Golf Courses in Vancouver and the North Shore

golfcourseThere are more golfers in Canada, per capita, than in any other country in the world. One consequence of this love affair Canadians have with golf is that there are a lot of excellent, busy golf courses.

In Vancouver and the North Shore, there are six public courses. All of them are good, but the best, in terms of challenge, design and conditioning, are Fraserview in Vancouver, Northlands in North Vancouver and Riverway, in Burnaby, located just east of Vancouver.

Golf is so popular here in summer that it’s important to book your tee time as much in advance as possible. If you can’t book in advance, then call the A-1 Last Minute Golf Hotline and you may be able to save money. The A-1 numbers are 800-684-6344 or 604-878-1833. The A-1 hotline is available in spring and summer.

Fraserview Golf Course
7800 Vivian Drive
Open: Year Round
Driving Range: Yes
Pro Shop: 604-257-6923
Tee Times: 604-280-1818
Yards: 6,346-6,700
Par: 71

The best public Vancouver golf course, Fraserview, is located in the heart of the city. It boasts a one and a half acre pond, a large stream opening, and a creek crossing. Playing this course brings together much of what makes Vancouver memorable.

The view from the golfing greens is spectacular, but don’t let it distract you from the game. Watch out for the half-hectare pond on #13, the big stream on #17, and Vivian Creek on #18. There’s also a giant Douglas fir on #16.

McCleery Golf Course
7188 MacDonald Street
Open: Year Round
Driving Range: Yes
Pro Shop: 604-257-8191
Tee Times: 604-280-1818
Size: 6,265 yards
Par: 71

Located on the banks of the Fraser River, McCleery Golf Course has mature trees and well-maintained fairways and greens. It features level, well sculptured fairways and well planned water hazards. Fairways are fairly narrow and trees must be taken into consideration.

Langara Golf Course
6706 Alberta Street
Open: Year Round
Driving Range: No
Pro Shop: 604-713-1816
Tee Times: 604-280-1818
Yards: 4,648-6,085
Par: 71

Constructed in 1926 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, Langara Golf Course is one of Vancouver’s best and most popular public courses. It has beautiful, mature trees, is close to the city centre and ideal for visitors staying downtown.

About as close to the city as you’ll get, Langara is just east of Cambie Street off 49th Avenue. From downtown, cross the Granville Street Bridge and follow it to 49th Ave. Turn left, then turn right at Alberta Street.

University Golf Club
5185 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC
Pro Shop 604- 224-1818
Par: 72

The University Golf Club is a wonderful, mature golf course. Carved out of the University Endowment Lands in 1929, the golf course and practice facilities include a clubhouse.

North Shore Public Golf Courses

Northlands Golf Course
3400 Anne Macdonald Way
North Vancouver
Yards: 5,086-6,504
Par: 71

Northlands inhabits the rugged landscape of Mt. Seymour. The course is difficult, with narrow fairways, small greens, tremendous woodlands, several blind shots, water on several holes and some difficult approach shots.

Using the land they had, the course is designed for those with low handicaps or those who are very patient. The front nine is the battle and the back nine is the reward.

Gleneagles Golf Course
6190 Marine Dr.
West Vancouver
Par 70
Pro shop: 604-921-7353
Club House: 604-921-7711

The Gleneagles Golf Course is open from dawn to dusk all year round, unless there is snow on the ground! Course time is on a first come, first serve basis and it is advisable to call in advance for an estimate of waiting time.

The course tends to be somewhat slow because there are often a lot of people playing at once. The course has nine challenging holes which, when played twice around, measure 5,209 yards. The golf shop has most of what you want. You can rent golf clubs, pull carts and power carts.