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'Bee' a Part of the Solution at Arbutus Ridge
Bees at Arbutus RidgeOur Mason Bee Houses around the clubhouse are full again this year! Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate which threatens our food supply and more. Mason Bees are the most active pollinators and they do not sting. 50%-90% of Honey Bees are being killed by 2 species of mites. Mason Bees are solitary bees who flourish when given a home!

The Members Advisory Council (MAC) and Arbutus Ridge Golf Club Tree Planting Initiative
Arbutus Ridge continue their long term tree planting program, with the support of their Members which assists in subsidizing the program, to enhance the natural environment in the community. This year 15 trees were chosen to be planted, and the first 20 Members to sign up to be a part of this program are recognized by name in various communications and with a plaque in the clubhouse.

The focus has been on prioritizing holes #1, #18 and #11. The trees being planted over the course of the program include:

  • Arbutus TreeHoney Locust
  • Giant Sequoia
  • Coast Redwood
  • Dawn Redwood
  • Weeping Nootka Cedar
  • Eastern Larch
  • Sitka spruce
  • Lodgepole pine
  • Western white pine
  • Pacific silver fir
  • Deodor cedar
  • Blue Atlas Cedar
  • Serbian spruce
  • Western Hemlock
  • Red Maple
  • Katsura tree
  • Pacific dogwood
  • Pink Dogwood
  • Douglas-Fir
  • Western Red Cedar
  • Arbutus Tree
For more information on this program, please contact Jason Lowe, General Manager at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club.

GolfBC and the International Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf is an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the program serves as vital resource for golf courses.

GolfBC's courses are proud participants of this program and some have earned Audobon Certification. Some of our efforts include:

  • recycling of grass clippings
  • consistent monitoring of diseases
  • treating diseases curatively
  • conserve water by sourcing existing moving water rather than extracting from the ground
  • using water to supplement a fish bearing stream
Preservation of the wildlife habitats that surround the courses have always been an integral aspect of our environmental efforts. Various species of birds and small animals live peacefully in the wild natural habitat surrounding each golf course, while for instance in Whistler, bear proof garbage containers keep the larger animals at bay.

Olympic View Recipient of Vancouver Island's Green Business Certification (VIGBC)
Forester’s Bistro and Bar at Olympic View is proud to have recently been awarded “Gold” Level Certification in the Pilot Program of Vancouver Island’s Green Business Certification (VIGBC). The VIGBC was built to recognize the efforts of local businesses that are reducing their environmental impact. For businesses, it is a guide to greening operations and educating staff. For consumers, it is a symbol that lets you know which businesses have green practices. Together, we lead by example and protect our natural environment while promoting our local economy. For more information, see the website at