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120 Years of Golf in British Columbia

by (author) Arv Olson

Heritage House Publishing
Initial publish date
Aug 2012
Golf, History
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2012
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
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Backspin is a comprehensive overview of everything golf-related in BC. Veteran sportswriter Arv Olson's work on the trailblazers and the growth of the game and the province's golf courses was "the preeminent resource" on golf history when he self-published Backspin in 1992. This first Heritage House edition has been completely updated and revamped to mark 2012's 120th anniversary of golf in BC.


Since its start in Beacon Hill Park in Victoria and Stanley Park in Vancouver, golf has been backed by an assortment of colourful characters who have enthusiastically teamed up to create courses and clubs in the heart of many towns-some of them even running for office to protect their links. Backspin is an encyclopedic reference on the growth of BC's golf game, legendary golf figures past and present, and the golf courses of BC. Olson doesn't neglect the fun, either, including entertaining golf anecdotes and writings from the early days.


Hall of Famers and humble hackers, old pros and lucky ace-makers—Olson's history of the game completes the circuit, including everything from humour and hardship to murder and mayhem.

About the author

Arv Olson has been writing about golf and other sports since 1957 and worked for more than 30 years at the Vancouver Sun. In his travels, Arv has played on more than 75 golf courses around BC, although he makes no claims about having played any one of them particularly well. A 10-handicap for one fleeting summer, Arv has a trophy to prove that he once won the Vancouver Media Championships. He lives in Fanny Bay, BC.

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