Playing a round of golf is a contest between man and nature, much like betting a tree it can't drink a gallon of milk. Pit yourself against the elements with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a round of golf at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club in Cobble Hill (up to a $71.68 value, including HST). Cart rentals ($12.50–$17) are not included.
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club's championship course plunges golfers into a verdant, hushed world marked by still ponds and thick pine forests that give way to scenic vistas dotted with mountains and islands. The par 71 course winds 6,193 yards through distinctly different front and back nines that greet golfers with the seaside community of Cobble Hill and bid adieu with views of Mt. Baker tipping its snowy cap. Teeing off in the spindly shadows of Arbutus trees, golfers make their way through a heavy sampling of par 4s that invite a variety of shots and demand the use of nearly every club and repurposed mannequin arm. Four sets of tees make the course friendly to golfers of all abilities, and pros are challenged by a blockade of bunkers and water hazards spewing forth bubbly criticisms and swallowing errant shots. As the course climbs toward its conclusion atop a scenic plateau, golfers confront the challenging 17th green, wrapped by water on three sides and with sheering crosswinds overhead.
The scenic yet demanding course won Arbutus Ridge Golf Club the privilege to host the 2010 British Columbia Women’s Amateur, and its commitment to sustainability and active recording of its carbon footprint garnered it a certificate in environmental planning from Audubon International in 2008—making Arbutus Ridge Golf Club one of only three clubs where John Muir's ghost will play.
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club's rates fluctuate throughout the day and from season to season.
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
3515 Telegraph Rd.
Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L4