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3 Golfing Getaways Near Vancouver
Throughout Vancouver and its surrounding cities, golf enthusiasts will find plenty of courses to suit their tastes, from wide-open seaside links courses, to lushly-wooded fairways. Choose from an array of public golf courses in Vancouver. Or for the ultimate retreat, get away to the following spectacular golf resorts, where world-class amenities meet breathtaking views and pristine courses.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Less than two hours from Vancouver
Spend the weekend in Harrison Hot Springs, a lakeside retreat with sandy beaches, warm mineral springs and ample outdoor activities. At the southern shore of Harrison Lake, Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa offers an array of pools, restaurants, outdoor adventures and a nine-hole PGA-rated golf course. This 36 hectare (89 acre) course features sand bunkers, level stretches of grass, strategically placed trees and dramatic mountain views.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Two hours from Vancouver
For a mountainous escape that comes packed with luxurious amenities, drive up to Whistler. (Even if you don’t have a car, there are plenty of ways to get to Whistler from Vancouver.) Located just steps from the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers elegant accommodations, delectable Pacific Northwest cuisine, a lavishly appointed spa and health club, and, of course, an award winning 18-hole, par-72 golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Small creeks, ponds, sand bunkers and spectacular views of jutting mountains and towering Douglas fir trees punctuate the top-notch play. For golfers looking to polish their game, sign up for an instructional program at the on-site David Leadbetter Academy, which offers a range of instructional programs.
Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa
90-minutes from Vancouver
Located just over the Canada/U.S. border in Blaine, Washington, the Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa is a beautiful seaside retreat. The 212-room resort is right next to a county park offering 121 hectares (300 acres) of tidal land with trails, tide pools and estuaries, attracting impressive birdlife—the Audubon Society has named it one of the top bird-watching spots in the state. But you’re here for the golf, and you won’t be disappointed! The Resort offers access to two 18-hole courses, and even offers packages allowing unlimited golf during your stay. The adjoining Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club, designed by Arnold Palmer, offers rolling and generous fairways, and fast and challenging greens. An 8-minute drive inland, Loomis Trail Golf Club, designed by Graham Cooke, boasts an extensive canal and lake system that brings water into play on all 18 holes.