Golf course in Powell River appeals to all

Myrtle Point Golf Club gears up for new season

Myrtle Point Golf Club guarantees a great golfing experience for players of all ages and abilities, together with exceptional golf all year round.

Located less than 10 minutes south of town, the championship 18-hole golf course delights all with its stunning views and its tree-lined fairways that demand both power and precision. Various ponds, streams and sand traps challenge players with strategic bunkering that builds a sense of excitement into play. The course has hosted several provincial championships over its almost 30 years and is maintained by a superintendent and staff with the assistance of a group of dedicated volunteers who keep it in top shape.

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Myrtle Point Golf Club, which owns and maintains the course, is a non-profit society that has operated the course for the benefit of all members of the community for the past 28 years.

The club offers various memberships, but first and foremost it is a public course, says Myrtle Point general manager and head golf pro Kelvin Trott.

“It's not an exclusive private club,” says Kelvin. “We encourage everyone to come by to play a round, and stop by the clubhouse for a bite and a drink.”

He adds that the course also has some of the most reasonably priced green fees on the coast.

Built in 1991 by community volunteers, the course was designed by Les Furber, one of Canada’s foremost golf course architects. Furber has designed more than 60 golf courses across Canada and remodeled dozens more. Myrtle Point finds itself in the ranks of some of BC’s top courses which include Vernon’s Predator Ridge, Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna, Kimberley’s Trickle Creek, and St. Eugene Mission in Cranbrook.

Myrtle Point’s multiple tee boxes vary the total playable distance of a round of golf from 5,000 to 7,000 yards, making the course accessible for all levels of golfers.

"The good thing about golf as a game is you can play it all your life,” says Kelvin. "There's very few sports you can play all your life. And you're competing against the golf course, rather than against anyone else, so it's not like soccer or hockey."

The club is aiming to build its junior ranks and has brought on golf pro Ryan Brown, says Kelvin.

“We are pleased to have Ryan come on board,” he says. “He has moved from Ontario to help work with our junior members.”

Though golf appeals to players of all ages, Kelvin says that the best players are usually the ones who start young. Myrtle Point recently held its successful Spring Break golf camps, he says. And once classes are back in session, the club will continue to host the Brooks Secondary School golf team for regular Wednesday practices.

“This year Brooks is really getting behind their golf program. They've got over 40 students coming out for practices,” he says. “This year a number of girls have joined the program. That's something we're really pleased about.”

Myrtle Point offers junior memberships for $200. That gets them unlimited play for the calendar year, he says. If they have a parent or a grandparent who is currently a member, then it's only $150, he adds.

The club also offers memberships for young adults (19 to 39 years old) that cost $1,200, regular adult memberships for $2,000, and over-75 memberships for $1,800. Discounts are available for couples who sign up together, and 9-hole memberships cost $1,530.

Members enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all purchases in the pro shop, discounts for guests, cart rentals, the driving range and various special member-only events throughout the year.

The Orca Bar and Grill is currently open from 10 am to 5 pm daily, but its hours will be extended later into the season, says Kelvin.

For more information about Myrtle Point Golf Course or to book a tee time, phone 604.487.GOLF (4653) or visit myrtlepointgolf.com and book online. Myrtle Point Golf Course is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm and is located at 2865 McCausland Road.

 
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