Bargains are often found off the beaten track, and Aberdeen Glen Golf Course is no different. This manicured, 7,100-yard par-73 meanders over rolling, rugged terrain through narrow stands of dense B.C. forest—a stern test for the better player, and a gentler route from the forward tees. Jeans are allowed, too!
Adults pay $46 for 18 holes and $26 for nine holes; $24 for juniors, $14 for nine holes. Juniors who attended an Aberdeen Glen golf camp get a Privilege Card, good for $10 off each green fee. Power carts are $25 for 18 holes ($15 for nine holes). Club rentals are $20 for 18 holes, $10 for nine. (250-563-8901)
Where to Stay
Check out the “Family Getaway Package” at the Ramada Hotel downtown. At $160 a night, this deal gets you a connecting-room suite with four beds, two bathrooms with heated tile floors, two flat-screen TVs, discount coupons for local attractions and free parking. As a bonus, kids 6 and under eat for free.
40 km north of Prince George is the Huble Homestead Historic Site, a collection of authentic heritage buildings from the turn of the 20th century. Tour the Salmon Valley Post Office, the general store or see the blacksmith shop, then have a picnic on the grass and stock up on Huble berry jam, all for a recommended donation of $10 per family. (250-564-7033)
Aberdeen Glen boasts an impressive practice range, with a short-game area and putting green. One-on-one instruction from pro Ian Wrynn runs $40 to $60 for a single 30-minute session. Players teeing up at the range don’t even need their own clubs—the pro shop lends them out gratis.
Spend the afternoon on the water, casting in the Nechako River. Ferguson Lake is within the city limits and stocked with bull and rainbow trout. (250-565-6135)
Prince George, B.C. C.-B.; 250-563-8901; aberdeenglengolf.com
The Club at Tower Ranch
The Golf Resort explosion in the B.C. Interior may have been derailed by the recession, but it leaves a legacy of exceptional five-star layouts… and, for the moment at least, some pretty steep green fees. But value still persists at a place like Tower Ranch, where you get more than you pay for. Bearing the hallmarks of architect Tom McBroom, the Ranch starts out with a linksy, roller-coaster dip into the Okanagan Valley, with wide fairways bordered by fescue and sprawling, rough-edged bunkers.
Gorge Vale Golf Club
LOCATED A FEW minutes southwest of downtown Victoria, the Gorge Vale Golf Club is a semi-private facility that seems a world away from the provincial capital. The country-like setting is peaceful and serene, with city traffic evident on only a pair of holes. The current routing of the course has the outward nine playing as a par-3 7th with only one par-3, the dastardly 5th, which requires a sold knock on water.