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GolfBC Group, in partnership with the National Golf Course Owners Association, announces all GolfBC Canadian courses certified as "Beginner Friendly"

25th August, 2005
Vancouver, B.C. – All of GolfBC’s 9 golf courses in British Columbia have been certified Beginner Friendly by the NGCOA. The GolfBC Group, the second largest owners and operators of golf courses in Canada, is pleased to follow-up the launch of their “Kids Play Free at GolfBC” and “Take-a-kid to the course week” programs by further committing to grow the great game of golf. “Beginner Friendly certification” is the third of many initiatives that will be launched by GolfBC over the coming months, under the new banner “Learn to Play and Play More Often”.

Participating courses are Nicklaus North, Furry Creek, Mayfair Lakes, The Bear and The Quail at The Okanagan Golf Club, Gallagher’s Canyon and The Pinnacle, Arbutus Ridge, and Olympic View. In order to receive the certification, courses across Canada and the United States completed applications, which were used to determine if the course welcomes new golfers. Courses were carefully evaluated on a number of criteria such as availability of clinics, loaner clubs, special playing times for beginners and other initiatives.

“To have all our golf courses receive Beginner Friendly certification is a great honor and further strengthens our commitment to growing the game of golf”, said GolfBC Executive Vice-President Donald Lee. “We are committed to ensuring GolfBC is recognized as a great place to learn the game”, he added.

GolfBC, a Vancouver-based golf and resort management and investment company, is defining a higher standard of quality and consistency among premier golf destinations.  Since 1989 GolfBC has been creating premium golf destinations and master planned golf communities in British Columbia. GolfBC is the owner/operator of eight championship golf courses in British Columbia, including Nicklaus North (Whistler), Furry Creek (Lions Bay), Gallagher’s Canyon (Kelowna), Olympic View (Victoria), The Quail and The Bear (The Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna), Mayfair Lakes (Richmond), and Arbutus Ridge (Cobble Hill) and one 9-hole facility, The Pinnacle (at Gallagher’s Canyon). In the fall of 2003, GolfBC has acquired five golf courses in Hawaii: the Gold, Emerald and Blue courses at Wailea Golf Resort on Maui, and the Kiele and Mokihana courses at Kauai Lagoons on Kauai. Additional information about GolfBC can be found at its web site: www.golfbc.com.

For more information on Beginner Friendly Certification, visit www.getlinkedplaygolf.com or contact any of GolfBC's courses in British Columbia.

Ms. Rita Rennie
Marketing Manager, GolfBC
604-681-8700 x. 211
rrennie@golfbc.com