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9/19/2007--Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.Opened in August, 2003, Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club,  designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve on the northwest outskirts of Victoria. British Columbia, Canada, has turned Vancouver Island into one of Canada's top golf destinations..Carved through the ridges, woods and valleys of former timberland, Bear Mountain's 405-hectare site is owned by an investment group that includes former and current NHL players Len Barrie, Mike Vernon, Joe Nieuwendyk, Rob Blake, Scott Mellanby, Rob Niedermayer and Gary Roberts. The Nicklaus course is the centrepiece of a planned community that will grow, in several phases, to include luxury homes, townhouses, condominiums, and a village complete with specialty shops and restaurants. .©2007 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved