacic Golf Club highlandpacicgolf.com 450 Creed Road Victoria, 250-478-4653 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,616 Green fees: M-Th: $64; F-W-H: $69: Sr: $59(M-F) Jr: $30 Bookings: Week prior Hillview Golf Course hillviewgolf.ca 1101 14th Ave. Vernon, 250-549-4653 Holes 18. Par 57. Yardage 3,400 Green fees: $17-9 holes ($30 for 18) Bookings: Not accepted Hirsch Creek Golf Club kitimatgolf.com 2000 Kingsher Ave. Kitimat, 250-632-4653 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,449 Green fees: $40 every day; Jr: $28; Sr: $30 Bookings: One week prior Hope Golf & CC golfhope.ca 900 Golf Course Rd. Hope, 604-869-5881 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 3,180 Green Fees: M-F: $32; W-H: $43; Jr: $21-29; Sr: $30-41 Bookings: One week prior Houston Golf & CC Highway 16 Houston, 250-845-2913 Holes 9. Par 33. Yardage 2,492 Green Fees: Not available at press time Bookings: No restrictions Hyde Mountain on Mara Lake GC hydemountain.com 9851 Old Spallumcheen Rd. Sicamous, 1-877-677-4653 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,701 Green Fees: $85; Twi: $65 Bookings: No restrictions Kamloops Golf & CC kamloopsgolfclub.com 3125 Tranquille Rd. Kamloops, 250-376-3231 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,687 Green Fees: $60 M-Th; $75 F-W-H; $45 after 2 p.m.; Jr: $45, $30 after 2 p.m. Bookings: No restrictions Kaslo Golf Club kin.bc.ca/golf/KasloGolf 419 5th St. Kaslo, 250-353-2262 Holes 9. Par 35. Yardage 2,801 Green fees: 9-holes $21, 18 holes-$36 Bookings: No restrictions Kelowna Golf Club kgcc.bc.ca 1297 Glenmore Dr. Kelowna, 250-763-2736 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,315 Green fees: $95 every day; Jr: $31.50 Bookings: No restrictions for out of town residents Kelowna Springs Golf Course kelownasprings.com 480 Penno Rd. Kelowna, 250-765-4653 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,176 Green fees: $69; $56 after 1 p.m. Bookings: No restrictions Kettle Valley Golf Club kettlevalleygolfclub.com 3280 Highway 3 Rock Creek, 250-446-2826 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 2,946 Green fees: $35 for 18 holes; $24 for 9; Jr: $10-15 (M-F) Bookings: No restrictions Kimberley Golf Club kimberleygolfclub.com PO Box 241 Kimberley, 250-427-4161 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,251 Green fees:$49 every day; Twi: $25; Jr: $20 Bookings: No restrictions Kokanee Springs Golf Resort kokaneesprings.com Highway 3A Crawford Bay, 1-800-979-7999 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,604 Green fees: $89 every day; Twi: $45; Jr: $45 Bookings: No restrictions Lacarya Golf Course ntvalley.com/golf Ferry Rd-1480 Old Thompson Hwy Clearwater, 250-587-6100 Holes 9. Par 35. Yardage 2,711 Green fees: $20 for 9 holes; $32 for 18; Jr-Sr. $18-30 Bookings: No restrictions

