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San Gabriel / 1907 / Macbeth - 1912 / Watson - 1920 / Bell - 1930[/size]San Gabriel is strangely not mentioned on the 1930 thread, though it claims to be the oldest club in Southern California occupying the same land.[/color]
Thank you, Sven, this is incredibly helpful. Plenty to keep me occupied.Fox Hills / Thomas, Bell - 1927 NLELooks unbelievable! The 1934 images are clearer, but the photographer made the poor choice not to frame the entire property in a single shot.1934, majority of property1934, northwest corner missing in previous photo1928August 1, 1927This area is now fully developed in Ladera Heights, adjacent to the 405 FWY and bisected by La Cienega Blvd.
Michael - Thanks for posting these photos. I've spent some time looking at the old aerials, but I certainly have not lined them all up with current day. With respect to El Caballero, the original Bell course is unfortunately NLE. It was founded by Edgar Wright Burroughs (of Tarzan fame) in the 1920s and occupied adjacent (but different) land than the current course. The original course used the Burroughs estate as the clubhouse. I have a few ground level photos somewhere that I will try to figure out how to post. It hosted the 1927 LA Open, but went under during the Great Depression. The course is featured in one of Dan Wexler's lost links books. I don't remember if it was Missing Links or Lost Links. The current course was laid out in 1957 and then redone / upgraded by Robert Trent Jones, Sr in the 1960s. The current course is a bit east of the original course. It just reopened recently after a renovation / restoration by Rees Jones - but it is a wholly different course than the original Bell design.
LACC North / Fowler - 1921 / Thomas, Bell - 1927The 1927 aerial is dated Aug. 1. Was the renovation not completed yet? I cannot see today's 11th hole among others, for instance, though it appears in the 1940 aerial.