The weather this past week in Vancouver has been excellent and I was fortunate to get a couple of late fall rounds of golf in. Sunday a group of us had the chance to play Capilano Golf and Country Club, ranked the #7 best golf course by Score Golf in their recent top 100 rankings. The course did not disappoint, excellent conditions, some phenomenal views from the West Vancouver location towards English Bay and a truly classic Stanley Thompson design make it a special place.

On Monday we played University Golf Course. It was the first time I’ve had an opportunity to play there and what a great experience it was. The course was in great condition, had a fun mix of holes in the layout and smiling, friendly staff at every turn. It is really a fun place to enjoy a round of golf and I look forward to my next opportunity to go back.

It would be unfair to offer a comparison between UGC, which in my opinion is a great layout that was in excellent shape, and Capilano from a golf perspective. For me the difference in the Private versus Public course debate is in the service levels. From the starter on the first tee, to the player assistants, to the friendly staff in the snack shack and finally to the fun, professional but casual dinning experience, University Golf Course is a public course that has something for everyone, most importantly, as their sign says, “Non-Members Only”.