Golf News for Wednesday, November 15, 2006 | Growth Of The Game

GolfBC Group's 'Learn to Play & Play Often' sees strategy success

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The GolfBC Group's Learn to Play & Play More Often strategy continued the successful growth of its player development programs in 2006. For the second straight year, over 1,000 complimentary junior golf rounds were given away under the "Kids Play Free at GolfBC" initiative. This year's launch of "GolfBC Free Lesson Month" had
250 complimentary lessons taught to new, beginner and avid golfers, and for the second straight year GolfBC's partnership with the National Golf Course Owners Association continued with the "Take-a-kid to the Course Week" and "Beginner Friendly Certification" at all 9 of its golf courses in British Columbia.

Andy Hedley, Vice President of Operations - GolfBC British Columbia, declared this year another success for growing the game of golf in Canada. "Our Learn to Play & Play More Often strategy continues to introduce new players to the game and provides more opportunities for avid players to access golf in B.C. We are extremely proud to have topped 2000 complimentary junior rounds through "Kids Play Free at GolfBC" in only our second year of the program". He also noted that it is extremely satisfying to have all 9 GolfBC British Columbia properties to be certified "Beginner Friendly" by the NGCOA for the second straight year.

Participating courses in all the initiatives 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.

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 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 GolfBC's Player Development Strategy, Learn to Play & Play More Often, please contact:

Mr. Jeff Ciecko
General Manager & Executive Professional, Nicklaus North Golf Course
604-938-9898 x. 16
jciecko@golfbc.com

Mr. Andy Hedley
Vice President of Operations, GolfBC British Columbia
606-681-8700 x 216
ahedley@golfbc.com

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