Victoria has a number of public and municipal run golf courses, like Cedar Hill Golf Course. Some are in good condition, others not so much. If you had to pick one that stood above the rest, many people would pick Cordova Bay Golf Course. This public golf course is always in pristine shape. As you know, here in Victoria the winters can be a little damp. Even during those damp time, the Bay Course at Cordova Bay has excellent drainage and is playable all year round.
Located in the heart of Saanich, here is a description of the course from their website:
We, here at Cordova Bay, are proud to offer a relaxed atmosphere, stunning course conditions and spectacular views. The grass is short in the places it should be and long in others. The trees are beautiful to look at and challenging to hit from. Mt. Baker rises imperiously from the horizon, daring you to match its perfection with every shot you hit. As a certified Audubon Sanctuary (the first on Vancouver Island, in fact) we offer you wildlife almost as beautiful as the gardens kept by our award winning grounds crew.
The Bay Course at Cordova Bay is a 6,727 yard par 71 course that offers year round play. Also on site is a full service pro shop, large putting green, covered driving range, and restaurant and bar. Both power carts and pull carts are available, and if you’re visiting from out of town (or just don’t have clubs), good quality Callaway clubs are available for rent.
The course is one of the more challenging public courses in Victoria, with some narrow tree-lined fairways and small greens. The course is fairly flat with a few small hills around holes #5, #6, and #7, but is definitely walkable for the average golfer. The most difficult hole on the course, #5, is a long par 4 dog leg to the left, which if you hit your tee shot right, turns it into a par 5. Hole #6 is a long, uphill par 3, and #7 is a long, uphill par 5. You’ll definitely need your top game to come out of those 3 holes under par.
The one negative to Cordova Bay is that the rates are expensive for a public course. For a round of 18 holes, it can be as high as $89 during peak season. If you want to save some money, you also have the option of playing during twilight A & B for reduced rates. You can book your tee times online up to 7 days in advance here. Here are the rates for 2011 (click to enlarge).
Cordova Bay is a great public course, always in top shape. I play there several times a year, and will definitely be back again soon (as long as the weather stays nice!). Have you played Cordova Bay? How do you like it?
Cordova Bay Golf Course
5333 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria BC