Fore! Vancouver Park Board golf courses break records
There was a resurgence in golf this summer with both returning and new golfers, reflecting a trend across the Lower Mainland. We expect golf numbers will remain hot as long as the weather remains good.
Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon
The Vancouver Park Board’s three championship golf courses broke records for the number of rounds of golf played this year compared to the same time period in 2017 and 2018.
So far this year, a total of 132,300 rounds of golf were played, compared to 124,084 in 2018 and 106,864 in 2017, a 7% increase over 2018 and a 24% increase over 2017.
Fraserview sees more rounds
“There was a resurgence in golf this summer with both returning and new golfers, reflecting a trend across the Lower Mainland. We expect golf numbers will remain hot as long as the weather remains good,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon.
So far this year, Fraserview Golf Course has racked up the most rounds with 47,273, McCleery 43,789, and Langara 41,238. All three courses are in exceptional condition and are providing a great experience for the golfing public.
Rounds of golf played at Park Board courses peaked in 2013 with a total of 169,658. There is a chance that 2019 could surpass that number if rainy weather holds off over the fall.
Annual aeration underway
The Park Board courses and clubhouses offer affordable and accessible golf and are open year-round to the public. Golfers can book tee times online and via the VanGolf app.
All three golf courses will be undergoing annual aeration throughout September and early October. Langara will be continuing an extensive sanding program to assist with improving winter course conditions. Aeration is crucial to ensuring healthy fairways and greens.
The Park Board also operates two driving ranges at Fraserview and McCleery and three pitch and putt courses in Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Rupert Park. Pitch and putt courses will close by November 11, depending on the weather. Although the ticket booth will be closed over the winter, people can bring their own clubs and ball and play pitch and putt for free.