We Celebrated our Centenary in 2013 – 1913-2013
The beauty of Qualicum’s beach was not lost to those extending the E & N Railway northward, and in 1913, a British land consortium – Merchant’s Trust & Trading, completed construction of the upscale Qualicum Beach Hotel and Golf Links. The hotel was built by Alec Fraser Construction and the golf links designed by Irish born Vernon Macan, a leading golf architect in the Pacific Northwest. At the time, the town barely existed.
Brigadier General Noel Money moved with his family from England in 1914 to manage the land holdings and the Hotel. During WW1, the hotel was converted into a convalescent hospital, which the Prince of Wales visited in 1918.
Noel Money was quite the socialite, attracting many dignitaries, including the King of Siam, and many wealthy patrons and Hollywood stars such as Errol Flynn, Shirley Temple, Spencer Tracey, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby. Always the gentleman, Money was respected and well liked by the locals, providing many jobs through the resort. The original course was much larger and in the early days, sheep were often used to keep the grass low.
After Noel Money’s death in 1941, the resort changed hands several times until Bobby Brown purchased Money’s house and the golf course in 1954. The Hotel remained open under the separate ownership of Arthur Brown until it was demolished in 1971. In 1981, the Town of Qualicum Beach purchased the golf course and preserved it as the Memorial Golf Course. It is the fourth oldest course in B.C.
Qualicum Beach Memorial is one of Canada’s most scenic golf courses, with views of Mt. Arrowsmith, the Coastal Mountain Range and the Georgia Strait. This beautiful seaside course is the driest on Vancouver Island, lending it to year round play. To complement our 9 hole golf course, we have a pro shop staffed by CPGA professionals, full service restaurant, grass driving range, and practice green with bunker.
Vintage dress as our members celebrate 100 years of golf in Qualicum July 21, 2013