Government of British Columbia Supports Mackenzie Tour – BC Golf Swing Events

The Province is investing $100,000 in the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, BC Golf Swing, to help welcome top golfers and fans from around the globe to BC. This fantastic investment in golfing in our province was announced by Suzanne Anton, MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview, on behalf of Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, at a press conference on Friday March 24, 2017.

The BC Golf Swing, part of the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s tournament series, will bring 156 players to compete in three tournament locations in British Columbia. In turn, these three tournaments will bring in fans, tour officials and sponsors and are expected to generate $8 million of economic activity in BC. The three tour stops are:

  • Vancouver – Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf and Country Club – May 29-June 4
  • Victoria – Bayview Place DC Payments Open at Uplands Golf Club – June 5-11
  • Kelowna – GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club – June 12-18

“These tournaments in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna will bring top international golfers and visitors to three of our province’s most iconic golf courses. Investing in tournaments like this creates tremendous economic impact for these communities and helps to create jobs in our diverse tourism sector,” said Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice and MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview, of the investment.

We are thrilled by the news of this investment and would like to thank the Province of British Columbia for their continued support of golf in our province. As we’ve said before, sport is well-known to drive tourism both in BC and beyond, and golf continues to be a winning driver.

Province Supports Golf Channel Showcase of BC!

Never under estimate the power of beauty shots.  One of the advantages to holding a major golf event such as the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship PGA Champions tour event at Bear Mountain Resort in British Columbia is the television coverage of the event.

The Golf Channel broadcast three hours of daily coverage of the Championship to 145 Million households worldwide. Bear Mountain Resort was a great venue to showcase to the world what golf in British Columbia represents. While there is a housing component, it was not visible and when each segment faded to commercial a background shot of Victoria from the 14th hole really shows really shows the beauty that screams British Columbia. Microphones can clearly hear players and caddies discussing the scenery.

The return on investment for supporting the event is significant and the Province of British Columbia is to be congratulated for the sound business decision of supporting this event. Sport drives tourism in the province and golf is a driver.

Thank you British Columbia!

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour –

“This event is a great opportunity to showcase British Columbia as a world-class sporting event and tourist destination. Events like the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship help drive the economy in B.C. by attracting visitors to the tournament, and inspiring future visitors to B.C. when they view the tournament on the Golf Channel. Tourism is a critical sector in a diverse and growing economy and events like this are part of the reason for the outstanding results we have had in the last several years.”

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –

“I am thrilled to be able to showcase our world-class amenities through hosting major international sporting events like the Pacific Links Championship. Hosting the PGA TOUR Champions event at Bear Mountain Resort will attract more recognition to our province and bring positive economic benefits to the host region.”

Charles Lorimer, chief operating officer, Pacific Links International –

“Pacific Links is delighted with the support of Destination BC and the Province of B.C. and is grateful for their generous partnership. Together, we look forward to delivering the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship to beautiful British Columbia.”