A Class A member of the CPGA, Todd Hart brings his lofty experience to the course as he polishes drives, chips, and putts. During his more than 20 years as a golf instructor, Hart has taught more than 20,000 lessons, improving the game of hundreds of eager apprentices. Applying lessons learned throughout his career, he breaks down each aspect of the game into its constituent parts, giving pupils concrete exercises that improve their form and help them pretend to be practicing when stuck wearing plaid pants in public.
The 18-hole, par 3 course at Sunshine Woods Golf Centre pulls off a difficult trick—it's accessible to beginners while still giving veterans periodic fits. The course is notable for its elevated approach shots and a smattering of small but pesky lakes. These and other elements force players to call upon every club in their bags, using the 9-iron for shots that require high loft and the spiked mace for intimidation. After conquering all 18 holes, head to the facility's expansive driving range, where CPGA golf professionals offer helpful pointers on swing and strategy.
At 3D Golf Performance, CPGA-certified instructors give back to the sport they love by combining their deep knowledge of real-world club swinging with some of the most impressive player-improvement technologies available. The Coquitlam facility's assortment of 3-D imaging technologies and finely calibrated simulators allows players to discover the nuances of club-head speed and elbow angles while teeing off indoors. Staff members quell the anxieties of traditionalists who find electronic contraptions perplexing by offering training clinics and educational sessions that demystify stroke-saving machinery such as operating TruTrac software, analyzing a swing with Target Zone tracking, and learning to reconfigure kitchen toasters as golf-ball washers.
Named 1 of the Top 100 Golf Practice Centers And Learning Facilities In America by Golf Range Magazine in 2011, Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Course pairs its renowned practice facility with a par 65 course to foster improvement in players of all abilities. The 18-hole, 4,165-yard course facilitates fast rounds of golf with 7 par 3 and 11 par 4 holes, and 4 holes more than 300 yards in length, prompting players to use every club in their bags. Lines of trees stud the edges of nearly every fairway, a creek winds through the course’s gently undulating terrain to alter shots, and a tennis player with a racquet plays defense on the final hole.
Before golfers head to the first tee, they can loosen up their swings by launching high-calibre practice balls at Eaglequest's synthetic driving range. To further groom their games, clubbers can schedule lessons with one of the course's CPGA instructors, who remedy slice-prone swings, shaky short-game shots, and 9-irons stricken with the common cold.
With two distinct layouts that bob and weave through groves of douglas fir, cedar, and hemlock trees, both Eighteen Pastures Golf Course and Tall Timber Golf Course invite clubbers for a day of challenging golf. The more difficult of the two layouts, Eighteen Pastures flummoxes stick-flickers with more than 6,800 yards of topsy-turvy terrain, where precipitous hillsides and bending fairways lined with arbors conceal upcoming hazards, which include 10 ponds and a multitude of sand traps. The course's front and back nines converge at the unique clubhouse, a bright red barn with a tall silo on one end said to contain the souls of every golf ball lost on the course.
An easier and shorter alternative to its grassy brethren, Tall Timber sprawls across 5,921 yards of kempt fairways cleaved through second-growth West Coast forests. The rippling waters of streams and ponds run throughout the course, attracting waterfowl and thirsty golf carts as clubbers hack through the 160-acre landscape.
At Heather Hills Farm and Golf Course, soaring shots pepper the fairways of nine distinct holes. Clusters of towering trees lend themselves as the course's natural framework, and water hazards and sand traps lie in wait at various points prepared to entice misguided balls. Players tee off behind three different tee boxes as the course unveils its smaller-scale design, including a 185-yard sixth hole, which represents the course's longest shot and tastiest green fringe. The facility's sprawling greens serve as a backdrop to Heather Hills Farm, where agricultural sustainability and philanthropic efforts join forces to help improve surrounding communities. Course at a Glance