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Sven Nilsen

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Copied below is a June 17, 1916 The Evening Post article forwarded to me by Jim Kennedy (I continue to be amazed by Jim's ability to track down articles like this).  The article discusses the recent work of Donald Ross, including completed and planned new courses and remodels.  The timing of this article was of particular interest to me, as it came out just before much of the work in this country was put on hold for the war effort.  In fact, I'd just read an article about a resort in Florida that was able to proceed with construction during the war, but only because it was planned to be a convalescent stop for injured soldiers.

Items of note:

Aronimink CC - remodeled and trapped the course - this work on an earlier version of the course predates the first involvement with the club I've seen for Ross by 12 years.  Work not listed on the DRS listing.

Portland CC, Pittsfield CC - the DRS has a date of 1921 for this work.

Southbridge CC - this is Cohasse CC.

Colorado remodel for Frank Woodward - this would be his 1916 remodel of Lakewood GC.

Unnamed Dayton, OH course - either Dayton CC or Miami Valley GC, both of which the DRS gives a date of 1919.

Allegheny CC - Ross remodeled the course in 1933, so perhaps the suggested work in the article was never done.

Westmoreland CC (aka Green Oaks CC (West)) - DRS has this as a new course in 1921, perhaps work envisioned prior to the war was delayed.

Willowick CC (aka Manakiki GC) - the Ross course here wasn't built until 1928.

Erie CC - guessing this is the Kahkwa Club, which is listed as a new course in 1916 and not a remodel.

Buffalo CC (aka CC of Buffalo) - another instance where the course wasn't built until later (1926).

Palmetto CC - this is the first mention of his involvement with Palmetto I've seen, the article notes this work was expected to take place, so perhaps it never came to fruition.

Louisville CC - plans for a new course which I have not seen noted before.

CC of Topeka - is this Shawnee?

Old Elm CC - noted as laid out by Ross in 1913, with plans to add more traps.



"As much as we have learned about the history of golf architecture in the last ten plus years, I'm convinced we have only scratched the surface."  A GCA Poster

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Ronald Montesano

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Re: Ross up to 1916 - Early Aronimink, Remodel of Palmetto and More
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2014, 12:13:06 PM »
Buffalo CC (aka CC of Buffalo) - another instance where the course wasn't built until later (1926).

Incorrect on this point. He came in after the 1912 US Open to rework that site (Main/Bailey-the club's second iteration). Holes from the Walter J. Travis layout were altered. Recognizing the expanding city's impact on their site, the membership purchased land 15 miles east of that site and retained Ross to build the new layout (the current site, the one that Ron Forse, et al, restored 1.5 years ago.)
« Last Edit: April 19, 2014, 12:15:36 PM by Ronald Montesano »
Maybe for 2022
~Eden Valley
~Hillview
~Pinehurst (NY)
~Kis 'N Greens
~Pine Meadows
~18 Mile Creek
~Greenwood
~Shawnee
~Leroy
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Jim_Kennedy

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Re: Ross up to 1916 - Early Aronimink, Remodel of Palmetto and More
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2014, 03:44:16 PM »
I was happy to find out who built the NLE New Castle in Mt. Kisco.  ;D
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