1st May, 2009
GolfBC's fourth annual “Free Lesson Month” teed off again this May at all nine of its British Columbia courses. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday in May, GBC Golf Academy's experienced, certified Canadian PGA instructors will be on hand to provide 10-minute swing tips to all guests. Since its launch in 2006, more than 700 golfers have taken part in “Free Lesson Month,” which includes complimentary practice balls and equipment.
“We're delighted to bring 'Free Lesson Month' back to GolfBC,” said Andy Hedley, vice president of operations for GolfBC. “'Free Lesson Month' fits perfectly with GolfBC's philosophy of growing the game and our belief that every golfer can improve and have more fun with their golf game,” he said.
Hedley noted that “Free Lesson Month” is just one of several GolfBC initiatives supporting its commitment to making golfing family and beginner-friendly. “Kids Play Free at GolfBC” allows junior golfers 16 years and younger to play free on any course when accompanied by a paying adult, and all GolfBC's British Columbia courses are certified Beginner Friendly by the National Golf Course Owners Association, a designation that means each facility has proven itself to be welcoming to new golfers through its availability of clinics, rental clubs, special playing times for beginners and other programs.
Vancouver-based GolfBC Group owns and operates eight championship courses and one 9-hole course in British Columbia: Nicklaus North in Whistler; Mayfair Lakes in Richmond; Furry Creek near Lion's Bay; The Bear and The Quail at The Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna; Gallagher’s Canyon and the 9-hole Pinnacle in Kelowna; Arbutus Ridge in Cobble Hill and Olympic View in Victoria. Together, the golf professionals at GolfBC's nine GBC Golf Academies comprise the largest and most qualified instructional staff in Western Canada. In addition to the certification program by the PGA of BC, instructors must also complete a comprehensive training schedule to become “GBC Certified”.
GolfBC is a golf and resort management and investment company committed to defining a higher standard of quality and consistency among premier golf destinations. Since 1989 GolfBC has been creating premium golf destinations and master-planned communities in British Columbia. In addition to its nine B.C. courses, GolfBC also owns three golf courses in Maui, Hawaii: the Gold, Emerald and Old Blue courses at Wailea Golf Resort.
More information about GolfBC is available on its web site, For information on “Free Lesson Month” and other GBC Golf Academy programs, visit or call 1-800-i-GolfBC.
GolfBC media contacts:
Andy Hedley 
Vice President of Golf Operations
604-681-8700 ext. 205
[email protected]
Rita Rennie
Marketing Manager
604-681-8700 ext. 211
[email protected]

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