Bear Mountain - Mountain Course - Vancouver Island, Canada
The Bear Mountain Golf Resort offers 36 holes of golf designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve. Set in the foothills of Mount Finlayson, you will find the Mountain Course on the higher edge of the property, with the Valley Course residing below. The Mountain Course will host the 2016 Pacific Links Championship, a Champions Tour event.
On September 11th of 2016, I would play the Mountain course. Little did I know that this would be a record setting day for me. From the very 1st hole, my putter caught fire. The birdies dropped furiously and I carded 7 4's and 2 2's for a front nine 32! This was my second best nine holes of golf in my lifetime. It is somewhat common for a golfer in these situations to try to "hang on" or go with the "don't eff this up" approach. Too many times I have faded down the stretch after a great start.
This time, I mentally decided to keep the pedal on the gas and set my personal record for most birdies in one round. Staying mentally aggressive allowed my putter and approach shots to remain hot and I would I roll in birdie putts on 10, 11, 13, and 14. I was in uncharted territory with 7 pars and 7 birdies through 14 holes!! My all time best score of 68 was going to be broken.
After suffering a bogey on the 15th hole, I got my act together with pars on the final 3 holes for a 65 on the par 71 layout. I took my Round 4 putter out for a nice steak dinner afterwards.