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Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #175 on: March 31, 2022, 09:29:16 AM »
Stoughton CC (Stoughton)

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A William Watson design that was constructed by Harry Smead.  Stoughton was expanded to 18 holes in the 1990's.

Stoughton the town claims to be the birthplace of the coffee break.

Oct. 1, 1922 Wisconsin State Journal -



Oct. 13, 1922 Wisconsin State Journal -



June 13, 1930 Wisconsin State Journal -



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Tim_Cronin

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #176 on: March 31, 2022, 09:38:45 AM »
Sven, this is terrific stuff you dig up. Thanks for doing it!
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Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #177 on: April 01, 2022, 10:44:25 AM »
Swan Lake CC o/k/a Portage CC a/k/a Portage GC n/k/a Portage CC (Portage)

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Started as the Portage CC in 1906, the club seemingly was revived in the early 1920's with a new 6 hole course (quickly expanded to 9) being built.

Portage was the first stop in the US for John Muir, the famous naturalist, when his family immigrated from Scotland.  The city's slogan of "Where the North Begins" seems appropriate especially in light of the Fox-Wisconsin Waterway noted by Joliet in Marquette as a link to the Mississippi River.

Aug. 1, 1906 Portage Daily Register -



July 20, 1907 Portage Daily Democrat -



July 5, 1923 Register-Democrat -

"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Dave Esler

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #178 on: April 03, 2022, 11:22:29 PM »
Sven,
Thanks for sharing with us all.


Having [size=78%]worked on a couple of these, and[/size][/size][size=78%] played a bunch more with Dad and my brother and our sons, it is a joy to [/size][size=78%]recall those days in the sun very fondly. 

Really appreciate your work and generosity.

DaveE





Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #179 on: April 06, 2022, 09:41:28 AM »
Tagalong GC a/k/a Frank Stout Private Course (Red Cedar Lake)

1939 Aerial -



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Built as a private course to go along with the lodge constructed for Frank Stout and his family and guests.  Stout was one of the richest men in Chicago, with interests in lumber, railroads and finance.  Stout hired Alex Pirie to design the original 9 hole course, which was supposedly based on St. Andrews.

June 19, 1923 Leader-Telegram -



Aug. 16, 1923 Dunn County News -



Aug. 30, 1923 Eagle River Review -



Aug. 19, 1925 The Capital Times -

"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #180 on: April 06, 2022, 09:58:57 AM »
Takodah Club a/k/a Takodah Springs GC n/k/a South Hills CC (Fond du Lac)

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Built as a public course by Robert Harris, the course quickly became private and was expanded to 18 holes with its successor organization South Hills CC founded later on in 1951.

Fond du Lac is the home of Mercury boat motors as well as the birthplace of Colin Kaepernick and King Camp Gillette, inventor of the safety razor.

Sept. 15, 1926 Oshkosh Northwestern -



Sept. 15, 1926 Sheboygan Press -



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"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #181 on: April 07, 2022, 09:32:38 AM »
Three Lakes GC a/k/a Northernaire CC n/k/a Big Stone GC (Three Lakes)

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A 1926 Bendelow layout, the course lies in the heart of what was once the timber region used to rebuild Chicago after the fire of 1871.  Three Lakes is also home to Ray Meyer, legendary Depaul basketball coach.

Feb. 19, 1926 Rhinelander Daily News -



April 28, 1926 Rhinelander Daily News -



Aug. 8, 1926 The Milwaukee Journal -



Oct. 8, 1946 Wisconsin State Journal -



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"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #182 on: April 10, 2022, 10:11:44 AM »
Tomah GC a/k/a Tomah CC (Tomah)

1939 Aerial -



Noted in the Annual Guides as Tomah GC and having a 6 hole course, the papers reported on the opening of the Tomah CC in 1919 and of the Tomah Community CC in 1920.  The course would be gone by the early 1940's with the land used for real estate development.

June 23, 1919 La Crosse Tribune -





April 13, 1920 The Post-Crescent -

"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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Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #183 on: April 18, 2022, 12:01:14 PM »
Tripoli CC n/k/a University Club GC (Milwaukee)

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Designed in the early 1920's by Bendelow as one of his later works and built by American Park Builders, Tripoli survives today as part of the University Club of Milwaukee having been taken over by that organization in 2017.

