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In the early 1990s, Chick and Marilyn Stewart teamed up with the former General Manager of the Vancouver Golf Club, Pat Duffey, to pursue developing the finest 36 hole PUBLIC golf facility in British Columbia. Hiring world-renowned golf course architect and seven-time major tournament champion Arnold Palmer, to design two 18 hole courses, was the first step in achieving this dream.

Breaking ground in 1992 and setting a grand opening date of July 1st 1994, the team began with a clean slate of over 400 acres of Arnold-Palmer-WebMay10_92-06various terrains… and tribulations. The soil make-up and elevation changes of the terrain challenged the design group but ultimately a suitable routing for the courses began to unfold. As work progressed, new and more inventive ideas presented themselves and Mr. Palmer took advantage of every opportunity to create exciting vistas and exceptional golf holes. Bringing his ” go for broke ” style of playing golf to his course designs, Mr. Palmer, (or “the Boss ” as his employee’s affectionately call him) developed several signature holes on both courses, now officially named “The Ridge” and “The Canal“. With the two courses shaping up well, the clubhouse portion of the project began. Featuring a classic west coast design, with it’s soaring post and beam western cedar and granite motif, the upper level of the building contains two restaurants, meeting rooms and banquet space that can accommodate 300 people. The lower level features the Golf shop (with the latest in golf fashions and equipment), locker rooms with full shower facilities and still more meeting rooms!

Opening day…

As opening day grew near, it became apparent to everyone that Northview Golf and Country Club was going to make a significant impact on the local golf scene. The Ridge course opened on schedule to rave reviews from the media and golfers alike.

The Palmer Room quickly found an audience as fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere proved to be a welcome addition to the restaurant landscape. Like-wise, Duffey’s restaurant (named for the late Pat Duffey, who managed the facility through it’s early years) offered casual dining over-looking the 18th hole of the Ridge course where watching golfers attempt the shot over the lake is always entertaining.

The PGA comes knocking…

In September of 1994, Arnold Palmer arrived to play the Ridge course to give it one more look and found the course played very much to his liking. In the post round media interview, Mr. Palmer described his pleasure with the final product and offered that the Ridge may some day be home to a PGA Tour event. Only four months later his vision would come true as a local group approached Northview management about the possibility of hosting a Tour event in August of 1996. Of course a series of site visits by the PGA Tour was required but in short order the “thumbs up” was given and serious planning began.

stewartOn May 15th 1995, the Canal course opened, offering a completely different test of golf from the Ridge course. Featuring flatter wide fairways and large greens, the Canal played as if it was miles away from it’s sister course but was only across the Serpentine canal, from which it derived it’s name. The Ridge course was the PGA’s choice for the Greater Vancouver Open, they were surprised at the quality of the Canal course as they wondered aloud if; perhaps they had chosen the wrong course! High praise indeed. As with the Ridge the year before, Mr. Palmer checked in to play a round on the Canal and was very satisfied with what he saw. The many large lakes that were created for drainage purposes also provided enough material to change a flat property into a gently undulating landscape that suggested the links land of Scotland or Ireland. While allowing wide fairways, the placement of those same lakes begs the golfer to try to cut a corner and have a run at birdie (or even eagle) and that’s where the challenge begins. Beware biting off more than you can handle because the Canal can bite back!

August of 1996 saw the return of the PGA Tour to Canada’s west coast for the first time in 30 years, and this time, to a totally public facility. The Greater Vancouver Open was welcomed by record crowds throughout the week matched only by the perfect weather. A PGA Tour record crowd saw hockey’s Team Canada play in the celebrity pro-am on the Monday followed by a Wednesday pro-am record crowd, all topped off by over 40,000 people watching Guy Boros win his (and our) first PGA Tour event on Sunday!

Northview says Goodbye to the PGA…

The PGA Tour stopped in Surrey for 7 years, ending in 2002, but not before providing all of us with the thrills and memories of playing host to some of the games greatest players. Northview Golf Club is proud of its role in attracting a world-class event to our community and is committed to continuing to serve our guests in the style that surpasses their expectations.EPS-Signature-Course-Logo

An Update Regarding COVID-19


 

GOLF COURSES OPEN 

  Please read all terms carefully. Your booking is 100% non-refundable within 48 hours of your tee time
We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our staff and customers and we have new mandatory policies in place due to Covid-19. There will be no exceptions to these policies. Please read our new policies set out below and the mandatory “PHYSICAL DISTANCING” that is required by the Public Health Agency of Canada to eliminate person to person contact with employees and fellow golfers.

  1. All tee times must be booked online. A credit card will be required to secure your booking. This credit card will be used to process payment. There is only one payment per booked tee time. Any adjustments or discounts will also be applied to this credit card. If you cancel your tee time within 48 hours or no show for your reservation the full amount of the tee time will be charged to your card.The majority of our times are for foursomes only. After 4:30pm every day you must book for 4 people but we can reduce your group to 2 or 3 people in the Pro Shop upon arrival (minimum 2 people, no exceptions, all no shows will be charged) For your safety and the safety of our staff we will not pair you up with another group. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to accommodate singles or walk ins. If you book a time for a foursome before 4:30pm you cannot reduce your numbers (no exceptions). This is to ensure that you are only playing with people that you know very well. You are able to cancel up to 48 hours in advance. Within 48 hours your tee time is 100% non-refundable and non-changeable. Your time can be moved within the same day of initial booking only.
  2. If you have an Advantage Card, Golf Surrey Pass, Player’s Pass, Corporate Pass or Red Book please bring it into the Pro Shop and the staff will make the appropriate rate adjustment
  3. If the Seniors, Ladies or Juniors rate applies (see website for details) please show your valid ID to the Pro Shop upon check in and the rate will be adjusted
  4. Only a maximum of 4 golfers in the Pro Shop at any time.
  5. We have significantly increased the gap between tee times.
  6. The Driving Range and practice greens are open to golfers with tee times or lessons only
  7. Power carts are now available for rent. Please book online. They are available to rent on a double rider or single rider basis. We have a limited amount of complimentary pull carts available. Rental clubs are not available at this time
  8. Cups - 1-inch shallow cups and there will be no ball washers or rakes.
  9. No additional walkers are permitted to accompany the group over and above your paid foursome. Anyone in this situation will be asked to leave the property.
  10. Please note that our staff will be visible on property and understand that they will be enforcing social distancing guidelines. Those not following these policies will be escorted from the facility without a refund given.
  11. No outside alcohol- strictly enforced.
  12. No social gatherings of any size are permitted in the parking lot or overflow parking lot areas. Note: drinking alcohol beverages in the parking lot is in contravention of our liquor license and could result in personal fines from the RCMP/Liquor Inspector in addition to citations and harsh penalties/suspensions to the golf club. Tailgating will not be allowed in the parking lot.

Both restaurants remain closed during this time
Our grass tee deck is now open for guests that have a pre-paid reservation only (weather depending). If you plan to hit a warm up bucket of balls you can now arrive 45 minutes prior to your tee time. Please note that social distancing is in effect and that our stall capacity has been reduced by half. If you are not hitting a warm up bucket and you arrive early you are still required to remain in your car until 20 minutes prior to your tee time. Range balls are available for purchase at the Ridge Kiosk only and you will be directed to your stall by a Northview Range Ambassador.
We thank you for your continued cooperation and following our Social Distancing policies. Northview Management