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History

The Victoria Golf Club, founded in 1893, is the oldest 18-hole golf course in Canada in its original location, and second oldest in North America. The course began as 14 holes but quickly expanded to 18 in 1895. There have been at least three different layouts - the one played today was finalized in the mid-1920's (after a decision in 1923 to end the practice of hitting tee shots on two holes across the ever-busier Beach Drive).

Our stately Clubhouse, completed in 1928 and is a registered Canadian Historic Place, has undergone a number of expansions and renovations (including the most recent in 1993) and provides a grand and comfortable venue to begin your own memories. When you walk through this storied building, you'll be reminded of a rich history of golf, companionship, and community that spans over generations. Perhaps one of the most obscure yet heartwarming examples is a series of photos

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Golfing Legends

For more than a century, famous names have graced our course, including golfing greats Harry Vardon, Chick Evans, Byron Nelson, Joyce Wethered, Ben Hogan, Al Geiberger, Pat Bradley, George Knudson, Sam Snead, Dawn Coe-Jones and Johnny Miller, to name a few.

Numerous celebrities such as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Wayne Gretzky, Pamela Anderson, Kiefer Sutherland and, most recently, Alice Cooper have also been drawn to our seaside links throughout the years, not only to play but also to support charitable causes.

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History continues to be made in the annual Victoria and Seattle GC interclub, a home and home-friendly that is the oldest international golf tournament in North America (since 1895). The Seniors North West Championship, representing players of various levels from the U.S. Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Alberta, continues to be hosted by VGC (for 80+ years now).

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W.E. Oliver - 1900

W.E. Oliver driving off the 1st tee in front of the original clubhouse, ca 1900. He won the B.C. Championship in 1895, was the Club Captain in 1897 and became Oak Bay’s first Reeve (Mayor) in 1906.



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