Golf has been played over the same seaside property at the historic Victoria Golf Club in Canada since the club’s establishment in 1893. – Jeff Mingay
Located in the beautiful Oak Bay section of British Columbia’s capital city, VGC occupies a mere 85 acres, measuring just 6,174 yards (5,645 metres); however a wonderful collection of extremely varied holes featuring some old-fashioned quirk, and constant wind, make up for any perceived lack of interest and challenge.
Moreover, a number of Victoria’s greens represent some of the best in Canadian golf architecture. Vernon Macan, a VGC member who dominated golf architecture in the Pacific Northwest region between 1913 and his death in 1964, formalised the course into its current configuration during the mid-1920s, then continued to tinker with the layout throughout his life.
Since 2009 I have been working to restore a classic look, feel and playability at VGC consistent with the club’s unique history and its course’s distinct heritage.
Jeff Mingay is a golf architect based in Canada; Jeff has been consulting on restorative-based work at the Victoria Golf Club since 2009. For more information, visit www.jeffmingay.com