Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game where they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more-courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $85, you get a round of golf for two, a cart, and two buckets of balls at Olympic View Golf Club (a $173 value, including HST), located on Latoria Road. Olympic View's lush, 6,534-yard course features panoramic views across the Juan de Fuca Strait and a dozen lakes tucked among its 18 challenging holes. The par 4 12th hole asks duffers to clear 200 yards of aqueous treachery, while the 417-yard 17th hole drives drivers to distraction with its impeccable Japanese garden and a cascading 60-foot waterfall that doubles as a watery playground for Sasquatch youth. Carting across the verdant hills and stylish rock outcroppings in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains, visitors will quickly forget their bogeys, their worries, and where they parked. A double helping of practice balls enables golfers to get back into the swing of things before their round at Olympic View's training facilities, which feature putting, chipping, and pitching greens, as well as fairway and green-side practice bunkers.
About.com featured Olympic View Golf Club:
- Breathtaking views across the Juan de Fuca Strait to the snow-covered Olympic Mountains form the back-drop for this beautiful golf course. Stand on the first tee, driver in hand, and it’s easy to imagine the gods of golf, high atop the tallest peak, scheming as to how they might test you over 18 holes that would challenge even the Tiger. – Blair Howard, About.com
Olympic View Golf Club
As golfers line up tricky, round-deciding rolls on the green of the signature 17th hole at Olympic View Golf Club, they might have to block out an unusual sound. Just behind the green, water crashes earthward for more than 60 feet over one of the course’s two waterfalls. The dramatic feature generates a roaring din as well as a beautiful backdrop for players as they near the end of their scenic golfing excursions.
Such tranquil scenes are common on the 6,600-yard course framed by the dense forest of south Vancouver Island and the looming profiles of Olympic Mountains peaks. But the calm can be deceptive, as the Bill Robinson–designed layout aims to challenge. Twelve lakes are interspersed throughout the site, and numerous bunkers intimidate golfers with their depth and walls etched with tally marks. This signature mix of beauty and difficulty earned the club a four-star rating from Golf Digest in 2008, as well as a ranking of 10th Best Public Golf Course in British Columbia by Score Golf in 2011.
The GBC Golf Academy at Olympic View Golf Club aims to prepare golfers mentally and physically for playing the most enjoyable golf of their lives. Located on 14 acres, the academy features nine large grass driving areas with target greens as far as 330 yards. In three short-game areas, players practice putts, pitches, and fake surprise at finding the ball in the cup. The amply appointed grounds complement a teaching philosophy that encourages development of a repeatable swing tailored to the individual’s physical capabilities.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Total length of 6,600 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 72.7 from the back tees
- Course slope of 133 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees per hole
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