For many travellers, golf is the ultimate holiday activity. Even when you’re not on vacation, a weekend on the links can make you feel as though you are. Maybe it’s the gently rolling greenery, the exercise, the serenity, the discipline that’s required, or the conversation if you’re among friends. Either way, golf is a great way to escape everyday life for a few hours each weekend.
The sport is no longer known as an ‘Old Boys’ Club’. In the last five decades the game of golf has evolved and is now more inclusive than it’s ever been. That’s the beauty of golf; it’s an activity that you don’t have to be great at to enjoy.
If you’re partial to a round or two of golf, then you’ve come to the right place. Surprised? People associate good golf with Surrey, because we have the highest density of golf courses out of any community in Metro Vancouver or the Fraser Valley! With all this green space, it seems fitting that Surrey is home to some of the best golf courses in the Metro Vancouver area.
And what makes good golf great? Well, a great course is a good start. A history of consistency, good conditions and top-notch amenities also contribute to forming a solid reputation.
Morgan Creek Golf Course was created by mastermind, Thomas McBroom. The 18 hole course, rolling bent grass fairways, and white sand bunkers earned them the prestigious honour of being named among the top 50 golf courses in Canada by SCOREgolf Magazine.
King of Golf, Arnold Palmer designed two courses at Northview Golf and Country Club. In August of 1996, Northview hosted the PGA Tour. This marked the tournament’s return to Canada’s West Coast for the first time in 30 years. They would continue to host the PGA Tour for seven consecutive years.
When it comes to history, The Hills at Portal Golf Course comes top of the class. As one of British Columbia’s first golf courses, The Hills has been a local favourite and tourist attraction for over eighty years.
And Hazelmere Golf Course has been dedicated to bringing quality golf to the masses for over fifty years. In 2003 they finished a set of renovations, the highlight being a natural grass practice facility, complete with five target greens and a practice fairway bunker.
So polish those golf shoes, grab your clubs, and take your pick of courses. Mark Twain said that “Golf is a good walk ruined.” Evidently, he’d never golfed in Surrey before!
Visit golfsurrey.ca to start your golf story in Surrey!