June 26, 2006
Mid-Amateur and Master 40 at Pheasant Glen
From Inside Golf

After posting a one under par 71, the 2006 Mid-Am and Master 40 Champion is Paul Harris from Vancouver. Harris was in a tight race with Gudmund Lindbjerg through twelve holes until Lindbjerg ran into bogey problems over the last six holes. Despite a conservative bogey on 18, Harris finished three shots

in front of second place finishers Ben Griffin from Victoria and American Jack Kelly. Griffin made the biggest move of the day by posting a 68 and tying the course record established yesterday in round 2 by Greg Koster. Kelly finished second to Harris in the Master 40 division followed by Lindbjerg in third.

“As the players arrived in the scoring tent they raved about the golf course and its demanding layout, the reception from the community and the volunteers,” says Kris Jonasson, Executive Director of the BCGA. “We’ve seen some great golf, play was better than the scores indicated as the 16th, 17th and 18th holes at Pheasant Glen are probably the three toughest finishing holes in the province.”

Pace of Play continued to be excellent with the final group finishing in 4:14.

Representing B.C. at the Mid-Amateur Inter-provincial Team Championship in Quebec will be Paul Harris, Ben Griffin, Greg Koster and Gudmund Lindbjerg. Gudmund Lindbjerg and Brad Haw from Pitt Meadows emerged as the winners of the club team competition.

Formore information go to www.bcga.org

March 23, 2006
The "Weather Winners" Highlights
From Environment Canada

Cities with the Most Comfortable Weather -- The cities with the most comfortable weather were determined by selecting 23 "comfortable" weather categories, including the mildest winter, spring and fall; the most sunshine; the latest winds and the lowest humidity. Canada's West Coast is well known for its balmy climate, and it is not surprising that Victoria and Nanaimo B.C. tied for first place as the cities with the most comfortable weather in Canada. Indeed, ten out of the top 14 most comfortable cities are in British Columbia. The remaining communities include two prairie cities - Medicine Hat AB and Moose Jaw SK - which won top marks for their abundant sunshine. Surprisingly, Whitehorse also placed in the "most comfortable" list. Although Whitehorse has cold temperatures, it scored high in many other comfortable weather categories.

City Placements in Top Ten
Victoria, BC
Nanaimo, BC
Vancouver, BC
Penticton, BC
Abbotsford, BC
Chilliwack, BC
Courtenay, BC
Medicine Hat, AB
Swift Current, SK
Kamloops, BC
Cranbrook, BC
Kelowna, BC
Moose Jaw, SK
Whitehorse, YT

Number of times city rated in the top ten of 23 comfort weather categories, eg., mild winter, spring and fall; few very wet days; abundant sunshine; few hours of fog, smoke and haze; light winds; low humidity, etc.

October 12, 2005
In pursuing pro tournament dreams, courses forget us average golfers
From WorldGolf.com

It's the American way to want things bigger, better and bolder, to go for victory at all times (except perhaps in the Ryder Cup Matches.) So it's no surprise that every golf course in America desperately wants to host a pro tournament. And not just any pro tournament: a major championship.

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July 2, 2005
From Sea to Green in B.C.
From The Globe and Mail

Rarely in the history of Canadian golf have so many people reaped the benefits of the opening of a single course. Unveiled in August, 2003, Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club, a spectacular mountain design by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve on the northwest outskirts of Victoria, has almost single-handedly turned Vancouver Island into a contender among Canadian golf destinations. So dramatic has Bear Mountain's impact been on local tourism that courses as far away as Courtenay, midway up the island's east coast, are reporting improved business as a result of the hype.

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June 10, 2005
Pheasant Glen Named Rave of the Day
WorldGolf.com recently spotlighted the Pheasant Glen Golf Resort as it's Rave of the Day, promoting our course to millions of readers on this flagship web site.

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May 26, 2005
Alberta jet-set sold on Island golf scene
From Business Edge Magazine

Calgary's Judy Gee and her two children never worry about getting a tee time - even in the dead of winter. Their home course, the Pheasant Glen Golf Resort on Vancouver Island, is open year-round. In fact, if the bug to play really hits, the family can take a 9:15 a.m. WestJet flight out of Calgary International and be on the first tee at 11 a.m. local time.

Once there, it's like Old Home Week. The Island's central west coast has become a Prairie getaway, where almost half the people Gee sees come from Calgary or Edmonton. "The hardest part of the whole procedure is being able to get to the airport in Calgary," Gee laughs. "The weather can be treacherous in the winter. But once we're in the airport, we breathe a sigh of relief. It's like we're almost there."

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April 10, 2005
Pheasant Glen Opens Finishing Holes
From The Island Golfer

At long last, Pheasant Glen Golf Resort can say that all the holes are open and in play. No more dump trucks hauling sand past golfers, no more bulldozers or excavators humming in the background, just a beautiful, natural, and very challenging golf experience!

What arguably might be three of the best finishing holes to a round of golf on the Island opened on Saturday to rave reviews from those on hand. The 525 yard 16th hole starts the final three by requiring a straight and long tee shot favouring the right side of the landing area. Only if the tee shot is perfect can one consider going for the green in two! The green is guarded by water on the left side and behind, and two bunkers. Right of the green is another large bunker. A less than perfect tee shot requires a lay-up second so that an accurate short iron can be played to a long narrow green. Accessing the flagstick can be no mean feat given that the green is long, narrow, lazy S-shape.

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