Jul 2014 31

The Best Richmond, BC Golf Course: Quilchena Golf and Country Club

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It comes without surprise that Vancouver as well as Richmond, BC are well-known for their numerous greens. With a maritime climate and average temperatures of 23°C/73°F in the summer and 7°C/45°F in the winter, golf can be enjoyed every time of the year, much like in Scotland, where the game originates.

In fact, the game of golf is more than 500 years old, with the first written record in 1457. This record is actually an Act of Scotland's Parliament which bans golf and also football because the Scottish subjects of king James II. were playing to much ball games instead of practising archery and other military training.

00 Quilchena Golf Course Quilchena Golf Course

Being a golfer myself, I've tried many golf courses in Vancouver and Richmond, BC, but Quilchena Golf and Country Club remains my favourite. The club is located in the northwest part of Richmond, BC right next to the West Dyke Trail. It's a private, membership based club established in 1956 in its current location with an even longer history dating back to 1925. In this photo essay, I'm happy to present a few exclusive shots of the fine 18 hole golf course in the pretty cheery wood scenery taken at the end of May 2014.

01 Driveway Driveway to the Clubhouse

The Club offers not only a first-rate golf course, but also features a very convenient clubhouse, restaurant and excellent services just minutes away from the Vancouver International Airport and 20 minutes from the centre of Vancouver. It's also close to the Richmond Oval, a top-tier indoor wellness and fitness centre build for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

02EventsUpcoming Events at the Quilchena Golf Course

The name "Quilchena"is of local First Nation origin, as you might have guessed already. It means "running water", "sweet water" or "many waters" and was used to describe the low lying land in the Lower Mainland region.

03Quilchena PoolQuilchena Gazebo by the Pond

The Club also takes pride in events organized in the large clubhouse which can accommodate small or large parties up to 240 guests. The focus is on the food and drinks - not every golf club will offer the quality and attentiveness of Quilchena's expert chef Alden Kiland and staff.

05 Flowers Well-maintained Gardens of the Quilchena Country Club
06 The Pool 2 Water Features at the Golf Course
07 The Green 2 The Green

You may not know that golf is one of the two sports which were truly played on the moon (the second being the javelin throw). Commander Alan Shepard did a sand-trap shot with a six-iron on the surface of our only natural satellite in 1971, during the Apollo 14 mission. Alan fired two balls, although he was only satisfied with the flight of the latter, travelling for an estimated 200 to 300 yards. In his words:

Houston, while you're looking that up, you might recognize what I have in my hand as the handle for the contingency sample return; it just so happens to have a genuine six iron on the bottom of it. In my left hand, I have a little white pellet that's familiar to millions of Americans. I'll drop it down. Unfortunately, the suit is so stiff, I can't do this with two hands, but I'm going to try a little sand-trap shot here.

07a Green PatAvid Golfers at One of the Putting Greens
08 The Green The Green at the Quilchena Golf Course
09 Seating The View From the Quilchena Country Clubhouse
10 Front The Front of the Clubhouse
10a Inside Quilchena Golf and Country Clubhouse From the Inside
11 Glasses Ready Glasses Ready for the Members
12 HallThe Quilchena Clubhouse Hall
12aaLighting at the Quilchena Clubhouse
13 Ironman The Quilchena Ironman Champion Trophy

Meet The Photographer: Kevin Eng

Kevin EngKevin Eng

Kevin's passion for photography has encouraged others to see the splendor and beauty of nature right at their doorstep, as he captures the sights of the day, and colors and mystery of world while it sleeps. Many of the subjects of his work are based locally in his hometown in Vancouver, B.C., where he first discovered his fascination with night photography. Kevin is currently working as a music teacher, music director for his church, and landscape photographer.


11 Responses to “The Best Richmond, BC Golf Course: Quilchena Golf and Country Club”

  1. Fraser Mulholland

    Quilchena is one of the best conditioned courses in the province!

  2. Alice D. Lewis

    Another great photo essay, Jay (however, the one about Vancouver’s libraries is still my favourite)! I especially like the photos of the garden, good to know that a golf club could be interesting for photographers as well.

  3. Eighteen Under Par

    Nice! Have heard nice things about the Quilchena Golf and Country Club but haven’t had the pleasure of playing there!

  4. Vancouver Golf & Travel Show

    Jay, thanks for this post – we should talk golf sometime!

  5. Evelyn Epperson

    A real estate friend of mine does lots of real estate business on the golf course. He has gotten buyers and sellers this way.

  6. Hanna Hartman

    Not on a golf course but in a dog park, If you gain people’s trust you can do business in a lot of places!

  7. Tricia Ackerman

    And at the gym.

  8. Ken McClelland

    I’ve done business on the course many times. Oddly, business golf has not been a deductible business expense since 1971. BC and Canadian Chambers of Commerce, along with National Golf Course Owners Assn are working to change that. Taking someone to a Canucks game IS an allowable expense, while golf is not. Go figure. I’m a member at Rivershore in Kamloops, Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout

  9. John Corrie

    I had forgotten how much fun( productive) it was to take out clients and friends golfing. I have not golfed in a year and will be heading to the driving range shortly.

  10. Jay Banks

    Thanks for your comments!

    I’d like to be updated about the efforts to make golf a deductible business expense, Ken. Do you know somebody who pushes this matter directly?

    Riveshore in Kamloops is a beautiful place!



  11. Dale Taylor

    I have served as a co-chair of the mainstreet organization’s annual golf outing for some years now held in mid-june in the Chicago southwestern suburbs. Our affiliates come through as devoted hole sponsors, giving them the opportunity to network with our realtor members. Fun fun fun day!

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