Oct. 25, 1921 Chicago Tribune -



April 16, 1922 Chicago Daily Tribune -



1939 Aerial Photo -

"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #184 on: April 20, 2022, 08:51:30 AM »
Trout Lake G&CC (Woodruff)

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Designed by Charles Maddox and Frank Macdonald in 1925 with Maddox being noted as the vice president of the club.  The building of the course prompted the "Golfers Special," a train that ran from Chicago to Vilas County to take players to the resort.

Sept. 28, 1925 Wisconsin State Journal -



March 17, 1926 Rhinelander Daily News -

"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #185 on: April 21, 2022, 10:32:05 AM »
Tuckaway CC (Milwaukee)

1937 Aerial -



Built in 1926, the Tuckaway CC relocated from Greenfield to Franklin in 1967 to a new Killian and Nugent course.  The new course hosted the Greater Milwaukee Open from 1972 to 1993.

April 9, 1926 Wisconsin State Journal -

"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #186 on: April 23, 2022, 10:02:40 AM »
Turtle Lake CC (Winchester)

1937 Aerial -



Located in Winchester, WI a few miles south of the Michigan border, Turtle Lake was a massive 1,200 acre Northwoods retreat.  The initial project did not survive the depression, although there are reports of the course being in existence into the 1980's.

July 6, 1926 Ironwood Daily Globe -



April 13, 1938 Ironwood Daily Globe -

"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #187 on: May 02, 2022, 12:03:01 PM »
Tuscumbia CC a/k/a Tuscumbia GC (Green Lake)

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Credited (probably erroneously) as an 1898 Bendelow, from before he moved from New York to Chicago and prior to any of his work in the midwest.  The first 9 holes were laid out in 1898, with a full 18 by 1921 (which is the most likely time period for any Bendelow involvement).

1899 Official Golf Guide -





May 7, 1899 Inter Ocean -



Nov. 1900 Golf Magazine -



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"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #188 on: May 03, 2022, 11:23:02 AM »
Twin Lake Lodge GC a/k/a Little Twin Lodge GC (Twin Lakes)

1938 Aerial -



Twin Lake Lodge was purchased by Abel St. Louis, one of Wisconsin's pioneer resort men.  St. Louis partnered with Charles Hazen to build the Long Lake resort before moving on to create the Twin Lake Lodge and its golf course in 1922.

Oct. 4, 1922 Vilas County News -



July 4, 1923 Vilas County News -



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"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #189 on: May 04, 2022, 10:19:40 AM »
Tyranena GC n/k/a Lake Mills GC (Lake Mills)

1937 Aerial -



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Tyranena is an indigenous word meaning sparkling waters, and today is associated with the brewery in Lake Mills.  The original 9 hole course dates to 1926, with the expansion to 18 and name change taking place in the 1990's.

July 28, 1926 The Capital Times -



July 8, 1927 Wisconsin State Journal -

"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #190 on: May 06, 2022, 11:23:14 AM »
Villa Louis CC (Prairie du Chien)

1938 Aerial -



Villa Louis began as the estate of Hercules Louis Dousmann II and was renown for its standardbred horse stables.  Dousmann inherited the lands from his trader, timbierman and real-estate speculator father, Hercules L. Dousmann, who was called Wisconsin's first millionaire.  The estate sat on the site of native american burial mounds and was the location of the War of 1812 Fort Shelby and the later Fort Crawford.  When HLD II passed away, his wife named the property after her deceased husband.

An initial attempt at a course was started in 1922 resulting in the short-lived Fort Crawford CC before a new 9 hole course was built in 1927 for the Villa Louis CC.

June 25, 1922 La Crosse Tribune -



March 14, 1927 Wisconsin State Journal -



April 28, 1927 Wisconsin State Journal -



July 22, 1927 The Capital Times -



May 9, 1928 Wisconsin State Journal -

"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

Sven Nilsen

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Re: Wisconsin Aerial Photographs - 1937 to 1940
« Reply #191 on: May 11, 2022, 12:01:15 PM »
Viroqua GC (Viroqua)

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First built in 1921 with the assistance of Miles Dawson as a 7 hole course in the public park, Viroqua was listed as a 6 hole course in the Annual Guides up to 1931 when it had 9.  This probably coincides with when Merrill Maisick worked on the course as noted in the 1931 article below.

Located on land that was occupied by the Native American Ho-Chunk (formerly known as the Winnebago), Viroqua gained some notoriety in the 1990's as the town that beat Walmart by promoting small businesses that co-existed with the retail behemoth.

May 18, 1921 Vernon County Censor -





April 2, 1931 Escanaba Daily Press -



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"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

"There's the golf hole; play it any way you please." Donald Ross

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