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.
Located in Richmond on land that was once home to an 88-acre organic farm, Mylora Sidaway Golf Club is a peaceful getaway just a few minutes from downtown Vancouver. The course itself is short—in fact, players encounter just three par 4s, including the sixth hole, which is the only hole that stretches past 300 yards. Facing such compressed distances, golfers have an unique opportunity to focus on their short game or drive their way into Mylora's hole-in-one club.
Course at a Glance
Wooden beams form rows of V-shaped pillars that prop up the ceilings on both floors of Takaya Golf Centre's two-tiered driving range, creating a visually compelling, rustic design. Surrounded by a dense forest, the 270-yard range boasts 78 hitting stalls, 58 of which are covered to protect players from the elements and rival golfers who hire a stealthy buffalo stampede to record surveillance. Along with clearly marked yardage signs, the target field sports wide hoops at various distances to emulate greens. After the sun sets over the opposite end of the westward-facing range, Takaya Golf Centre activates its stadium-style lighting to keep practice sessions alive and illuminate woodland creatures' late-night board-game sessions.
Four teaching professionals preside over the centre's practice complex, where they help players smooth out swings in group or private lessons. Those looking for more leisurely activities can putt across the centre's mini-golf course, lounge with a cup of coffee in the TV lounge, or build an indoor fort with the pro shop's selection of hats, tees, towels, and golf balls.
Although it's best known as the 19th hole pub at Northlands Golf Course, Northlands Bar and Grill is more than just a simple watering hole. With new management and chef, diners recharge after a round on the green with cuisine found within timeless west coast culinary traditions. Whether they're simmering pots of Salt Spring mussels, searing hearty flat iron steaks, or dipping pacific cod in vats of batter made with Granville Island Winter Ale, they deliver plate after plate of locally inspired favorites. They also placate sweet teeth, crafting sugary finales including candied bacon bread pudding and orange tortes laced with dark chocolate.
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.
Eaglequest Coquitlam is a haven for golf enthusiasts of all stripes and sizes; it features a 9-hole golf course, state-of-the-art practice facilities, and an 18-hole mini-golf course. With holes that range from 77 to 147 yards, the par 27 golf course challenges short-game skills and grants golfers ample time to discipline misbehaving drivers by sending them to timeout in their head covers. The 76-stall driving range features a synthetic landing area with realistic targets, and a learning academy helmed by PGA of Canada instructors can help golfers further improve their swings. For pint-sized practice, players can putt their way through the 18-hole mini-golf course designed to be both charming and challenging by incorporating large rocks, pieces of wood, and an intersecting brook. The golf centre also houses a 9,000-square-foot clubhouse with a café, pro shop, and resident hobbit that whittles wooden spoons into sand wedges.
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