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Lakepoint Golf & CC fsj.now.com Golf Course Road Charlie Lake, 250-785-5566 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,850 Green fees: $53 every day ($32 for 9 holes) Bookings: Week prior Lillooet Golf Course lillooetgolf.com Texas Creek Rd. Lillooet, 250-256-0550 Holes 9. Par 35. Yardage 2,722 Green fees: $25 M-Fr; $30 W-H; Sr. $20-24; Jr. $18-21 Bookings: Not accepted Links of Maggie May linksofmaggiemay.com 4650 Shelley Rd. Prince George, 250-963-9561 Holes 9. Par 37. Yardage 3,260 Green fees: $17 for 9; $27 for 18; Sr. $15-22 Bookings: Three days prior Lone Wolf Golf Club lonewolfgolf.ca 9999 99th St. Taylor, 250-789-3711 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,141 Green fees: M-F: $35; W-H: $45 ($25 for 9 holes M-F) Bookings: One day prior Long Beach Golf Course longbeachgolfcourse.com 1850 Pacic Rim Hwy Long Beach, 250-725-3332 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 3,700 Green fees: $24 for 9; $36 for 18 Bookings: No tee times required Mabel Lake Golf & CC mabellakegolf.com 3445 Mabel Lake Rd Enderby, 250-838-0881 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 3,400 Green fees: $30 for 9 holes; $45 for 18 Bookings: No restrictions Mackenzie Golf & CC Golf Course Road Mackenzie, 250-997-4004 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 3,219 Green fees: Not available at press time Bookings: No restrictions March Meadows Golf Club marchmeadowsgolf.com 10298 South Shore Rd. Honeymoon Bay, 250-749-6241 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 3,259 Green fees: $25 for 9; $42 for 18; Jr: $16 Bookings: Week prior McArthur Island Golf Club 1500 Island Parkway North Kamloops, 250-554-3211 Holes 9. Par 30. Yardage 1,568 Green fees: M-F: $16 for 9; $26 for 18: W-H: $18-28 Bookings: Four days prior Meadow Creek Golf Club gologanlake.ca Meadow Creek Road Logan Lake, 250-523-6666 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,100 Green fees: $20 for 9; $31 for 18 Bookings: No restrictions

Merritt Golf & CC merrittgolf.com 1450 Juniper Dr. Merritt, 250-378-9414 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 3,100 Green fees: $22 for 9; $40 for 18; Jr-Sr: $20-32 Bookings: No restrictions Metchosin Golf & CC metchosingolf.ca 4100 Metchosin Rd. Victoria, 250-478-3266 Holes 9. Par 34. Yardage 2,760 Green fees: M-F: $15; $24 for 18; W-H: $16-28 Bookings: Week prior Michaelbrook Ranch GC michaelbrookranch.com 1985 Lexington Dr. Kelowna, 250-763-7888 Holes 18. Par 63. Yardage 3,749 Green fees: $36 every day; Jr: $27; Sr: $32 Bookings: Three days prior Mission Creek Golf Club missioncreekgolfclub.com 1959 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, 250-860-3210 Holes 18. Par 61. Yardage 3,873 Green fees: $22 for 9; $31 every day Bookings: Four days prior Molly Hills Golf Course burnslake.net/molly Francois Lake Rd. Fraser Lake, 250-699-7761 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 2,900 Green fees: $18 for 9; $28 for 18 Bookings: No restrictions Morningstar Golf Course morningstargolf.com 525 Lowrys Rd. Parksville, 1-800-567-1320 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,018 Green fees: $75 every day; $45 after 1 p.m.; Jr: $32; Twi: $30 Bookings: No restrictions Mount Brenton Golf Club mountbrentongolf.com Henry Road Chemainus, 250-246-9322 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 5,748 Green fees: $45 every day; Twi: $25; Jr: $20 Bookings: Two days prior Mount Paul Golf Course mountpaulgolf.com 615 Mount Paul Way Kamloops, 250-374-4653 Holes 9. Par 32. Yardage 2,072 Green fees: M-F: $18 for 9; $29 for 18; W-H: $21-32 Bookings: Two days prior Mountain Meadows Golf Club mountainmeadowsgolf.com Highway 43 Elkford, 250-865-7413 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 3,168 Green fees: $27 for 9 Holes $39.25 for 18 Bookings: No restrictions Mulligans Golf Club mulligansgolfcourse.com 4985 Cotton Rd. Courtenay, 250-338-2440 Holes 9. Par 30. Yardage 1,758 Green fees: $17 for 9; $28 for 18; Sr: $15-25; Twi: $15 Bookings: Not accepted

