The building of the British Columbia Golf Museum and Library was actually the original clubhouse that was built by the University Golf Club during the 1930s. It was in the year 1989 that the building was converted to a museum.
Aside from featuring those significant golfing events in history, the museum and the library also feature golf clubs which dated back to the 1700s. It also features golf bags used by the golfers before and on the library, you get to read bios of more than a thousand famous golfers that were based in British Columbia, along with information on each and every single course that has ever existed on the province of BC.
Golf Course Histories
One of the most interesting information that you get to learn when you visit the British Columbia Golf Museum is the history of the golf course. It is unfortunate to know that even the most avid fans of golf are not familiar with how the golf course and the clubhouses started.
In BC, the first ever clubhouse went through a fire which destroyed some of the buildings within the golf and country club. In order to prevent the same thing from happening, the British Columbia Golf House has decided to maintain and guard the museum. Right now, there are more than 70 binders along with clippings and photos that can be found on the museum and these things are proof of how the golf courses started in the province.
The first ever golf course in British Columbia is actually at Jericho Beach and was built in the year 1892, and that’s just one of the most interesting information that you will learn at the British Columbia Golf Museum.
Preservation of History
Only a few golf courses these days have hired a team or a committee who will be responsible for the collection and the preservation of the golf course’s history. This is the case with Vancouver Golf Club as well as the Point Grey Gold and Country Club. These two golf courses have their wonderful histories well preserved.
In fact, the Vancouver Golf Club has just celebrated its centennial in the year 2010. The Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club has also celebrated their centennial anniversary just this 2013, along with other golf courses in Vancouver, BC, such as the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club and the Royal Colwood Golf and Country Club. The Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club has also hired a committee that works hard at preserving their history and has contributed some of it to the British Columbia Golf Museum and Library.
Founder of the BC Golf House
One of the founders of the BC Golf house, Dick White, along with Bill Bains, spent a considerable amount of time in piecing together the bits and pieces of information that contribute to the history of the Beach Grove Golf and Country Club and because of their efforts, a history book has been made. In fact, it was already published and much of the research for that book was done at the British Columbia Golf Museum and Library.
When significant dates of the history of golf would come around, it is always interesting to have a resource that you can call upon that will serve as the basis for such historical information. That is actually one of the reasons why the BC Golf House was established.
A Unique Golf Legacy
The British Columbia Golf Museum is actually the only independent golf museum and library in North America. The museum displays a wide collection of clubs that dated back to the year 1790, as well as golf balls and golf bags, which are truly interesting especially for golf lovers. Just imagine a golf club that can be adjusted, both the length and the loft. That’s something that you don’t normally see nowadays. All of these are right on display at the museum.
If you want to explore more and spend time in learning the history of golf in BC, you can stay at the library to read more than 5,000 volumes of collectible books all dedicated to golf. You will also find here some reference books and other general title books. There are fifty categories of collectibles that you will find on display in the museum.
The most important role of the British Columbia Golf Museum is to actually keep and maintain records and this is why its library is filled with information about every golf course that has ever existed in British Columbia. The library also houses the biographies of more than a thousand golf players who have made history on some golfing tournaments that took place in more than 25 years.
The museum is also home to the Golf Museum Hall of Fame and their main mission is to collect, research, display and preserve the history of golf as well as the information on the most popular golfers in the province of British Columbia.
It is not difficult to find the British Columbia Golf Museum if you ever get to visit the Vancouver. The museum is being operated by volunteers so it is best to phone ahead if you are planning to visit. The building is situated right at the edge of the University of BC Endowment Lands, right at the intersection of Blanca and West 10 Streets.
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