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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avid Golfers at One of the Putting Greens
Meet The Photographer: Kevin 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.