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The Bowen Island Golf Club is a 9-hole, par 35 Russ Olson designed layout. Yardage is 3,003 yards (multiple tee box options) featuring two par 5's, four par 4's, and three par 3's.

There is a 175 yard range with covered hitting stalls and a brand new clubhouse that opened in 2011. The Clubhouse features The Cup Cutter Restaurant that is open for business from May till October.

HOLE #1:
Red: 337, White: 361, Blue: 394
Straight-away par 4, but uphill and plays long. For tee shot, aim for 150 yard marker. First fir on the left is 200/220 yards from the white/blue markers. Trap on right is 185/205 yards from the white/blue markers. Approach shot should favor center to right center as serious trouble lurks left of a green that slopes away from the middle right to the back left.

HOLE #2:
Red: 374, White: 505, Blue: 510
Longest par 5 hole. From tee, left cedar stump is 180 yards. Left sand trap is 240 yards and 140 from red markers. The environmental zone (carry of less than 100 yards) is out of bounds (balls are not retrievable with forward drop zone at red marker). Second shot is ideally placed beyond 150 yard marker to the center or left of center. Key is the approach to a narrow landing area bounded on the left by a large sand bunker and on the right by large maples. Green slopes back from the middle and right to left.

HOLE #3:
Red: 324, White: 357, Blue:378
Deceptive par 4 hole with accuracy from tees essential, especially from white marker where overhanging maples on the left represent an added hazard. Right cedar stump measures 160/145/110 yards from blue/white/red markers. Approach shot to a 2-level green that falls sharply from left to right and must take into account a large right side bunker. A back pin position makes scoring very difficult as there is only a very small landing area in the left back corner.

HOLE #4:
Red: 139, White: 167, Blue: 179
A difficult par 3. Red-staked left and right side of fairway as well as behind green. Green is bounded by a left-side sand bunker and a grassy right-sided "valley" in front of the green. Green tends to slope from the front right to the back left.

HOLE #5:
Red: 274, White: 350, Blue: 379
Demanding par 4 that requires accuracy on each shot. Fairway and green tend to slope right to left with an environmental zone (about 120 yards from the back markers) out of bounds and balls are not retrievable. Drop zone for back tees at red marker. Granite rock on the right side of the fairway measures about 220, 200 and 110 yards from the blue, white and red markers, respectively. For tee shots, water hazards on the left and right and best to aim center or right of center. Approach to green is difficult because any shot left of the green has a risk of entering the hazard on the left side. Pin position is critical as severe slope from right to left.

HOLE #6:
Red: 106, White: 116, Blue: 125
Deceptive par 3. Pin position is crucial as green has several ridges and slopes from right to left. Tee shots to the right of the green will lead to an exceptionally difficult second shot.

HOLE #7:
Red: 394, White: 449, Blue: 478
Wide open tee shot but best to aim along left side of the fairway as shots tend to move left to right. A very well placed tee shot to the 150 yard marker may permit an approach shot to the green for the long hitter, but most players will elect to lay up in front of the environmental zone where entry is not permitted to retrieve balls. Approach shot to the elevated green requires at least one extra club. Pay attention to the position of the pin for the approach shot. The green has 2 levels with a middle pin position on an elevated level on the left side. To facilitate play, drop zone is on green-side of the environmental zone.

HOLE #8:
Red: 156, White: 169, Blue: 191
Another difficult par 3. Fairway and green both slope left to right. Right sided bunker just short of the green consumes balls down the center or right of center. Aim left or left of center to approach the green.

HOLE #9:
Red: 324, White: 353, Blue: 369
Picturesque, but can prove to be very difficult. Tee shot ending near or beyond the 150 yard marker is optimal. Approach shot must negotiate hazards on the left side of the fairway and behind the green, a creek hazard approximately 40 yards in front of the green, a sand bunker on the right and a pond on the right side of the green. The green slopes left to right with a tendency for any balls hit in the middle of the green on the left to roll off the back.