Living Your Dream One Putt At A Time
Ardent golf lovers, players and spectators alike, know it’s more than a game – it’s a lifestyle; one could even say a way of being. With their dramatic vistas, venerable wildlife and tranquil surroundings, the courses of Vancouver Island capture all that we’ve come to associate with and love about the game. Now, imagine waking up to that every day.
Bucolic green knolls and a magnificent view of the impressive Comox Glacier distinguish the Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community, just 30 km southwest of Courtenay. With its charming motto, “Come for a tee time, stay for a lifetime,” residential living at Crown Isle is geared towards those at all stages of life. It’s clear they’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that housing options are plentiful. Lots and single-family homes, as well as condos, reflect their keen desire to build a diverse community. Current subdivisions include Crown Isle Drive, with lots starting at $195,900 and Hampton Gate Subdivision, with lots starting at $180,000.
An hour’s drive south along the coast from Crown Isle and one arrives at the Nanoose Peninsula. Home of the impressive Fairwinds Golf Club, it is a unique combination of a golf, marina and oceanfront community.
With its backdrop of striking mountains and swaths of dense coastal-forested areas, Fairwinds has clearly been designed to make the most of its surroundings. Activities on offer include kayaking, hiking, biking and sailing, with the Schooner Cove Yacht Club close by. Many people have chosen to build custom homes with sweeping ocean views here, while others decide on new or resale homes. Bonnington Ridge offers sites starting at $229,000, while Rockcliffe Park has a collection of luxury patio homes on offer.
Continuing south from Crown Isle, and just a 45-minute drive north of Victoria, is Arbutus Ridge. Located in the delightful seaside community of Cobble Hill in the Cowichan Valley, Arbutus Ridge exudes a rustic country setting while still close to several regional wineries. Describing itself as a “seaside community for active adults,” Arbutus Ridge fully embraces the west coast lifestyle, painting an active portrait of 50-plus living.
While Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is consistently rated top among golf courses in BC, residents also relish in unobstructed views of the Salish Sea, and the benefits of Canada’s only Maritime Mediterranean climactic zone. Over 600 homes ranging from 1,000 to 6,500 square feet provide numerous options for homeowners with ocean, valley, or golf course views.
It seems fitting that Bear Mountain is saved for last. Located in Victoria, the Bear Mountain Resort Valley Course was designed by Jack Nicklaus, a man widely recognized as the greatest professional golfer of all time. Now famous for his characteristic rock and water landscapes, the course is accepted as the heart of this carefully planned community.
Both residential and vacation real estate can be found here, as well as luxury amenities such as the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, and the Mountainside Athletic Club. Turnberry is the latest community to spring up in the area, offering unparalleled views of the golf course and surrounding woodlands.
Infamous golf course designer Pete Dye once famously remarked, “The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flagstick on top.” Fortunately for those in western BC, one need not travel quite that far.