Myrtle Point Golf Club myrtlepointgolfclub.com 2865 C-5 McCausland Rd. Powell River, 604-487-4653 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,923 Green fees: $50 every day; Twi: $30; Jr: $25 Bookings: No restrictions Nakusp Centennial Golf Course nakuspgolf.com Highway 6 Nakusp, 250-265-4531 Holes 9. Par 34. Yardage 2,610 Green fees: 9 holes $22, 18 holes $30 Bookings: Week prior Nanaimo Golf Club nanaimogolfclub.ca 2800 Highland Blvd. Nanaimo, 250-758-6332 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,667 Green fees: $74 every day; Twi: $41 Bookings: Two days prior Natural Springs Golf Course Highway 29 Chetwynd, 250-788-3944 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 3,097 Green fees: $20 for 9 Bookings: No restrictions Ness Wood Golf Course thewoodsgolfcourse.com 9340 Austgarden Rd. Prince George, 250-967-4868 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 3,219 Green fees: $20 for 9; Sr: $15; Jr: $15 Bookings: No restrictions NkMip Canyon Desert GC nkmipcanyon.com 37041 71st St. Oliver, 1-800-656-5755 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,900 Green Fees: 9 holes $30, 18 holes $50; Twi: $39 (after 1 p.m.) Bookings: No restrictions Okanagan Golf Club (Bear course) golfbc.com 3200 Via Centrale Kelowna, 1-800-446-5322 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,885 Green fees: $99; Twi: $59; Jr: $55 Bookings: No restrictions Okanagan Golf Club (Quail course) golfbc.com 3200 Via Centrale Kelowna, 1-800-446-5322 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,794 Green fees: $99; Twi: $59; Jr: $55 Bookings: No restrictions Olympic View Golf Club golfbc.com 643 Latoria Rd. Victoria, 1-800-446-5322 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,542 Green fees: M-Th: $59; F-W-H: $65; Twi: $49; Jr: $40 Bookings: Week prior Omineca Golf & CC Northside Road Vanderhoof, 250-567-2920 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,323 Green fees $18 for 9 holes; $27 for 18; Jr. and Sr. rates Bookings: No restrictions

Orchard Greens Golf Club orchardgreens.com 2777 KLO Road Kelowna, 250-763-2447 Holes 9. Par 32. Yardage 2,100 Green fees: $22 for 9 holes; $30 for 18 holes Bookings: No restrictions Osoyoos Golf & CC (Desert Gold course) golfosoyoos.com 12300 Golf Course Dr. Osoyoos, 1-800-481-6665 Holes 18. Par 71. Yardage 6,500 Green fees: $55; Twi: $45; Jr: $38 Bookings: No restrictions Osoyoos Golf & CC (Park Meadows course) golfosoyoos.com 12300 Golf Course Dr. Osoyoos, 1-800-481-6665 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,359 Green fees: $55; Twi: $45; Jr: $38 Bookings: No restrictions Pender Harbour Golf Course penderharbourgolfclub.com 13823 Sunshine Coast Hwy Pender Harbour, 604-883-9541 Holes 9. Par 36. Yardage 3,095 Green fees: $39 ($27 for 9); Jr: $22 Bookings: Week prior Pender Island Golf & CC penderislandgolf.com 2305 Otter Bay Rd. Pender Island, 250-629-6659 Holes 9. Par 34. Yardage 2,525 Green fees: M-F: $24 ($36 for 18); W-H: $27-39 Twi: $25; 2-for-1 on Wednesdays Bookings: No restrictions Penticton Golf & CC pentictongolf.ca 600 Comox St. Penticton, 250-492-8727 Holes 18. Par 70. Yardage 6,133 Green fees: $60 every day; Twi: $47; Jr: $29 Bookings: No restrictions Pheasant Glen Golf Resort pheasantglen.com 1025 Qualicum Rd. Qualicum Beach, 250-752-8786 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 6,600 Green fees: $69 every day; $49 for 9 holes; Twi: $49. Bookings: 10 days prior Pineridge Golf Course pineridgegolf.bc.ca 4725 East Trans-Canada Hwy Kamloops, 250-573-4333 Holes 18. Par 55. Yardage 2,800 Green fees: $20 for 9 holes ($27 for 18) Bookings: No restrictions Ponderosa Golf & CC golfponderosa.com 4000 Ponderosa Pl. Peachland, 250-767-2149 Holes 18. Par 72. Yardage 7,100 Green fees: Under construction Bookings: No restrictions Poplar Hills Golf & CC Mile 304 Radar Rd. Fort Nelson, 250-774-3862 Holes 9. Par 35. Yardage 3,093 Green fees: Not available at press time Bookings: Week prior

