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TMac,Thank you very much for sharing that Chicago article. It reminds me that when I left there 25 years ago, they still made a similar claim in terms of numbers of public courses.It also reminds me that in the early days, golf courses were laid out near the rail lines for easy access. For me, that would be a perfect day - round of golf and a train ride!BTW, I would still be interested in the background of those two pubic golf guides from the 50's. I googled the authors and titles and came up with some related stuff, but no concrete mention of the actual books, or qualifications of the authors. One seemed to have been involved in the commerical mowing tractor biz and it would seem like a natural extension of his interests.
Tom MacWood - Hyde Park is in Niagara Falls, NY - not Buffalo.And I still think your list would be 100x more valuable if it included the location of the course.(PS - you sure you want to say that Duck Creek is better than Cobb's Creek? The Duck Creek in Hobart, IN? Have you researched Duck Creek?)OK - I'm headed back to Far Hills now.
David,Help me out - you're stating that if the original claim was, "Cobbs was one of the best, or even one of the very best before 1920" that you'd have been OK with the claim?
I think everybody's made their points now. Perhaps it's time to move on?
David,Your last sentence is quite interesting... There's an exhibit at Golf House on public golf, especially those courses built as part of the New Deal. Fascinating stuff that's beyond this thread, but deserves study.