Fairway fever: golf in the Gulf Islands

Taking a swing at the Salt Spring Golf Club driving range
Taking a swing at the Salt Spring Golf Club driving range

For golfers wanting a little variety in their sport, golf on the Gulf Islands is the answer.

Salt Spring, Gabriola, Galiano and Pender island golf courses are in the middle of a small paradise, which is ideal for people on holidays and those who want to experience something different from the usual crowded urban course.

The courses are challenging and demand a different set of skills, but you can still relax and enjoy the unique environment each course offers. Nature abounds with deer on the fairways and eagles soaring above — to mention just a few of the courses’ regular visitors.

All golf courses have power cart rentals and facilities for food and refreshments.

Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club boasts tree-lined rolling fairways and well-manicured greens located in spectacular countryside. The nine-hole, 3032-yard, par-36 course is open all year-round, and is centrally located near Portlock Park, not far from the island’s main town of Ganges.

The course also has a full-service clubhouse, driving range, practice green and licensed restaurant. Club and cart rentals are also available.

The site also holds the Centre Court indoor tennis facility operated by the Salt Spring Tennis Association.

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Pender Island’s course includes four elevated tee boxes and views of the shots that lie ahead. A replica of the stone bridge at St. Andrews is part of the course’s #8 hole, and just one of the facility’s unique features.

The Galiano Golf and Country Club offers a challenging nine-hole, 1936-yard course with lush fairways, manicured greens, elevated tee boxes and two separate tees for the back nine.

Gabriola’s course is built around beautiful Hoggan Lake. As the website explains, “The front nine hides the surprise of the back nine. Different looks and different yardages give you the impression of a complete 18-hole course.”

Photo/media credit: Julianna Slomka