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B.C. Tournament Schedule


Heres a look at the major tournaments on the B.C. golf calendar this year:
April 20-23: CN Future Links Pacific Championship, Crown Isle Resort, Courtenay; May 14-15: CN Canadian Womens Tour, Beach Grove Golf Club, Tsawwassen; June 4-6: B.C. Mens Mid-Amateur Championship, Ledgeview Golf Club, Abbotsford; June 6-9: PGA Tour Canada Times-Colonist-Island Savings Open, Uplands Golf Club, Victoria; June 11-13: Pacific Northwest Golf Association Senior Mens Amateur Championship, Marine Drive Golf Club, Vancouver; June 18-20: B.C. Senior Womens Championship, Chilliwack Golf & Country Club; June 25-28: B.C. Womens Amateur & Mid Amateur Championship, Pitt Meadows Golf Club; July 2-5: B.C. Junior Girls Championship, Belmont Golf Club, Langley; July 2-5: B.C. Junior Boys Championship, Revelstoke Golf & Country Club; July 9-12: B.C. Mens Amateur Championship, Springs at Radium & Copper Point Golf Club, Windermere; July 23-26: Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, Capilano Golf & Country Club, West Vancouver; July 29-31: B.C. Senior Mens Amateur Championship, Eaglepoint Golf Resort, Kamloops; Aug. 6-9: Canadian Mens Amateur Championship, Royal Colwood Golf Club & Gorge Vale Golf Club, Victoria; Aug. 12-16: Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Boys Amateur Championship, Bear Mountain Golf Club, Victoria; Aug. 20-22: Royale Cup Canadian Senior Womens Championship, Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club, Vernon.

Pacific Coast Amateur returns to Capilano


Brad Ziemer
Vancouver Sun

Two years ago, the RBC Canadian Open was held at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club and last summer the CN Canadian Womens Open drew large galleries to Vancouver Golf Club. This summer? Well, things arent quite as busy. There are no big-time pro events scheduled for Metro Vancouver. There are, however, a pair of amateur championships of note in B.C. The Pacific Coast Amateur, whose past champions include former PGA Tour winners Ben Crane and Billy Mayfair, returns to Capilano Golf & Country Club in West Vancouver, July 23-26. The Canadian Mens Amateur Championship goes Aug. 6-9 at Royal Colwood and Gorge Vale golf clubs in Victoria. In 2003, Abbotsfords James Lepp ran away from an impressive field at Capilano that included current PGA Tour members Ryan Moore and Spencer Levin to win the Pacific Coast Amateur. His 17-under total of 263 beat the field by 10 shots and included a course

record 62 in the second round. I remember getting off to a terrible start in my first round, being a few over par at one point, Lepp recalls. Then I holed out on 17 for an eagle Mackenzie to turn my round Hughes and tournament around. I remember it being wicked awesome, from the event itself, to the course, and obviously the way I played. The Pacific Coast Amateur has been held annually since 1967 and is always played on great golf courses. Recent sites include Bandon Dunes, Eugene Country Club, the Olympic Club, Seattle Golf Club and Royal Colwood. At this summers Canadian Amateur, Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., will attempt to win his third straight national amateur championship. The new PGA Tour Canada circuit makes the Times-Colonist-Island Savings Open its inaugural event June 6-9 at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria. PGA

Tour Canada took over the struggling Canadian Tour late last fall and has an eight-event schedule this summer. This provinces premier amateur tournament, the B.C. Amateur, goes July 9-12 in the East Kootenays. The 111th playing of the event will be contested at The Springs at Radium and Copper Point Golf Club. B.C. Golfs Kris Jonasson has long been a proponent of moving the B.C. Amateur around the province. Its called the British Columbia Amateur and that means we should be in all regions of the province, Jonasson says. Not necessarily on any type of set rotation, but certainly players in all areas and golf fans should have an opportunity to see the finest amateur players in the province play. Albertas Riley Fleming won last years B.C. Amateur at Swan-e-set Bay in Pitt Meadows. The B.C. Womens Amateur Championship, which was won last year by Richmonds Christine Wong at Christina Lake Golf Club, goes June 25-28 at Pitt Meadows Golf Club.
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Wailea a special place


