No such thing as a free lunch? Try free golf at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Pitch & Putt


Photo: R. Weiss

This year’s incredible snowfall has Vancouverites flocking to the North Shore Mountains for weekend entertainment, but if snow isn’t your passion you might consider trying your hand at golf. Never held a club before? Not to worry, winter Pitch and Putt at Queen Elizabeth Park is ideal for beginners and experienced golfers alike. This enchanting course features beautiful city views and 18 short par 3 holes, none over 110 yards. The best part of winter Pitch and Putt? It is FREE! The City of Vancouver is offering complimentary access for those willing to brave the elements and visit the course during the winter months.

I was flooded with memories during my recent visit to the links. My father was a proud Scotsman and an avid golfer. I fondly remember time on the golf course with him. Without fail, during each match, he would stoically approach the first tee. With pomp and circumstance he would pull his driver, affectionately named  MacDougal, from his golf bag and address the ball. It was almost a spiritual experience. He spent countless hours teaching me the formal rules of the game and proper golf etiquette. Years later I find myself on the first tee at the Queen Elizabeth Pitch and Putt with my nine iron in hand. Not quite the power and grace of my father’s driver, but a club well matched to my limited abilities.


Photo: R. Weiss

Quickly, I discovered the formalities of golf are gone during winter Pitch and Putt! You will not find marshals, caddies or beverage cart attendants on the course. However, you will be delighted with the cast of characters who regularly tee off at Queen Elizabeth Park. During my quick round I witnessed groups in costumes, dogs, kids, dads pushing strollers and yoga enthusiasts striking poses during waits at the tee boxes. There was a joyful, loud and boisterous atmosphere on the course. Complete strangers cheered and jeered each and every tee shot. If laughter is the best medicine, more Doctors should be prescribing free Pitch and Putt at Queen Elizabeth Park. I wonder what my Dad would think.


Photo: R. Weiss

Getting there:

Home to the Bloedel Conservatory, Queen Elizabeth Park is located at the junction of Cambie Street and West 33rd and easily accessible by public transit.


Photo: Flickr Patrick King

Not interested in golf?

No problem! Enjoy a stroll around the park, views of downtown and the North Shore Mountains and an unforgettable dining experience at the Seasons in the Park restaurant.

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