Backspin: 120 Years of Golf in British Columbia
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.
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chapter 1 OUR GOLFING LORE
THE CAPITAL OF GOLF
IN THE BEGINNING
chapter 4 GOLF ON VANCOUVER ISLAND AND THE GULF ISLANDS
chapter 5 THE VANCOUVER BOOM AND THE PUBLIC COURSES
chapter 6 THE LOWER MAINLAND AND THE SUNSHINE COAST
chapter 13 BARR ZOKOL RUTLEDGE AND THE NEW BREED
CADDIES AND ARCHITECTS
chapter 15 THE GLAMOROUS EXHIBITIONS
chapter 16 BCS AMATEUR AND OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
chapter 17 VANCOUVERS CANADIAN OPENS
chapter 18 OTHER MAJOR TOURNAMENTS
chapter 19 MURDER MAYHEM AND OTHER ANECDOTES
chapter 20 SPONSORS CHARITY AND VOLUNTEERS
chapter 7 THE NORTH THE INTERIOR AND THE KOOTENAYS
chapter 9 VIOLET POOLEY SWEENY VERA HUTCHINGS AND SUCCESSORS
chapter 10 STAN THE
chapter 11 PIONEER PROS
THE CONSUMMATE AMATEUR