Youve got to club yourself right, know your distances and factor in elevation changes on the course, Hathaway advises. But at the same time, the course gives you some options, and thats one reason its so much fun to play. In contrast to the Golds rugged character, Wailea Emerald is softened around the edges, characterized by lush landscaping and tropical blossoms that fill the air with delicious fragrances. Hence its befitting nickname: Tropical Playground. Trent Jones Jr. designed the par-72, 6,825-yard course to be fun for all players, and Golf for Women magazine consistently ranks it as one of the most women-friendly clubs in the United States. Featuring carpet-like fairways and numerous vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the dormant volcano Mt. Haleakala, there are few forced carries from the resort and forward tees. One reason that the Emerald is so popular is that it has four to six boxes on every hole, which means players can tailor their playing ability, notes head pro Hathaway. Which brings us to Old Blue, the first course built on the property back in 1972, and located on the rolling foothills of 10,023-foot Mt. Haleakala. A classic in all senses of the word, the Arthur Jack Snyder design stretches 6,765 yards from its tips, and epitomizes a true Hawaiian resort course with its cooling fountains, serene lakes, exotic blossoms and coral sand bankers. One stroll of its fairways and its easy to understand why Old Blue goes by the name Scenic Charmer. This is an ideal course for the weekend golfer, and also for photographers, as its layout weaves through scenery that captures all the elements that make Wailea such a special place, including the Pacific Ocean and the looming volcano. Which brings us back to that lava flow hazard, a direct result of Mt. Haleakala in its youth, relatively speaking. Jones Jr. is renowned for incorporating unique natural elements into his designs, and the lava walls found throughout the Gold layout testify to that. Their preservation during course construction earned the recognition of the Maui Historical Society, and added yet another unique element to stamp into my global golf passport.

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Located on the southwest shore of the Hawaiian island of Maui, the Wailea Golf Club features three public 18-hole courses, each offering its own distinct challenge, and beauty, for all levels of player. Green fees: Preferred rates for guests staying in the 10 resort hotels located in Wailea. Mandatory shared cart included in green fees. Seasonal specials often available. Rates range from $90 US to $225 depending on course and time of year. Reservations: May be made in advance up to 30 days via phone or 45 days online. Services: David Leadbetter Golf Academy, two clubhouses, pro shop, lockers (Gold & Emerald), restaurants, club and shoe rentals, lesson programs, driving ranges. Website: waileagolf.com Phone: 1-888-328-MAUI (6284)

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I am a keen, keen person on exercise, thats right up my alley and I really feel like the fact I walk every course has helped me. I have walked a lot of courses all over B.C. and Alberta. No matter how mountainous they are I walk them. The belief of Bobinski and Marshall that golf is good for their health seems to be backed up in scientific fact. An exhaustive 2008 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science found the death rate for golfers in Sweden was 40 per cent lower than for other people of the same sex, age and socioeconomic status. The study suggested that corresponds to a five-year increase in life expectancy. The Swedish studys authors also concluded that in addition to its physical benefits, there are also positive social and psychological aspects to the game that can be of help. Marshall and Bobinski both stressed that the social aspect of the game is one that is important to them. Golf is a marvellous game, I just

wish the hell I had started when I was a kid, says Marshall, who was in his 40s when he began playing. But I grew up in the Depression and was one of five boys and golf was a long way away in our world. I think its a marvellous game. Not only is it a great game for your physical health, I think its great for your mental health, too. And I love the camaraderie that is a big part of the game.

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British Columbia Golf, the governing body of amateur golf in the province, is attempting to emphasize the health benefits of playing golf. A golfer carrying his or her clubs for 18 holes will typically walk about 10,000 steps and burn about 2,000 calories. I think that is a key message that we are trying to get out there, says Kris Jonasson, executive director of British Columbia Golf. Everybody that is in the sport world today recognizes that we have an issue with obesity at the kids level and also at the adult level. We know the health benefits

