103. Bear Mountain (Valley)

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The Westin Bear Mountain Resort

  • Langford, British Columbia (19KM northwest from Victoria)
  • 17th in the Province
  • Steve Nicklaus
  • 2009
  • 95.5659 points

Sites as hilly and rocky as Bear Mountain’s valley course shouldn’t produce such great golf, and yet, Steve Nicklaus’ creative problem solving provides an exhilarating loop outside of Victoria.

The use of rocky outcroppings is sparsely used in British Columbia (outside of maybe the Ridge at Predator Ridge), and draws more inspiration from the Canadian Shield of Northern Ontario. Pairing with the elevation change of a mountain golf course and you get a rocky roller coaster of a golf course—in the most fun way possible.

The golf course climaxes on the long “S” shaped par 5, 15th hole, which climbs slightly back up against a pond left, but the par 3’s are particularly noteworthy throughout.

If you like The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort’s Valley course, you may like:

Predator Ridge (Ridge)

Rocky Crest


  • Andrew Harvie

    Based in Toronto, but having lived in Alberta, British Columbia, Montana, Arizona, and Texas, I have been lucky enough to see over 400 golf courses and counting!

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