Town on board with book

A $20,000 grant will help explain some of Qualicum Beach's history

Next year it will have been 100 years that duffers and pros alike have been playing golf at the  Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course.

Next year it will have been 100 years that duffers and pros alike have been playing golf at the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course.

It won’t be long until the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course turns 100 years old, and the municipality is helping the golf club with its celebrations.

At Monday night’s regular council meeting, councillors agreed to enter into a fee for service agreement with the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club in which the town will advance $20,000 towards publication costs of a book by local author Claud Buchanan that chronicles the history of the golf club.

Buchanan is the author of The People I Meet in Qualicum Beach: A Collection of Stories About People I Have Met on the Golf Course and Other Places in Paradise,

The book, to be titled, 100 Years of Golf in Qualicum Beach, will be published in 2013, the 100th anniversary of the golf course’s founding.

In return, the golf club will print 500 of the books and provide all the proceeds from the sale, up to $20,000, to the municipality. As well, they will provide all unsold copies of the book as of the end of 2013, to the town.

Commenting on the deal, Mayor Teunis Westbroek said the book will be about more than just golf.

“It has vistas from the golf course to the town, when Memorial was just a 10-foot path and there was a sand path from West Crescent and Beach. You can see the construction of TOSH,” he said. “It’s a wonderful book of history that coincides with how the golf course became such an important part of Qualicum Beach.”

The motion to enter into the agreement carried unanimously.



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