of regular exercise and there has been all sorts of documentation that talks about the life expectancy of golfers compared to the rest of the population being much higher. I just think that is a message that we need to get out there because golf is a sport that has some high participation rates and we should be talking about the benefits of the game outside of just enjoying playing. Jonasson is speaking from experience. The longtime Richmond Country Club member credits golf with helping to improve his health. Absolutely, it has benefited me, Jonasson says. I at one time walked with two canes because I had multiple sclerosis. If it hadnt been for the fact that I wanted to get back out and continue to play golf Im not sure today I would walk as well as I do.
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Fru says Golf Fore Gals, which has been in existence since 1999, is trying to address some of those concerns. Time is an issue for women, so one of the things we are trying this year at Mayfair Lakes in Richmond is something we are calling 6 after 6, Fru says. That means six holes after 6 oclock ... We are hoping this will attract women to come out and play six holes and then maybe go back into the restaurant for a glass of wine or something to eat. Golf Fore Gals has three membership categories. In addition to the aforementioned social category, there is a beginner division, which includes lessons as well as a rules and etiquette seminar, and a Golf Canada/Handicap division that allows more serious players to track their handicaps. Golf Fore Gals is affiliated with more than 60 B.C. golf courses, including Metro Vancouver layouts like Mayfair Lakes, Morgan Creek Golf Course, Greenacres, Country Meadows, Redwoods and University. It has four B.C. chapters: Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Thompson-Okanagan and

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Victoria-Gulf Islands. Members pay an annual membership fee, which is $180 for social members, and have access to tee times and events through the Golf Fore Gals website. Fru says its an excellent way for women to connect with other women for golf. Golf Fore Gals is about much more than just golf, Fru says. Its also about women, community, friendship, sharing and having fun. Fore more information, visit golfforegals.com.
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How putter is held turns into body politics


Proposed ban on anchoring develops into heated debate
Lowell Ullrich
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Adam Scott won the Masters with a broomstick putter anchored to his chest. A proposed rule change will make Scotts pendulum swing illegal.

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There is a certain irony that should not be lost within what arguably has been one of the greatest debates about the game of golf in this decade. The sport has not yet completely been able to apply the brakes on a variety of other issues, things such as pace of play, club heads that are the size of footballs and balls screeching aloft like asteroids above Russia. Yet what has the games gatekeepers most obsessed is a few inches of extra length on a belly putter, and more specifically what the long flatstick is apparently doing to fundamentally alter growth. To the governing U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club, evil lurks not within the length of the putter but in anchoring. The two clubs last year proposed a rule outlawing

any stroke in which a club comes in contact with the body that remains the talk of the sport. The art of putting, as described by the USGA, should be simply a matter of holding a club with two hands and making a free swing away from the body, which is about how it has been done for the last six centuries. Rule 14-1B would have a three-year grace period, but would go into effect Jan. 1, 2016. If youve been putting broomstick-style, with the putter buried in the chest, or the belly-putter, anchored in well, take a guess, youre suddenly out of luck. Anchors away. Golf Canada went along with the proposal when it was announced last year. The recent trend in stabilizing the club by anchoring it to the body goes against the principles and traditions inherent with the sport, Dean Ryan, Rules of Golf chair, wrote on Golf Canadas website.

But the proposed change was met with steady criticism that at one point threatened to drive a wedge between the two major governing bodies and the games best touring pros. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced in February his groups opposition to the rule change. That briefly set up the possibility of having a two-tiered set of rules, one for the pros and another for everyone else. It only got worse when the European Tour elected to stick with the USGA and the R&A. Call it the golf equivalent of the designated hitter. The amount of anchoring is relatively low, and formed a debate which suggested if the procedure was so good it would be utilized by every golfer. For a while last winter, however, it raised another simple question: What is a golf stroke?
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The Air Canada Championship, a PGA Tour event that was played at Northview Golf Club in Surrey for seven years, was last held in 2002. Who won the event that year? a) Mike Weir b) Mark Calcavecchia c) Brandel Chamblee d) Gene Sauers Abbotsford pro Adam Hadwin is in his second year on the Web.com Tour. Where did Hadwin play his collegiate golf? a) University of Washington b) University of Oregon c) University of Louisville d) Arizona State University

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This player red four straight rounds of 70 to win the 1966 Canadian Open at Shaughnessy. Who is he? a) Jack Nicklaus b) Lanny Wadkins c) Don Massengale d) Tom Weiskopf Who nished second in that event? a) Chi Chi Rodriguez b) Arnold Palmer c) Billy Casper d) Miller Barber Which of the following courses is not run by the Vancouver park board? a) Musqueam b) McCleery c) Fraserview d) Langara The late Stan Leonard won three times on the PGA Tour. At what Vancouver club did he serve as head pro? a) Fraserview b) Marine Drive c) Point Grey d) Shaughnessy Which of the following Whistler-area golf courses was designed by Arnold Palmer? a) Big Sky b) Nicklaus North c) Whistler Golf Club d) Chteau Whistler What former B.C. Junior Girls champion has conditional status on this years LPGA Tour? a) Jessica Wallace b) Sue Kim c) Anica Yoo d) Jennifer Yang

