In 1997 a group of people decided to have a magazine dedicated to golf and golfers on Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands.  For most media outlets golf was just an afterthought and coverage of the local golf scene was practically nonexistent.  In the spring of 1998 this was remedied with the publication of the first issue of the Island Golfer Magazine.  Since then the Island Golfer has grown into Vancouver Island’s most popular golf publication.  After seventeen years of being a print magazine available free of charge through all the golf facilities on Vancouver Island, 2015 sees the magazine going strictly digital and only available through the Internet.