Planning for the residential adult community of Arbutus Ridge started in 1984. At that time, the
225-acre site was owned by the Patrick Family and had been for the previous fifteen years. The site was subsequently purchased in 1986 by CRC Canadian Retirement Corporation. The plans for the community always envisioned a number of amenities, the largest, most expensive and important being the golf course.
The firm Cornish & Robinson was selected. Bill Robinson, well known for his golf course work in Canada, was the partner responsible for our course. The original plan for the community contemplated a nine-hole golf course. The course was to be built by the Corporation and operated and maintained by it until such time as the community was developed.
Golf course construction commenced on March 17, 1987. The firm of Hall & Lindsay was retained to do the entire job for initial land clearing to maintaining the course through the third cutting of the fairways. The nine hole golf course was officially opened on May 13, 1988, and operated as such until April 1991.
In the fall of 1988, fifty-two acres of adjoining land were purchased by CRC (Canadian Retirement Corporation) Developments. After considering the financial implications and constraints, acquisition of more land, new residential and golf course design and altered concept for ownership of the course, the Corporation made a golf course expansion proposal to “owner on record” as of January 1989. The proposal got a 90% vote in favour at a general meeting of the Strata Corporation on January 17, 1989. The new nine holes were designed by Cornish & Robinson and again constructed, commencing in April 1990, by Hall & Lindsay.
On July 12, 2019, the GolfBC Group announces that it has closed on the sale of Arbutus Ridge Golf Club in Cobble Hill, BC. Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is now a semi-private Golf Club owned & operated by the Yi Jing Golf Club Inc.
The Arbutus Ridge facility has thrived for over 25 years and continues to provide outstanding value to residents of the community as well as golf enthusiasts both on the golf course and in the clubhouse. The establishment has taken great pride in its environmental sustainability efforts and has earned numerous accolades over the years, including the 2017 Tourism Vancouver Island Employer of the Year award. GolfBC would like to thank the staff, management, members, residents and guests of Arbutus Ridge for being a part of our golf family for the past 27 years, and wish the new owners and the facility much success in the coming years.