Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - 14th
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - 14th
The Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort sits high above the capital city of Victoria, British Columbia. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 1
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 1
From the get-go you get a feel for the Mountain Course's up-and-down terrain at Bear Mountain Resort. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 2
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 2
The par-4 second hole on the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain plays uphill. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 4
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 4
Goal no. 1 is to avoid the large bunker and boulder in front of the green on the par-3 fourth hole on the Mountain golf course at Bear Mountain. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 6
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 6
The 432-yard, par-4 sixth is the no. 1-handicap hole on the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 7
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 7
No. 7 is another tough, uphill par 3 on the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 10
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 10
Yep, there's an island green on the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort -- the par-3 10th. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 13
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 13
The par-5 13th on the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort plays uphill -- really uphill. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 14
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 14
Overlooking the city of Victoria is the green of the par-3 14th on the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 15
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 15
The fairway runs out around 130 yards on the difficult, par-4 15th on the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 16
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain golf course - No. 16
The downhill, par-3 16th on the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain plays a club or two shorter than its posted yardage. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain G.C. -  No. 18
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Bear Mountain Resort - Mountain G.C. - No. 18
The Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort ends with a long, downhill par 5. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Mountain golf course at Bear Mountain Resort on Vancouver Island: Still on top of Victoria, British Columbia

VICTORIA, B.C., Canada -- Co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and son Steve, the Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Resort is the jewel of resort golf on Vancouver Island.

Located high above the city of Victoria, the course features elevated tees, greens and great views of the city, its Inner Harbour and Olympic Mountains. Playing almost 7,100 yards from the tips, it's also one of the longest golf courses on Vancouver Island.

Complementing the other course at Bear Mountain, the Valley Course, the Mountain Course is challenging, even from the forward tees. With plenty of elevation change and doglegs, difficult bunkering and fast greens, it's a real test. There's also an island green, risk-reward par 4s and par 5s and the signature 14th that overlooks the city below.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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