HOLE # 1 THE VANCOUVER COUNTRY CLUB – “First Golf Club on the Pacific Coast”
In 1887 the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway created the boom to transform Vancouver from a Milltown to a Metropolis. Entrepreneurs especially from Great Britain immigrated to the new area to open businesses. In November 1892 at 524 Cordova Street in the Bewicke Wolfson offices a group of businessmen met to form a golf club. Present at the meeting were H.O. and brother Duncan Bell Irving, Dr. G.D. Johnston, J. Rayner, A. McCreery, R. Byron-Johnston, J. Hulbert, and MacIver Campbell.
The group instructed H Bell Irving, Hulbert, and Campbell to layout a golf course on the sandy beaches of Jericho – the blue bloods summer vacation spot.
HOLE #2 THE VICTORIA GOLF CLUB – “The oldest 9/18 hole golf club on its original location’
After visiting his family brewery business in London, England during the spring of 1893 Harvey Combe returned filled with enthusiasm to form a golf club in Victoria. “ On November 7th, 1893 fourteen ardent gentlemen headed by Colonel Ridgeway-Wilson met at the Temple Building to form a golf club – the Victoria Golf Club.” Combe chose the Pemberton Estate in Oak Bay. The broad expanse of grassland fringed by the rocky shores of Oak Bay most closely resembled the links courses in played in Great Britain.
HOLE # 3 KEN BLACK – “First Amateur to win a PGA Tour Event”
To add to Vancouver’s Jubilee celebrations in 1936 the City Council decided to host a PGA Tour event as part of the Evergreen Tour Standing on the 9th tee in the final round Ken glanced at the scoreboard. Turning to playing partner, Vic Ghezzi Ken remarked: “ If I shoot 29 on the back nine I can win this event.” Over the final nine holes he did it to become the first amateur to win a PGA event. The US Open, the Masters, The British Open and the Western Open were not part of the official PGA Tour in 1936.
Come back as we post 3 more holes of BC golf history! Special Thanks to Mike Riste who complied this info for the 2016 BC Guide Guide Pocket Guide! More history can be found at the BC Golf House