Since great aunts cannot resist pinching dimpled cheeks, the overwhelming number of dimples on a golf ball should confuse their grabby hands—defeating them once and for all. Drive dimpled dandies back into their holes with today's Groupon to Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, located in Cobble Hill. Choose between the following options:
- For $50, you get a round of golf for one, a power cart, and a large bucket of balls (up to a $99.68 total value). This option expires May 27, 2011.
- For $27, you get the international Sunday brunch for two (up to a $53.65 value). The international brunch is every last Sunday of the month. Children ages 6–12 eat for $12.95 and children 5 and under always eat for free. This option expires June 26, 2011.
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club basks in the Cowichan sun while its green pastures provoke putters with challenging holes, and its stunning dining room serves grazer's flavourful feasts. Roll one of the many balls bequeathed by the large bucket ($8) down an emerald slope and impress an audience of pond hogs and truant trout by hitting a hole-in-one while posing in a complete arabesque. A demanding round of golf ($64) with a trusted power cart ($17) as your steed makes an efficient way to unwind, socialize, or breathe in Cobble Hill's lush beauty.
While golfers may pass the time inhaling field greens, heartier appetites will be satisfied by Satellite Bar & Grille's eclectic international Sunday brunch buffet ($23.95 per person), which apportions hot and cold specialties from around the globe including Belgian waffles, fresh seafood, and selections from a fully loaded omelette bar. Adding to the experience is Satellite's picturesque view of mountains, islands, and courting sugar gliders.
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club
Nestled amid the vibrant scenery of Cowichan's wine country, Arbutus Ridge Golf Club's 18-hole, par 71 course weaves through 6,193 yards of fairways and greens kissed by breezes moving inland off the waters of the Saanich Inlet. Named one of Canada's Ten Best Golf Courses for Value by Westjet's Up! magazine in 2009, the course's front nine weaves alongside the seaside community of Cobble Hill before ascending a ridge to a plateau on the back nine, where players can soak in sweeping views of Salt Spring Island and name new constellations in the divots peppered across the course below. Though players encounter many par 4s and reachable par 5s, Arbutus Ridge concludes with three treacherous holes, including the 214-yard, par 3 17th hole, where golfers must overcome swirling winds to land tee shots on an island green. Golfers can prepare for rounds with a stint at the club's driving range or by scouting sand traps' self-defence mechanisms while watching the club's online course videos.
Arbutus Ridge cares about the condition of its course and the nature that surrounds it, and because of its efforts toward sustainable practices, the course has been certified by Audubon International. After rounds, course patrons can retire to the Satellite Bar & Grille, which overlooks the Satellite Channel and serves a seasonal menu of West Coast–influenced French bistro fare, with offerings that include halibut, salmon, and tenderloin steak, which pairs well with a glass of Jean Van de Velde's tears.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 71 course
- Length of 6,193 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 70.3 from the farthest tees
- Slope rating of 125 from the farthest tees
- Four tee options