History of the Course
The Hollies was built on its present site in 1965 by Jack Luckhurst of Port Alberni.
Originally, Mr. Luckhurst operated a motel and driving range business just off River Road across from the Somass River near where "Luckhurst Road" is now located.
In 1964, when the tragic Tsunami struck Port Alberni, Mr. Luckhursts motel and driving range were unfortunate victims of the swelling flood waters.
A year later, Mr. Luckhurst acquired the current site from Trevor Goodall, which was a dairy farm on higher ground located peacefully at the base of Mount Arrowsmith on the then Old Nanaimo Road. In addition to the driving range, he also laid out a nine hole golf course which over the years has evolved into the existing layout.
The flat roofed building located on the west side of the current clubhouse is one of the original buildings relocated up from River Road which suffered at the hands of the Tsunami. For now, the building stays as an historic symbol of the 1964 flood. Also, old cement foundations east of the existing ninth green are the original building sites of the previous dairy farm. The name of the Hollies was adapted from the orchard of Holly trees which used to occupy part of the dairy farm. Some of those trees can still be seen lining the front lawn of the clubhouse from Johnston Road. The man himself, Walt Disney used to play the course regularly when Disney filmed in Port Alberni and members of Britains royal family have also played the course.
The course is comprised mainly of six Par 3 holes ranging from 117 to 158 yards and three short par 4 holes. The course, while appearing to be flat, is in fact a jewel for the beginning golfer. There is a minimum of trees and sand traps making golf life for the player new to the game unintimidating.
The current owners, Pat and Jackie Little purchased the course and the business in the spring of 2004.