A. V. Macan

Full Name
Arthur Vernon Macan Jr.
Year of Birth
1882
Year of Death
1964 (aged 82)
Place Born
Dublin, Ireland
Place Died
Sequim, Washington, USA

"Every now and then, a personality emerges with such passion and conviction that he warrants being called a "renaissance man." In Northwest golf circles, Arthur Vernon Macan was truly a renaissance man. Though he had considerable skills as a tournament golfer, Macan is best known for his brilliant golf course designs." PNGA – Hall of Fame, class of 1989.

Named after his father, Arthur Vernon Macan Jr. was born in Dublin. Macan Sr. graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in medicine and learned all too quickly about surgery while on the battlefield serving in the Prussian Army as a field doctor.

Macan Sr. later became lead physician at Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital, championing antiseptic procedures in midwifery, which would result in a significant decrease in birthing mortality. His wife died in 1886 when their son was only four.

A. Vernon Jr. was raised in his home city but was educated as a young man at Shrewsbury School in England before enrolling at Trinity College in Dublin, where he studied Law. His first sporting love was cricket but he was introduced to golf in 1905 and played matches with the Irish Bar Golfing Society against the Oxford & Cambridge Golfing Society.

There’s no doubt he met many influential figures in the world of golf course architecture, including C.H. Alison, who spent several years working in Dublin, and John Low, who was termed “his mentor” in correspondence found after Macan died. He also referred to Harry Colt, Willie Park Jr. and later Alister MacKenzie as influential figures in his design thoughts.

Macan was a Dublin lawyer who loved to play golf and travel throughout the British Isles playing all the great courses but soon after his father died in 1908, Macan set off for Canada, most likely to visit an old golfing chum from Ireland who was a member of Victoria Golf Club.

He won the British Columbia Men’s Amateur Championship in 1912 and he would go on to retain the trophy twelve months later. He also won the Pacific Northwest Amateur and the Wa...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by A. V. Macan

California

6th California - Best in Area 35th USA Ranking 39th North America Ranking 74th World Ranking

The California Golf Club of San Francisco can now boast tournament measurements. From the new back tees, which are aptly called Venturi, the course can be stretched to more than 7,200 yards.

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Columbia Edgewater (Macan)

14th Oregon - Best in Area

Columbia Edgewater Country Club was designed by Dublin-born Vernon Macan, who became one of the Pacific Northwest’s most prolific architects of the Golden Age of golf course design.

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Fircrest

13th Washington - Best in Area

Characterised by tight, tree-lined fairways, the course at Fircrest Golf Club is an A.V. Macan design dating back to 1923, the year after the club was founded.

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Gorge Vale

51st British Columbia - Best in Area

Laid out within an undulating 143-acre property, the classic old parkland course at Gorge Vale Golf Club is a late 1920s A. V. Macan design which was upgraded at the start of the new millennium by Les Furber.

Hillcrest Country Club - Idaho

12th Idaho - Best in Area

The respected architect A.V. Macan added nine holes to the original 9-hole course at Hillcrest Country Club in the late 1950s and Robert Muir Graves renovated the layout a decade later.

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Inglewood

29th Washington - Best in Area

Inglewood Golf Club was established in 1919 and within two years of its formation, architect A.V. Macan and Seattle professional Bob Johnstone had shaped an 18-hole course on the gentle slopes overlooking Lake Washington.

Marine Drive

21st British Columbia - Best in Area

Measuring a modest 6,361 yards from the back markers, Marine Drive Golf Club is not overly long but what it lacks in distance off the tee it makes up for in strategic design...

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Nanaimo

52nd British Columbia - Best in Area

A. V. Macan designed the layout at Nanaimo Golf Club in 1951 but seventeen years passed before today’s 18-hole layout was brought into play. At the late 1990s, Graham Cooke was engaged to develop a 10-year course improvement plan.

Richmond Country Club

26th British Columbia - Best in Area

Designed by Irish architect A. V. Macan and opened in 1958, the course at Richmond Country Club is a terrific tree-lined track which is characterised by its well-positioned bunkers and undulating, elevated putting surfaces.

Royal Colwood

7th British Columbia - Best in Area 35th Canada Ranking

Royal Colwood Golf Club is one of only five clubs in Canada to have the "Royal" title in their name and this honour was bestowed on the club by King George V in 1931.

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