Award-winning Recreation Oak Bay exercises minds and bodies with classes and camps at numerous locations. The facilities all foster a safe, welcoming environment where community members can come together and splash into the pool during children’s or adults’ swim lessons, work out in fitness studios, stretch in sync during yoga classes, or swing through the nine-hole Henderson Park Golf Course. Recreation Oak Bay also keeps children safe from the video-game-proffering witches that lurk in most public parks with a variety of kids' sports programs, including skating and hockey, soccer, and tennis.
A member on the PGA Tour Canada since 1998, Matt Daniel calls upon the experience gleaned from 14 years spent competing against some of the world’s best golfers to help fellow players improve their game. Daniel’s professional portfolio includes playing in a PGA Tour tournament and winning the Canadian Tour’s TELUS Edmonton Open in 2002 with a score of 21-under par, after which his scorecard burst into flames.
Matt imparts his pin-hunting prowess in lessons that focus on the mental, physical, and technical elements of the game. In addition, he joins students on the course for playing lessons that present the unique challenges and game-management strategies encountered in rounds, such as how to hit out of a bad lie or manipulate other groups into letting you pilot their cart into a pond.
Dedicated to saving the golf world from mulligans one slice-prone swing at a time, World Beat Golf’s team of aces imparts score-shaving advice at an outdoor practice facility. With an emphasis on building a balanced swing, developing reliable pre-swing fundamentals, and shoring up the short game, the pros foster straighter shots in private lessons and with programs for juniors and women. For more independent practice, World Beat Golf offers punch cards for driving-range balls, which players hit off of natural grass or synthetic hitting bays that provide a consistently immaculate lie and spare players from responding emotionally to divots shaped like their favourite childhood stuffed animals.
Framed by the nearly vertical slopes of Mount Cheam, Bridal Falls Golf?s nine-hole executive course tunnels through pine trees across 2,269 yards of forest. From the fairways of the petite par 32, players can overhear the soft rumbling of the nearby Bridal Veil Falls, which augurs the appearance of the Mountain Brook stream on two holes and two large lakes. Rustic wooden bridges span these waterways to provide passage for walkers, carts, and caddies who believe in trolls. Before rounds, duffers can loosen up swings and steady putting strokes with a stint at the covered driving range, practice green, sand bunker, and pitching area.
After a long day of drives, golfers can replenish with dinner and drinks at the full-service bar and restaurant. The club?s head pro Ron Brunelle also sates appetites for straighter shots with various lesson packages.
The soft pop of clubs against golf balls drifts from the driving range at The Golf Centre, up through orchards and toward the mountains behind them. At either sheltered or unsheltered tees on the range, golfers cut crescents from the air, their clubs arcing behind them. Staff rotate the range balls every season, limiting the possibility that customers hit a damaged ball or one they have made up a whole back story for. After ironing the kinks out of their long games, players can work on short-game strokes at the 35-yard short-game practice area, complete with sand traps, a chipping green, and a putting green. A team of CPGA-certified instructors stands at the ready to help players address their problem areas within lessons, incorporating video analysis during 60-minute private lessons to illustrate a stance that’s too open or eyes that aren’t open.
At Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf, visitors wend their way through a course set in a fictional abandoned lumber mill called Giggle Ridge Logging Company. Wooden barrels pepper the terrain, along with logging equipment and tree trunks that one can imagine were felled during overly raucous squirrel house parties. The course—devised in collaboration with Cultus Lake Water Park—sponsors the Love Global Foundation Mini Golf Tournament, a contest whose proceeds benefit missionaries in more than 48 countries. That kind of charitable giving is, all puns aside, par for the course for the people behind the Love Global Foundation. Inspired by those who dedicate their lives to spreading the Gospel abroad, they now dedicate their days to funding missionaries in far-flung locales while simultaneously giving them an outlet to share their stories with family and friends back home.