Casa Loma CC f/k/a Aquilla CC (Powers Lake)
1937 Aerial -
The course here had a short yet very eventful history. Aquilla CC was formed with grand plans for a multi-course resort to be utilized by members of the Knights of Columbus of Chicago. Within a few years of its inception, the project was sold to wealthy Chicago African Americans, a move that did not receive local favor. At this time the course was renamed Casa Loma CC.
Like Langston, Shady Rest and a number of other courses, Casa Loma played a brief yet important role in the history of minority golf in the United States. In 1930, the course hosted the UGA National Open Championship, otherwise known as
the "Negro National Open," which was won by Edison Marshall of New Orleans. The course was set to host the 1931 tournament but it was moved due to the foreclosure of the club.
The 1937 Aerial above appears to show a course that was possibly still being maintained. What happened to the course after the foreclosure remains a mystery to me.
April 1, 1926 Burlington Free Press -
Sept. 23, 1926 Burlington Free Press -
Aug. 1, 1929 The Journal Times -
Oct. 22, 1929 Kenosha Evening News -