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Born in Dublin, Irish native Arthur Vernon (A.V.) Macan attended Trinity College and received his law degree from the University of London. After school, he moved to British Columbia where he worked as a lawyer in the government’s Division of Lands and Forests. During that time, he also had become a well-regarded amateur golfer, winning the Washington State Amateur, the Pacific Northwest Amateur, and several regional events in Canada.
Due to Macan’s success on the golf course, he was approached by a judge to help design a local Canadian club, Royal Colwood Golf and Country Club. His interest in golf course architecture grew after this project and Macan pondered the possibility of becoming an architect full-time.
After World War I and losing part of his left leg, Macan still pursued a career in golf design, using a cane while walking various sites. Even with Macan’s setbacks and continued work for the government as a lawyer, he became one of the more popular designers in the Pacific Northwest. Macan was elected as an ASGCA member in 1950 and served as a member for 14 years.