Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club

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Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club is a private golf club in Canada, located on Southwest Marine Drive in Vancouver, British Columbia.


The Shaughnessy Heights Golf Course, today the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, had its beginning in 1911 in the office of CPR executive, Richard Marpole. Nine businessmen, all residents of the prestigious and quickly developing enclave of Shaughnessy, agreed to turn 67 acres (27 ha) of land leased from the CPR into the Shaughnessy Heights Golf Course. The first nine holes opened on November 2, 1912; the second nine, the next year.[1] The course was designed by A.V. Macan, an Irish immigrant from Wexford, who was one of the region's best golfers.[2]

In the decades to follow, many of the names who played a prominent role in Vancouver's growth and prosperity also appeared on Shaughnessy's membership roster.[3]

The club moved to new premises in the late 1950s, responding to the growth of the Vancouver urban region, and sold its original property. Macan, then in his late 70s, also designed the new course, which opened in the early 1960s.[2] The land the club currently resides upon belongs to the Musqueam Nation but was leased to Shaughnessy through a series of meetings with federal agents that did not include the Nation. The land will not be returned to the Musqueam until 2033.[4]

In 2011 the club hosted the Canadian Open for the fourth time, which coincides with Shaughnessy's 100th anniversary. It follows the 2011 British Open, which was held at Royal St George's Golf Club.[5]

The course was lengthened and renovated in the late 1990s.

Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club has been long regarded as one of the top golf courses in Canada, currently ranking in the top 20 on Canada's list of best golf courses by Scoregolf magazine.

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  1. ^ "History – Clubhouse & Lands". Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Cornish, Geoffrey; Whitten, Ronald (1981). The Golf Course (1st ed.). HarperCollins. ISBN 0-8317-3943-6.
  3. ^ "Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club history"[dead link]
  4. ^ King, Thomas (2013). The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. Canada: Anchor Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66422-6.
  5. ^ Ziemer, Brad (16 April 2009). "Shaughnessy will be star struck during 100th anniversary party". Vancouver Sun. p. C4.
  6. ^ Barclay, James A. (1992). Golf in Canada: A History. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-1080-4.

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Coordinates: 49°13′26″N 123°11′06″W / 49.224°N 123.185°W / 49.224; -123.185