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Westin Bear Mountain: A Golfer’s Dream

The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa in Victoria boasts a world-class golf course and luxury amenities fit for your incentive travel group.

The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa in Victoria boasts a world-class golf course and luxury amenities fit for your incentive travel group. June 21, 2010

Meetings & Incentive Travel Advertising Feature

For groups who love to golf, The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria is a natural choice.

In fact, the organizers of the TELUS World Skins chose Bear Mountain Resort to host the two-day tournament in June, in which International PGA golf players Mike Weir, Fred Couples, Camilo Villegas, Ian Poulter and Retief Goosen will be hitting the links.

That IMG Canada—the tournament’s owner and organizer—chose Bear Mountain Resort for the annual event speaks to the calibre and quality of the hotel and golf course.

Canada’s only resort with 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf, Bear Mountain features the Jack and Steve Nicklaus co-designed 18-hole Mountain Course and an additional 18-hole Nicklaus Design Valley Course.

The resort specializes in tournaments from small corporate and social groups of 16 to large-scale events, and they have the capability for a double shotgun start for 288 golfers.

“But we’re not just a golf course,” says Kerri Moore, director of marketing, The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria.

Bear Mountain Resort is a destination about 25 minutes outside Victoria, B.C, with 156 guestrooms and luxury amenities. All rooms feature the Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Baths, high-speed Internet, kitchenettes and a private balcony.

Resort amenities include a 12,000-sq.- ft. spa with nautilus-shaped mineral pool, deck and labyrinth; pro shop; practice facility; bike rentals; two outdoor tennis courts; bocce ball; beach volleyball; the Mountainside Athletic Club with outdoor heated swimming pool and a multitude of fitness-class offerings.

Close by, the Greater Victoria Area boasts hiking, cycling and walking trails, beaches, parks and recreational facilities. For city lovers, Victoria’s nightlife, museums, art galleries and shopping are only a short drive away. Or travel up-island and take in a wine tour or keep your eyes peeled for whales on a whale-watching excursion.

The resort has four on-site dining options, depending on your preference— sushi, pub fare, all-day grill or fine dining.

The 6,600-sq.-ft. conference facility set against the golf course backdrop makes Bear Mountain Resort a conference and meeting destination. The facilities seat 300 for banquets and receptions of up to 650.

In total, there are six meeting spaces. The Bear Mountain Ballroom is 4,600 sq. ft. of multi-purpose space that can be separated into three soundproof rooms and is equipped with drop-down screens and LCD projectors.

The Finlayson is an executive-style boardroom with a fixed oval table that seats 16 and is furnished with high-back leather chairs and built-in whiteboards.

One popular breakout room, The Goldstream, has two full-side walls of floor-toceiling glass offering a generous amount of natural light. Curtains are available if you need to black it out.

“We’re definitely geared toward corporate and incentive groups in and around the 100 to 120 mark,” says Moore.

The resort is popular year-round. Victoria is known for its mild winters and typically less rain than the city of Vancouver, which allows golfers to hit the course in December and January.

“When you’re looking for off-season deals, you’re sure to find them here, especially if you want outdoor activities, you can still enjoy them,” notes Moore.

Top 5 Reasons to choose Bear Mountain Resort:

  1. It’s Canada’s only 36-hole Nicklaus offering
  2. It boasts 6,600 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a 4,600-sq.-ft. ballroom
  3. Mild temperatures make outdoor team-building activities possible year-round
  4. Newly built, high-tech facilities include a massive ballroom with drop-down screens and LCD projectors
  5. A lush forest backdrop and luxury amenities are possible just minutes outside the seaside harbour of Victoria, B.C.

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