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.
Keep your head down while swinging but up while you're not. You wouldn't want to miss the more than 75 species of birds that call Cordova Bay home. You'll see scores of deer. Now and again you'll spot mink, otter, rabbits, muskrat, and if you hook it way left on #3 you can meet Freddie and Jack, our resident goats. 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.
From the Golf Shop, through 18 marvelous holes and into Bill Mattick's, our restaurant, we invite you to find out for yourself why we were named Facility of the Year by the PGA of British Columbia.
Welcome to Cordova Bay Golf Course.
Hole #1 – Par 4 – 373 yards
Like all opening holes, our first is where your expectations almost always exceed your abilities. Before playing, take a couple of quiet moments and fantasize that you are your favourite tour player about to begin the round with a 7-shot lead. After playing your tee shot, try to leave the teeing ground as unobtrusively as possible. (Someone may have been watching.)
Hole #2 – Par 5 – 520 yards
Long hitters will have to play between the bunkers on the left and the water on the right. Speaking of water, hole #2 is the first hole on the course where you must carry your ball across Burnham Creek. If you are faint of heart (and your playing partners are not looking) ... go ahead, carry your ball over Burnham Creek. For those of you who are sticklers for the rules, of course, you can't walk your ball over a bridge.
Hole #3 – Par 4 – 379 yards
This is a medium length par 4 with a slight dogleg to the left, tempting you to hug the left side. However, anything left of the fairway bunkers on your tee shot will put you in the goat shed in the woods. Literally! Say hi to Freddie and Jack.
Hole #4 – Par 3 – 204 yards
Because of the change in elevation, this downhill par 3 plays a little shorter than you think. This however is not an excuse to be short.
Hole #5 – Par 4 – 478 yards
Toughest hole on the front nine, combining length, water, bunkers, and out of bounds... ouch! Those with a flair for the dramatic will try to reduce this dogleg's length by cutting the corner. Be forewarned—one must not cut off more than one can chew!
Hole #6 – Par 3 – 230 yards
All carry, so hit plenty of club here. A cannon would be good!
Hole #7 – Par 5 – 530 yards
Only a loose cannon (perhaps the one you just used on hole #6) could find serious trouble on this wide open tee shot. With that in mind, there are out of bounds stakes down the far left side for those of you who possess the occasional slashing duck hook. Still, this long par 5 provides the best opportunity to show your playing partners that you really are "sneaky long!"
Hole #8 – Par 4 – 424 yards
A long, difficult par 4 playing along our neighbours' backyards. If you must visit one of them, the guy 12 houses along serves the coldest drinks!
Hole #9 – Par 4 – 330 yards
Finesse triumphs over brute strength on this short par 4; pretend that finesse is your strong suit. Remember, no matter how badly you mess this hole up, a cool drink and scrumptious hotdog awaits at the kiosk.
Hole #10 – Par 4 – 420 yards
What a beauty! It's a good thing you've just refuelled at the kiosk with one of Bill Mattick's famous hotdogs, because this hole is a tiger (with woods on the left). Water all the way down the left side, two forced carries over water to a relatively small two-tiered green. Maybe you should take a second hotdog for the road?
Hole #11 – Par 3 – 190 yards
Be a golf strategist. Right of the green ensures a watery grave. Left presents a ticklish little chip shot, if you don't end up in the lateral hazard. Over the green you will find an oasis of sand to gobble up your ball. Here's a strategy ... panic! Your options are as narrow as this green. A score of 5 or better is cause for celebration!
Hole #12 – Par 4 – 462 yards
A long, uphill, difficult par 4 to a blind green ... and they call this fun! PS—the green is farther away than you think.
Hole #13 – Par 3 – 165 yards
This crafty little par 3 in the corner of the property features a slightly elevated green, making the hole play longer than the indicated yardage. Remember, no one has ever made an ace with a shot that was short.
Hole #14 – Par 5 – 535 yards
Our favourite hole ... a true gambling par 5. Two perfect shots will give the long hitter a realistic attempt at eagle. Two perfect shots for the average player ... and ... one more perfect shot ... and maybe a couple more ... and you should have no problem tapping in for your 7.
Hole #15 – Par 4 – 383 yards
Trouble is left, but so is the cart path. If you are accurate enough to bounce your tee shot down the path ... maybe ... snap out of it! You should play safely down the right centre to avoid two monster mounds. This opens a beautiful angle to an expansive green.
Hole #16 – Par 4 – 379 yards
A demanding tee shot (once again over Burnham Creek). Careful, there's also water on the right. The approach shot is to an elevated green that is connected to the first green. Aim for the nearest flag!
Hole #17 – Par 3 – 198 yards
Canadian golf legend Moe Norman said, "When you're driving down the highway, you don't look at the ditch." Keeping this sage advice in mind, try not to look at the five acres of water!
Hole #18 – Par 5 – 501 yards
That's right, the one right before the 19th, where you can go in and forget about the mess you've made out here ... or at least where you can make up a better story. If you still care about your score at this point, or if you're down to your last golf ball, watch out for the pond near the green.
Did we mention there's a second golf course at Cordova Bay? This one might be shorter, but it is just as much fun to play.
The perfect place to perfect that short game (and we all know it needs work), or for a newcomer to fall in love with the greatest game ever created, The Ridge is beautifully manicured, and always interesting and engaging.
But we're not done - there's also a short game practice facility with two chipping and putting greens. Our first green has a consistent slope surrounded by lush rye grass, while our second green undulates creating the perfect blend of practice shots.
Sure, Bill Robinson, our architect, had a hand in this one too, which is why it is so enjoyable to play. The nine-hole Ridge opened in 1999, and like its big sister, it has the same outstanding conditions.
That's because a great grounds crew works on both, which means putts roll straight when you expect them to, and break a little more where gravity takes hold. Give us a call at 250.658.3996
Summer League 2018 - Bay Course
Season: April 1 - October 8
Play Times; 7 days a week after 12:30
Players will be randomly assigned to teams of no more than 10 players honoring one of the 70+ Birds of the Bay.
If we call you a coot, don't be hurt!
Cost to join: $55
Registration opens: March 21
A prolific architect who worked with Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Geoff Cornish for part of his career, Bill Robinson's resume is impressive and lenghty. Robinson's designs include more than 50 golf courses, with work including The Tunnel Nine at Banff Springs in Alberta, and Gallgaher's Canyon outside Kelowna, as well as facilities across Canada and the US.
Robinson's Cordova Bay opened in 1991.