Head professional: Jim Goddard
B.C. Golf Association Yardage -- Ratings/Slopes
Black tees: 6668 yds. -- 72.0/122
Blue tees: 6358 yds. -- 70.6/119
White tees: 5881 yds. -- 68.3 men / 74.5 women 115/136
Grey tees: 5237 yds. -- 65.5 men / 72.0 women 109/130
From the moment you drive up to the Cordova Bay Golf Club, you'll soon realize you're at a very special place. This public-play club is one of the very best in Canada. From the huge practice-putting green to the full-distance practice range to the full service pro shop and restaurant, this place makes for golfing memories.
Opened in 1991, this courses has come to be regarded as finest example of how a public course should be laid out. You won't lose too many balls, but you could find yourself making a shot over towering fir trees or through and opening in the willows.
The front nine holes will give you great views of Mount Baker in Washington State and the band of water in between -- Haro Strait.
On the back nine, if your golfing sanity is still intact after numbers 10 and 11, it's downhill from there. Ten is a longish par four with a band of water guarding the front of the two-tiered green. Go to number eleven and face a water menace down the entire right side and hope for the best in the figure 'eight' green that has plenty of water right. It's only 130 yds to the middle of the green on the 11th, but it will take a steely nerve shot to stay clear of the drink. My favourite hole is the par three 12th. A couple of blotches of water run the length of this 150 yard shorty, but the right side of the green has the most wonderful large commanding maple enveloping the green. Get your camera out for number 14, because Mt. Baker forms the perfect backdrop to the 14th green.
For golfers who enjoy numbers, try some of these digits on for size: the 8th green is well over 12,000 square feet, there are about 32 white tail deer that call the club home, there are more than 1,100 fish in the pond that guards the 17th green, there are 217 species of trees and shrubs on the grounds of the course and finally...more than 20,000 daffodils bulbs bloom each spring.
The course is fully enjoyable to the high handicapper to the seasoned pro. A day at Cordova Bay will be one you'll talk about in years to come.
The fully stocked pro shop carries: club fitting of clubs by Henry Griffiths, Callaway, Taylor Made. Clothing by Tail, Tehama, Guess, Modango, Ashworth, Columbia and Sun Ice
Green fees: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays -- $46.00 (CDN)
Monday through Thursday -- $43.00
Twilight rate -- $37.00
Power cats: $27.00
Club rentals: $25.00 ( all rentals are Callaway Big Bertha)
Please note: Cordova Bay Golf Club has a strictly adhered to policy of only soft spikes being permitted on the course. Be prepared to have your old medal spikes replaced or bring along a second pair of shoes. Believe me it's worth it.
Booking policy: call pro shop for advance booking (250) 658-4444
Tee times can be booked five days in advance
Groups of 8 or more can book three months in advance