Golf News for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Business

Pacific Links International partners with Canada's Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Pacific Links International announced that it has entered into an affiliate club partnership with Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa on Vancouver Island in the capital city of Victoria, British Columbia.

Its innovative affiliate and reciprocal play program offers Pacific Links members access to more than 100 of the finest golf courses in the world, with a strong presence throughout North America, Asia and Australia. Members enjoy more variety, flexibility and a wider range of membership categories and prices than traditional golf memberships.

"The collaboration with Bear Mountain is Pacific Links' first resort partnership in Canada and will allow us to offer our members even more high-caliber experiences as we continue to build our roster to create the ultimate golf tour of Western Canada," said Bruce Simmonds, Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Links. "This region is a prime travel destination with attractions that include Jasper National Park and Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, the internationally prized wine region of the Okanagan Valley, the world renowned resort municipality of Whistler and the cosmopolitan coastal city of Vancouver and Vancouver Island."

Located on southern Vancouver Island - a region known for its year round golf climate, stellar fishing opportunities and strong local food movement - Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa offers two outstanding courses that combined represent the only 36-hole Nicklaus Design golf experience in Canada. The Mountain Course, a Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design, features impressive landscape and dramatic terrain that lead to breathtaking 180 degree views of nearby Victoria, the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. The course, a par 70 playing at 6,900 yards, sets atop a 1,100-foot mountain and has been assigned a slope rating of 142 from the back tees. The 18-hole, par 71 Nicklaus Design Valley Course, a spectacular golf setting that is nestled in a pristine natural 102 acres of mature forests, measures just under 7,000 yards. Surrounded by 300,000 acres of parkland and hiking trails, few golf courses in North America can offer this authentic natural setting so close to BC's capital. The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa, offers guests a luxurious getaway with outstanding amenities including fine dining options, the award-winning Sante Spa, and the Bear Mountain Golf Academy with top ranked instructors that provide a full range of private instruction and golf school options.

"The Bear Mountain team is pleased to be a part of Pacific Links' prestigious and expansive membership program," said Dan Matthews, President and CEO, Ecoasis Developments LLP, "A partnership with Pacific Links will go a long way in supporting our goal of elevating golf experiences for our members and the reputation at Bear Mountain as the finest Golf Resort facility in Canada."

Pacific Links is actively growing its impressive portfolio and will soon announce additional partner clubs in Central Canada, Bermuda and Thailand as well as additional courses in Hawaii. Continuing on this momentum, the company plans to introduce an additional 50 affiliate golf clubs in 2014 and 150 clubs over the next three years with a presence in every major metropolitan destination and golf market in the world. Pacific Links will specifically target clubs in: New York, Florida, Arizona, California and Pennsylvania as well as several international markets such as Toronto and New Zealand. For more information, and a full list of clubs, visit www.pacificlinks.com.

About Pacific Links International
Pacific Links International is a Canadian-owned golf corporation that provides member access to more than 100 quality golf clubs by some of the game's greatest designers including Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus in signature golf destinations in North America, Australia and Asia. Pacific Links offers a unique membership structure whose main feature is reciprocal access to multiple clubs around the world with tour-quality design, strong character and the ability to deliver a memorable golf experience in a cosmopolitan golf location.

In Hawai'i, Pacific Links owns and operates Kapolei Golf Club (home of the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship), Royal Hawaiian Golf Club, Olomana Golf Links, Mākaha Valley Country Club (East), and Mākaha Golf Club (West), currently under renovation by Greg Norman. Pacific Links also owns Pete Dye Golf Club (#45 on Golf Digest's ranking of America's 100 Greatest Courses) in West Virginia, Dove Canyon in California and Southern Highlands, SouthShore and DragonRidge Golf Clubs in Nevada. Pacific Links is also building The 27 Club in Tianjin, China, which is scheduled to open in 2015. Pacificlinks.com.

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