On June 5, 2010 British Columbians officially welcomed the newest 18 hole golf course to our province. With the opening of the Highland nine on this day, joining the Pacific nine, Highland Pacific officially became 18 holes. A grand day was planned around the event, starting with a Scottish piped in procession of the 148 players in the shotgun start who would be among the first to test the new layout, followed by some introductions and a brief speech before the ribbon was cut and all 18 holes were officially opened.
A Great Story
The development of Highland Pacific is a great story and one that began nearly 50 years ago. Nearly 50 years ago, local architect, historian and artist Herb Plasterer bought 190 acres of property next to Thetis Lake and envisioned building a public golf course on the property.
Rather than subdivide the land straddling Saanich and View Royal municipalities, Herb and his wife Rose Maria wanted to maintain the property’s natural beauty with space accessible to the public as a buffer to the adjacent parks. The natural features of the property lent themselves well to his vision of outdoor recreation for the community. Sadly Herbert did not fulfill this dream in his lifetime so Rose Maria and their six children decided to carry out his wishes. Through consultation and collaboration with internationally renowned golf architects, tour players and industry experts, the Plasterers’ creation has evolved into an award-winning driving range and a uniquely beautiful, challenging Island golf course.
The family chose the name Highland Pacific to honour the memory and the vision of Herb Plasterer. The HP logo used to represent Highland Pacific Golf is modeled after the chiseled signature used by Herb Plasterer on his art pieces.
Highland Pacific’s vision is to provide the highest quality, most unique public golf experience on Vancouver Island. From dream to reality…come and experience Highland Pacific for yourself! Based on the opening day excitment and stunning views that abound on the property they are well on their way to fullfilling the vision. View the full photo set on Flickr. You can also follow Highland Pacific on Twitter.