I love a day on the golf course – the sun shining, a good group of friends and some healthy competition. Golf lovers of all ages certainly enjoy the outdoors and anything that combines a certain amount of nature with relaxation and focus. Enjoying time at the golf course can be a full day's excursion, though, and you may have had trouble in the past finding the time to enjoy your hobby and favourite sport. If you are living in West Vancouver, you can rid yourself of the lengthy trips for good. With these highly acclaimed golf courses in your own backyard, enjoying a day on the green will come as easily and joyfully as teeing off itself.

Mountainside History: Capilano Golf & Country Club

Open to members, guests, and the public, Capilano Golf and Country Club is one of West Vancouver's most sought-after golf courses. This beautiful golf course has ample greenery and provides a great view of the mountains. The historic layout of the golf course, as well as the grandiose atmosphere of the clubhouse, will certainly offer the peace and relaxation that is ideal for fully enjoying your day on the green. The Capilano Golf & Country Club was a major supporter of the Lion’s Gate Bridge, and is an integral part of Vancouver’s rich history. The golf course is so enticing, both in its background and physical offerings, you're likely to become a member before you know it.

Waterfront Convenience: Ambleside Par 3

Perhaps offering even more convenience and accessibility is the modest Ambleside Par 3, which offers a smaller green on the waterfront overlooking Burrard Inlet at 1201 Marine Drive. The eighteen-hole pitch and putt golf course offers clubs available for rent for a small fee, and refreshments that are available to purchase. Opening in the spring, Ambleside Par 3 might be just the place you need to stop off and tee off, whether you're on your way home from work or you're in need of a Saturday morning exercise.

Expansive Green: Gleneagles Golf Course

You can also conveniently enjoy the expansive green that is surrounded by trees and water at this nine-hole, par 35 course. Gleneagles Golf Course is yet another one of West Vancouver's most popular places to tee off, and is located at 6190 Marine Drive. Here you can enjoy a golf tournament as well as a great meal at Larson Station Restaurant, which offers spectacular, peaceful views from its indoor and outdoor seating areas. Every amenity you could wish for is offered at Gleneagles, from your golf and pull cart rentals to your practice driving nets to get your swing back in motion.

Vancouver is a city with ample sporting opportunities all year round. If you’re a golf enthusiast, you’ll find that West Vancouver is a popular summer destination for golfers of all skill levels. With all of these nearby golf courses in your very own neighbourhood, you'll have a hard time coming up with excuses to avoid the green. Golf season is just around the corner, so this spring, get out on one of these West Vancouver greens and work on your swing.