Sean OHair celebrates winning the 2011 Canadian Open at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

American Sean OHair won the 2011 RBC Canadian Open in a playo at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club. Who did he beat in that playo ? a) John Daly b) Kris Blanks c) Geo Ogilvy d) Andres Romero Shaughnessy also played host to the 2005 Canadian Open. Who won that event? a) Mark Calcavecchia b) Ryan Moore c) Ben Crane d) Vijay Singh

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Adam Bighill received customized golf balls as a Christmas present from his grandfather.

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work to be good at this. Very few people are good at something for no reason. Ill go to the range once or twice a week in the off-season, and usually play once a week. Theres a mental side to football and definitely one in golf. Any similarities? Theres a more intense mental focus in football. I dont know if thats because its my major passion or that is what the game requires. Golf is me battling myself. Theres only so much going on between you and the ball during that swing. You dont want to over-think and yet you need to think. Theres going to be bad shots and you have to overcome that mentally. You can choose to let one bad hole break you, or you say youve had one bad hole, there are 17 others. Theres got to be some conditioning benefits to golf for a football player? The one thing I noticed is for golf you have to have a fair degree of rotational flexibility. I noticed I was lacking a bit of that when I first started. Ive always stretched a lot for football but you have to stretch differently for golf.

t may not seem as if a player could have a better year than the rise to prominence B.C. Lions linebacker ADAM BIGHILL had last season until you learn what hes done off the field lately. Not only did the 24-year-old catch the golf bug while becoming a CFL all-star last season, he also was recently engaged to former Eastern Washington and Oregon State golfer Kristina Gargaro of Port Moody and thus wont have to ask twice about fitting in a round between his robust training schedule. Bighill talked to The Provinces LOWELL ULLRICH about the positive changes and where golf fits in his lifestyle:
there once you start learning and you see improvement thats when you get the bug. Seeing myself get better has made me get the bug like wildfire. To get to the Lions, you had to overcome perceived size limitations by setting a training regimen that effectively told people you wont be outworked. Have you carried that over to golf? Im not going to act like I am good. Im going to put in the

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Youre exactly the kind of player that golf needs at a time when participation levels appear to have plateaued, an athlete who isnt afraid to work to improve. How did you get started? Guys on the team kept going out to play last year and I just figured at first Ill tag along. I was awful. Then I met my fiance. It was a fun thing to do while we were dating. I kept asking myself why I did things wrong and she pretty much had all the answers. From

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Youve got to allow your hips to open up. Being more flexible for golf is always going to translate to being a better athlete. And theres undoubtedly no harm in using the yoga you do for football and apply it to golf? If youre not going to dedicate time to the gym or running, you need to do yoga. Itll keep you young. So youre hooked? No more snowboarding and rock climbing, which is how you kept in shape for football before discovering golf? This is the new hobby. Have you played long enough to have a favourite course yet? What course are you looking forward to playing? I seem to be spending a lot of time at Meadow Gardens, Surrey and Guildford. Ive really wanted to play Tobiano and the Whistler courses. Any other notable experiences so far? We went to the Phoenix Open this year and spent

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some time around the 16th hole. That was intense. The 16th hole is just a big party. Its hard to think how many people you can fit on a golf course until you see it for yourself. Who is the best golfer on the Lions? It would have been Geroy Simon. Paul McCallum will try to make a case. Mike Reilly would have tried to make a case but hes gone (to Edmonton), too. So Im going to throw my hat in there now. Whats in your bag? For a fairway wood I have a TaylorMade Rocketballz. I have a Cobra Amp driver and for irons its the TaylorMade Burner 2.0. And as for balls, Im playing the TaylorMade Penta, partly because for Christmas my grandpa got me some customized balls that say Bighill 44; for anybody who found my lost balls thatll be a gift for them.

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