In 1992, Mr. Palmer arrived at Northview for the first of many visits to determine hole routing and course design details, culminating in playing both courses upon the grand openings of the Ridge in September 1994 and the Canal in September of 1995.
Mr. Palmer designed the Ridge and Canal courses to excite all levels of golfers and to allow them to experience the risk and reward styles of Palmer designed courses.
The Ridge: semi-parkland, well treed, with numerous elevation changes and punctuated with lakes and many bunkers. Featuring smaller greens and tighter fairways, the Ridge was chosen by the PGA Tour as the site of the Greater Vancouver Open (later, the Air Canada Championship) from 1996 to 2002.
The Canal: designed on flatter terrain with large greens, wide fairways and many lakes and bunkers. In fact, water comes into play on 15 holes on the Canal course!
Northview is proud to be home to two of Canada’s three Arnold Palmer designed courses.
As a professional golfer, Mr. Palmer excited golf fans with his swashbuckling style of play and go-for-broke attitude. In Arnold’s long career, he won 7 majors and 62 professional events including the 1955 Canadian Open and the 1980 Canadian CPGA Championship.
As a humanitarian and golf course designer, he has touched many with his special ability to genuinely connect with people around the world.